NORTH ANDOVER — Behind a record setting game by the Merrimack College offense, the Warriors whipped Saint Anselm yesterday in front of the home fans at Martone-Mejail Field by the score of 81-35.
The top ranked offense in the Northeast-10 accounted for a team-record 524 yards in the first half of play alone while putting up a school record 53 points.
The Warriors broke several Northeast-10 Conference records as they scored 81 points, recorded 801 total yards and racked up 553 passing yards. Senior quarterback Joe Clancy broke the Northeast-10 Conference record for passing yards in a game with 553 yards, total yards in a game with 561 and tied the conference record for passing touchdowns with seven passing scores. All of Clancy’s stats were accumulated in just three quarters of action.
Clancy finished the game going 27 for 42 for 553 yards and seven touchdowns while All-American wide receiver Isaiah Voegeli tied a school record with four touchdowns and broke his own NE-10 record with 269 receiving yards.
Freshman Jere Brown had a career-day as he finished with three catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Shane Ferguson finished his game off with 66 yards on three catches in the victory. Leading the Merrimack rushing attack was senior Jimon Hill, who finished with 77 yards on 13 carries while Jesse Fowler (Lynn, Mass.) ran for 46 yards.
The Warriors opened up their scoring in the first half as Clancy found Voegeli open down the field for a 65-yard touchdown.
The Warriors took a 53-7 lead into halftime. Clancy put up monster numbers in the first half as he finished 20 for 29 for 381 yards and five touchdowns while his favorite target, Voegeli, finished with a first half record of eight catches for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively the Warriors were led by senior Artis Holt, who finished the game with a team-high seven tackles and an interception. Justin Hood played well for Merrimack as he finished the game with seven tackles.
Voegeli now leads the NE-10 in all receiving categories as he has racked up 76 catches for 1,086 yards and 11 touchdowns while Clancy also leads the NE-10 in all passing categories.
Merrimack (4-3, 3-3 NE-10) will hit the road next Saturday for a 2 p.m. game at Bentley.
League records Team-- 81 points, 801 total yards, 524 yards and 53 points in the first half QB Joe Clancy -- 553 passing yards, 7 TD passes (ties mark), 561 total yards Receiver Isaiah Voegeli -- 269 receiving yards