Playing their fifth and final road game of the season, Dean College travels to Maritime on Saturday for a rare 2:00 PM kickoff with the Privateers.
The Bulldogs will play their final three games over a four-week span at home beginning with next Saturday's homecoming showdown with Gallaudet. A bye week is followed by two more home contests against Castleton (Saturday, November 3) and Anna Maria (Saturday, November 10) to close out the regular season.
Last Friday night's visit to Husson didn't go as planned for Dean as the defending conference champions jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead enroute to a 48-16 win over the Bulldogs – Dean's lowest offensive output this season.
BIG PLAY BREAUX
One bright spot in the loss to Husson was the play of wide receiver Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) who hauled in six passes for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first touchdown grab went for 84 yards, while his second was from 99 yards out, tying an NCAA record. Those two grabs were his second and third catches this season of 80 yards or more.
Speaking of Breaux, he now has two touchdown grabs in three straight games – giving him eight scoring grabs this season and when you couple that with his 93-yard kickoff return for a score against Western Connecticut State, he now has a league-leading nine touchdowns and 54 points.
REID ALL ABOUT IT
Do-everything freshman Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) has definitely done a lot this season and last Friday was no exception. He caught a 22-yard pass, led the team in rushing (28 yards) and threw for 137 yards and his first career touchdown pass – the aforementioned 99-yard strike to Breaux. So far this season, Reid has two rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, a passing touchdown, an interception and has a 32.6 yard average on 14 punts.
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Freshman defensive back David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) has had a knack for finding the ball and turning it into scores. In the season opener against Curry, he returned a blocked punt for a score and in the win at Becker, he intercepted a pass and returned it for another score. In Friday's loss at Husson, he returned a missed extra point 98 yards for a two-point conversion.
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE
Not to be forgotten in last Friday's loss to Husson was the stellar defensive effort put forth by London Chambers (New Britain, Conn.). The sophomore linebacker made a game-high 13 tackles, including two for loss and his seven tackles for loss this season rank third in the ECFC.
STRENGTH vs. STRENGTH
Saturday's matchup with Maritime will feature the Bulldogs' top-rated pass defense (142 yards per game) going head-to-head with the explosive passing game of the Privateers. Maritime quarterback Thomas Wright leads the conference in touchdown passes (16), while his top target Brandon Drumgole has caught at least one touchdown in every game this season and is coming off a game in which he caught two scores and ran for another.
REVIEW AND REWIND
In last year's meeting, Maritime rallied for a 17-14 win in Franklin after trailing 14-0 after the first quarter. Wright threw four interceptions on the afternoon but a field goal midway through the third quarter proved to be the difference.
RED ZONE NUMBERS
No team in the league has been in the red zone more than Dean this season (31 trips) but Maritime leads the conference in red zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on 70 percent of their 23 trips.
THE INTERCEPTION ISSUE
Despite having its second game of the season where they failed to intercept a pass last Friday, Dean still leads the nation in interceptions with 15. However, in the two games where they didn't get an interception, the Bulldogs are averaging just 17 points per game – more than 13 points fewer than their 30.5 points per game average.