With a chance to move their record to 5-5 and finish their Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) slate at 4-2, a surging Dean College squad plays host to league rival Anna Maria on Senior Day - the final collegiate contest for Rickey Benson (Depthford, N.J.), Decory Francis (Manchester, N.H.) and Bret Williams (Essex, Mass.).
NOT RAIN, NOT SLEET, NOT WIND
The Bulldogs enter today's affair having won four of their last six games, including last Saturday's heart-stopping 19-17 win over Castleton. That contest featured some wild weather, but Dean eventually prevailed with a key stop in the redzone on the game's final play.
REID ALL ABOUT IT
Freshman standout Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) hauled in a career-best six catches in last Saturday's win over Castleton. He has emerged as the Bulldogs most versatile threat and ranks second on the team with 482 receiving yards and six total touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving) this season.
FRANK THE TANK
Another freshman who came on strong in the win over the Spartans was tight end Frankie Buncik (Venice, Fla.). He snared a career-best three grabs for 40 yards – all of which were for greater than ten yards.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Travis Byars (Atlanta, Ga.) collected ten solo tackles in the win over Castleton on Saturday, tying a career-high for tackles. So far this season, the freshman linebacker has 45 tackles (four for loss) and an interception.
PICKS A PLENTY
Saturday's win over the Spartans marked the fourth time this season Dean has collected three interceptions or more. David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) had his second of the season, while Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.) grabbed two to give him a league-leading six this season. The Bulldogs now have 20 interceptions entering today's contest - a total that is second in the country behind only Saint Thomas (21) and Alfred University (21).
HE'S BEEN ELECTRIC
First-year signal caller Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) has developed into one of the country's best freshmen quarterbacks. In his last four full games played, Watts is connecting on 55 percent of his passes for 1,017 yards. In fact, in his last 104 passes, Watts has thrown ten touchdowns and just one interception.
SCOUTING THE ENEMY
The AMCATS head into today's showdown at 1-8 overall, but their lone victory did come on the road at Castleton in early October. They are coming off of a narrow loss to Alfred State last Saturday in which Michael Lopez rushed for three touchdowns and freshman QB Alex Cohen threw for 228 yards and added a score on the ground.
Saturday's contest will feature a pair of freshmen signal callers in the aforementioned Cohen of Anna Maria and the Bulldogs' Watts. After his four-interception performance at Husson, Cohen has been playing well, going interception free in his last two games, while rushing for a pair of scores. Watts, meanwhile, ranks sixth in the country amongst all freshmen quarterbacks with 1,828 yards and fourth in touchdown passes (17). Keep in mind – all of the other quarterbacks ahead of Watts have played in nine games – he has only played in eight.
Dean enters Saturday's contest ranked second in the league in quarterback sacks with 20. The AMCATS, meanwhile, sack the quarterback the least of the teams in the ECFC, collecting only seven – a total that is one fewer than the individual league leader – Dean sophomore Khoury Simmons (Taunton, Mass.). Meanwhile, Cohen has been sacked at least once in every game this year, including 12 times in the last three games alone.
RUNNING ON EMPTY
Anna Maria is allowing more than 240 yards on the ground per game and has had two different runners top the 200-yard mark against them this season. In last year's meeting with the AMCATS, Dean ran for 304 yards and forced four turnovers on their way to a 27-0 season-ending win.
The Bulldog defense has forced 28 turnovers in nine games this season, good for second in the conference behind Husson's 29. That unit continues to lead the league in passing yards allowed per game (161.9) and has forced nine turnovers in the past two games. Anna Maria, meanwhile, has fumbled the ball 13 times in their last three games, but has only lost three of them.
THE DAWG POUND
After going just 1-4 at home in 2017, the Bulldogs have a chance to go 4-1 at Lippert Field this season should they pick up a win on Saturday. 21 of the team's 39 touchdowns have come at home where they average nearly 35 points per game (34.5). No Bulldog shines more at home than DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.), who is averaging almost five yards per carry (4.6) and 100 yards per game (93.3) in the friendly confines of Lippert Field. In addition, he is coming off of his third career two touchdown game – two of which have come at home.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) enters Saturday's matchup with a legitimate shot to collect 1,000 receiving yards this season. He sits at 869 after topping the 100-yard plateau in five of the last six games – one of which was a monster 229 yard receiving effort. Anna Maria, meanwhile, ranks third in the ECFC in passing yards allowed and has only yielded 100 or more receiving yards to one receiver in their last eight games.