Lions have their best game of the season, lose to Frostburg State

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ewing — The College of New Jersey had its best offensive day on Saturday afternoon of the season. However, the result did not change, as they lost to Frostburg State University, 34-7, at Lions Stadium.

The New Jersey Athletic Conference game saw the Lions (0-6, 0-5 NJAC) record 254 yards on the season. It was their most in a game this season.

They also had 18 first downs, which is a season-high, as well. They previously had 12 first-downs during the season opener against the mighty Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Russell Neverdon (Photo by the Frostburg State University Sports Information Department)

Russell Neverdon (Photo by the Frostburg State University Sports Information Department)

“We started out like gangbusters running the ball inside real well,” interim head coach Rocky Hager said. “They made some adjustments and then we did and were able to run the ball again. The thing we can’t do is turn the football over. That left them a pretty short field.”

The Lions had three fumbles, including two lost. They also had an interception, as well, which was returned for 17 yards. The Bobcats had two interceptions.

Trevor Osler went 15 of 26 for 158 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Chad Scott, a Rowan transfer, had 15 carries for 52 yards, while quarterback Riley Sullivan had four carries for 30 yards and Khani Glover had seven for 23.

Thomas Koening had three receptions for 40-yards, while Chase Vena had four for 39. Glover also had a 31-yard reception.

For the first-time in 10 quarters, the Lions were able to get on the board in the fourth quarter. Osler hit Jeff Mattonelli for a four-yard touchdown, which cut the lead to 27-7.

“We are still in a learning process,” Hager said. “I’ve never felt we don’t give everything we have on every snap. The learning curve has to be a little more advanced.”

Later in the fourth, the Bobcats (5-1, 4-1 NJAC) scored again as Connor Cox hit Russell Neverdon for a 13-yard touchdown. The Bobcats jumped out to a 27-0 lead, including Cox having two touchdown passes.

Cox went 12 of 21 for a 182 yards with three touchdowns. Neverdon had two receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Christian DiPaola also had a 19-yard reception for a touchdown.

Jamaal Morant had 17 carries for a 191 yards and a score.

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