Pioneers Ready for Test vs. Anna Maria

Austin Parker on a run

Alfred State at Anna Maria

Saturday, October 21, 2017 * 1 p.m. * AMCAT Field - Paxton, MA

History between Teams: 1st meeting

Players to Watch:

Alfred State: RB's #3 Chris Meadows & #20 Kiegan Brown, WR #10 Willerm Greffin, LB #52 Justin Espinal, LB #34 Owen Davis 

Anna Maria: QB's #7 Emmanuel Leake & #16 Jayson Wallace, WR #2 Trai Weaver, OLB #29 Michael Hall, DE #32 Brian McLean

Tale of the Tape:

Alfred State: 0-6 (0-3 ECFC)

Offense: 8.8 ppg & 196.8 yards per game (75.5 rushing and 121.3 passing), 3rd Down Conversion - 23 for 79, 4th Down Conversion - 7 for 11

Defense: 34.2 ppg & 427.8 yards per game (209.7 rushing and 218.2 passing), 3rd Down Conversion - 38 for 78, 4th Down Conversion - 6 for 12

Turnover Ratio: 0 (8 turnovers/8 takeaways)

Anna Maria: 0-6 (0-3)

Offense: 15.5 ppg & 248.8 yards per game (56.3 rushing and 192.5 passing), 3rd Down Conversion - 23 for 88, 4th Down Conversion - 3 for 12

Defense: 45.7 ppg & 501.8 yards per game (317.7 rushing and 184.2 passing), 3rd Down Conversion - 17 for 48, 4th Down Conversion - 1 for 6

Turnover Ratio: -3 (14 turnovers/11 takeaways)

Scouting the Pioneers:

  • The Pioneers trailed 14-0 early to Gallaudet last weekend during the college's homecoming weekend. The team battled back to 14-13 with just three minutes left in the 1st half but never could get much more offense going the rest of the way. Eli Frantz was 17 for 23 for 169 yards and two scores while Kiegan Brown rushed for 105 yards and a score on 13 carries. John Lauretti led the team with eight tackles and two sacks.
  • The Pioneers offense had their most productive day of the season finishing with 336 yards (181 rushing) and 17 1st downs. 
  • Kiegan Brown recorded his second straight 100-yard game and is the first Pioneer to achieve the feat since the end of the 2014 season.
  • The blue & gold have started off slow all season. The team has been outscored 70-0 in the 1st quarter - A good start will be key vs. the AMCATS.
  • John Lauretti and Carlisle Philip got to the quarterback last week and combined on two sacks. Lauretti has been a part of all four the the team's sacks this season and has 10.5 tackles for a loss.
  • Forcing turnovers or creating a big play on special teams will be key this week. The AMCATS have turned the ball over 14 times in their first six games. Look for Austin Parker, Jamal Little, or William Greffin to make a big play that could change momentum.

Scouting the AMCATS:

  • Anna Maria suffered a 51-15 road setback to SUNY Maritime. Junior quarterback Emmanuel Leake (Providence, R.I.) and senior wide receiver Trai Weaver (Waterbury, Conn.) provided highlights for the AMCATS, as Leake threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and Weaver caught a season-high nine passes for 149 yards and one touchdown, his fifth straight game with a TD reception.
  • Emmanuel Leake is a dual threat at quarterback for the AMCATS. He has thrown for 707 yards and leads the team with 70 yards rushing. 
  • Anna Maria's rushing attack has only 338 net yards on the season while their passing attack has accumulated 1,155. Trai Weaver is by far the most popular receiver. He has 35 of the team's 86 receptions for 561 yards and six scores.
  • Michael Hall leads the defense with 40 tackles (32 solo). He has recovered two fumbles. As a team the AMCATS have recovered eight fumbles on the season. Brian McLean leads the team with five sacks.
  • Like Alfred State, Anna Maria has started games slow. They have only scored 17 points in the 1st quarter.

Around the ECFC:

  • Alfred State at Anna Maria, Maritime at Mount Ida, Husson at Gallaudet, and Dean at Castleton
  • Current Standings:
    • Husson: 3-0 (5-1 overall)
    • Maritime: 2-1 (5-1 overall)
    • Castleton: 2-1 (3-3 overall)
    • Mount Ida: 2-1 (3-3 overall)
    • Gallaudet: 2-1 (2-4 overall)
    • Dean: 1-2 (3-3 overall)
    • Alfred State: 0-3 (0-6 overal)
    • Anna Maria: 0-3 (0-6overall)

Game Day Information:

Next Up:

Alfred State returns to Pioneer Stadium for a 1 p.m. contest with Mt. Ida

Ana Maria hosts Husson next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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