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Pioneers win close football game over Kean

Posted 9/12/22

For the fourth time in a five year period, the Utica University football team has won its first two games of the season.

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Pioneers win close football game over Kean

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UTICA — For the fourth time in a five year period, the Utica University football team has won its first two games of the season.

Host Utica held visiting Kean without an offensive point for the first three quarters, but a fourth quarter interception by Anthony Novello and consequent insurance touchdown from sophomore running back James Salles provided enough security to overcome a late score by Kean and prevail 21-15 in a non-conference game at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium. 

The Pioneers open the season at 2-0, while Kean falls to 0-2. 

Kean amassed a 345-244 advantage in total offense, including a 160-48 rushing yardage gap. The visiting team also had the ball for 37:06 in the game.

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate Nate Palmer made six catches for 138 yards and caught a first quarter touchdown.

The Pioneers will be on the road for the next two weeks, beginning with a road game at Western New England this Saturday afternoon at 1.

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