September 28, 2013

Football Hosts Pace in 2013 Home Opener Saturday Live on MerrimackAthletics.TV!

WARRIORS AIM TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SETTERS SATURDAY

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After opening the 2013 season with three consecutive, Friday night away contests to start the year, the Merrimack College football team, at long last, will play on its home turf, as the Warriors welcome Pace University for their home opener this Saturday, Sept. 28, in a Northeast-10 Conference clash at Martone-Mejail Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Records:
Merrimack (1-2, 0-2 NE-10) | Pace (0-3, 0-2 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field| North Andover, Mass.

Saturday is Youth Day and Coach to Cure MD
Merrimack College is inviting Youth Football and Cheerleader participants to attend the game for free if they wear their game jerseys or uniforms. Adult tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at the Ticket Office beginning Saturday. 

Coach to Cure MD is a project of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in partnership with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Coach to Cure MD is a one-day, nationwide awareness building and fundraising event that will be held across the country this Saturday. College football coaches across the country have been asked to wear a patch with the Coach to Cure MD insignia to show their support for Coach to Cure MD and the fight against this disease.

Last Time Out (Southern Conn. St. 40, Merrimack 34)
After mounting its own 90-yard drive that brought Merrimack to within six points of Southern Connecticut State heading to the fourth quarter, the hosts capitalized on a 98-yard scoring drive late in the final frame to send the Owls to a 40-34 victory over the Warriors last Friday night.

After both sides matched touchdown for touchdown in the first half and entered the intermission all squared up at 21-21, Southern Connecticut went ahead by 12 (33-21) thanks to back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter to push the home side ahead.

Merrimack, however, was far from out of it, as the high-octane Warrior offense went to business and capitalized on the final drive of the third quarter. It took 13 plays and spanned 92 yards, but at the end, it was senior Joe Clancy finding sophomore Jere Brown for the third time of the night on a one-yard strike that brought the Warriors to within 33-27.

Turning to the fourth quarter, each side had their opportunities, but both Southern Connecticut and Merrimack's first drives of the final frame would result in punts.

That set up the game's deciding sequence, as Southern Connecticut started from their own 2 yard line and embarked on a 13-play, 98-yard drive that lasted 6:40 and ended with Michael Johnson punching into the end zone for the Owls' fourth rushing touchdown of the night, giving the hosts a 40-27 edge that proved to be the difference.

Last Season vs. Pace (Merrimack 63, Pace 14)
Then-senior Isaiah Voegeli finished with a league-record 17 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns, as Merrimack cruised to a 63-14 victory against Pace on the road on Sept. 29, 2012. Clancy finished with 418 yards and four scores, going 28-for-37 in the air, while McDonough totaled 119 yards on the ground with three rushing TDs.

The Warriors:

  • Are playing at home for the first time this season after opening the year with three consecutive Friday night, road matchups against Wager, AIC and Southern Connecticut, respectively
  • Boast one of the top passing offenses – and overall offenses – nationwide, averaging 42.0 points per game as a team and 474.7 yards per game, both of which rank 14th and 32nd nationally, respectively
  • Have defeated Pace in each of the previous 12 all-time meetings, leading the series 12-0 dating back to the 2001 campaign
  • Have yielded more than 40 points in all three games defensively, including a season-high 62 points in Week 2 at AIC

The Setters:

  • Have opened the season winless in its first three tries, with their closest decision coming against Alderson Broaddus, a 31-28 setback on Sept
  • Other decisions include losses to New Haven (65-0) and American International (48-27) in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively
  • Rank in the bottom-third of most offensive categories, averaging 18.3 points per game (10th), 286.3 total yards per game (10th) and just 81.0 rushing yards per game (10th)
  • Own a third-down conversion rate sits at just 21 percent on the season, also 10th in the conference

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