The Morrisville State and Utica College football teams turned in a thriller Saturday.
Offense was on display in the Empire 8 Conference meeting that needed more than regulation to decide a winner with a few local standouts providing the highlights.
Former Notre Dame High School standout Kinsey Williams plunged in from a yard-out on Morrisville’s second possession of overtime to help the Mustangs rally and earn a 54-51 victory Saturday to put a damper on Utica College’s homecoming game at Gaetano Stadium.
The teams combined for 1,045 yards of offense and there were seven lead changes in regulation.
Utica accumulated a season-high 555 yards of total offense — tied for seventh-most in program history — with help from 237 yards on the ground. High-powered Morrisville — which was averaging 389 yards per game — finished with 490, with 381 coming by air.
The teams traded touchdowns on their first possessions of overtime.
Maki Medici’s third field goal of the game — his 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation helped forced the extra frame — helped give the Pioneers (1-2, 3-3) a 51-48 advantage on the team’s second possession of overtime.
On the ensuing possession, Morrisville used eight plays — and help from a pass interference call in the end zone — to get Williams’ winning touchdown and edge Utica for the third consecutive season. Morrisville also notched a 37-35 victory at Utica in the 2017 season finale.
Morrisville had a 20-10 lead in the second quarter before Utica rallied with touchdown runs by former Thomas R. Proctor High School standout Jamarious Morgan and Rome Free Academy star Brad Dougherty that helped the Pioneers grab a 24-20 halftime lead.
Williams finished with 116 yards and three touchdowns and added 73 yards receiving on six receptions for Morrisville (1-2 Empire, 3-4 overall), which snapped a two-game losing streak and go into a bye week on a positive note.
Quarterback Bill Flatow threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns on 30-of-47 passing. Toure Hall had 188 yards and two scores on 14 catches.
Morgan — in his first season with Utica after stops at Wagner and Cortland State — continued his strong play with 162 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Dougherty added 62 yards on the ground.
Former Proctor star Logan Wilcox threw for 318 yards and three scores — connecting with Vernon-Verona-Sherrill standout Nate Palmer, former Notre Dame star Kevin Warmack and leading receiver Peyton Miller — but also was intercepted three times.
Utica plays its next three games on the road, beginning with a matchup against Brockport next weekend.
Hamilton 31, Amherst 28
Hamilton rallied in the second half to pull off the New England Small College Athletic Conference victory.
Sam Thoreen connected on a 40-yard field goal with four seconds to play to help the Continentals secure a 31-28 victory over Amherst on Saturday at Steuben Field in Clinton.
Thoreen finished with three field goals on the day for Hamilton (3-3 NESCAC, 3-3 overall), which had dropped back-to-back games.
Amherst (4-2, 4-2) totaled 488 yards on offense. Hamilton had 326.
Hamilton trailed 28-17 with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but rallied with Thoreen’s second field goal of the game, a short David Kagan touchdown run and a Christian Donahue conversion catch to pull even with Amherst.
Kenny Gray finished with 193 yards rushing and a touchdown pass for the Continentals.
Quarterback Ollie Eberth had 220 yards passing (and two interceptions ) as well as a team-best 130 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Colgate 21, Cornell 20
Alex Mathews scored the winning touchdown late in the third quarter and Colgate stopped Cornell on downs with less than a minute to play, securing a 21-20 victory Saturday to halt a seven game, season-opening slide.
Mathews led all rushers with 94 yards on nine carries. His touchdown run capped a 78-yard drive late in the third quarter, giving the Raiders (1-7) a 21-17 lead.
Garrett Patta cut the gap to 21-20 with his 29-yard field goal after the Big Red stalled at the 11-yard line early in the fourth quarter. After that, Cornell (1-4) punted twice and its final drive, which ground 47 yards in 11 plays, ended when Richie Kenney passed incomplete on fourth-and-3 with 31 seconds left to play.
Cornell had been 3 for 3 on fourth-down conversions to that point.
Kenney passed for 268 yards. Jelani Taylor took a fumble recovery 87 yards for a Big Red score to end the first half trailing 14-7.
Grant Breneman went 19-for-27 for 224 yards for Colgate, an FCS quarterfinalist last season and preseason favorite in the Patriot League.