Sept. 15, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the third week in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play a non-division game at home. The Corsairs will host Maine Maritime of the New England Football Conference's Bogan Division in a crossover game Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at Cressy Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
UMD will take a 1-1 record into Saturday's game after splitting their first two contests, defeating Mount Ida and losing to Bridgewater State. The Mariners are 1-0 after winning their opener last Saturday against Anna Maria.
Maine Maritime is a perennial contender in the Bogan Division, running an unusual offense. "Maine Maritime runs a unique offensive scheme that creates its own problems," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They're an option team, and that makes it interesting."
Last week, the Mariners gained 548 of their 589 yards on the ground in a 42-13 win against Anna Maria. "They are very quarterback and fullback oriented," said Robichaud. "They lost a great fullback in Jim Bower, but they have a new fullback who had 206 yards against Anna Maria. You prepare the best you can, the scout team has to buckle down and work hard and try to give us as realistic a look as we can. It's always a challenge, that's why they continue to run that offense."
Defensively, MMA is solid. "They're disciplined defensively, but they're going to give us some things we need to take advantage of," said Robichaud. "We need to throw the ball better. (Freshman) Mike Janey (Dorchester, MA/Wellesley HS) continues to do an outstanding job at running back, and our offensive line, which is very young, needs to step it up this week."
With their third consecutive home game on tap, the Corsairs would like to finish their initial three-game home stand with a winning record. "We want to try to win as many games as we can at home," said Robichaud. "It should be a very good game."
The key to success against an option-oriented team is staying disciplined defensively. "We have to make sure that each player understands their role, and concentrates on doing their job," said Robichaud. "If you try to do too much, you can miss an assignment and end up having problems. We have to concentrate on carrying out our assignments on defense, and we have to do a better job of executing offensively if we want to be successful."
After Saturday's game, the Corsairs will hit the road for their first road game of the season when they visit Plymouth State next weekend. They will return home to play MIT on Saturday, October 1.
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