DANBURY, CT - Seniors Devon Smith (Wethersfield, CT) and Nick Kimball (New Milford, CT) each scored a pair of touchdown and the Western Connecticut State University football team improved to 2-0 on the season following its 41-16 victory over Dean College at the Westside Athletic Complex on a rainy Saturday night.
Smith caught a 60 yard score from senior signal caller David James (Stamford, CT) and ran one in from five yards out while Kimball hauled in a pair of TDs from 20 and 25 yards, respectively. Smith finished with four catches for 86 yards while Kimball tallied 63 yards on three receptions. Smith amassed 24 yards on the ground on five touches and it was his TD run that proved to be the game-winner with 10:00 left in the first half.
Sophomore Will Daniels (Bethel, CT) led the WestConn receivers with five catches for 98 yards. He scored on a seven-yard route with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter to give the hosts a 14-3 advantage.
James completed 14-of-35 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns and was picked off once as the rain fell for much of the second half. The Abbott Tech grad capped off his night with a four-yard touchdown scamper in the closing minutes of the game.
Roy Penn-Consentino (Liberty, NY) carried a game-high 13 times for 118 yards with a long of 31 yards. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry for the Colonials.
"It was a good team win tonight against a very athletic team," stated WestConn head coach Joe Loth. "We had to play smart football with a couple of the dynamic players they have. Our special teams came up with a couple big plays including a blocked punt."
Dean was led by sophomore quarterback Terrell Watts (New Haven, CT) who completed 24-of-42 passes for 330 yards and one score, a 26 strike to Errol Breaux (Marietta, GA) with 3:47 left in the third stanza.
Julian Burris (Rock Hill, SC) led all receivers with eight catches for 117 yards.
Sophomore Saquan Kelly (Stamford, CT) led the Bulldogs' ground attack, carrying 13 times for 41 yards including an eight-yard march to pay dirt in the opening minutes of the second half.
Defensively, Brian Tucker (Greenville, NY) led the Colonials with eight total tackles including one and a half for a loss of two yards.
Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, FL) led all players with nine solo tackles and had a pass break up.
WestConn, now 2-0 hit the road next Saturday for its MASCAC season opener at Bridgewater State University. Due to the EEE outbreak in the eastern part of Massachusetts, the game has been moved up one hour for a 3:30 pm kick off.