Plymouth State (0-0) at Saint Anselm (0-1)
Saturday, September 5th
Grappone Stadium (4,500)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Forecast: 76 degrees, 0% chance of rain, 48% humidity, wind 3mph NE
For the second straight year, the Saint Anselm football team battles in-state rival Plymouth State University in the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools. The Hawks are coming off a narrow 17-13 loss to Kutztown in a rainy season opener a week ago, while the Panthers open the season after posting a 10-2 record in 2008. In last year's meeting in Plymouth, the Panthers came away with a 36-28 victory for their first win in the series.
A Look at Saint Anselm:
Saint Anselm enters this weekend's game coming off a home defeat to Kutztown last week in a game that wasn't decided until the final minute of play. Freshman quarterback Michael Pierce made his first career start and threw for over 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his debut. Sophomore wide receiver Marc Wilson, who saw time at quarterback as well, pulled down six passes for 105 yards, including two touchdowns. The reigning Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year will get the start again this week and will play a multi-dimensional role in the offense all season. Defensively, senior Dan Bohenek and freshman Ethan Sylvain each led the team with 11 tackles. Sylvain, who also had one forced fumble that set up a Hawk touchdown, earned Northeast-10 Freshman of the Week honors. Junior Mark Colantonio was also outstanding on defense, finishing up with one interception and one fumble recovery, along with serving as one of the two kick returners.
A Look at Plymouth State:
Plymouth State will be under the direction of head coach Paul Castonia, who is entering his sixth season. The Panthers are coming off a 10-2 season that saw them post a perfect record of 7-0 in the NEFC Boyd Division regular season, a victory in the NEFC Championship Game and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Panthers are 15-21-3 all time in season openers, including victories in the last two seasons. The team has four offensive starters in the lineup today to go along with five returning defensive starters.