WORCESTER — The Massachusetts State Wolverines defeated the Worcester County Wildcats, 22-6, in a New England Football League season-opener at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium Saturday night.
Running back Alexander Givens-Perry had a rushing touchdown for the Wildcats in the loss.
“There are a lot of little pieces and moving parts that we just weren’t able to have clicking,” Wildcats coach Dennis Faulkner said. “There was never a point where we just didn’t have it. It’s just the little mental mistakes. Those are the things that stopped the ball from moving.”
The Wolverines struggled to find a reliable way to pick up yards for most of the night. The Wildcats’ only touchdown opportunity was created by an interception by defensive back Luis Figueroa with 1:46 left in the second quarter.
Figueroa returned the interception to the Wolverines 10-yard line. Givens-Perry cashed in on the opportunity and ran in for the team’s lone touchdown on the next play.
Despite the loss, a bright spot for the Wildcats was the play of their defense, especially in the passing phase. Figueroa, linebacker Emile Bazile and linebacker Andrew Reid were a big part of the unit’s performance.
Bazile wreaked havoc in the open field with big touchdown saving tackles, and racked up crowd-enthusing tackles for losses in the Wolverines backfield. With 2:06 left in the third quarter, Reid came up big with a red-z