Sep 20, 2014 7:06 PM
Franklin Pierce offense sputters in opener
ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell recorded eight sacks and limited the Franklin Pierce University sprint football team to 35 yards on the ground as the Ravens dropped their season opener at Cornell, 28-7.
Franklin Pierce quarterback Jose Melo threw for 151 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut, but was also intercepted twice.
With the loss, Franklin Pierce opens its third season in the Collegiate Sprint Football league at 0-1, while Cornell is 1-0. For the Big Red, the win avenges a 13-6 loss to the Ravens in last season's Allegiance Bowl.
Franklin Pierce scored its only touchdown in the first quarter. The Ravens put together a six-play, 45-yard scoring drive of their own. Melo capped the drive when he hit sophomore Andrew Jean for 27 yards and the score.
It was the longest of four catches on the day for Jean, who led the way for Franklin Pierce with 64 receiving yards. Freshman running back Demitri Moreno led the way for the Ravens on the ground, as he netted 65 yards over 16 carries.
Sophomore linebacker Jason Reid led the way defensively for Franklin Pierce with 8.5 tackles (seven solo). Senior linebacker Ben Whitney added seven tackles, while sophomore linebacker James Willette and sophomore linebacker Christopher Nee chipped in six each. Junior defensive back Connor Rogowsky (Nashua, N.H.) had Franklin Pierce's lone tackle for a loss.
The Ravens return to the field on Friday, when it travels to Army. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Shea Stadium in West Point, N.Y.