Bombers bomb, Engineers victorious

THE RENSSELAER FOOTBALL TEAM MANAGED a victory against Ithaca this past weekend, bringing them to a 4 – 2 record for the season.

Rensselaer won 27–14 against Ithaca College after a last-minute surge in the fourth quarter gave them four touchdowns. The victory puts the Engineers at 4–2 overall for the season.

Ithaca scored the first touchdown of the game after driving the ball 75 yards on six plays and completing four passes, the last of which was a 26-yard strike into the end zone in the 13th minute. The game remained at 7–0 until the fourth quarter, despite the Engineers making it to the red zone multiple times.

In the third quarter, Rensselaer began a game-tying drive, going 88 yards on 13 plays. The biggest play was a 33-yard completion from quarterback George Marinopoulos ’21 to running back Delano Munoz Whatts ’20, bringing the ball to the seven yard line. Marinopoulos found wide receiver Keaton Ackermann ’19 in the end zone, putting Rensselaer on the scoreboard in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Kicker Christian Kapp ’18 took the kick for an extra point.

The score stayed tied for most of the fourth quarter until, with four minutes left in the game, running back Maleik Kelly ’20 made a six-yard run after the Engineers made a four-play, 24-yard drive. The Engineers made it to the 24-yard line after a 10-yard punt return by wide receiver Conor Davies ’19. In the next play of the drive, linebacker Alec Hazard ’20 intercepted a pass and returned it the 8-yard line, and running back Mike Tivinis ’18 took it to the end zone. Both touchdowns were followed up immediatley with kicks by Kapp, bringing the final score to 21–7.

Ithaca made up some ground in the end of the fourth quarter, driving the ball 75 yards on 11 plays and making a touchdown with just 36 seconds left in the game. Ackermann recovered the ball, but Rensselaer was forced to punt. Ithaca got the ball to their 15-yard line and gained another 10 yards in their first play, but in their second play and the last play of the game, defensive back DJ Stefonsky ’19 fell on the ball in the end zone after a series of laterals, putting the final score at 27–14.

Rensselaer will play a non-league away game this Saturday against Alfred University.