BY ANDREW PENACHO // OCT. 2, 2016 //
Curry went up against freezing rain and a top NEFC team in Slave Regina’s Seahawks that equated into the Colonels getting rolled over at home, 47-14.
“We played two of the best teams in [the New England Football Conference],” the humbled head coach, Skip Bandini said after dropping the first two of seven straight NEFC games. “We are 2-2 overall, I’m not worried about being 0-2 in the league or whatever else…Our kids are good kids-we are going to do the best we can do, and that’s all we can do.”
Bandini’s group quickly grew higher standards compared to Colonels in recent history, starting the year off 2-0, beating a good Bridgewater State team, 28-24, and manhandling Anna Maria 42-3. Even more impressive are the stats for those two games.
Curry was averaging 393 yards of total offense, with a rich rush game of 115. That’s nice and all, but it won’t make you jump out of your seat. However, the impressive piece to note on the short season was the Colonels defense.
Curry only allowed an average of 217 yards of total offense while simultaneously making teams one dimensional by allowing an average of 48 rushing yards per game. By doing those things, the Colonels had only allowed three touchdowns and two field goals in two games, with a point differential of 3.7 to 1.
Curry’s football program has been somewhat of a let-down these past couple of years, and it’s a real kick in the pants when you’re given a dash of hope; just to see it go all away in a span of eight days.
The 0-2 skid is a bigger concern for the Colonels for more than it being just a 0-2 skid. The past two games were conference games- these games are the ones to determine where each team ranks in the NEFC.
Curry’s defense has been showing growth for the first time in a while and had to face maybe its two biggest opponents in Salve and Western New England, who both are alone with Endicott as the only NEFC teams’ 2-0 to start. But when you look at these past two games, Curry fans have to ask, ‘Where is the effort?’
The Colonel’s performance on both sides of the ball has dropped as they’ve only amassed an average of 278 yards on offense, with 221 of those coming through the air.
Remember that stellar defense that showed in the first two games? Well just like yesterday, that is history. The Colonels have given up 18 scoring plays, with 15 of those being touchdowns. On top of that, they have allowed opponents to rack up an average of 506.5 yards of total offense.
In addition, the tables have now turned on the Colonels with the point differential, as they are now allowing 2.5 points to their 1.
Quarterback Carousel: Three different quarterbacks called plays against Salve with junior Alex Corvese getting the starting nod but only completing 3 of 9 passes for 39 yards. Senior Mike O’Hearn finished 11 of 18 for 111 yards and junior Spencer Tyler finished the game going 2 of 3 for 21 yards and a score.
Yellow Laundry…or lack thereof: Salve Regina managed to not commit a single penalty during the game, compared to the five flags the Colonels drew.
Everyone aboard the NEFC train: Curry’s remaining schedule will be against NEFC teams, with Curry traveling to the Coast Guard Academy October 15. With a win, the Colonels could jump two spots if MIT also loses to WNE.