UNH Chargers fall short in NE10 Championship game

Andre Anderson rushes for 75 yards, 1 TD

Courtesy: University of New Haven Sports Publicity

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior linebacker Tyler Condit picked off an Assumption pass and recovered a Greyhounds fumble to set up both of the Chargers touchdowns as the University of New Haven football team dropped a 17-14 decision to Assumption in the Northeast-10 Championship. With the loss, New Haven falls to 7-4 overall.

In the second quarter, Condit collected a tipped pass, by Mark Clements, and ran it back 54 yards to set up New Haven’s first scoring drive of the game. The 54-yard run back for Condit was his longest of the season. On the ensuing drive, sophomore quarterback Ajee Patterson dumped a pass deep in the end zone to DeeJay White for his first touchdown of the season.

Trailing 9-7 in the third quarter, Condit came up big again as he recovered a fumble by Assumptions Brendan Tobey, forced by Dave Calderon setting the Chargers up on the Greyhounds 23 yard line. Patterson again came up big, this time on a third down situation where he connected with Henry Adegunle to put the Chargers in a first and goal set up. Andre Anderson capped off the drive when he curled around to his right and around the line to drive in from five yards out and give New Haven a 14-9 lead.

For the game, Anderson would lead the running game with 75 yards on 21 carries, while Trevor Officer followed him with 27 yards on eight carries. Patterson closed out his day, completing 50-percent of his passes, 13-of-26, for 95 yards.

Defensively, New Haven was led by Matt Zakrzewski who finished with 17 tackles, a career-high in a Chargers uniform. Joining him in double figures was transfer Dean Tsopanides who finished with 12 tackles, including a sack. Both Zakrzewski and Tsopanides finished with 1.5 tackles for loss. Zakrzewski also added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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