NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will hit the road again Saturday, visiting Nichols in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Venditti Field.
The Corsairs enter the game at 1-5 and 1-2 in the NEFC Boyd Division after losing to Salve Regina last Saturday, 57-21. The Bison lost at Endicott last week, 56-7, and are 0-6 and 0-3 in NEFC Boyd Division play.
"You're always scared when you play a team that's winless," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They're looking at us as their opportunity to win a game, and they will be as prepared and excited to play us as they have been to play a game all year. We have to be able to score points, stop them and take control of the game early."
Nichols lost to Plymouth State in overtime two weeks ago, but has lost several one-sided decisions. "Nichols is very young," said Robichaud. "They are well-coached, their coach is in his second season, and he has done a good job building the program and they're only going to get better."
Their offense will be familiar. "They run an offense similar to ours, one back and some up tempo stuff," said Robichaud. "They are similar to us on both sides of the ball. Hopefully, they're not going to throw anything crazy at us. They do some different things, and that's been a challenge to prepare for this week."
Freshman quarterback Liam Cosgrove (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth HS) will be making his second start. "This is going to be a big test for Liam," said Robichaud. "He stepped up last week against the number one team in New England. If he can maintain the same focus he was able to have last week, he can have a very good game."
The Corsairs would also like to establish the run. "We need to establish the run," said Robichaud. "(Freshman) Kelvin Severino (Lawrence, MA/Lawrence HS) did a nice job towards the end of the game last week," said Robichaud. "He'll get several carries this week."
In order to win, UMass Dartmouth will need a full effort for the entire game. "We have to be able to score early, and control the game," said Robichaud. "We were able to do that at MIT and we couldn't hang on, and we played well against Salve in the first half and didn't hang on. We have to be able to play 60 minutes of football, and we have to be able to close out a game substantially in our favor."
The Corsairs will return home next Saturday to play Endicott.
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