NEWTON, Mass. – The excitement of Mount Ida College's 2017 football home opener on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field was not enough to get the Mustangs past visiting Plymouth State University, who dealt the home team a 27-0 loss.
Junior quarterback Zack Edwards (Brookfield, Mass.) tossed for 191 yards and three touchdowns, all of them to sophomore wideout Jacob Szulc (Concord, N.H.), who caught six passes for 94 yards, including a 37-yard score.
Mustang senior Nick Hewitt (Killingly, Conn.) hauled in 11 passes, but most of them were for short gains, as the wide receiver finished with 86 yards, more than half of his quarterback's, sophomore Mike Pina (Brockton, Mass.) total passing output of 141 yards.
Plymouth State took their opening drive 66 yards on seven plays and took a 7-0 lead when Szulc scored from 21 yards out along the left sideline.
David Hamilton (Westville, N.J.), who led the Panthers with 49 rush yards, scored from four yards just seconds before the end of the first half, and after a scoreless 2nd quarter, the visitors led 14-0 at the break.
The rest of the scoring all came in the third quarter, with Szulc catching a 22 yard touchdown pass to cap a nine-play drive to open the quarter, and then breaking wide open on the right sideline with 2:18 to play in the period, where Edwards found him easily.
Mount Ida was limited to just 48 yards rushing and eight first downs, while the Panthers picked up 21 first downs and were 6-12 on third down conversions.
Josh David (Sandown, N.H.) and Mike Obianigwe (Roslindale, Mass.) led the Mustangs with 10 tackles apiece. Obianigwe also blocked a field goal and an extra point, while David had three tackles for a loss and accounted for Mount Ida's only sack of the day.
Mike Whitsett (Springfield, Mass.) recovered a fumble that was forced by sophomore Dwayne Hunter-Parker (Waterbury, Conn.), but the Mustangs could not turn the only turnover of the day for the Panthers into points.
Zach Ziemba (Manchester, N.H.) was in on five tackles and picked off Pina once, returning the interception for 31 yards.
Mount Ida is home again next week for a 1:00 pm non-conference game against Springfield at Alumni Field.
The Panthers look to stay undefeated next Saturday when they head to Western Connecticut State for their first Massachusetts State Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game at 4:00 PM.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu