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College Kickoff: Tigers need to defeat Wildcats

14 November 2012 By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer One Comment

The Tigers took care of business Saturday night crushing Rhode Island 41-10. It was also a successful Senior Night for the Tigers, especially for senior running back Dominique Booker who had seven carries for 181 yards and an 83-yard touchdown.

Fellow senior Tom Ryan also had a huge game, with seven receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Beating Rhode Island assures Towson a winning record for the year, but that has never been their main goal. The goal has always been to get back on top of the CAA and back to the playoffs.

But to do this, the Tigers will have to beat a tough New Hampshire team and Old Dominion would have to lose to James Madison, which would create a huge tie for first place.

On top of the division right now are Old Dominion and New Hampshire, who are both 6-1 in the division. Trailing behind them at 5-2 are James Madison, Richmond, Towson and Villanova.

If the Tigers manage to knock off New Hampshire and if James Madison beats Old Dominion, Towson will share the division title with Old Dominion, New Hampshire, James Madison and possibly more.

Instead of worrying about the logistics of the CAA title, the Tigers just need to focus on beating New Hampshire, who has had a great year.

The New Hampshire Wildcats have not one, but two great quarterbacks on their team that they use regularly.

Sophomore Andy Vailas has thrown for 1,473 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year, while only throwing three interceptions. The Wildcats’ other quarterback is freshman Sean Goldrich who has thrown for 981 yards and seven touchdowns, while only throwing two interceptions.

The Tigers are going to have a tough time adjusting to New Hampshire’s multi-quarterback game.

New Hampshire also has a great running back and wide receiver on its team, which makes it no surprise as to why it is 8-2 overall.

Sophomore running back Nico Steriti has run for 807 yards and nine touchdowns, and sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris has 961 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Towson has a tough task at hand, but the team has shown signs of dominance this season as well. It can’t be stressed enough that Towson has got to keep its offense on the field as long as possible. New Hampshire is a high-scoring team and if Towson can put together some long-scoring drives, it will give their defense a break and throw the Wildcats’ offense out of rhythm.

It all comes down to senior quarterback Grant Enders leading the Tigers. The quarterback has been phenomenal this year and a great leader. Hopefully he can keep the offense rolling and give the Tigers a shot at winning this one.

This could be the final game of the season for the team, but the Tigers are still in it fighting for the Colonial Athletic Association title. We’ll see what happens Saturday, but you can definitely expect a hard fought game from Towson.

One Comment »

  • Danny O said:

    Old Dominion is not eligible to win the CAA title because they are moving up to the FBS next year to play in C-USA. They will receive an at-large bid for the playoffs because they’re a damn good team. That being said, this means the CAA automatic qualifying bid is still up for the winner of the CAA (and possibly another at-large bid, but that’s hard to say, and probably not as likely).

    So really, you want James Madison to lose to ODU so that if the Tigers win, they won’t be in a tie with JMU, who would have the tie-breaker due to a head-to-head win against us. We beat Villanova, so we have the tie-breaker there. The really interesting (and confusing) situation comes down to if there is a tie-breaker between Towson and Richmond; they didn’t play each other, so it comes down to some independent ratings that have to do with things like strength of schedule, margin of victory, etc.

    You’re absolutely right though, it all starts with Towson beating New Hampshire in UNH’s house. And like you said, stopping UNH’s high octane offense is at the top of the to do list. If the offense can play ball control and win the turnover battle, or at least not turn the ball over themselves, then they’ve got as good a shot as any.

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