|Date||Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 (1 p.m.)|
Fraknlin Pierce (1-9)
|Venue||North Andover, Mass. // Duane Stadium (Tickets)|
|Multimedia||Live Stats // Watch|
|Social||Twitter // Instagram|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College football program will honor 19 student-athletes tomorrow afternoon as the Warriors prepare for their home finale at Duane Stadium against Franklin Pierce University. The contest will be celebrated as Senior Day when the Warriors and Ravens meet on campus. Merrimack will look to put a bow on its first Division I FCS season on campus, aiming to finish the year with a 4-1 record at home.
Reserved Tickets: $15 ($13 for Youth)
General Admission: $10 ($7 for Youth (12), Senior & Military)
Merrimack Students w/ valid Mack Card: FREE!
NOTE: Tickets may be purchased online, by phone (978-837-5324) or on game day at either ticket entrance. Pricing for online purchases does not include processing fees.
Game Day Events:
- Saturday’s Senior Day Ceremony will occur upon completion of Saturday’s game. Merrimack’s 19 honorees include: Bryce Smith, Bubba Shkliew, Joseph Pritchard, Jack Masterson, Enrique McFarlane, Bryce Santos, Steven Liakos, Matt Reagan, Corey Resendes, Daekwon Shepherd, Jack Lambert, Gabe Dansereau, Jake Ragusa, Robert Hulse, Cam Hayes, Sam Cooper, Michael Mercuri, Erick Browne and Marquis Spence
Inside the Matchup:
|Merrimack (4-5)||Category||Franklin Pierce (1-9)|
|11/2 at Rhode Island (L, 42-14)||Last Time Out||11/9 vs. Bentley (L, 70-0)|
|351.2||Opp. Total Offense||427.5|
|39.71% (54-136)||3rd-Down Conversions||25.00% (41-165)|
|33.33% (42-126)||Opp. 3rd-Down Conversions||43.00% (43-100)|
For the first time in program history, Merrimack and Franklin Pierce will meet on the gridiron this Saturday. The theme of Saturday will be “elevation” as both the Warriors and Ravens are playing in new divisions; Merrimack has acclimated well to Division I FCS play as the Warriors’ overall record hovers around .500 while Franklin Pierce is in its first season as a Division II program after transitioning from a sprint football program. Merrimack and Franklin Pierce are formal rivals in all sports in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Meet the Ravens:
Franklin Pierce arrives on campus tomorrow with one victory in 10 games during its inaugural season. The Ravens topped Curry College, 29-27, to pick up the program’s first-ever win earlier in the year. The team has fallen on tough times recently, however, suffering shutout loses to both New Haven and Bentley in the last two weeks. The Chargers won, 63-0, while the Falcons added one more score for a 70-0 triumph.
Awards on Awards on Awards:
Despite some possibly assuming that it would an awards-light year for the Warriors given their transition to the FCS level, that has been far from the case. Redshirt-senior Marquis Spence and Carter have both won NEC Offensive Player of the Week honors; Spence’s selection came after a career-high 16 catches against Central Connecticut State, which at the time was tied for the nation’s highest single-game catch total in 2019. Carter won his honor most recently after Presbyterian week after his 344 yards of total offense. The signal caller aslo took home the Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers Association, being named the top D1 Football Player (FBS & FCS) in New England last week.
Two weeks ago, graduate student Corey Resendes was named NEC Special Teams Player of the Week following a 3-for-3 effort as a placekicker including a career-best 39-yard field goal against Delaware State. He also averaged nearly 50 yards-per-punt and placed two of six kicks inside the DSU 20. For his efforts, he was named FCS Stats National Special Teams Player of the Week.
In their four home games this season, the Merrimack College Warriors are averaging 38 points a game for a 3-1 record on home soil. Sophomore quarterback Christian Cater is torching teams on defense while on his home turf. Carter has thrown for eight touchdowns and has thrown for 841 yards while at Duane Stadium.
Lock Down Secondary:
Merrimack’s secondary has provent to be one of the best in the NEC: The Warriors rank second in the league in interceptions (12), and three student-athletes among the top 15 in the league in passes defended/game. Darion McKenzie paces Merrimack with three picks, while adding seven pass break-ups. He ranks third in the NEC in INTs/game and second in PBUs per game. Junior Caleb Holden (9) and redshirt-junior Maverick Gamble (7) rank first and second, respectively, in PBU’s on Merrimack.
The Carter Effect:
Sophomore quarterback Christian Carter has been having the best year of his career statistic-wise. The signal caller is currently ranked third in the Northeast Conference (NEC) in passing yards per game with 217.6 and third in total offense with 241.1 yards a game. Carter threw for a season-best 287 yards on Saturday against Presbyterian, increasing his season total to a career-high 1,958 yards through eight games
Merrimack now has a 3-11 all-time record against FCS opponents, including a 2-5 mark so far in 2019. To date, Merrimack has played Bryant (0-4), Central Connecticut (0-3), Delaware State (1-0), Lehigh (0-1) Presbyterian (1-0), Rhode Island (0-2), Saint Francis U. (0-1) and Wagner (1-0).
Merrimack finishes the 2019 season next Saturday when the Warriors face their final Northeast Conference (NEC) foe. The squad visits Long Island University next week with a 12 p.m. kickoff scheduled at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium in Brookville, N.Y.