Allen Lessels on College Football: Wildcats hope home is where the wins are
To have a chance of extending their streak of FCS tournament appearances to 10, the Wildcats are going to have to turn that mark around in the second half of the season.
The immediate challenge for coach Sean McDonnell's team is to use Saturday's Homecoming contest against Rhode Island and a game against Villanova next week, both at Cowell Stadium in Durham, to jump-start what has so far been a tough season.
But he hurt his knee and missed a couple of series in last Saturday's loss at Towson and is not fully recovered.
"We're going with Goldrich," McDonnell said after practice on Thursday.
Vailas may be able to play some.
Redshirt freshman offensive guard Tad McNeely left the Towson with a sprained ankle and will not play, McDonnell said.Alexander Morrill, also a redshirt freshman and out of Lebanon High School, will start in McNeely's spot.
Morrill is listed at 6-foot-2 and 299 pounds.
The Rams are averaging 16.8 points a game offensively and giving up 24.3. UNH scores at a 32.2 pace, but allows 31.2.Dave Zocco, a senior linebacker and former Nashua South standout, is the second leading tackler for the Rams with 50. Zocco missed all of last season with an injury.
DARTMOUTH, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League, begins a string of three straight home games. Saturday, the Big Green host Yale at 1:30 p.m.
The Big Green look to rebound from a 37-31, four-overtime loss at Penn last week in the longest game in Ivy League history.
Concord native Rick Flanders is Yale's defensive coordinator and Joe Conlin, a former UNH assistant coach, is the associate head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach.
ST. ANSELM took a 27-26 lead with less than six minutes to play, but was unable to close out Bentley last week and lost, 32-27.
The Hawks, 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the Northeast-10, play their next two games at home, starting with Assumption tonight at 7 and followed by Merrimack next Saturday.
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PLYMOUTH STATE, 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the MASCAC, is off this week.