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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week 2 New Haven Notebook

A1: Playing with the New Haven A-team wasn’t new to back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson, who practiced with them early in training camp when starting senior quarterback Ryan Osiecki was out with strep throat. So on Saturday against St. Augustine’s University when Osiecki left the game in the first quarter with a bruised throwing hand, Nelson eased in and finished with 150 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to lead the Chargers over the Falcons 24-21.
According to coach Pete Rossomando, Osiecki hurt the hand in Week 1 as well. The coach said Osiecki couldn’t grip the football but, he should be okay.
“He probably could’ve played,” Rossomando said. “I decided to keep him out. I didn’t want him to get that next big hit.”
Nelson usually takes some snaps with the A-team in games to run keepers. He looked good in camp and got extra reps with Osiecki out.
“He’s exactly what we thought he would be,” the coach said. “Ryan is 1, he’s 1A.”
NAIL BITER: The last time New Haven won a game this close was a 35-32 Week 1 win over West Chester last season. With New Haven up 24-21 with 19 seconds left in the game, St. Augustine’s junior quarterback Teddy Bacote threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 4 from the Falcons’ 31-yard line, ending St. Augustine’s chances of an upset.
AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…: The Chargers have been outscored 10-0 in the first quarter this season but, in the second quarter have outscored opponents 31-7. Last night New Haven trailed 7-0 after one before scoring 10 in the second. Against Merrimack in Week 1, New Haven trailed 3-0 after one and outscored Merrimack 21-7 in the second quarter.
RECORDS: New Haven is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Northeast-10.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson passed for 150 yards, two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Junior linebacker Matthew Fallico led the team with eight tackles, four for a loss, a sack and an interception.
WATCH: Post game interview with coach Pete Rossomando right here courtesy of

UP NEXT:  At Pace in Pleasantville, N.Y. at 1 p.m.


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