GAME #6: Plymouth State University (2-3,
2-1) at Nichols College (3-2, 2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, 1:00 p.m., Vendetti Field, Dudley, Mass.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University football team hits the road for the second straight week this Saturday when it travels to Dudley, Mass., to take on Nichols College in a key New England Football Conference Boyd Division contest.
The Panthers and Bison will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Nichols' Vendetti Field. Both teams have 2-1 Boyd Division records and are looking to stay alive for the regular season title. PSU, 2-3 overall, is coming off its first conference loss, a 24-7 decision last Saturday at Endicott, while Nichols, 3-2 overall, is looking for two wins in a row after a 21-14 victory at Salve Regina last Saturday.
PSU, which has relied on a strong running game the first half of the season, balanced things out last Saturday with 154 of its 233 yards through the air. Senior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) completed 13-of-25 passes with one touchdown, but was picked off three times in the 24-7 loss at Endicott. The Panthers' strength remains on the ground, led by the trio of Seastedt (244 yards, 2 TD), junior RB Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.), the leading rusher with 263 yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore RB John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.), who has 237 yards and four scores.
Nichols has rebounded nicely this year after a dismal 0-9 campaign in 2005. The Bison own victories over Framingham State, MIT and Salve Regina, and their two losses to Worcester State and Endicott have come by a total of seven points. Senior QB Michael Carven (Hanover, Mass.) threw a pair of first half touchdown passes and then ran in the winning TD midway through the fourth quarter in last Saturday's 21-14 triumph over Salve Regina.
Plymouth State is ranked ninth among the 16 teams in the NEFC in total offense (265.8 yards/game) and seventh in total defense (277.0 yards/game); Nichols is fifth in total offense (314.8 yards/game) and third in total defense (240.8 yards/game).
Saturday's game is the 23rd meeting in the career series between the two schools, and the first since 1991. PSU has a 13-8 lead (with one tie), and owns a 12-game winning streak. Nichols dominated the series in the 1970 and Plymouth State in the 1980s. The last game was a 37-0 Panther win in 1991.
After two straight road games, PSU returns home to host league-leading and currently undefeated Curry College next Saturday at Currier Field (1:00 p.m.)
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