Byline: John McGuirk
BUZZARDS BAY - As good as the month of September was to Worcester State, the hope among players and coaches was that October would be better.
Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan for the Lancers in yesterday's NEFC Bogan Division game at Mass. Maritime Academy. The Lancers looked uninspired and disinterested at times in a last-minute, 23-19 loss to the Buccaneers at Clear Harbors Stadium.
"Coming down here, (MMA) always plays us tough," said Worcester State coach Brien Cullen, whose teams have lost three straight years to the Buccaneers. "We made some poor choices as far as our passing game goes. It was basically nonexistent today. Some turnovers hurt us, and some pass-interference penalties hurt us, too.
"All we can do is go on from here and try to get it back next week."
Senior quarterback Tony Tokarz struggled, completing just 9 of 25 passes for 99 yards with an interception. Worcester State (5-1, 2-1) finished with 329 total yards, much of that coming from senior running back Marcus Price, who gained 202 yards on 31 attempts. The Doherty High product has rushed for 937 yards in six games.
But Price's efforts weren't enough to overtake the Bucs (3-2, 1-2).
With 2:48 remaining, the Lancers grabbed their first lead, 19-16, on Tekena Omoezbekuse's 2-yard run. Worcester State's Clifford Oratokhai then picked off MMA quarterback Mike Stanton on the ensuing drive.
But in the Lancers' efforts to run out the clock, Price was hit by linebacker Walter Butler, fumbled, and former St. John's High...