GAME #7: Curry College (7-0, 4-0) at Plymouth State University (2-4, 2-2)
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, 1:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University football team will have its hands full this Saturday when high-flying Curry College comes to town for a New England Football Conference Boyd Division contest.
The Panthers and Colonels will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Currier Field. After a pair of road games, Plymouth State (2-4 overall, 2-2 NEFC Boyd) returns home looking to stop a two-game losing streak, while Curry (7-0 overall, 4-0 NEFC Boyd) arrives with a perfect season intact. PSU still has a chance to finish the season above the .500 mark, while Curry has its sight set on its fourth consecutive NEFC title.
PSU is coming off back-to-back road defeats to NEFC foes Endicott and Nichols, two teams who are tied for second behind Curry in the Boyd Division. The Panthers continue to feature a strong running game, keeping the ball on the ground on 281 of its 395 plays from scrimmage, with QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) and RBs Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) and John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) carrying the load. WR Drew Richardson (Newburgh, Maine) is having a solid season and is the team’s leading receiver. Safeties Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central) and Mike Lannon (Sharon, Mass.) have spearheaded the Panther defense, and both have been selected this year to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll.
Curry, ranked No. 3 in New England, is looking for its 15th consecutive regular season victory. The Colonels won their last seven regular season contests last fall before capturing the NEFC championship game in double overtime over Fitchburg State. The only setback since then was a 37-22 decision to Delaware Valley in the NCAA Tournament. Curry is rolling again this season, winning all seven games by an average score of 28-6, including last Saturday’s 35-14 victory at Endicott in a battle of the only two unbeaten Boyd Division teams. Curry has been the class of the NEFC in recent years, winning the last three championship games.
Saturday will be the 23rd meeting on the gridiron between Plymouth State and Curry, and the first since 1997. Plymouth State has a 16-6 advantage in the career series, including wins in the last 15 encounters. Curry won six of the first seven games between 1971-77 during Plymouth State’s first stint in the NEFC, but it has been all Panthers ever since. PSU has won the last three and four of the last five by shutout, including a 42-0 non-conference verdict the last time they met in 1997.
NEFC RANKINGS: All 16 teams are pooled together for the NEFC team and individual rankings, and PSU is in the middle of the pack in most categories. The Panthers are eighth in total defense (allowing 276 yards per game) and 10th in total offense (gaining 257 yards per game). PSU is fourth in passing defense (123 yards/game) and sixth in rushing offense (165 yards/game).
WEEKLY HONORS: Here is the list of Panthers who have received NEFC weekly honors this season:
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)
Oct. 16 DB Mike Lannon (NEFC Honor Roll)
PSU AT CURRIER FIELD: The Panthers have enjoyed plenty of success over the years at Currier Field, capturing over two-thirds of the contests. Plymouth State now has an all-time home record of 124-53-3 for a .697 winning percentage. PSU was 3-2 at home last season and is 2-0 this fall.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Panthers have two more NEFC Boyd Division games remaining. PSU make its final road trip next Saturday to Cambridge, Mass., to take on MIT, then wraps up the season in two weeks, Nov. 4, here at Currier Field against Salve Regina. Curry makes its run at the NEFC title with games next Saturday at home against Nichols and on Nov. 4 at UMass Dartmouth. The NEFC Championship game is Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Bogan Division winner.
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