By Matt Noonan
Our small college football postseason coverage rolls on with “going inside” another New England Bowl matchup: Plymouth State at Husson University.
Husson’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Eagles won four out of six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) contests to go with a non-league win against Alfred State.
Husson concluded his regular season slate with five wins, matching his total from 2013 when the Eagles competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
The Eagles scored some exciting wins this fall, including a 27-17 victory over Western New England last month, which provided Husson with his first-ever win against the Golden Bears.
Quarterback Nic Visser was recently named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year after ending the regular season with 14 passing touchdowns to go with a league-best 2,200 passing yards.
Plymouth State’s 2022 Season Review: The Panthers’ regular season concluded with a disappointing setback last Saturday UMass Dartmouth in a win-or-go-home matchup.
Despite losing to the Corsairs, Plymouth State enjoyed a successful season, producing eight wins in 10 contests, which was one less than the Green and White produced in 2017 when they shared the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with Framingham State.
The Panthers began their campaign with four-straight wins, including a week two victory over Husson. Manny Sanchez highlighted the win, rushing for a game-high 131 yards on 21 carries while quarterback Braden Lynn completed 12 of 17 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.
New England Bowl History (for both teams): Saturday’s clash between the Eagles and Panthers will be the first time either school competed in the New England Bowl.
Series History: Plymouth State has won three of its five meetings with Husson, dating back to the first contest between the Panthers and Eagles in 2004. Husson beat Plymouth State in 2018 and 2021.
Husson’s Last Postseason Appearance: It’s been four years since the Eagles last appeared in a postseason (or a bowl) contest – Husson lost to RPI in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Prior to their meeting with the Engineers, Husson competed in five NCAA Tournament games, along with two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowl games.
Their lone postseason win occurred in 2017 when they beat Springfield College in the opening round of the national postseason.
Plymouth State’s Last Postseason Appearance: The Panthers previously advanced to the opening round of the national postseason in 2017, where they lost to Brockport by a score of 66-0.
The Green and White have competed in the postseason six times in program history, dating back to their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1984 (Plymouth lost to Union College in the quarterfinals by a score of 26-14).
Plymouth State’s lone postseason win occurred in 1994 when the Panthers edged Merchant Marine19-18, in the first round.
Players to Watch on Husson: Nic Visser (QB), Elijah Garnett (RB), Jon Bell (WR), Russ Walker (WR), Tucker Buzzell (LB), Adam Bertrand (LB), Alex Brown (DB), and Sean Savage (LB).
Players to Watch on Plymouth State: Braden Lynn (QB), Manny Sanchez (RB), Willie Lombard (RB), Jake Donahue (WR), Conner Sheehan (K/P), Evan Wilson (LB), Quinn Girard (DB), Bryce Wronski (LB), and Luc Normandeau (DB).