The Mustangs received a 45-20 defeat against the Cortland State Red Dragons

Morrisville State’s football team remained unable to capture its first victory of the season after the Mustangs were defeated 45-20 by the Cortland State Red Dragons on the road.

The Mustangs (0-8 overall, 0-7 Empire 8 Conference) received their ninth loss in their last 10 games going back to last season. The Red Dragons moved into seventh place in the nine-team Empire 8 while MSC remains in last place according to Division III sports site D3football.com.

The Red Dragons (4-5, 2-5 E8) were in the driver seat for the majority of the game. Sophomore quarterback Brett Segala played an efficient game for Cortland completing 28 of 39 passing attempts for 322 yards and four touchdowns.

MSC put together a successful eight play, 79 yard drive on its opening possession that was finished off by a 24 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Corey Benedetto to junior running back Darrel West. However, Morrisville struggled offensively the rest of the day. The Mustangs had four turnovers.

Benedetto ended the day nine of 15 for 182 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Gwinner completed 10 of 19 for 103 yards and two interceptions. Gwinner’s third-quarter interception led to a 39-yard touchdown return for Cortland.

Junior wide receiver Kyle Flash had three receptions for a team-high 95 yards, while junior wide receiver Joseph Faniel had a team-high seven receptions for 82 yards. Sophomore running back Nick Edmond led the team in rushing with seven rushes for 58 yards. MSC finished with 407 total yards as compared to 439 from Cortland State.

The Mustangs were led defensively by junior linebacker Lucas Graves, who racked up nine tackles including seven solo stops and one tackle for loss. Senior cornerback Martell Robinson collected eight tackles. Junior safety Tim Webber was able to snatch an interception in the fourth quarter.

MSC will face off against BrockPort College at home Nov. 5 in another E8 battle. The Mustangs have two games left on the season and they’re both at home.

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