GAME #5: Plymouth State University (2-2, 2-0) at Endicott College (3-2, 2-0)
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, 5:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Stadium, Beverly, Mass.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It will be a battle of unbeaten New England Football Conference Boyd Division foes this Saturday when Plymouth State University visits Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.
The Panthers and Gulls will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Endicott’s Multi-Purpose Stadium, the first career meeting on the gridiron between the two schools. Both teams have won their first two Boyd Division games and share first place in the division with Curry College. Plymouth State, 2-2 overall, has bounced back from an 0-2 non-conference start with victories over UMass Dartmouth and Western New England College, while Endicott, 3-2 overall, has posted consecutive conference road wins at Salve Regina and Nichols.
PSU has used a powerful ground game to post wins the last two weeks, running the ball on 111 of its 125 plays from scrimmage. It’s been a strong combination of three backs carrying the load – senior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.), junior RB Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) and sophomore RB John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.). Seastedt has rushed 31 times for 135 yards (4.4 avg.) the past two weeks, while Mack has 36 carries for 133 yards (3.7 avg.) and two touchdowns and DeMarco has 36 carries for 122 yards (3.4 avg.) and four touchdowns. The backs are running behind a veteran offensive line, led by senior four-year starters Joe Fellini (Walpole, Mass.) and Dana Flanders (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding).
The Panthers are ranked fifth among the 16 teams in the NEFC in rushing offense (200.2 yards/game) and eighth in total offense (274.0 yards/game).
Endicott has been a formidable opponent since adding the football program in 2003. After a 4-5 record in their inaugural season, the Gulls have gone 6-4 and 7-3 the past two seasons with 5-1 Boyd Division marks both years. Endicott has outscored its last three opponents 81-10 en route to three straight wins, and received votes in this week’s New England Division III football poll.
Plymouth State will have another tough conference road game next Saturday at Nichols College before returning home on Oct. 21 to host defending NEFC champion and current Boyd Division co-leading Curry College.
NEFC LEADERS: All 16 teams are pooled together for the NEFC team and individual rankings, and PSU is ranked eighth in total offense (274 yards/game) and 10th in total defense (280.5 yards/game). The Panthers are also 11th in both scoring offense (16.8 points/game) and scoring defense (21.2 points/game). PSU is fifth in rushing offense (200.2 yards/game) and leads the NEFC in time of possession (34:40).
WEEKLY HONORS: Two Panthers received NEFC weekly honors last week, bringing the season total to four. Here is the list of PSU honorees:
Sept. 11 RB John DeMarco (NEFC Honor Roll)
Sept. 25 DB Dan Fallon (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 2 QB Tye Seastedt (NEFC Honor Roll), DB Mike Lannon (NEFC Honor Roll)
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