Football Visits Nichols Saturday

Football Visits Nichols Saturday

Oct. 14, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will be looking to win their second game on the road when they visit Nichols Saturday. Kickoff at Vendetti Field for the New England Football Conference Boyd Division game is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Corsairs are 2-4 and 1-2 in the Boyd Division after losing to Salve Regina Saturday night, 28-6. The Bison are coming off a 30-10 loss to Endicott and have yet to win a game in six contests this year. They are 0-3 in Boyd Division play.

"Nichols is always tough, they have beaten us two of the last three years," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They may be down a little bit, but when you watch them on film, they do a lot of good things. They have some tough teams yet to play, and I'm sure they're focused on us this week."

Nichols is yet another team that does not run a typical scheme. "They have a very experienced defense that is very active," said Robichaud. "They also run an offense that we haven't seen yet this year, the pistol, so it's always difficult when you're playing against a new system that you haven't seen before."

The Corsairs are healthier than they've been in a few weeks. "It's always good to have most of your starters back," said Robichaud. "Some of our backup people have done a great job, but it will be pretty good to be almost back to full strength. We're emphasizing hard work and fundamentals this week, and we are determined not to fall into any kind of trap against a team that has yet to win a game."

Robichaud is hoping for a favorable matchup. "Our defense has steadily improved, and we tend to do pretty well against a team that is more spread out," said Robichaud. "Nichols is predominantly a running team, and we've improved up front."

The ability to score will be important. "Last week, we moved the ball between the 20s, but we couldn't finish drives," said Robichaud. "We need to be able to score more points. Last week, we also won the battle for time of possession, and we need to do a better job of sustaining drives and keeping our defense off the field. We also need to do a better job of getting off the field, especially on third down."

The Corsairs will return home to play Endicott next Saturday.