NORTH ANDOVER — American International quarterback Rob Parent had thrown 10 touchdowns on the season entering yesterday afternoon's Northeast-10 matchup at Merrimack College.

He came close to doubling that total yesterday — before halftime.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior had seven scoring passes among his first 10 completions as the Yellow Jackets pounded the Warriors 59-19.

"I think our team is really good against man-to-man defense," said Parent, who completed 14 of 21 attempts for 328 yards. "We match up better one on one against anyone in the conference. But if you'd told me I would have seven (touchdowns), I'd have said that might be a stretch."

AIC (4-4 overall, 4-2 conference) ranked last among the nine conference squads, averaging only 12.9 points per game, but needed only 11 plays to eclipse that mark en route to a 49-7 halftime advantage. Parent averaged 23.4 yards per completion. Four different receivers caught at least one touchdown, including Trevor Perryman who had three and 171 yards on seven receptions.

"We had two weeks to prepare for them," Parent said. "(The Warriors) changed up things defensively this year, but we practiced hard. We were disappointed against New Haven when our offense didn't put up a single point. Today, we knew everything we were going to do from snap No. 1."

Things went so well for AIC, that it even scored its second rushing touchdown of the year when Mike Mayo scampered in from 5 yards out for its final score. Merrimack (3-5, 3-3) helped the Yellow Jackets with four lost fumbles and an interception.

"I don't think it was an effort issue," Merrimack coach John Perry said. "I think the kids played hard, it's just that we turned the ball over. We gave them the ball too many times. You can't do that and when games."

Merrimack played most of the game without Greg Abelli, who was the nation's third leading receiver in yards per game. He injured his leg in the first period, and quarterback James Suozzo spent most of the second half with an ice pack on his right knee. Sophomore backup Joe Clancy from Newburyport played well in relief, completing 19 of his 27 attempts for 221 yards and his first career touchdown with 29 seconds left.


AIC (4-4, 4-2) 14 35 0 10 — 59

Merrimack (3-5, 3-3) 0 7 0 12 — 19

First Quarter

AIC — Davon LeGrier 54 pass from Rob Parent (Ryan Brooks-Newton kick), 10:13

AIC — Trevor Perryman 23 pass from Parent (Brooks-Newton kick), 5:26

Second Quarter

MER — Omari Mobley 14 pass from James Suozzo (Greg Molloy kick), 14:10

AIC — Perryman 8 pass from Parent (Brooks-Newton kick), 13:03

AIC — Andre Samuels 28 pass from Parent (Brooks-Newton kick), 12:54

AIC — Cal Brownridge 17 pass from Parent (Brooks-Newton kick), 10:07

AIC — Samuels 14 pass from Parent (Brooks-Newton kick), 4:40

AIC — Perryman 54 pass from Parent (Brooks-Newton kick), 0:59

Fourth Quarter

AIC — FG Brooks-Newton 25

MER — Joe Clancy 2 run (Molloy kick), 8:59

AIC — Mike Mayo 5 run (Brooks-Newton kick), 4:01

MER — Shane Ferguson 2 pass from Clancy (Molloy kick), 0:29


RUSHING: AIC (41-270) — Terrell Williams 17-132, LeGrier 3-61, Mayo 10-36, Courtney Stephenson 4-14, Brownridge 1-12, Parent 3-11, Bryant Fitzgerald 3-4; MER (28-29) — Jimon Hill 11-38, Greg Abelli 1-9, Anthony Smalls 3-4, Shane Ferguson 1-3, Clancy 3-(-8), Suozzo 9-(-17)

PASSING: AIC — Parent 14-21-0, 328; MER — Suozzo 17-32-1, 169, Clancy 19-27-0, 221

RECEIVING: AIC — Perryman 7-171, LeGrier 3-91, Samuels 2-42, Brownridge 1-17, Stephenson 1-7; MER — Mobley 10-90, Ferguson 8-92, Clancy 7-54, Isaiah Voegelli 75-95, Steve Serwon 4-49, Quinn McDonough 1-11, Abelli 1-(-1)

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