|R.J. Harris makes a 72-yard TD reception in Thursday's Blue-White Football Game|
DURHAM, N.H. – Quarterbacks Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) and Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) combined to go 24-for-27 for 299 yards, and R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) hauled in a 72-yard touchdown reception in Team Wild's 21-9 victory over Team 'Cats on Thursday in the University of New Hampshire football Blue-White Game at Cowell Stadium.
Goldrich went 15 of 16 for 135 yards and efficiently ran the two-minute drill that led to a field goal late in the first half. With 1:23 remaining in the second quarter, the sophomore signal caller orchestrated a nine-play, 62-yard drive to the Team Wild 3-yard line. Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) ended the drive –and the half- with a 20-yard field goal to boost the lead to 21-6.
Vailas connected on 9 of 11 passes for 164 yards, highlighted by the 72-yard scoring throw to Harris (six receptions-122 yards, TD) for a 21-6 advantage with 6:08 left in the first half. The junior QB concluded a four-play, 96-yard drive with a 32-yard scoring run that extinguished Team Wild's 3-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) paced the ground attack with six rushes for 63 yards, including two carries for a combined 51 yards during the 96-yard scoring drive.
Senior co-captain Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.) registered three carries for 29 yards and a six-yard TD scamper that bumped Team Cats' lead to 14-3 with 8:33 left in the second quarter; the senior co-captain added six catches for 47 yards.
Ryan Lynch (Atkinson, N.H.) recorded the game's only turnover with an interception that he returned for 13 yards.
Christian Breda (Needham, Mass.) booted a 38-yard field goal to provide Team 'Cats with a 3-0 lead with 4:47 left in the first quarter.
Max Pedinoff (Newtown, Pa.) ended the third quarter with a 20-yard field goal. Head coach Sean McDonnell signaled for the scrimmage to end at that point.
With the preseason now complete, the No. 10/8 Wildcats turn their attention to the season opener at Central Michigan of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) on Saturday, Sept. 7 (3 p.m., ESPN3).
UNH, which shared the 2012 CAA football championship, plays its home opener at Cowell Stadium against defending Patriot League champion Colgate on Saturday, Sept. 14 (12 p.m.). For season tickets and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.