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PSU Football to host Curry in season finale

Panthers meet Colonels on Senior Day at Currier Field

GAME #10   Curry College (5-4, 4-2) at Plymouth State University (2-7, 1-5)
  Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 12:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.



            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The New England Football Conference regular season slate comes to an end this Saturday as Plymouth State University hosts Curry College in a Boyd Division affair. 

            The Panthers and Colonels will kick off Saturday at noon at Currier Field in Plymouth. PSU is looking to finish the season on a positive note, while Curry can still wind up the campaign with a winning record.  The Panthers are trying to avoid finishing in the basement of the Boyd Division, while the Colonels have their sights set on second place in the division.

            PSU's schedule the last three weeks has included the last two NEFC champions (Endicott and Western New England) and the current Boyd Division leader (Salve Regina).  The Panthers are looking to bounce back from last week's 31-0 setback at Salve, when they were held to a season-low 131 yards of offense.  PSU gains 167 of its 235 yards per game on the ground, while the Panther defense ranks fifth among the 16 teams in the NEFC, allowing 336 yards per game. Of the 44 players on PSU's two-deep, 14 are seniors, nine are juniors, 10 are sophomores, and 11 are freshmen.

            Curry is coming off consecutive victories over Nichols and UMass Dartmouth to move back over the .500 mark on the season.  The Colonels downed UMD last Saturday, 33-14, scoring touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions to take an insurmountable 33-0 halftime lead.  Curry, which ranks fourth in the NEFC in total offense, gains 283 of its 408 yards per game through the air, led by junior Kevin Fruwirth, one of the top QBs in the NEFC.  The Colonels are strong against the run, giving up only 140 yards per game on the ground. Curry has been one of the top programs in New England over the past decade, capturing five straight NEFC championships from 2003-07 and adding a Boyd Division crown in 2009.

            Plymouth State is proud to host Senior Day Saturday, recognizing 17 members of the team who are playing in the final game of their careers.  This year's 17 seniors are running backs Dustin Matthews (Eliot, Maine), Andrew Foglia (Montauk, N.Y.) and Jordan Daignault (Plymouth, N.H.), wide receivers Nick Cavallo (Salem, N.H.) and Matt Moher (Bedford, N.H.), tight end Eric Rajkowski (East Kingston, N.H.), offensive linemen Dave Button (North Adams, Mass.) and Mike Miller (North Andover, Mass.), defensive linemen Paul Capaldo (Melrose, Mass.), Matt Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.), Wyatt Huston (Nolrth Scituate, R.I.), Peter LaBreck (Thornton, N.H.) and Vinny Manfrate (Salem, N.H.), linebacker Matt Bailey (Tewksbury, Mass.), defensive backs Ray Boulay (Keene, N.H.) and Louis Montegari (Wanaque, N.J.) and manager/filmer Adam Avedisian

SERIES HISTORY:  Saturday marks the 29th career meeting in football between Plymouth State and Curry, and while the Colonels have won five of the last six years, the Panthers hold a 17-11 lead in the series that dates back to 1971.  Curry won six of the first seven games in the 1970s, and PSU dominated the next two decades, with 15 consecutive victories between 1978 and 1997. The Colonels prevailed in the first two games when PSU rejoined the NEFC, 40-26 in 2006 and 42-14 in 2007 before PSU took the 2008 showdown, 28-17.  Curry won last year's contest in Milton, Mass., 38-14, and took the last meeting in Plymouth, 24-21 in overtime, to wrap up the 2010 campaign. 

PANTHERS AT CURRIER FIELD:  PSU is 1-3 in its first four home games this season, with its only win coming in overtime against Nichols.  The Panthers had a 17-game unbeaten streak at Currier Field from 2006-09, including 6-0 in '09, but went 2-3 at home each of the past two seasons.  Plymouth State is 27-12 at home since 2005 and has an all-time home record of 146-63-3 for a .696 winning percentage. 

NEFC PICTURE: Salve Regina and Endicott are tied for first in the Boyd Division heading into the final week of the regular season, with the Seahawks owning a 41-24 victory over the Gulls in the head-to-head matchup.  Salve can clinch the Boyd Division's berth in the NEFC title game with a win over Nichols on Saturday.  Framingham State has clinched the Bogan Division's berth in the championship game with a 6-0 division record and a victory over runnerup Bridgewater State, which is 5-1.  The NEFC Championship game will be at Framingham State on Saturday, Nov. 10.  The Rams lost in overtime at Western New England in last season's epic championship clash. 

NEFC HONORS:  Six different PSU players have received NEFC weekly recognition this season, with senior RB Andrew Foglia making the list twice.  Here are the Panthers to receive NEFC weekly honors in 2012:

Sept. 10   DL Matt Fiore (NEFC Honor Roll); RB Andrew Foglia (NEFC Honor Roll)
Sept. 17 DB Ray Boulay (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 1 LB Josh Morgan (ECAC, NEFC Def. Player/Week); P Nick Cavallo (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 15 RB Andrew Foglia (NEFC Honor Roll); DB Louis Montegari (NEFC Honor Roll)

NEW ENGLAND POLL:  The top two teams in the New England Division III poll remained the same this week, with Trinity (6-0) receiving 17 of the 20 first-place votes and Framingham State (8-1) earning two. Salve Regina (8-1) sits third, getting the final top vote.  Bridgewater State (8-1) and Amherst (5-1) round out the top half of the poll, while the bottom half includes Middlebury (5-1), Wesleyan (5-1), Endicott (7-2), Mount Ida (7-1) and Springfield (5-3).

A LOOK AHEAD:  This Saturday also marks Plymouth State's final contest in the New England Football Conference, as the Panthers will join the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for football in 2013.  PSU was a member of the NEFC from 1971-91, winning or sharing nine titles in those 21 seasons, including eight straight in the 1980s. After competing in the now-defunct Freedom Football Conference from 1992-2003, PSU rejoined the NEFC in 2006 and won its 10th NEFC title in 2008.

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