October 9th, 2019 12:00pm
The second half of the season is here, and it is time to put up or shut up!!
Assumption (4-1, 3-0 NE10) @ Pace (3-2, 2-1 NE10)
When: October 12th,12:00 PM
All-Time Series: Assumption leads the series, 15-11-0
Thoughts: Big Matchup
Assumption defeated Bentley 45-42 in overtime last Saturday. The Greyhounds nearly allowed Bentley to come back from a 28-point deficit before they blocked a field goal in the extra session. The defense for Assumption was solid until the final quarter. For the Greyhounds to win on the road, they will need to play 60 minutes. The defense will need to contain the playmakers of Pace and use their own solid running game to control the clock.
Pace fell on the road to New Haven 28-21. The Setters allowed 14 points in the final two minutes of the first half and that was the difference in the game. They scored two touchdowns in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit. For the Setters to win on their home turf, they will need to play a full 60 minutes and be disciplined. Bad decisions and costly penalties need to be eliminated if they are going to beat a good team in the league.
This game will go down to the end and the home team will find a way to eke out the victory.
Prediction: Pace 31 Assumption 30
Stonehill (3-1, 2-0 NE10) @ Franklin Pierce (1-4, 0-3 NE10)
When: October 12th, 12:00 PM
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Thoughts: Going in different directions.
Stonehill defeated American International 31-6 last Saturday afternoon. The Skyhawks used their bye week to rest the legs and relearn how to win games. Their offense was crisp, and their defense was opportunistic. For the Skyhawks to win on the road, they will need to repeat their performances for the first couple of weeks. A balanced offensive attack and a defense that forces turnovers.
Franklin Pierce fell to Southern Connecticut 55-27 on the road. The Ravens fell behind early and were never able to recover. The offense found some rhythm in the second half and was able to move the ball. For the Ravens to win on their home turf, they will need to play 60 minutes. The offense needs to move the chains and the defense needs stops to get off the field on third down.
Stonehill will use its balanced attack to win on the road.
Prediction: Stonehill 34 Franklin Pierce 10
Southern Connecticut (1-4, 1-2 NE10) @ Bentley (1-3, 1-1 NE10)
When: October 12th, 2:00 PM
All-Time Series: Bentley leads the series, 13-8-0
Thoughts: Always a game to watch.
Southern Connecticut got their first win of the season over Franklin Pierce 55-27. The Owls scored the first 28 points of the game and never looked back. They came out of the shoot strong and did not wait until late in the game to get going. For the Owls to win on the road, they will need to start the game fast and play that way the entire afternoon.
Bentley lost to Assumption 45-42 in overtime. The Falcons staged a huge comeback to tie the game and force overtime. But a blocked field goal on their chance in overtime sealed the fate for Bentley. For the Falcons to win on their home turf, they will need to bottle up the fourth quarter and play like that for 60 minutes.
Bentley is a strong home team and will take care of business on their own turf.
Prediction: Bentley 27 Southern Connecticut 17
New Haven (3-2, 2-1 NE10) @ St. Anselm (0-5, 0-2 NE10)
When: October 12th, 6:00 PM
All-Time Series: New Haven leads the series, 8-2-0
Thoughts: Under the lights
New Haven defeated Pace 28-21 last weekend. The Chargers scored all of their points in the first 30 minutes of the game and then made some defensive plays down the stretch to win the game. Their quarterback play was better but needs to extend for a full game. For the Chargers to win on the road, they will need to play an entire game mistake-free. The offense needs to move the chains and the defense needs to make stops.
St. Anselm lost on the road at Tiffin 55-6. The Hawks lost their fifth straight game and have played a strong out of conference schedule with the iron of the PSAC and GMAC. They welcome another strong opponent to the Hilltop this weekend. For the Hawks to win on their home turf, they will need to play physical as well as mistake-free. The offense needs to score in the red zone and the defense needs to contain all of the Charger playmakers.
New Haven is the better team and will win on the road.
Prediction: New Haven 38 St. Anselm 10