Posted: Sep 06, 2018
GAME 2: Western Connecticut State at Dean (0-1) | Saturday, September 8, 2018 | Lippert Field, Franklin, Mass. | Dean Roster | Western Connecticut Roster | Dean Coaches | Western Connecticut Coaches | Live Video | Live Stats
The Bulldogs open up the home portion of their 2018 season with the first ever meeting with a Western Connecticut State squad coming off of a 7-3 campaign and picked third in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) preseason coaches poll.
Western Connecticut State will have to replace all-league quarterback Quinn Fleeting who graduted in the spring. He was named MASCAC Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for more than 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns a season ago.
BALLERS ARE BACK
WCSU does return a pair of all-conference performers in Duane Gary and kicker Jordan D'Onofrio. Gary totaled more than 1,600 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns a season ago, while D'Onofrio made four field goals and led the team in scoring (51 points).
FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
Dean's season-opening 44-41 loss last Friday night to Curry definitely provided some fireworks. Freshman signal caller Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) threw for four touchdowns and 364 yards highlighting a Bulldog offense that rang up 427 yards of total offense.
THREE SCORE NIGHT
In addition to Watts' big night against Curry, Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.) also put up some huge numbers. He hauled in 140 receivng yards and two touchdowns and had 163 more yards in kickoff returns, which included a 92 yard return for a score.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Playing in his first collegiate football game, men's basketball star turned hard-hitting safety, Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.), delivered a game-high 12 tackles, a pass breakup and an interception last Friday.
While Burris racked up 303 all-purpose yards, Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla.) collected 127 and Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) had 98 of his own. Bullard caught a 30-yard score from Watts late in the fourth quarter and Reid led the team in rushing yards and had a team-high five catches.
NO FLY ZONE
In 2017, Dean led the ECFC by allowing just 112.1 passing yards per game. With an entirely new starting four on the backend in 2018, the Bulldogs pass defense allowed just 146 yards through the air and had four interceptions in the loss at Curry.
In fact, in their last three games, the Dean defense has forced 12 turnovers (nine interceptions, three fumble recoveries).
NEW NUMBER, NEW GAME
As a freshman, wearing No. 35, London Chambers (New Britian, Conn.) played in seven games but recorded just two tackles. Fast forward to Friday night and Chambers, now wearing No. 10, finished with nine tackles - two for loss and his first career sack.
After Watts threw an interception on his first pass of the fourth quarter, he finished the period going 9-for-12 for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
GEAUX, BREAUX, GEAUX!
Not to be forgotten in last Friday's contest with Curry was the play of Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.). He made five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.
SPECIAL TEAMS PROVES TO BE SPECIAL