Playing the final game of their regular season, Dean College welcomes Castleton University to Lippert Field for an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) showdown with the Spartans on Saturday at 12:00 PM. Prior to the start of the contest, the program will honor its ten seniors – Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.), Ryan Burke (Shelton, Conn.), Julian Burris (Rock Hill, S.C.), Tristan Cahill (Canton, Mass.), Tim Condon (New Canaan, Conn.), Shamis Henry (Flemington, N.J.), Dan Lonergan (Ipswich, Mass.), Shannon Moxey (Austell, Ga.), Jordan Reyes (West Roxbury, Mass.) and manager Zach Henderson.
WHAT'S ON THE LINE
The Bulldogs enter Saturday's showdown riding an impressive four-game winning streak that catapulted them to the top of the league standings. A win for Dean would give them a 5-4 regular season record and by virtue of a win over second-place Maritime back in October all of the tie breakers when it comes to the league championship.
Since the Bulldogs have embarked on their current winning streak, sophomore quarterback Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) has been playing on another level. In those four games, he has accounted for 20 touchdowns (16 passing, four rushing). In last Saturday's win over Alfred State, Watts threw for a school record seven touchdowns, giving him a league-leading 25 scoring strikes this season.
After missing Dean's 56-35 win at Gallaudet on October 26, junior wide receiver Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) returned to the lineup with a vengeance, hauling in eight passes for 125 yards and five touchdowns against Alfred State. That contest marked the second straight game Breaux has had multiple touchdown catches and the sixth time in his 17 game career.
WE LIKE MIKE
The emergence of Michael Bethune, Jr. (New Haven, Conn.) as a key tailback for the Bulldogs was on full display last weekend as Dean outlasted Alfred State. He erupted for 213 yards on 21 carries to lead a Dean ground game that averaged 7.6 yards per carry.
It took until one of the final games of his career, but defensive standout Shannon Moxey (Austell, Ga.) has found his way into the endzone. On a fake punt, Moxey hauled in a pass from Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) and outraced a few defenders to the pylon for a 47-yatd touchdown grab on fourth and seven.
THE MAN WITH THE HANDS
Speaking of Reid, he leads the ECFC in catches (45), is second in receiving yards (526) and is tied for fourth in touchdown catches (4).
POINTS ON THE BOARD
After consecutive games with 50 points or more, the Bulldogs skyrocketed up to the top of the league in points per game (31.4) and lead the league in touchdown percentage in the red zone (72 percent).
In the win last Saturday over Alfred State, Baisden, Jr. totaled 11 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups. Those tackles put his career total up over 150 stops for his career, to go along with four interceptions and two touchdowns.