October 3, 2015

FDU-Florham Football - Aggies Run Past Devils 40-7

Photo Courtesy of FDU-Florham Athletics
MADISON, N.J. – The FDU-Florham football team was unable to slow the Delaware Valley University rushing attack in a 40-7 loss at a rain-soaked Robert T. Shields Field on Friday night.

The treacherous conditions suited the Aggies (4-1, 3-1 MAC) attack just fine as they rushed for 535 yards in the victory.

FDU-Florham (2-2, 1-2 MAC), who entered the contest ranked first in the MAC in scoring at 30.3 points per contest, struggled to adjust to the wind and rain and could not get its offense into gear, managing just 86 total yards in the loss.

Sophomore wide out Malik Pressley hauled in four catches for 25 yards, while running back Anthony Ognibene rushed eight times for 22 yards to highlight FDU-Florham's offense.

Four Aggies rushed for 80 yards or more in the win, led by Robert Cleveland's 162-yard, two-touchdown performance.

The run-oriented Aggies threw only six passes in the contest but successfully dominated time of possession by more than 17 minutes by using their ground game.

The windy conditions did not take long to play a factor as the Devils' opening kickoff sailed out of bounds. On the Aggies' third play from scrimmage, Cleveland broke loose for a 47-yard touchdown run resulting in a 7-0 lead just 1:12 into action.

Delaware Valley's kickoff also found the sideline, but the Devils were unable to take advantage with only one first down before a Holden Ehrhart punt. Ehrhart, the reigning MAC Special Teams Player of the Week stuck his punt down at the Aggies' 2-yardline, which set up the Devils' lone score of the contest.

On the Aggies' first play from their own two, Devauntay Ellis coughed up the ball thanks to a timely hit by Chris Fitzgeraldand junior defensive back Jaleel Tyson scooped it up and pranced into the end zone for the score. After a John Marcianoextra point, the Devils had tied the game 7-7.

Following three-and-outs for both teams, the Aggies took over at their own 28-yardline and marched 72 yards on 11 plays for the go-ahead score. Four different Aggies toted the ball on the drive before Cleveland found pay-dirt from four yards out.

In the second quarter, Armani Fuller-Williams capped another run-heavy drive for the Aggies with a five-yard touchdown plunge, which stretched the lead 20 7. That lead stood at the break as the Devils were unable to gain a first down in the second quarter.

The Aggies' running game continued to excel in the second stanza and on their first possession of the half Ellis ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run to make it a 27-7 game. Ellis went on to add another score early in the fourth quarter, which put the game out of reach.

FDU-Florham freshman quarterback Joseph McCain started the second half and finished with 28 yards on 4 of 15 passing. Neither team was able to break through the gusting winds as the teams combined for just 51 passing yards in the contest.

Troy Scales led the Devils defense with 10 tackles, while Fitzgerald made eight stops in the loss.

FDU-Florham heads on the road next Saturday, October 10 to take on Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. at 1 p.m.

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