Big Nights by Riddick, Mason Send Football to a 28-23 Victory Over FDU-Florham
MADISON, N.J. – Running backs Terrique Riddick (Bridgeville, Del./Woodbridge) and Marcel Mason (Plainfield, N.J./Piscataway) combined for 245 yards rushing and four touchdowns as William Paterson football (1-1) rallied from a 17-0 second half deficit to upset FDU-Florham, 28-23, Sept. 13. HOW IT HAPPENED:
FDU struck first, capping off an 18-play, 86-yard opening drive with a five-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Caserta to Tyler Adams.
The Devils pushed the lead to double-digits in the second quarter when Nick Maciejewski connected on a 32-yard field goal (10-0, 8:02)
Following a six-yard scoring run the Devils, WP got on the scoreboard when Riddick took a handoff and cutback left untouched up the middle 41-yards to the end zone. Junior kicker Mahadye Paniahie (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany ) kicked the extra point for a 17-7 score at 2:26 in the third quarter.
Following a three-and-out by FDU, Mason's one-yard plunge finished off a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive that cut the deficit to three (17-14, 11:52 fourth).
Aided by a pair of FDU pass inference penalties on its next possession, WP gained lead, 21-17, when Riddick crossed the goal line on a two-yard scoring surge.
Mason's second touchdown of the night, a 10-yard scamper, made it 28-17.
Caserta's second touchdown pass of the evening, a 14-yard strike to Khrystan Camillo, made it a one-score game, but WP was able to run out the clock and come away with the 28-23 victory.
I UP NEXT:
William Paterson will enjoy a bye week before playing at Maritime Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1:00 p.m.