Sept. 10, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team hopes to make it two wins in a row when they visit Bridgewater State in the second game of the 2010 season Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Bridgewater-Raynham High School, the Bears' temporary home while their home field, the Swenson Athletic Complex, is being remodeled.
Both teams won last week. The Bears defeated Mount Ida, 34-25, while UMD broke a 12-game losing streak with a 37-15 win over Fitchburg State. "We're coming off a big win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We're playing a strong opponent in Bridgewater. They scored a lot of points against Mount Ida, so I'm excited to see how our team reacts Saturday."
The road trip is a short one, but the opponent is one of the best teams in the league. "I'm glad that our first road trip is only 35 minutes away," said Robichaud. "Bridgewater is a very good team. Justin Fuller (NEFC Offensive Player of the Week last week) is a pre-season All-American, and he's a tremendous player. Their new quarterback, Mike McCarthy, had a lot of yards rushing Saturday. We have to try to contain him and make sure that they don't have two kids who can hurt us. Defensively, they are very aggressive, and they penetrate well. We're going to have to really work hard and execute."
The Bears have been predominantly an option team in recent years. "They spread it out just a little bit more than they have in the past," said Robichaud. "They still run a lot of dive and a lot of option and a lot of smash mouth football, and we haven't seen a lot of that this year. They don't try to fool you, they try to make you stop them."
The Corsairs will try to take advantage of their opportunities. "Our team is really excited about our offense," said Robichaud. "Last week was (sophomore quarterback) Patrick Orlando's (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) first college game, and he showed that he can be a very good quarterback in this league if he keeps working hard. We think we have the ability to score quickly, and want to try to make people beat us a little bit at a time, and not give up the big play."
The game could come down to a few key plays. "If we can continue to get the kind of performance we got last week from (sophomore) Edgar Osols (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) in the kicking game that we had this past week, it would help us. We need to maintain our focus. Last week's win was a huge step for us, and we want to maintain our attitude, our focus and our winning mind set."
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Maine Maritime next weekend.
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