NE10 Preview Week Seven

October 16th, 2019 7:00am

NE10 Preview Week Seven

Week 7 in the NE10.  Teams are starting to separate themselves in the standings.


Assumption (4-2, 3-1 NE10) @ American International (2-3, 1-2 NE10)

When:  October 19th, 11:00 AM

All-Time Series:  American International leads the series, 15-7-0

Thoughts:  Always a physical game.

Assumption dropped a right road game to Pace 35-32.  The game had a bunch of scoring streaks, but the Greyhounds couldn’t score on their final possession.  The offense moved the ball with ease at times but struggled other times. Same as true for the defense.  For the Greyhounds to win on the road, they will need to play 60 minutes.  It has been two games of comebacks and they have been on both sides of it. 

American International enjoyed their bye week after dropping a tough game to Stonehill two weeks ago.  The Yellow Jackets have been up and down thus far this year and are looking to use the bye week as a time to regroup and finish the season strong.  For the Yellow Jackets to win on their home turf, they will need to play as they did in their victories.  The defense needs to make plays and their offense needs to move the ball when given the chance.

Assumption will take care of business on the road.

Prediction:  Assumption 31 American International 13


St. Anselm (1-5, 1-2 NE10) @ Franklin Pierce (1-5, 0-4 NE10)

When:  October 19th, 12:00 PM

All-Time Series:  First Meeting

Thoughts:  Battle of the Granite State.

St. Anselm defeated New Haven 37-31 last Saturday night.  The Hawks rallied in the second half and just pushed all of the right buttons down the stretch.  They matched the Chargers in all three phases of the game and defeated them for the first time on their own home turf.  For the Hawks to win on the road, they need to put the win behind them and continue to battle for 60 minutes this week.  The offense needs to move the ball and the defense will need to get off the field on third down.

Franklin Pierce lost to Stonehill 52-0.  The Ravens struggled in all three phases of the games they dropped their fourth straight in the league. The offense was not able to solve the Stonehill defense and the offense was not able to get much going.  For the Ravens to win on their home turf, they will need to play beyond their years.  The offense needs to move the ball and the defense needs to corral the playmakers of the Hawks.

St. Anselm will make enough plays to win the game.

Prediction:  St. Anselm 27 Franklin Pierce 10


Bentley (1-4, 1-2 NE10) @ Stonehill (4-1, 3-0 NE10)

When:  October 19th, 1:00 PM

All-Time Series:  Bentley leads the series, 36-14-1

Thoughts:  Bitter rivals.

Bentley struggled to find their rhythm in their 31-17 loss to Southern Connecticut. The Falcons turned the ball over too much to win the game and their defense was not able to slow down the aerial attack of Southern Connecticut.  For the Falcons to win on the road, they will need to clean up their mistakes. They will need to control the clock and punch the ball into the end zone.

Stonehill had a convincing 52-0 victory over Franklin Pierce.  The Skyhawks excelled in all phases of the game and are making all of the right moves right now.  The offense is well balanced, and the defense is swarming the opposing ball carrier.  For the Skyhawks to win on their home turf, they will need to repeat their game plan for the first five weeks.  Offense jumping out to an early advantage and the defense makes stops.

Stonehill is playing well and will take care of business on their home turf.

Prediction:  Stonehill 30 Bentley 17


New Haven (3-3, 2-2 NE10) @ Southern Connecticut (2-4, 2-2 NE10)

When:  October 19th, 2:30 PM

All-Time Series:  New Haven leads the series, 23-6-1

Thoughts:  Elm City Trophy is on the line.

New Haven fell on the road at St. Anselm 37-31.  The Chargers led most of the evening but were not able to stop the Hawk offense in the final five minutes of the game.  The offense amassed over 500 yards, but the defense had no answers.  They also allowed big returns in kickoffs that made it difficult for the defense.  For the Chargers to win on the road, they will need to clean up their mistakes.  The offense played well Saturday night and will need to replicate that performance.  The defense needs to clean up the mistakes and swarm the ball carrier better.

Southern Connecticut defeated Bentley 31-17 for their second straight victory.  The Owls are playing well after their tough opening month of the season.  They are clicking on offense and their defense is playing strong.  For the Owls to win on their home turf, they will need to play mistake-free.  The offense needs to stretch the field while the defense can’t allow the chargers to make plays.

New Haven will find a way to keep the trophy on their side of town.

Prediction:  New Haven 27 Southern Connecticut 24