GAME #3: Plymouth State University (1-1) at U.S. Coast Guard Academy (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, 1:30 p.m., Cadet Memorial Field, New London, Conn.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Both teams will be looking to get back on the winning this Saturday when Plymouth State University visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a New England Football Conference crossover game.
The Panthers and Bears will kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Cadet Memorial Field in New London, Conn. It is crossover week in the NEFC, with each team from the Boyd Division facing a team from the Bogan Division. PSU and Coast Guard face each other because they entered the NEFC together in 2006. The games will not count in the NEFC standings but could be used for tiebreaker purposes at the end of the season.
Plymouth State (1-1) is looking to regroup after a 24-7 non-conference setback at Mount Ida College last Saturday. PSU managed just 184 yards of offense, its lowest total since October 2005, and turned the ball over five times. Despite the difficulties, the Panthers led 7-3 at halftime before surrendering 21 unanswered second-half points to the Mustangs.
Coast Guard (0-1) dropped its season opener last Saturday at rival U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. The Bears scored their only touchdown with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Coast Guard is coming off an outstanding campaign in 2007, when it went 8-1 in the regular season, captured the NEFC Bogan Division crown with a 7-0 mark, and almost upset Curry in the NEFC Championship game, losing 10-7. The only regular season setback for CGA last year was at Plymouth State.
This Saturday with be the 16th career meeting in football between Plymouth State and Coast Guard, with PSU holding a 9-6 lead in the series. After the first matchup in 1988, when the Bears defeated the Panthers, 28-19, in the ECAC North Championship, PSU won eight of 12 meetings between 1992 and 2003 when both schools were members of the now-defunct Freedom Football Conference. The teams did not meet in 2004 and 2005, and they have split the two games that past two years, the home squad winning each time. Coast Guard won in 2006 in New London, 35-7, and PSU took last year's contest in Plymouth, 38-19. PSU is 4-3 all-time at Cadet Memorial Field.
It will be Boyd Division contests the rest of the regular season for Plymouth State, beginning with consecutive home games the next two Saturdays at Currier Field against UMass Dartmouth and Western New England. The Panthers will celebrate Currier Day on Sept. 27, and Homecoming and Family Week on Oct. 4.
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