Union, N.J. (9/22/18) – Southern Virginia University bested the Kean University football team by the final of 14-9 on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.
Akiva Wedge led the Knights (1-3, 1-3 NJAC) with 128 rushing yards on 18 carries with one touchdown. The win was also the first for head coach Edwin Mulitalo in his first season.
Louie Zambardino led the Kean (0-3, 0-2 NJAC) defense with eight total tackles, two and half for a loss, one fumble recovery and one interception.
The Cougars broke through with their first points of the season with a 21 yard field goal from Marcin Zadlo on their second possession in the first quarter.
The Knights used two Kean penalties late in the second quarter to push into Cougar territory. Caden Brewster hauled in a 37 yard pass bringing the ball down to the two yard line and two plays later Tate Briggs pushed the pile for the one yard touchdown run and a 7-3 lead.
Southern Virginia took advantage of great field position after a Sergio Mamone fumble recovery early in the third quarter put the Knights at the Kean 21 yard line. Briggs used one pass to Josh Newman to jump ahead, 14-3.
Kean responded later in the same quarter using five plus minutes to march 54 yards on 11 plays. Jameer Campbell brought down a four yard pass from Rylan Pangborn in the corner to inch the Cougars closer at 14-9. Kean elected to try the two point conversion but failed.
The Cougars had opportunities in the fourth quarter and appeared to take the lead on another Campbell TD, but the score was called back for a penalty, one of 11 on the day for Kean and 22 overall in the contest.
For Kean, Pangborn was 19-of-40 for 121 yards and one touchdown. On defense Dietrich Trumbauer collected seven tackles while teammate DeShawn Reed recorded six with one and half for a loss as well as a half sack.
For the Knights, Briggs was 8-of-17 for 106 yards and one touchdown. Defensively Jason Siaosi led all players with nine tackles, one for a loss, a six yard sack.
The Cougars will host Montclair State University next Saturday, September 29th at 7 p.m.