by Jesse Frazier
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — As the calendar turns to October, it is finally time for Homecoming and the annual Bridgewater State football game! Homecoming and Family Day activities begin October 18 while the football game happens Saturday, where the Bears take on UMass Dartmouth at home. The Bears earned their first win October 5 on the road against Fitchburg State, a dominant 50-6 victory. The Bears travel to Worcester State on October 11 before the Homecoming game the following Saturday.
The Bears hold a 2-3 record on the season with the difference in two of their losses being by less than a touchdown. Their wins on the season were not so close, with a 50-6 win over Fitchburg State and a 41-17 victory over Westfield State. The Bears scored 35 points in the first half against Fitchburg while shutting them out on defense, leading to a quick decision. Bridgewater State was solid all day, holding Fitchburg to 195 total yards on defense while gaining 429 yards of offense. The Bears defense also forced three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble.
Running back Nick Santavicca’s effort on the ground opened the gates for Bridgewater State’s pass attack. Quarterback Stefano D’Emilia and wide receiver Maurice Ashley also kept a constant connection in Fitchburg with 160 yards with 2 touchdowns. Ashley caught both of D’Emilia’s passing touchdowns on the game.
These convincing wins were what the Bears needed to snap an early three-game losing streak and return to form. One game remains before Homecoming, and the Bears have the chance to return to .500 in time for the most anticipated game of the season.
The Bears play the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs October at Swenson Field on October 19 at 2:30 p.m.