Sep 27, 2014 8:18 PM
Strong fourth quarter carries Army past Franklin Pierce
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Josh Tilton notched three sacks and four tackles for loss to lead the defensive effort on Friday night, but the Franklin Pierce University sprint football team was defeated, 27-13, at Army in Collegiate Sprint Football League play at Shea Stadium. Army quarterback J.J. Wartski threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
With the loss, Franklin Pierce falls to 0-2, while Army improves to 2-0.
Trailing 10-0 at the half, Franklin Pierce came out of the locker room and took control of the third quarter, scoring twice to take a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
Freshman quarterback Jose Melo scored on a 10-yard run that gave Franklin PIerce a 13-10 lead
The Black Knights responded with a six-play, 49-yard TD drive to reclaim the lead. Wartski went 4-for-5 for 65 yards on the drive, as a pair of Army penalties forced him to cover more than just the 49 yards in front of him when the drive began. The big blow was a 35-yard strike to senior wide receiver Zachary Woods on first and 10 from the Army 47. Wartski capped the drive by going to Woods again, this time for 19 yards and the score on third and 11 at the Franklin Pierce 19, to give the Black Knights a 17-13 lead.
After Franklin Pierce's next drive ran out of steam near midfield, Army added a 42-yard field goal from junior kicker Warren Kay with 4:31 to play.
Melo finished 5-for-15 for 57 yards, and did not throw an interception in his second week on the job. Wartski was the star of the day, as he went 31-for-53 for 322 yards and three touchdowns, though he was also intercepted twice.
Sophomore Brandon Knight led Franklin Pierce with eight tackles (seven solo), including one for a loss. Eight different Ravens recorded at least one tackle for loss, led by Tilton's four. Tilton contributed three sacks among those four TFLs, while sophomore defensive lineman Jacques Elias added a sack as well. Reddy had both Franklin Pierce interceptions.