Sept. 11, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-A familiar opponent will come to town this week when the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team hosts Bridgewater State in the second game of the season for both teams Saturday evening. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs are coming off a 35-6 loss to Alfred in which the second half was scoreless. BSC won their opener last week, scoring late twice to defeat Mount Ida.
The Bears, who were picked to finish first in the Bogan Division of the New England Football Conference, are a formidable opponent. "Bridgewater is a good team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They had a nice win last week against Mount Ida, which also has a pretty good team."
BSC rushed for 422 yards last week, and their ground game is their strength, "Stephen Clark, their quarterback, is very quick and hard to tackle and runs the option extremely well," said Robichaud. "He also has the ability to avoid the rush and throw the ball a little bit late, and that's a concern for us. They also have two good runners in (Jeff) Creeden and (Justin) Fuller. Fuller ran for 180 yards last week, he's big and strong and is probably a little bigger version of our (senior) James Moore (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS). When you face a ground attack like they have, you really need to be disciplined defensively, and take away all facets of the option. In addition, Jesse Teixera, their receiver, is one of the best receivers in the conference, and he's always a threat."
With a young team, Robichaud is hoping that his team continues to improve. "Our learning curve is steep, because we're so young," Robichaud said. "We've already made some adjustments, we're working hard, and we can't wait to play Bridgewater."
Robichaud said that his team's scheme must be a sound one, and they must avoid mistakes in order to be successful. "Defensively, we have to be able to contain both Fuller and Clark," Robichaud said. "We have to do a better job of tackling this week. We can't give up too many big plays this week. We gave up too many big plays against Alfred, and that hurt us. Defensively, Bridgewater has some good linebackers and safeties, and they're a good defensive team. We've go to continue to work on getting the ball in the hands of our kids who can make plays."
UMass Dartmouth will be on the road next weekend, visiting Fitchburg State. They will be back home in two weeks, on Saturday, September 26th when they host Plymouth State in the annual homecoming game.
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