Nov. 5, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play their final game of the 2009 season when they visit Curry Saturday afternoon. Game time at Walter M. Katz Field is 1:00 p.m.
The Corsairs are coming off a 34-0 loss to Endicott, and are 0-9 this season and 0-6 in the Boyd Division. The Colonels are coming off a 42-14 victory over Nichols, are 7-2 overall and 7-0 in Boyd Division play, and have clinched the division championship and will host the New England Football Conference Championship game next week.
"Curry is a very good team, and this is an opportunity to play a great opponent and have fun," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "It's great that we have another opportunity to play another college football game. Curry has been the top team in our conference for years, and they are very balanced offensively. They don't have a top 10 rusher in the conference, and their quarterback, Zach Cavanaugh, is very good, but he spreads it around. They do things very well, and they don't have a glaring weakness. They don't have a favorite receiver, and they don't have someone they hand the ball off to all the time. They just have 11 good players on the field at all times."
Curry's offense has changed a bit. "They have changed their offensive look," said Robichaud. "They are basically a pro-I team, they run some wide receiver sets, they will run the ball and pound it up inside, and have a very effective throwing game. Defensively, I'm going to tell our guy where (Scott) Driscoll is and throw it the other way. He is probably the best defensive back in the conference. They blitz quite a bit, they are very aggressive, and they have great size and speed on defense, which will create some problems."
While the Corsairs have yet to win, they are still upbeat. "We have 11 players who will be playing their last game," said Robichaud. "They have a great attitude, they are still motivated, and this is their 10th opportunity to get a win."
For UMD to be successful, they will have to play very well. "In order to win, we'll have to be able to do some things that we haven't done this year, and that's get into the end zone," said Robichaud. "We've moved the ball well at times, and some of our stats are pretty good, but we need to be able to score. We also need to have the philosophy that if you're going to score on us, it's going to take nine or 10 plays. We have to avoid giving up the big plays, which will provide us more opportunities for turnovers."
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