Oct 3, 2014 6:30 AM

Saint Anselm's Bernard approaching receiving record

New Hampshire Football Report


Franklin Pierce vs. Princeton

When and where: Friday (7 p.m.) at Arthur Hurd Field, Ashburnham, Mass.

Team records: Franklin Pierce in 0-2; Princeton is 0-1.

Noteworthy: This will be the first home game for Franklin Pierce, which has been outscored 55-20 in its two losses. ... Princeton dropped its opener to Navy 63-0 and were held to minus-68 yards rushing in the loss. ... The Ravens have struggled on offense as well. Franklin Pierce is averaging 169.5 yards per game and has been outscored 31-0 in the fourth quarter. ... Sophomore linebacker Christopher Nee leads Franklin Pierce in tackles with 13 (11 solo).

Plymouth State vs. Westfield State

When and where: Saturday (1 p.m.) at Alumni Field, Westfield, Mass.

Team records: Plymouth State is 1-3 overall (0-2 MASCAC); Westfield State is 2-1 overall (1-0 MASCAC).

Noteworthy: Concord's Drew Bolton became Plymouth State third starting quarterback of the season last week. ... The Panthers lead the MASCAC in time of possession (33:44) and fewest penalty yards per game (38.8). ... Plymouth State defense end Kyle Wilson of Dover is third in the MASCAC in tackles for loss (eight) and tied for ninth in sacks (2.5).

Saint Anselm vs. Merrimack

When and where: Saturday (1 p.m.) at Martone-Mejail Field, North Andover, Mass.

Team records: Saint Anselm is 4-0 overall (3-0 Northeast-10); Merrimack is 2-2 overall (2-1 Northeast-10).

Noteworthy: Saint Anselm wide receiver Justin Bernard has 324 career catches and needs two receptions to break the NCAA Division II record for career receptions. Bernard, a senior, has caught at least one pass in 38 of the 39 games he's played in at Saint Anselm. ... Saint Anselm quarterback Yianni Gavalas is ranked fifth among Division II quarterbacks in completion percentage (71.1 percent). ... Merrimack running back Armond McRae is averaging 90.8 yards rushing per game. McRae, who played at Nashua South, has run for 363 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries.

Dartmouth vs. Penn

When and where: Saturday (1 p.m.) at Memorial Field, Hanover.

Team records: Dartmouth is 101 overall (0-0 Ivy League); Penn is 0-2 overall (0-0 Ivy League).

Noteworthy: This is the Ivy League opener for each school. ... Penn has won the last six games against Dartmouth and 15 of the last 16 meetings. ... Dartmouth running back Kyle Bramble is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and four receptions per game. ... Penn's losses came against Jacksonville (34-31) and Villanova (41-7). ... Penn coach Al Bagnoli has announced his intention to retire after this season.

New Hampshire vs. Elon

When and where: Saturday (1 p.m.) at Rhodes Stadium, Elon, N.C.

Team records: UNH is 3-1 overall (1-0 CAA); Elon is 1-3 overall (0-0 CAA)

Noteworthy: Bedford's Andy Vailas will start at quarterback for the fourth-ranked Wildcats. UNH coach Sean McDonnell said there is no timetable for when starting QB Sean Goldrich (sprained knee) will return. ... This will be the first CAA game for Elon, which competed in the Southern Conference last season. ... Elon has been outscored 113-48 in its three games. ... UNH running back Nico Steriti, who missed Saturday's victory over Dartmouth with a sprainked ankle, is expected to play.


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