Panthers move into ninth with Framingham showdown looming
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Fresh off a strong showing against Westfield State University, the Plymouth State University football team has found itself back among the top ten in the region as the fourth weekly Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football poll was released today.
WPI retained the tops spot after collecting 12 of 15 first place votes for 146 points. Plymouth State accrued 26 points to move up from the receiving votes section into ninth. The Panthers are one of three Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams to appear in the poll, with WestConn (129 points) ranked second and UMass Dartmouth (52 points) picked seventh. PSU's next opponent, rival Framingham State, appears in the receiving votes section with 14 points.
PSU improved to 5-1 and 3-1 in the MASCAC following the team's 38-13 win at Westfield State on Saturday. Senior running backs David Hamilton (West Deptford, N.J.) and Nick Lancia (Bedford, N.Y.) each rushed for over 100 yards with a touchdown while the Panthers held the ball for nearly 45 minutes in the contest.
Plymouth State will face the toughest portion of its schedule over the next four weeks as the Panthers battle the top three teams from the Preseason Coaches Poll in Framingham State, WestConn and Bridgewater State, along with a Mass. Maritime team that boasts the second-best scoring defense in the league.
PSU kicks off the challenging stretch with a home contest against MASCAC-unbeaten Framingham State on Saturday (Oct. 19) at 1:00 p.m. Though the Panthers have won each of the last two meetings, the total margin of victory was a measly four points with last year's game-winning touchdown coming in the final two minutes. Plymouth State will recognize its 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame class during a halftime ceremony.
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 on the Plymouth State athletics website, athletics.plymouth.edu.
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