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PSU Football returns home to host Becker

GAME #6: Becker College (0-3) at Plymouth State University (1-4)
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, 1:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University football team looks to get back on to the winning track this Saturday when the Panthers host Becker College in a non-conference clash.

The Panthers (1-4) and Hawks (0-3) will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at Currier Field in Plymouth. PSU has dropped three in a row since registering its only win of the season over UMass Dartmouth, while Becker, a first-year varsity program, is looking for its first win after three losses to start the season.

Plymouth State has been competitive in most of its games this fall, with last Saturday's lopsided loss at Western Connecticut the exception. The Panthers have led in the second half in three of the five games. The offense is led by a solid group of receivers that include sophomore TE Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass.), sophomore WR Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.), freshman FB John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) and sophomore WR Drew Richardson (Newburgh, Maine). The defense is anchored by sophomore DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central), junior LB Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.) and junior DT Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass.)

Becker has held its own this fall as a first-year program. The offense has increased its point total in every outing so far, going from eight points in the opener to 21 points in game two to 49 points in its last contest. The Hawks are also playing their fourth straight road game today after visits to Utica, WPI and Mount Ida. All but three of the 77 players listed on the Becker roster are freshmen.

Saturday will obviously be the first career meeting between these two schools. As a comparison, Plymouth State played only three games in its first year as a varsity program in 1970, losing to Nichols College, Acadia University and Cushing Academy, before joining the New England Football Conference in 1971. Three other schools in New England have started football in the past decade, with Mount Ida going 3-4 in its inaugural season in 1999, Husson finishing 0-6 in its first season in 2003, and Endicott ending up 4-5 as a first-year program in 2003.

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