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Salve Regina University football traveled to Western New England University in Springfield, MA today for the New England Football Conference Championship (NEFC) in the final regular season game of the NEFC schedule.
The Seahawks, who were playing for a championship title for the third consecutive season, went into the game at 7-1; 5-1 NEFC, while the unbeaten Golden Bears were perfect at 9-0; 6-0 NEFC.
Western New England University defeated Salve Regina University with a final score of
In the first half, Quarterback Tyler Ward scored on a 3-yard run to put the Golden Bears up 7-0 before Running Back Mohamed Camara would score on a rushing and receiving touchdown. The Seahawks went into halftime down 21-0.
In the second half, the Seahawks defense played stellar football giving their offense opportunity to drive the ball down the feel several times. Brandan Basil completed a 32 yard touchdown pass on 4th down to Alex Hulme to put the Seahawks on the board (21 – 7) with around nine minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.
With just under 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, James Dawson completed a 35 yard touchdown pass to D. Sarfo-Darko to bring the Seahawks within 7 of the Golden Bears (21-14).
The defense for the Seahawks continued to play dominate football and give their offense opportunities to get on the field. Brandan Basil complete a 10 yard touchdown pass to D. Sarfo-Darko with just under 13 minutes left in the 4th Quarter to tie the game at 21 with 12:34 left in the game.
With less than 2 minutes remaining in the game Brandan Basil’s pass was intercepted by M. Stasiewicz at the SRU 32 yard line. Giving the Golden Bears the ball at their own 31 yard line.
With 9 seconds left in the game, Tylar Ward used for a 4 yard touchdown. With the extra point Western New England took a 28-21 lead.
With little time left, the Seahawks couldn’t put anything together and fell to the Golden Bears 28-21.
Going into the game Salve Regina had a 15-7 mark in the all-time series, winning the first 11 meetings. Western New England had won seven of the last 11 meetings including a 34-31 decision in Springfield last season.
Western New England University takes the conference championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
This is the second NEFC title for the Golden Bears, they defeated Framingham State 20-13 in overtime to take the 2011 championship.
Salve Regina has won three NEFC Division titles (1998, 1999, and 2012), but has never captured the outright Conference crown.