Football Eyes First Win Streak of 2013, Travels to LIU Post for NE-10 Battle Saturday

FOOTBALL EYES FIRST WIN STREAK OF 2013 AT LIU POST SATURDAY

Links: Live Stats | Game Notes (.pdf)

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Looking for back-to-back victories for the first time this season, the Merrimack College football team treks south to Brookeville, N.Y., to battle LIU Post in a huge Northeast-10 Conference showdown for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Hickox Field.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Records:
Merrimack (2-2, 1-2 NE-10) | LIU Post (2-2, 1-2 NE-10)
Location:
Hickox Field | Brookville, N.Y.

Last Time Out
Senior quarterback Joe Clancy tossed for a staggering 434 yards and seven touchdowns – tying his own program and Northeast-10 Conference single-game record – as Merrimack dazzled from start to finish, blowing past Pace, 66-14, in a dominant home opener conference victory in front of 1,416 fans on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Marotne-Mejail Field.

Last Time vs. LIU Post (LIU Post 45, Merrimack 22 | Nov. 10, 2007)
In their last tilt on the gridiron (Nov. 10, 2007), LIU Post downed Merrimack, 45-22, at Hickox Field. The Pioneers had an early fumble recovery for a touchdown, and paced themselves to the win. Running back Anthony Adamic rushed for 268 yards in the contest. Defensive back Kurt Ellis finished with nine tackles (8 solo, 2 assist). The Pioneers scored the first 24 points of the game before Merrimack got on the board late in the first half to make it 24-7 at the break. The Warriors clawed to within 38-22 at the end of three periods, but LIU Post responded with the final score of the game in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin of victory.

The Warriors:

  • Are coming off a 66-14 victory over Pace, accounting for the highest point total offensively on the year and the lowest
  • Rank second in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (48.0), first in yards per game (542.2), first in passing yards (1,599) and first in passing touchdowns (22)
  • Lead the NE-10 in third-down conversions (31-for-62) and percentage (50%) while ranking second in red zone percentage (80%)
  • Are tied for seventh place in the NE-10 standings

The Pioneers:

  • After beginning the season with back-to-back victories, LIU Post has dropped consecutive conference contests to fall to 2-2 overall with a 1-2 league mark
  • Last week, the Pioneers dropped a 48-23 showdown at New Haven, a week after falling to Bentley, 38-24, on the road as well
  • Average 192.2 rushing yards per game - the fourth-best mark in the league - while putting up 29.5 points per game
  • Steven Laurino has started four games under center and ranks third in completion percentage (62.5%) with seven touchdowns and four picks

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