CCSU welcomes Ivy League's Brown for Homecoming tilt

Published on Friday, 7 October 2022 22:38
Written by Brown 20, CCSU 17

By Chris Harris

@NBHerald_Chris

To write that Central Connecticut State has been limping this season is, well, accurate. The Blue Devils aren’t just winless, they have been outscored 196 to 58 in five games, allowing 39.2 ppg while only scoring just under 12.

But there is a sliver of silver lining – the closest game to date was a four-point loss to Sacred Heart nearly a month ago. An early conference opener for both teams, the Blue Devils had their lone fourth quarter lead of the season and allowed their fewest points as well. That game was played at Arute Field.

And that game against the Pioneers has been to date the only game that the Blue Devils haven’t had to recover from jet lag (outside the loss to UConn) so coming into Saturday’s matchup with Brown of the Ivy League could be a respite for the road weary Blue Devils who should be up for finally being home after road tripping for three weeks and wanting to impress the Homecoming crowd.

BROWN (1-2)

The Bears come to New Britain on a two-game losing streak. Last week, they lost to No. 25 Rhode Island 38-10, allowing all 38 to come in the first 30 minutes. Fourth year head coach James Perry’s squad is averaging 27.3 ppg and is led offensively by Jake Willcox. The 6-2 junior quarterback has thrown for 789 yards and six touchdowns. He has also thrown seven interceptions. Sutton Hayes has been his favorite receiver, with 16 catches this season but Wes Rockett and Graham Walker each have 13 catches between them. Defensively, the Bears are led by junior inside linebacker Isaiah Gamble who has a team high 17 tackles and sophomore defensive back Isaiah Reed who has 14 tackles and an interception.

CCSU (0-5)

Looks can sometimes be deceiving. A deep dive into the box score from the Blue Devils’ loss last week to Saint Francis University shows an almost equal game. The first down margin was just minus 2, the Blue Devils were only outgained by 30 yards and they held the advantage in passing 188-158. However, they only managed 78 yards rushing. Shon Mitchell threw the ball 38 times last week against the Red Flash, the most since donning a CCSU uniform. He only managed 188 yards passing, however, with two interceptions. Kyren Pettaway had seven catches a week ago, tying him for the team lead with Erik Surratt. Senior Chizi Umunakwe obtained his third double-digit tackle game of the season last week, getting 14 tackles and a sack.

Prediction:

It’s only a sample size, but the Blue Devils play best when they’re on a familiar field. Being back at Arute could be what the doctor ordered, especially if the prescription is running the football, the element of the offense that offensive coordinator Jeff Ambrosie hasn’t been able to get the team doing well. Brown is allowing 196 rushing yards per game so Nasir Smith has to get going if the Blue Devils want to send the alumni home happy.



Posted in New Britain Herald, CCSU, New Britain, General Sports on Friday, 7 October 2022 22:38. Updated: Friday, 7 October 2022 22:40.