BUZZARDS BAY, MA - Senior running back Kyle McKinnon (New London, CT) scored touchdowns of nine and one yards to lead the Western Connecticut State University football team to a 23-13 victory at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials, now 6-0 oveall and atop the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference at 4-0, out-rushed the Buccaneers, 141-56 on the day.
McKinnon put WestConn up, 7-0 with a nine-yard run at the 12:16 mark of the second quarter and Jordan D'Onofrio (Orange, CT) added on the extra point.
McKinnon rushed 26 times for 122 yards, an average of 4.7 yards a carry.
James converted 15 of 30 passes for 201 yards and was picked off once while Calamita amassed 111 yards on six receptions.
Lucas DeSouza (Bridgeport, CT) joined Calamita with a team-leading six catches, gaining 68 yards.
"We knew going in to the game that it would be highly competitive game based on how they play us every year," said WestConn head coach Joe Loth.
The Buccaneers cut their deficit in half after Connor Reynolds scored on a two-year run with 2:23 left before intermssion. George Lampros added the extra point to cap off a four-play, 68-yard drive.
After a scoreless third quarter, McKinnon scored from one yard out, just 1:22 into the final period and the Colonials led, 21-7.
WestConn added two insurance points when it tallied a safety with 8:24 remaining in the contest.
As the clock wound down, Mass. Maritime drew within 10 points, 23-13 when Will Bennett pulled down a 28-yards TD pass from back up quarterback John Teehan. The two-point attempt failed.
Defensively, Derek Jones (Middletown, CT) led the winners with 10 tackles. He registered two and one half tackles for a loss and one and a half quarterback sacks.
"Our defense was consistent today but our offense was not as fluid as we wanted it to be," added Loth.
The Colonials were able to run out the clock and keep their win streak alive heading into next week's Homecoming Day game against Bridgewater State University. Game time against the Bears is set for 6 pm.