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PSU Football to host Salve Regina in season finale

GAME #9: Salve Regina University (1-7, 0-6) at Plymouth State University (3-5, 3-3)
                 Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, 12:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University wraps ups its 36th season of varsity football this Saturday when Salve Regina University comes to town for a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game.

The Panthers and Seahawks will kick off at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Currier Field in Plymouth. PSU (3-5 overall, 3-3 NEFC Boyd) can finish above the .500 mark in the division with a win Saturday, while the Seahawks (1-7 overall, 0-6 NEFC Boyd) are looking to end what has been a disappointing season on a positive note. It will be Senior Day as Plymouth State recognizes the dozen seniors who are playing in the final game of their careers.

PSU got back on the winning track last Saturday, stopping a three-game losing skid with a decisive 35-3 victory over MIT in the first career meeting between the two schools. The Panthers utilized their strong rushing offense to defeat the Engineers, running the ball on 47 of 49 plays from scrimmage and accumulating 298 of their 351 yards on the ground. RBs Brandon Clough (Gonic, N.H.) and Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) both rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns. QB John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) was 1-for-2 in the passing department, with his only completion a 53-yard touchdown to WR Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) Senior Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) led the Panther defense that kept MIT out of the end zone.

Salve Regina, from Newport, R.I., is limping to its fifth straight losing season in the NEFC. The Seahawks have dropped seven in a row since a season-opening victory over SUNY Maritime, which reinstated its program in 2005. Salve has been competitive in several of its games, losing to Nichols 21-14, UMass Dartmouth 17-7, and MIT 40-25. The Seahawks led MIT 19-6 before the Engineers rallied for the victory. Chris Robertson is in his first year as Seahawks head coach, the first full-time head coach at Salve since it started its football program in 1993.

This will be the fourth career meeting between the two schools, with Plymouth State holding a 2-1 lead in the series. All three of the previous games came within a 365-day span, including two ECAC Championship games. Salve took the first game, 36-6, in Newport, R.I. on Nov. 21, 1998, to capture the ECAC Northeast title. The two teams met again to open the 1999 regular season in Plymouth, with PSU winning 16-7, and they made it three contests in less than a year when the Panthers captured a 13-7 win over Salve for the ECAC Northeast Championship on Nov. 20, 1999, in Plymouth.

SENIOR DAY: Plymouth State is proud to recognize the 12 seniors who are playing in the final game of their careers today. The group has weathered the adversity of losing seasons, but has represented the program proudly with hard work, dedication and commitment, and they are to be congratulated. What they couldn't provide in victories they made up for with character. Here is this year's PSU Football Senior Class:

Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.)
Doug Clark (Bradford, N.H.)
Kyle Clark (Bradford, N.H.)
John DiPasquale (Wilmington, Mass.) (co-captain)
Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) (co-captain)
Joe Fellini (Walpole, Mass.) (co-captain)
Dana Flanders (Rochester, N.H.)
Michael Folini (West Peterborough, N.H.)
Jimi Lampron (Rochester, N.H.)
Ryan Puck (Fair Haven, N.J.)
Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.)
Matt Whelan (Merrimack, N.H.)

NEFC RANKINGS: All 16 teams are pooled together for the NEFC team and individual rankings, and PSU is in the middle of the pack in most categories. The Panthers are eighth in total defense (allowing 276 yards per game) and ninth in total offense (gaining 274 yards per game). PSU is sixrth in passing defense (125 yards/game) and sixth in rushing offense (184 yards/game). Salve is 13th in total defense (allowing 329 yards per game) and last in total offense (gaining 201 yards per game). The Seahawks are fifth in passing defense (119 yards/game) and seventh in passing offense (136 yards/game).

WEEKLY HONORS: Here is the list of Panthers who have received NEFC weekly honors this season:
Sept. 11 RB John DeMarco (NEFC Honor Roll)
Sept. 25 DB Dan Fallon (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 2 QB Tye Seastedt (NEFC Honor Roll), DB Mike Lannon (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 16 DB Mike Lannon (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 30 RB Jeff Mack (NEFC Honor Roll), DB Dan Fallon (NEFC Honor Roll)

PSU AT CURRIER FIELD: The Panthers have enjoyed plenty of success over the years at Currier Field, capturing over two-thirds of the contests. Plymouth State now has an all-time home record of 124-54-3 for a .693 winning percentage. PSU was 3-2 at home last season and is 2-1 this fall.

A LOOK AHEAD: Plymouth State and Salve Regina are concluding the season Saturday, but next Saturday is the NEFC Championship game. Bogan Division champion Coast Guard will host Boyd Division champion Curry, with the winner receiving the NEFC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. No NEFC team has ever won an NCAA Tournament game. The NEFC teams will play the same opponents in the same order next season, just switching locations.

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