Union, N.J. (10/7/17) – The Kean University football team picked up their first shutout since 2009 as they blanked William Paterson University on homecoming by the final of 56-0.
Their last shutout came on November 7, 2009, also against William Paterson. In addition, their 56 points are the most in a game since 2012.
Cougars special teams set up their first touchdown of the day as Kenny Virden recorded his first of two blocked kicks on the afternoon after a four-and-out from the Pioneers on their first possession. That set up good field position (V30) for Kean and senior Brian Matthews finished off the drive with a six yard plunge for the game's first score.
The special teams unit again came up big on William Paterson's next drive as Louie Zambardino blocked a 27 yard field goal attempt and scooped it up, running it back 56 yards. Charles App found Amir Archer in the back of the end zone for a nine yard strike two plays later (14-0 Kean).
The Pioneers woes continued on special teams as their next possession saw their punt attempt snap go low. Punter Nick Savigliano was able to fall on it as WP turned the ball over on downs. Kean's offense made it 21-0 as App found Ben Guarino for five yards, one of his three catches on the day.
On the very next drive, Kean's Bryan Carr was able to strip and recover a Mike Yarosz rush and App immediately turned it into a touchdown on the next play, finding Shaune Oates Jr. with a 33 yard strike (28-0).
On their next offensive possession, Kean drove 65 yards on seven plays as Guarino caught his second TD of the afternoon to put the score at 35-0 and what remained as the score at the break.
The Cougar special teams remained hot out of halftime as Virden blocked his second punt of the afternoon after a four-and-out by WP to start the third quarter. Teammate Evander Jackson picked it up and marched 29 yards for the touchdown (42-0).
Matt Olivio gave the Pioneers a 26 yard kickoff return to start at their own 30 on the next possession but Kory Kenny intercepted a Marc Carnivale pass on the first play of the series to put the game further out of reach, 49-0.
The last score of the day came off the rushing legs of Jessey Asare who ran every play in the next drive, capped off by a 43 yard burst and a 56-0 advantage.
App was 11-of-15 for 142 yards and four touchdowns on the afternoon. Guarino caught three passes (two for touchdowns).
The Cougars held William Paterson to just 110 offensive yards on the day, while forcing four fumbles.
Kean heads to Wesley next Saturday to continue NJAC action.