Fordham’s Defense Rallies the Rams Past Lafayette

by Mike Watts
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Fordham clinches first winning season since 2007

Things didn’t look good after 7 minutes and 11 seconds.  Fordham (6-4) was down 10-0, and were missing their top defensive performer in Mike Martin.  Fordham would not be denied this afternoon at Jack Coffey Field, coming away with a 36-27 victory over the Lafayette Leopards (5-5).

The defense stiffened up in the second half, holding the Leopards scoreless in the second half before a late touchdown in the two minute drill put Lafayette on the board.  Fordham trailed at half 20-17, but outscored the Leopards the rest of the way 19-7.  Interceptions by Brendan Melanophy and Jake Dixon gave Fordham good opportunities to score during the game, but Jordan Chapman did it all himself on his interception. Chapman picked off a pass and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown with the third quarter clock winding down to give Fordham an insurmountable 31-20 lead.  The pick six was Chapman’s first career interception.

Carlton Koonce was outstanding yet again with 189 yards on 31 carries. Ryan Higgins completed 10 of 18 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brian Wetzel, who finished with 100 yards receiving.  Ian Williams made 14 tackles on the game, a team high. Kassim Forbes added 7 tackles while playing at the SAM linebacker where Mike Martin usually roams. 

For the Leopards, it was sophomore Zach Zweizig who did the most damage through the air, completing 22/35 for 285 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.  Andrew Shoop entered the game for a short time after a brutal hit on Zweizig and finished 6/9 passing for 84 yards and a late touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Through the air, Mike Duncan finished with a career high 5 receptions for a career high 124 yards.  Mark Ross was also effective, finishing with 10 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.  Jamel Smith added a touchdown and ninety yards.

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