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PSU Football hosts Mount Ida in season finale

GAME #10: Mount Ida College (1-7) at Plymouth State University (3-6)
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, 12:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University wraps up its 36th season of varsity football this Saturday, hosting Mount Ida College in a battle of New England Division III independents.

The Panthers and Mustangs will kick off at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Currier Field. Plymouth State has shown solid improvement over the past couple of years and looks to end this season on a positive note before joining the New England Football Conference next season. The Mustangs, which started varsity football in 1999, also made solid improvements over the past four years but has struggled this season. Mount Ida would like nothing better than to stop its four-game losing skid.

PSU is happy to be home after making long road trips the past two weeks, going east to Bangor, Maine, before heading west to Buffalo, N.Y. The Panthers came away with a split in the two games, defeating Husson but falling to Buffalo State. PSU has used a balanced offense this season, with backs Kyle Clark (Bradford, N.H.) and John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) both rushing for over 100 yards in a game, Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) and Jimi Lampron (Rochester, N.H.) both starting games at quarterback, and DeMarco, Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) and Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass.) taking turns as the team leader in receptions. DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central), DT Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass.) and DE Pat Quinlan (Saugus, Mass.) have all had standouts performances for the Panther defense, which is backboned by the linebacking contingent of Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.), Jake Meserve (Dover, N.H.), John DiPasquale (Wilmington, Mass.), and Ryan Puck (Fair Haven, N.J.)

Coming off a 6-2 record in 2004, Mount Ida had high hopes for this season, but that has not happened. The Mustangs picked up a win over Becker in late September, but the defense has struggled, allowing 45.4 points per game. The offense is led by terrific running back Antwan Harris, who has already gone over the 1,000-yard mark in only eight games. He finished last season with 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and received a Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award earlier this season after rushing for 377 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Becker.

Saturday will be the fourth meeting in the career series between the two schools, with Plymouth State holding a 2-1 lead. The Panthers coasted to easy victories in 2000 (47-8) and 2001 (43-13), but the Mustangs ran away with a 28-14 win last season in Newton, Mass.

Plymouth State is also proud to honor the four seniors who are playing in their final game in a Panther uniform -- offensive lineman Sean Elwood (Walpole, Mass.), defensive lineman Caleb Hooker (Peterborough, N.H.), linebacker Jake Meserve (Dover, N.H.), and defensive lineman and co-captain Pat Quinlan (Saugus, Mass.)

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