THE DOGS' HOUSE
With just two games left on their 2018 schedule, Dean College returns to action after a bye week to welcome Castleton University to Lippert Field - a place they have won two of three games this season and are averaging nearly 40 points per game (39.6) in those three contests.
WHAT A DAY THAT WAS
The last time the Bulldogs took the field, they were scoring a school-record 53 points on their way to a convincing 22-point win over league rival Gallaudet on October 20. In that contest, Dean rolled up a school-record 623 yards of total offense, highlighted by a 306-yard, three touchdown passing performance from Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.).
The Bulldog offense is coming off a game in which they ran for 317 yards behind a career-high 137 yards from DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) - his third 100+ yard rushing performance of the season. Castleton, meanwhile, enters Saturday's contest ranked last in the league in rushing yards allowed at 262.4 and they have given up 300 or more yards rushing in each of their last three contests.
GROUND AND POUND
Dean ran for four touchdowns in their win over Gallaudet, including a pair from James Kelly (Pawtucket, R.I.), who added 64 yards on ten carries. The Bulldogs have rushed for 13 touchdowns this season, led by five from DeAndre Grange.
ON THE ROPES
In last year's meeting, the Spartans got two touchdown runs from Moe Harris as part of his 200-yard rushing day and Castleton squeaked out a 17-14 win. The game was still in doubt and Dean had a 14-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter after Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) returned a blocked punt 55 yards for a touchdown, but Harris' 44-yard touchdown gallop with less than three minutes to go sealed the win for the Spartans.
A BAKER'S DOZEN
The Bulldogs continued their trend of making big plays in their last outing as they recorded five touchdowns of more than 50 yards in the win over Gallaudet, giving them 13 scoring plays this season of 50 yards or more.
THINK ABOUT THIS
The season that Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) is having looks to be a historic one. He enters today's contest ranked first in the league in yards per reception (23.9), second in receiving yards (742) and receiving yards per game (92.8) and his ten receiving touchdowns not only lead the conference, but his 11 touchdowns scored the season are just one fewer than the entire Anna Maria team.
A PERFECT TEN
When Nicholaus Grimaldi (Valrico, Fla.) returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' win over Gallaudet, it marked Dean's sixth non-offensive touchdown this season and tenth since last year.
RETURN TO SENDER
since the start of last season, the Bulldogs' have returned four kicks for touchdowns (three kickoffs, one punt) – three of which have come at home. So far this season, Dean leads the ECFC in kickoff return average (24.4), highlighted by Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.), who ranks second in the conference (31.0).
The Bulldogs' pass defense continues to shine, allowing a league-low 153.8 yards per game – and that includes four new starters in the secondary. Dean enters Saturday's contest with a league-best 17 interceptions – the third-most in NCAA Division III this season.
Third down has been a comfortable scenario for the Bulldogs this season. They are converting 39 percent of their third down attempts which is a direct correlation to Dean leading the league in red zone trips (43).
THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Saturday's showdown with the Spartans will feature a pair of the league's best defensive players. Castleton is led by interior lineman Chris Rice, who leads the conference in tackles for loss (14.5), ranks third in the league in tackles (66.0) and sacks (5.0) and has two blocked kicks. Dean counters with London Chambers (New Britain, Conn.), who has a team-best 55 stops, six pass breakups, four sacks, 11 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions.
Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) is coming off of a game in which he finished with eight tackles, recovered a fumble and had an interception. With two games remaining this season, he has career-highs in tackles (46.0), interceptions (3) and pass breakups (2). Two of his three interceptions have come at home this season, including a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win over Alfred State.
SWISS ARMY KNIFE
There may not be a more versatile player in the country than Bulldog freshman Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.). He is coming off of a career-high 120 receiving yards and a touchdown in a win over Gallaudet. He also has a 99-yard touchdown pass, averages 32.8 yards per punt and has three rushing touchdowns as well this season.