ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Haven at Saint Augustine's University preview

Three storylines

DANGEROUS: The Chargers agreed to play a home-and-home against Saint Augustine’s University last year. Last season was a down year for the Falcons and New Haven took advantage in a blowout win at home. This season New Haven travels to Durham, N.C., to play a more athletic and experienced St. Aug team. The Falcons received 12 votes in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll after a 28-10 win over Wingate. The long road trip and a solid unranked team opposing it could be a recipe for disaster for 12th ranked New Haven.
ROAD TRIP: This is the farthest the Chargers football team will travel for a regular-season game since returning in 2009. UNH will travel 1,208 miles to and from Durham County Stadium in Durham, N.C. That means the players will sit on a bus for 22 hours without traffic. Does bus lag exist?
ONE SHOT: Success in non conference games determines the strength of your conference in Division II. Northeast-10 teams went winless in non conference games last week. The Chargers are poised for another NCAA tournament run and this could be the NE-10’s only good non conference win of the season. A loss here would weaken any NE-10 team’s chances of getting a good seeding if it qualifies for the NCAA tournament.

Three players to watch

Sr. running back Victor Jones, New Haven: He only played in four games last season before tearing his ACL. In Week 1, he rushed for a team-high 71 total yards and broke off a 63-yard run. With confidence in his knee, Jones should have another strong week.
Sr. wide receiver Josh Smart, New Haven: Senior receivers Demetrius Washington-Ellison and Jason Thompson are well-known, respected and feared deep threats. This opens up the underneath route for possession receiver Josh Smart. If Saint Augustine chooses to defend against the big play, Smart will finish with 5-7 receptions.
Jr. quarterback Teddy Bacote, St. Augustine’s University: The junior impressed last season throwing for 2,282 yards and 22 touchdowns. Against New Haven last season, he passed for 316 yards and two scores but, threw two interceptions. Last week in the Wingate win, he passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns.  

Next three games

Sept. 15 at Pace (0-1, 0-1 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Saint Anselm (0-1, 0-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (0-1, 0-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
— @NHRHenryC


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