Panthers tied for ninth in first New England poll
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – With a 3-0 record and a defense allowing fewer than 11 points per game, the Plymouth State University football team has found itself ranked in the New England region when the first Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football rankings were released today.
WPI tops the poll with 137 points and nine first place votes. Plymouth State accrued 46 points to finish tied for ninth with Wesleyan. PSU is one of three Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams to appear in the poll, with WestConn (97 points) ranked second and UMass Dartmouth (75 points), the Panthers opponent this weekend, coming in at sixth. Mass. Maritime, another MASCAC school, appeared in the Receiving Votes section.
At 3-0 the Panthers are off to their best start since 2016 when the team opened with wins in each of its first four contests. The team rolled over Worcester State in the MASCAC opener on Saturday, amassing more than 300 yards on the ground while limiting the Lancers to just 145 yards of total offense.
Senior running back David Hamilton (West Deptford, N.J.) has already rushed for 384 yards and five touchdowns, while the defense has six sacks, four takeaways and a score.
Both will face a huge challenge on Saturday (Sept. 28) as Plymouth State (3-0, 1-0 MASCAC) heads to UMass Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0 LEC) for a 2:00 p.m. contest. The Corsairs are averaging more than 525 yards of offense per game and have limited opponents to 70 rushing yards per game.
The New England Division III Football Poll is presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which also serves as the title sponsor of the weekly Gold Helmet Awards presented by the New England Football Writers Association throughout the season. For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.
The full poll can be found here.
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