Panthers' tenth following win over Mass. Maritime
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After holding off Mass. Maritime Academy in a defensive battle, the Plymouth State University football team is once again among the top ten in the region as the sixth weekly Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football poll was released today.
A pair of unbeaten teams top the list, with 7-0 WPI earning 12 of 15 first place votes for 147 points. Middlebury, also sporting a 7-0 record, collected two first place votes for 126 points, with Endicott taking the final first place vote with 120 points to round out the top three.
Plymouth State is one of four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams to appear in the poll, with Framingham State (81 points) ranked fifth ahead of seventh-ranked WestConn (58 points), ninth-ranked UMass Dartmouth (16 points), and PSU (11 points). Additionally, a pair of MASCAC teams are in the receiving votes section; the Panthers' next opponent, Bridgewater State, earned four points, while Mass. Maritime had two.
PSU improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the MASCAC after Saturday's 7-3 win over Mass. Maritime. Senior Matt Shea (Atkinson, N.H.) made a game-saving play with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter to lock up the Panthers' 7-3 win. On fourth-and-six from the 19-yard line, the Buccaneers sent a pass along the sideline in the end zone, but Shea rushed over and pushed the receiver out of bounds before his feet landed in to preserve the win.
Plymouth State continues its difficult stretch of games with a contest at high-powered Bridgewater State on Saturday (Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.). The Bears are second in the league in scoring offense, averaging 40.2 points per game after putting up 56 points in their most recent game, a 56-20 win over UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 19.
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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