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Friday, October 12, 2012

New Haven at Bentley preview

THREE STORYLINES
WELCOME BACK:
According to coach Pete Rossomando, starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki will play, but will not start, on Saturday at Bentley University at 1 p.m. Back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson will get start again. Osiecki will be seeing his first game action since straining a muscle in his back and shoulder in Week 2.
CAN ANYONE KEEP IT CLOSE?: The Chargers are winning games by an average of 22.8 points per game. Last season Assumption kept it close, losing 21-7. Last week, Assumption lost 65-7 with virtually the same team back from last year. Bentley kept it close with New Haven in 2011, losing a 45-38 shootout. Will the 5-0 Falcons suffer the same fate as the Greyhounds, or will Bentley make Saturday’s scuffle with UNH....
THE GAME OF THE YEAR?: It isn’t often two undefeated teams meet this late in the season and one is favored to blow the other one out. Then again, it isn’t often a team is as loaded as UNH. However, that is where we stand Saturday. The Chargers will have to deal with an undefeated Falcons’ defense that is only giving up 13 points per game, good for second in the conference. New Haven is No. 1, only surrendering 11 a contest. Bentley’s recovered five fumbles, same as New Haven, and intercepted four passes.
Offensively, Bentley brings in quarterback Danny Guadagnoli, who is third in the conference in overall passing touchdowns with nine. Nelson is first with 15. Guadagnoli has receiver Jeff Hill, who is first in the conference in overall yards per catch (24.5) and has six touchdowns.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
New Haven Sr. QBs Ronnie Nelson/Ryan Osiecki: Double the trouble for the Falcons secondary.
New Haven Sr. WR Jason Thompson: The senior has caught  21 receptions and six touchdowns this season.
Bentley WR Jeff Hill: The receiver has 22 receptions for 539 yards and six touchdowns this season.

NEXT THREE GAMES:
Oct. 18 at Stonehill College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Southern Connecticut State-Homecoming, 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 at American International College, 1 p.m.

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