Football suffers second shut out of season, drops Empire 8 outing to Ithaca

Football suffers second shut out of season, drops Empire 8 outing to Ithaca

ITHACA, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College football struggled in muddy and sloppy field conditions Saturday afternoon as they dropped an Empire 8 decision to host Ithaca College by a 34-0 final in Ithaca.

The loss drops the struggling Mustangs to 0-7 on the season, 0-6 in conference play.

Neither team gained significant yardage offensively in the wet weather, but come game end, Ithaca held the 271 to 219 yard advantage.

Cory Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) completed 12 of 25 passes for 116 yards for the Mustangs, while leading the efforts on the ground with 26 yards gained in the rushing game on 14 attempts.

Tony Deese (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the receiving unit with 49 yards on two catches.

For a second straight game, Richardson Derosena (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Kendall Clarke (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the defensive efforts with eight tackles apiece, Clarke also forcing a fumble.

Wolfgang Shafer and Adam Fron combined for the Bombers to go 14-for-23 on the day for 173 yards and three touchdown scores, each completing seven passes.

JR Zazzara led all receivers with 101 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions.

Four Ithaca players collected eight tackles each, including J. Sullivan who also had an interception on the day.

Ithaca opened all scoring with a touchdown on their first drive of the game, before taking a 14-0 lead midway through the quarter on a long 53-yard bomb from Shafer to Zazzara.

After a scoreless second quarter, Ithaca again struck in the third to extend the lead to 20-0, posting their lone rushing touchdown score of the day.

The hosts put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring twice, first on a 24 yard pass from Fron to Gladney just eight seconds into the final stanza, before less than two minutes later returning a punt 60-yards for the score.

Morrisville State returns to the field next Saturday, traveling to SUNY Cortland for a 1 p.m. kick off.

Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit