September 21st, 2022 3:00am
The game of the week is under the lights.
New Haven (2-1, 1-0 NE10) at Bentley (2-1, 0-0 NE10)
When: September 23rd, 6:00 PM
All-Time Series: New Haven leads the series, 10-3-0
My Thoughts: Big-time Friday Night game.
New Haven defeated American International 54-26 last Saturday. The Chargers pulled away in the second half as the offense clicked all day and the defense played better as the game went along. They have won 14 straight league games and are ready for the challenge. For New Haven to win in front of 423 people at Bentley, the offense will need to move the ball and score in the red zone. The defense will need to pressure the quarterback and dominate the line of scrimmage.
Bentley took care of business in their 49-6 victory over Post last Friday night. The Falcon defense has been strong this year as it has given time for the offense to improve. The balanced attack of Bentley is starting to take form as the season continues. For Bentley to win on their home turf, they will need to win the line of scrimmage battle. That is why they lost the two games to New Haven last year and their front four will need to cause chaos for the New Haven offense.
This game will be a back-and-forth battle, but the seasoned New Haven offense will make a late drive to win the game.
Prediction: New Haven 27 Bentley 20
Franklin Pierce (0-3, 0-1 NE10) at American International (0-3, 0-1 NE10)
When: September 24th, 12:00 PM
All-Time Series: American International leads the series, 2-0-0
My Thoughts: Someone will get their first win of the season.
Franklin Pierce dropped their NE10 opener to Saint Anselm 27-0. The Ravens were not able to generate for the third week in a row. The defense kept the dangerous Saint Anselm offense in check for three quarters but was not able to hold them down forever. For Franklin Pierce to win on the road, they will need to find the identity of their offense. The defense will need to continue the good game plans that they have implemented and maybe get on the scoreboard to help the offense.
American International lost on the road to New Haven 54-26. The Yellow Jackets kept it close in the first half but were not able to stay within striking distance over the final 30 minutes. The offense found some rhythm after scoring just 14 points in the first two games. For American International to win the game, they will need to play well on both sides of the ball. The offense needs to move the chains and the defense needs to play better than the previous couple of weeks.
This will be a defensive struggle as American International will cause a late turnover to win the game.
Prediction: American International 13 Franklin Pierce 9
Assumption (1-1, 0-0 NE10) at Pace (2-1, 1-0 NE10)
When: September 24th, 12:00 PM
All-Time Series: Assumption leads the series, 16-12-0
My Thoughts: Defense might rule the day.
Assumption is coming off their bye week for the season. The Greyhounds fell to former NE10 member Merrimack a couple of weeks ago. They moved the ball in the second half and will hope for some of that momentum to carry over. For Assumption to win on the road, they will need to continue to play great defense. The offense will need to move the ball and put points on the scoreboard.
Pace defeated Southern Connecticut 27-7 to open their NE10 league schedule. The Setters used a strong defensive effort as they were all over the Southern Connecticut quarterbacks. They have been up and down over the first three weeks of the season. For Pace to win at home, it can’t be a down week. The offense needs to control the clock and score in the red zone. The defense will need to cause some turnovers and make tackles in the open field.
The Assumption defense will win this game.
Prediction: Assumption 20 Pace 7
Southern Connecticut (0-3, 0-1 NE10) at Saint Anselm (3-0, 1-0 NE10)
When: September 24th, 1:00 PM
All-Time Series: Southern Connecticut leads the series, 17-3-0
Southern Connecticut dropped their NE10 opener to Pace 27-7. The Owls were not able to generate a lot of offense during the game. They were able to keep the game close until late in the game when they gave up a couple of touchdowns. For Southern Connecticut to win on the road, the offense will need to find some consistency. They need to move the chains and find the end zone. The defense will need to slow down the passing attack of Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm beat in-state rival Franklin Pierce 27-0 to extend their winning streak to three. The offense was bottled up most of the night but started to find some holes to get on the board in the second half. The defense continues to swarm the ball carrier and is not allowing a lot of space for the opposing offense. For Saint Anselm to win on their home turf, they will need to get their passing game going early and often. The defense will need to continue their stellar play of the first three weeks.
Saint Anselm will continue their torrid start in the month of September.
Prediction: Saint Anselm 38 Southern Connecticut 14