WESTFIELD, Mass. – Framingham State pulled away in the fourth quarter to score a decisive 27-2 win over Westfield State to spoil the Owls' homecoming on Saturday at Alumni Field.
Westfield State got on the board first, recording a safety with 4:23 left in the first quarter when the Owls forced a punt deep in the Framingham end, and the errant snap was far above the punter's head and skidded through the end zone for a 2-0 Owls lead.
Framingham led 13-2 at the half, getting a pair of second-quarter scores, the first on a 38 yard run from Sebastien Robert (Rindge and Latin/Cambridge, Mass.), and the second on a 37-yard scoop and score fumble recovery from RJ Fialli Everett, Mass.), after Darian Belizaire (Framingham, Mass.) sacked Westfield State quarterback Jake Cassidy (Lawrence Academy/Swampscott, Mass.), forcing the fumble.
The Rams finally extended their lead early in the fourth quarter, as Rufus Rushins (Bishop Fenwick/Lynn, Mass.) plowed into the end zone from three yards out to cap a 4-play, 35-yard drive after Kenny Sullivan picked off an Owls pass to set up the short drive.
Framingham put the game away for good with a 63-yard scoring strike from quarterback Adam Wojenski (Bunnell/Stratford, Conn)to Shaquille Joseph (Somerville, Mass.).
The win for Framingham improves the rams to 5-2, 4-1 overall, and keeps the Rams alive in the battle for the conference title. Westfield falls to 4-4, 3-3.
Wojenski was just 8-20 passing, but racked up 191 yards on the eight completions, averaging 23.9 yards per hook up.
Robert finished with 58 yards rushing on six carries, and Quron Wright (Holy Name/Worcester, Mass.) added 10 carries for 51 yards.
For Westfield, Cassidy was 10-29 passing for 104 yards, and added 53 yards on the ground. The Rams limited Travon Holder (Cheney/ Hartford, Conn.) to 46 yards on 19 carries.
Zach Howard (Prouty/Spencer, Mass.) led the Owls with eight tackles, a sack, and two pass breakups.
Anthony Behonick (Wachusett/Rutland, Mass.) led Framingham with eight tackles.