UTICA — Even without the team’s top two running backs, the Union College football team kept on rolling Saturday.
Without Ike Irabor or Michael Fiore in the lineup, Union got four touchdown passes from William Bellamy, and the Dutchmen scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 30-9 victory over Utica College.
Bellamy completed 13 of 25 passes for 182 yards. Robbie Tolbert caught eight passes for 114 yards and Andre Ross Jr. hauled in four passes for 62 yards for the Dutchmen (4-0), with each receiver hauling in a pair of touchdowns.
Union started hot, with Bellamy connecting with Ross and Tolbert on touchdowns in the game’s first 10 minutes for a 14-0 lead, but the Dutchmen were unable to continue pressing the advantage as three field goals from Utica (3-1) kicker Maki Medici pulled the Pioneers within 14-9 at the half.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Union finally pulled away early in the fourth when Bellamy hit Ross for a 14-yard touchdown. Two plays later, Union’s Matt Cerminaro forced a fumble by Nate Palmer that Daniel Gioiso recovered for the Dutchmen, setting up Bellamy’s 11-yard scoring strike to Tolbert on the next snap.
Union will open Liberty League play this coming Saturday at Buffalo State.
Union 14 0 0 16 — 30
Utica 3 6 0 0 — 9
Union — Ross 20 pass from Bellamy (Lau kick)
Union — Tolbert 44 pass from Bellamy (Lau kick)
Utica — Medici 30 field goal
Utica — Medici 42 field goal
Utica — Medici 24 field goal
Union — Ross 14 pass from Bellamy (Lau kick)
Union — Tolbert 11 pass from Bellamy (kick failed)
Union — Lau 22 field goal
RPI ROLLS TO 4-0
TROY — George Marinopoulos threw five touchdown passes — three of them to Peter Lombardi — as RPI cruised to a 41-7 victory over St. John Fisher.
Marinopoulos completed 21 of 25 passes for 252 yards, with Lombardi hauling in 10 passes for 86 yards as the Engineers (4-0) piled up 472 yards of offense and kept St. John Fisher (2-2) off the board until there was 1:25 left in the fourth quarter
SJF 0 0 0 7 — 7
RPI 13 21 7 0 — 41
RPI — Lombardi 8 pass from Marinopoulos (conversion failed)
RPI — Lombardi 10 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Palmer 24 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Goldsmith 9 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Lombardi 1 pass from Marinopoulos (MacDougall kick)
RPI — Burnett 2 run (MacDougall kick)
SJF — Nolan 4 run (Dotterweich kick)