GAME #9: Plymouth State University (1-7) at Mount Ida College (5-2)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, 1:00 p.m., Mount Ida Field, Newton, Mass.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The football season comes to an end for Plymouth State University this Saturday when the Panthers travel to Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., for a non-conference encounter against the upstart Mustangs.
A pair of Division III independents, the Panthers and Mustangs will kick things off at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Ida Field. Plymouth State is looking to finish a difficult season on a positive note, while Mount Ida, which has already clinched the first winning season in the program’s six-year history, looks to wrap up its campaign with a five-game winning streak.
After a big victory over Husson College two weeks ago to snap its long losing streak, Plymouth State (1-7) couldn’t make it two in a row and suffered a 26-0 loss to Buffalo State in last Saturday’s home finale. The Panther offense that put up 381 yards against Husson managed only 112 yards against Buff. State. PSU will need to see the team that performed well in the Husson win to knock off Mount Ida.
The Mustangs (5-2) are riding a four-game winning streak and this week emerged into the New England Division III poll for the first time, landing in the 10th spot. Mount Ida has solid wins over Maine Maritime, Husson, Utica, Hartwick and William Paterson, with losses to Norwich and St. John Fisher. The Mustangs have shown solid growth over its six year history, going 4-6 in 2003 in what was then the strongest season until this fall.
Saturday’s game will be the third football meeting between Plymouth State and Mount Ida, with the Panthers capturing the first two. PSU won the first game in Plymouth in 2000, 47-8, as Mount Ida was struggling through a winless campaign. The following season in Newton, Plymouth State came away with a 43-13 victory.
Sophomore safety Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central) is having a strong season for the Panther defense. He leads the team with 69 tackles, and has recorded two interceptions, two fumble returns, two blocked kicks, three pass break-ups, and a forced fumble. Sophomore QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) runs the Panther offense, and two of his favorite targets are freshman TE Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass./South) and freshman WR Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.).
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