October 24, 2014
COLLEGE CAPSULE PREVIEWS
Saint Anselm vs. Assumption
When and where: Friday (7 p.m.) at Multi-Sport Stadium, Worcester, Mass.
Team records: Saint Anselm is 5-2 overall (4-2 in the Northeast-10); Assumption is 4-3 overall (4-2 in the Northeast-10).
Noteworthy: These teams are in a three-way tie with New Haven for third place in the Northeast-10. ... Saint Anselm has lost two in a row since a 5-0 start and has been outscored 97-47 in those two losses. ... Assumption enters this contest on a three-game winning streak. ... Saint Anselm quarterback Yianni Gavalas leads the Northeast-10 in passing yards per game (323.4). The Hawks also lead the league in rushing touchdowns with 18. ... Assumption ranks first among Northeast-10 teams in sacks with 25.
Plymouth State vs. Framingham State
When and where: Saturday (noon) at Currier Field, Plymouth.
Team records: Plymouth State is 1-5 overall (0-4 MASCAC); Framingham State is 5-1 overall (4-0 MASCAC).
Noteworthy: This is a matchup between teams at opposite ends of the MASCAC standings. ... Framingham State has won four in a row. Plymouth State will be attempting to end a four-game losing streak. ... The Rams, the No. 1 team in the MASCAC preseason poll, are No. 3 in this week's New England Division III Poll. ... Framingham State quarterback Matt Silva is tied for the league lead in TD passes (16). ... Plymouth State running back Mark Hennessy has run for a team-high 275 yards this season and is tied for fifth in the MASCAC with four TDs. ... The Panthers rank third among MASCAC teams in time of possession (30:54).
Franklin Pierce vs. Navy
When and where: Saturday (noon) at Sodexo Field, Rindge.
Team records: Franklin Pierce is is 2-3 in the Collegiate Spring Football League; Navy is 5-0 in the CSFL.
Noteworthy: Navy enters this game ranked No. 1 in the CSFL in scoring defense (13.8), rushing defense (5.8) and rushing offense (242.4). Navy is also second in scoring offense (38.6). ... Franklin Pierce is third among CSFL teams in total defense (284.4) and sixth in total offense (262.0). ... Franklin Pierce running back Andrew Jean has run for a team-high 434 yards on 91 carries this season. He has scored four TDs.
Dartmouth vs. Columbia
When and where: Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Robert K. Kraft Field, New York City.
Team records: Dartmouth is 4-1 overall (2-0 Ivy League); Columbia is 0-5 overall (0-2 Ivy League).
Noteworthy: Dartmouth has won three in a row since losing to UNH. ... Columbia is seeking its first victory since the 2012 season. The Lions have lost their last 16 games. ... Columbia's No. 1 problem this season has been its running game. The Lions rank last among FCS school in rushing yardage per game (45.8). ... Dartmouth has been outgained in each of its five games. ... Dartmouth's Dalyn Williams is third among Dartmouth QBs in career TD passes with 28. Jay Fiedler holds the record (58).
UNH vs. Stony Brook
When and where: Saturday (3 p.m.) at Cowell Stadium, Durham.
Team records: UNH is 5-1 overall (3-0 CAA); Stony Brook is 4-4 overall (3-1 CAA).
Noteworthy: The UNH offense will be facing a stiff test since Stony Brook leads the nation -- FBC and FCS schools -- in total defense (220.5 yards per game). The Seawolves have allowed nine touchdowns and nine field goals in their eight games. ... Stony Brook has won three in a row and allowed 13 points in those three victories. ... UNH is 3-0 at home this season and has outscored its opponents 129-49 in those three games. ... UNH has a 2-0 record against Stony Brook, which joined the CAA in 2013. ... Stony Brook leads the CAA defense (11.0 ppg.), but the Seawolves are ninth in scoring offense (15.0 ppg.).
October 23, 2014
The Seawolves bring their physical and touted defense to town on Saturday to take on No. 3 New Hampshire and its high-powered offense at Cowell Stadium in a 3 p.m. game.
The Wildcats look to keep pace with Villanova atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings. UNH has won five straight to improve to 5-1 overall and is 3-0 in the league. Villanova, which plays a nonconference game against Morgan State this weekend, is 6-1 and 4-0.
Stony Brook wants to hone in on the frontrunners, too. The Seawolves have won three straight and are 4-4 overall and 3-1 in the CAA.
UNH beat Stony Brook, 31-13, last year on the road.
"You watch film on them and they're a very physical bunch," said senior running back Nico Steriti. "We knew this last year playing them. They were a new CAA team and you kind of underestimate those types of teams. We found out real quick last year playing against them. They were real physical. They flew around and we knew this team would be good coming back this year."
The Seawolves have been outstanding on defense. They are allowing just 11 points a game to lead the CAA in scoring defense and lead the league and country with just 220.5 yards allowed a game.
"You find out a lot about your opponent throughout the game and how they react to certain things," Steriti said. "They were the type of defense last year that yeah, we had some success as an offense and we made some plays, but they were very stout. They had some hits where they had d-linemen folding in very athletically where other teams may not have been able to do that. Their linebackers were great in blitz, great in the open field making tackles. Those are the types of things you recognize in a good defense."
The Seawolves have been better than good in a three-game win streak in particular at Towson, 14-3; home against Maine, 19-7; and at Elon, 14-3.
Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore figures his team will have its hands full with the Wildcats, who average 37.7 points a game.
"I think we're fairly complete," he said. "We're not great in every area by any means. We don't have 11 all-league players. But I think we do enough things covering the ball. I think we can do enough things rushing the passer. We can do enough things in the trenches and cover some of those run plays. I think we're difficult to attack, but I'm sure New Hampshire will find their ways and we will be challenged tremendously."
October 22, 2014
Balsamo (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) also has offers from Wofford and Bryant. Balsamo was an All-Merrimack Valley Conference selection at defensive back last season, when the Raiders won the MIAA Division 1 State Championship.
October 21, 2014
|NHIAA WEEK 8 SCHEDULE|
|MEMORIAL AT EXETER|
|NASHUA SOUTH AT LONDONDERRY|
|SALEM AT NASHUA NORTH|
|GOFFSTOWN AT SPAULDING|
|PORTSMOUTH AT CONCORD|
|KEENE AT PINKERTON|
|MERRIMACK AT TIMBERLANE|
|BEDFORD AT DOVER|
|CENTRAL AT WINNACUNNET|
|LEBANON AT KEARSARGE|
|CONVAL AT SOUHEGAN|
|LACONIA AT KENNETT|
|PLYMOUTH AT MERRIMACK VALLEY|
|TRINITY AT HANOVER|
|WEST AT KINGSWOOD|
|WINDHAM AT MILFORD|
|STEVENS AT FALL MOUNTAIN|
|BISHOP BRADY AT CAMPBELL|
|EPPING-NEWMARKET AT SOMERSWORTH|
|ALVIRNE AT BISHOP BRADY|
|PELHAM AT SANBORN|
|MONADNOCK AT HOLLIS/BROOKLINE|
|FRANKLIN AT NEWPORT|
|RAYMOND AT FARMINGTON-NUTE|
|NEWFOUND AT GIILFORD|
|MASCOMA AT IL/MOULTONBOROUGH|
|BOW AT WINNISQUAM|
October 20, 2014
|The Sports Network FCS Top 25|
|College Football Poll|
|Team (First-place votes)||2014 Record||Points||Previous Rank|
|1.||North Dakota State Bison (152)||7-0||3848||1|
|2.||Eastern Washington Eagles (2)||7-1||3676||2|
|3.||New Hampshire Wildcats||5-1||3402||3|
|4.||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers||7-0||3353||4|
|6.||Jacksonville State Gamecocks||5-1||2996||6|
|8.||Southeastern Louisiana Lions||6-2||2683||8|
|9.||Illinois State Redbirds||6-0||2448||10|
|10.||Montana State Bobcats||6-2||2432||9|
|11.||McNeese State Cowboys||4-2||2181||11|
|13.||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||5-2||1759||18|
|17.||Youngstown State Penguins||5-2||1492||21|
|18.||William & Mary Tribe||4-3||1191||15|
|19.||Eastern Kentucky Colonels||6-1||1097||13|
|20.||Southern Illinois Salukis||5-3||1014||14|
|22.||Indiana State Sycamores||4-3||563||22|
|23.||Northern Iowa Panthers||3-4||402||20|
|24.||Sacred Heart Pioneers||6-1||390||NR|
|25.||Albany Great Danes||5-2||221||NR|
|Others receiving votes: Bryant 119, Charleston Southern 114, Liberty 113, Missouri State 87, Western Carolina 56, Sam Houston State 40, Northwestern State 40, Grambling State 37, Dartmouth 30, James Madison 29, Wofford 22, Alcorn State 22, Delaware 21, Central Arkansas 21, Bucknell 21, North Carolina A&T 21, Jacksonville 20, Stephen F. Austin 14, Tennessee State 14, Western Illinois 13, Presbyterian 13, Northern Arizona 12, Cal Poly 11, Yale 10, Southeast Missouri State 10, Furman 9, South Carolina State 8, Samford 7, Idaho State 3, Monmouth 3, Duquesne 1, Lamar 1.|