Here We Are
After a trio of close contests, Dean wraps up the non-league portion of their schedule with a visit to Becker College for a showdown with the Hawks in the second all-time meeting as Division III institutions between the schools.
Oh, So Close
In all three of their games this season, Dean has been within one score in the second half, including last week on the road at Salve Regina when they trailed just 20-18 late in the fourth quarter.
The three teams that Dean has faced so far this season - (Curry (2-1), Western Connecticut State (2-0) and Salve Regina (2-1) - are a combined 6-2. Curry's loss came to a 3-0 MIT team, while Salve Regina's defeat was to a 2-0 Montclair State squad.
Becker made the trip to Franklin last season for Dean's homecoming festivities and the Bulldogs led 25-3 at one point before settling for a 25-10 victory in what was the midst of a three-game winning streak.
For the second time in three weeks this season, a first-year Bulldog has been named Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Rookie of the Week. After a two-touchdown performance to go along with 84 yards receiving in last week's 27-18 loss at Salve Regina, Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) joined Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) as the two Dean freshmen to win the award this season.
Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.) hauled in his third receiving touchdown of the season on Saturday against Salve Regina – good for the second most in the ECFC. Burris only has seven receptions this season meaning nearly every other catch he makes is for a score.
Burris is also dangerous in the return game. He has returned six kickoffs for an average of 35.2 yards per return – a total that leads the ECFC and ranks seventh in the country.
You Always Remember Your First
Freshmen Tyzohn Poole (New Haven, Conn.) and Frankie Buncik (Venice, Fla.) each had their first career receptions in the loss at Salve Regina on Saturday. Poole, who did catch a two-point conversion at Curry in the season opener, snagged a pair of balls for 36 yards, while Buncik converted a first down with his eight-yard catch on third down on Dean's first drive.
Terrell Watts is second in the ECFC in touchdown passes thrown (7) so far this season. All seven have come in the second half with four of them being in the fourth quarter.
The Streak Continues
Since the Bulldogs began playing an NCAA Division III exclusive schedule last season, they have yet to allow a quarterback to pass for 200 yards. Now at eight games, the streak has allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than 150 yards and five others have thrown for fewer than 100.
Just A Matter Of Time
Dean is last in the ECFC in rushing yards per game, but things may have begun to turn in their last contest. DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) broke free for a 50-yard gallop as part of his career-high 83 yards rushing. That was the case last season where the Bulldog running game started off slow but it then took off, rushing for more than 200 yards in three of four games when they racked up 915 yards in those four games – including 244 against Becker.
Dean has already gone for it on fourth down nine times this season, converting six of those opportunities. In 2017, the Bulldogs went for it on fourth down 29 times, converting just seven times.
Any Way We Can
In the 13 games since Dean began competing as an NCAA Division III team, they have scored seven non-offensive touchdowns, including three this season.
Quick Pit Stop
The Bulldogs return home next Saturday for just their second home contest of the season when they welcome Alfred State to begin the ECFC portion of their schedule. They then hit the road for two more contests before finishing the season out with three straight home games.