A Phoenix rising from the ashes

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 What can I say other than wow? Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Robert Morris pulls off a colossal upset against Duquesne 41-21, Robert Morris tied for first place with CCSU whom they play next week. A game in which we saw Robert Morris forced seven turnovers and 2 of which were pick-sixes by star Safety Mason Gray. This win marked the first time they beat the Dukes since 2012 in which they won 17-13.

Running game

 Alijah Jackson did play today but couldn’t seem to get it going with only 37 yards on 16 carries for a lowly 1.9 yards per carry. When I asked Coach Clark about this, he responded: “He got injured last week, and he thought he was ready, and so did we, but I think his shoulder hindered him today.” Thank goodness for Terence Stephens, who rushed for 119 yards with one touchdown on a crisp 6.0 yards per carry. When I asked the coach about Stephens stepping up, he responded: “He was the next man up, and he did what he had to do today.”

George Martin did enough

 George started slowly to begin the game until he threw a bullet pass to convert a third down and forever to Mathew Gonalez, who, in his own right, made a spectacular one-handed grab. At this point, you could feel the game starting to turn in RMU’s favor. George would finish the game 13-23 for 131 yards, and 2 TD’s overall (1 passing and one rushing.) (side note) Martin only threw three passing attempts after the first half.

Time of Possession  

 RMU dominated this aspect of the game with a +12:57 in the game; that’s almost an entire quarter! With RMU controlling the clock, the whole game with running the ball all but three times in the second half, it left Duquesne tired and confused. 

Defense wins championships  

 Mason Gray lead the way with two incredible interceptions that resulted in touchdowns. With the Colonials all-together forcing seven turnovers all together (4 INT’s and three fumbles), the Dukes had little to no chance of winning this game with those kinds of mistakes. Allowing only 374 yards (most of which was gained in the last minutes of the 4th quarter) and containing stud running back A.J Hines to a measly 45 yards on the day, it’s safe to say you had a great defensive game. 

Other notes from the game

 When I asked Mason Gray how it felt to beat a city rival, he responded: “It felt great to have a complete game on defense as a whole finally.” Further on, I asked him about Coach Clark and what he means to the team, “Coach Clark is real. He won’t sugarcoat anything, and he gives it to you raw. He’s a father figure to every single one of these guys, and we love it”

Conclusion

 With today’s win, the Colonials improve to 6-4 with a 5-0 NEC record. That 5-0 record now places them tied with CCSU, and that makes next week’s game the biggest game in any of those player’s lives. Incredibly, this Colonial team who were the doormats in the NEC are now one win away next week to clinch their first-ever NEC title since 2010. This almost decade long drought might finally be brought to an end by Coach Clark and the city they call Moon couldn’t be happier.  

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