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September 14, 2005

Panther Football to host William Paterson in non-conference game

GAME #3: William Paterson University (1-1, NJAC 0-1) at Plymouth State University (1-1)
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, 1:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University will be looking to make it two victories in a row this Saturday when the Panthers host William Paterson University in a non-conference college football game.

The Panthers and Pioneers will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Currier Field. Plymouth State is looking to build upon last Saturday's 14-7 victory over UMass Dartmouth. PSU has two tough road games coming up and a win Saturday would be a huge boost to the Panthers' confidence. William Paterson, a New Jersey Athletic Conference member from Wayne, N.J., in the middle of three straight road games after an opening-day victory at home.

Plymouth State used a strong defensive performance last week to defeat UMass Dartmouth. Freshman DB Kynan Mello (Beverly, Mass.) led the effort with a stellar day, collecting three interceptions, breaking up three other passes, making four tackles and causing a fumble. Junior DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) was also a key figure, making a team-high eight tackles and intercepting his second pass of the season. Junior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) led the offensive unit, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. His favorite target, sophomore WR Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) caught four passes for 69 yards and his first TD of the season.

WPU got the season off to a good start with a 21-17 victory over Wilkes, but ran into a tough Western Connecticut squad last Saturday and came up on the short end of a 35-0 decision. Led by first-year head coach Mike Miello, the Pioneers had a solid defense effort to hold off a late Wilkes rally and capture the win in Miello's debut. Senior safety Andy Howell was the NJAC Defensive Player of the Week after the win. Western Conn. limited WPU to just 97 yards and seven first downs last Saturday.

The Panthers and Pioneers are playing for the fourth year in a row, encompassing the entire history between the two programs, and Plymouth State is still looking for its first victory. WPU pulled out a 30-20 victory in the first meeting in 2002 and have followed with 26-7 and 43-14 triumphs the past two seasons. With PSU entering the New England Football Conference next season, this is last game between these two schools for the foreseeable future.

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