NE10 Week Five Preview

September 29th, 2021 12:00pm

NE10 Week Five Preview

It is October in the NE10. ( By the time that the games will be played)  A time when teams begin to set their course for some league hardware while others are still trying to improve on their struggles over the first month of the season. 

 American International (3-1, 1-1 NE10) at Southern Connecticut (2-2, 1-1 NE10)

When: October 1st, 7:00 PM

All-Time Series:  American International leads the series, 34-26-3

My Thoughts:  Always a hard-fought battle.

American International enters the game off a 35-27 defeat against Bentley.  The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead but were not able to slow down the Bentley offense in the middle part of the game.  They made it interesting late, but it was not enough to stay out of the loss column.  For American International to win on the road, they will need to play mistake-free on both sides of the ball.  The offense needs to move the ball through the air, allowing the ground game to flourish.  And the defense will need to make third-down stops to force punts.

Southern Connecticut lost on the road to cross-town rival New Haven 38-9.  The Owls were never able to generate much offense and their defense was not able to slow down the offense of New Haven.  They are now 0-2 on Saturday games while remaining undefeated on Friday nights.  For Southern Connecticut to win the game, they will need to pressure AIC and not allow Jayson DeMild time to find his wide receivers.  The offense will also need to move the chains and control the clock.

It is a Friday night game so it should be a Southern Connecticut victory.  Not so fast, my friend, American International will sneak out of Jess Dow Field with the win.

Prediction:  American International 27 Southern Connecticut 17


New Haven (2-1, 1-0 NE10) at Pace (0-3, 0-1 NE10)

When: October 2nd, 1:00 PM

All-Time Series:  New Haven leads the series, 11-0-0

My Thoughts:  Is this the year?

New Haven is fresh off a 38-9 victory over Southern Connecticut.  The Chargers pulled away in the second half as they scored three times in a seven-minute span to keep the Elm City Trophy in their display case.  They used the big play and the arm of Connor Degenhardt to win their NE10 opener.  For New Haven to win on the road, they will need to play a complete game.  It is their first road trip of the season, and they are playing a desperate team.  They need to play 60 minutes and limit the mistakes.

Pace had the weekend off after losing their third straight to open the season two weekends ago at Assumption.  The Setters have had some time to fix the mistakes of the first three games as well as getting some injuries time to heal.  For Pace to win the game, they will need to start strong.  They have struggled out of the gates and then played from behind. 

New Haven will control the tempo of the game and keep its winning streak intact.


Prediction:  New Haven 38 Pace 22


Assumption (1-3, 1-1 NE10) at Franklin Pierce (0-4, 0-2 NE10)

When: October 2nd, 1:00 PM

All-Time Series:  Assumption leads the series, 1-0-0

My Thoughts:  Both teams need a win.

Assumption lost a tough game to Stonehill 27-26.  The Greyhounds were up 12 points with 12 minutes to go before they were not able to stop the Stonehill offense down the stretch.  They were doing everything right after a pick-six but the Stonehill offense just caught fire.  For Assumption to win on the road, they will need to start fast and finish the game strong.  The offense needs to score in the red zone and the defense needs to make stops to give their offense the ball back.

Franklin Pierce lost to cross-state rival St. Anselm 42-7.  The Ravens fell behind early on the road and were never able to recover.  They were beaten in all three phases of the game and need to put this game behind them quickly.  For Franklin Pierce to win the game, they will need to control the line of scrimmage and not let Assumption run the ball with ease.  The offense will also need to control the clock and punch the ball into the end zone.

Assumption will start quickly and win this matchup.

Prediction:  Assumption 38 Franklin Pierce 13


Bentley (4-0, 2-0 NE10) at St. Anselm (1-2, 1-1 NE10)

When: October 2nd, 3:30 PM

All-Time Series:  Bentley leads the series, 19-1-0

My Thoughts:  Trap game?

Bentley defeated American International 35-27 to keep their top spot in the league.  The Falcons scored 28 straight points to take control of the game and never looked back.  They are played well on both sides of the ball and have plenty of experience that are making plays.  For Bentley to win on the road, they will need to dial up the same formula as the first four weeks.  The offense needs to move the ball and score points.  The defense needs to get stops and chip in with the occasional score.

St. Anselm defeated Franklin Pierce 42-7 on their homecoming weekend.  The Hawks jumped out early and never looked back.  They played well in front of a big crowd and did everything necessary to win the game.  For St. Anselm to win the game, they will need to play 60 minutes.  The offense needs to control the clock and keep the Bentley offense on the sideline.  The defense needs to find a way to slow down the running game and then not let the Bentley receivers make big plays.

Bentley will continue their winning streak.

Prediction:  Bentley 34 St. Anselm 21