GAME #3: Plymouth State University (0-2) at William Paterson University (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, 1:00 p.m., Wightman Field, Wayne, N.J.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will be looking to break a two-game losing streak to William Paterson University this Saturday when the two schools square off in a non-conference football game in Wayne, N.J.
The Panthers and Pioneers will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at WPU’s Wightman Field. The only two previous meetings between the schools have been the last two seasons, with WPU winning 30-20 in New Jersey in 2002 and 26-7 last year in Plymouth.
Plymouth State is winless in its first two games this season, but has shown solid improvement over last year. The Panthers have held their first two opponents (Saint Anselm and UMass Dartmouth) to fewer than 300 yards, something they did not do at all in 2003. PSU nearly captured its first win of the season last week, but suffered a 12-10 defeat at the hands of UMD. Leading 10-6 throughout the second half, the Panthers surrendered a touchdown with just over a minute remaining after the Corsairs converted a late first down on fourth-and-long in Panther territory.
William Paterson is also looking for its first victory of the season. The Pioneers were off last Saturday after being handed a 35-0 setback in their season opener to Delaware Valley on Sept. 3. WPU is looking for a breakthrough season in 2004 after suffering through 1-9 campaigns the last two years, although both wins have come against Plymouth State.
Despite the losses, PSU has had some solid performances this fall. Sophomore DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) leads the Panther defense with 18 tackles (13 solo) and one interception. Senior DB Adam Briggs (Peabody, Mass.), who has eight solo tackles, an interception and four pass break-ups, returned a punt 70 yards against UMD for the team’s only touchdown. Sophomore RB Dan Fortier (Salem, N.H.) and sophomore QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) have done the bulk of the work for the Panther offense.
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