Western New England College visits Curry in NEFC Boyd Division showdown

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Following a successful Homecoming performance, Western New England College visits Curry at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 9) in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Boyd Division showdown at Walter M. Katz Field in Milton.

WNEC ran its winning streak to four games with a 10-5 victory over Salve Regina to improve to 4-1 for the first time in the program's 30-year history. The Golden Bears also remained unbeaten at home with 3-0 mark and undefeated in the division at 2-0. Coach Keith Emery's squad has won nine of its last 10 games dating back to last year.

"We had a tough time moving the football against Salve, but thankfully, they had just as tough a time against us," said Emery. "Our defense came up big with their backs against the wall a few times. That's good to see."

The Golden Bears scored on a six-yard run by junior running back JJ Jachym (Milford, CT) and a career best 43-yard field goal by senior Jake Field (Long Valley, NJ). He is seventh in the NEFC with 436 yards (87.2 avg.). Junior quarterback Bryce Brown (Guilford, CT) completed 10-of-15 passes for 125 yards in another solid outing. Senior linebacker Justin Bailey (Northborough, MA) and sophomore end James Georges (Stamford, CT) (seven tackles each) led the defensive unit that limited SRU to 186 yards and 4-of-19 in third down conversions.

Sophomore free safety Phil Tsopanides (Fairfield, CT) leads the Blue and Gold with 39 tackles followed by Bailey with 32 stops and senior linebacker Dylan Chandler (Durham, ME) with 28 tackles.

Western New England College will face a strong challenge from a determined Curry team that will be looking to rebound from a 28-24 loss at Endicott. The Colonels are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the division.

"Curry is Curry. They are big and athletic. They know how to get the ball to their big play people on offense, and they are as nasty as ever on defense. We have to play our best to compete with them," Emery stated.

Senior quarterback Harold Rose (Bourne, MA) is fourth in the conference with 583 yards passing (145.8 avg.) and five touchdowns in four contests. Sophomore receiver Robert Bambini (Westwood, MA) is third in the league with 29 catches for 458 yards (91.6 yards average that leads the NEFC) and seven TDs. The leading rusher is senior back Dennis Void (Brookhaven, PA) with 275 yards and three scores. Senior linebacker Kevin McCarthy (Foxboro, MA) has a team best 37 tackles.

In the latest NEFC statistics, Curry is first in scoring defense (11.0 points) with Western New England College third (13.2). The Colonels are second in total defense (252.8) while the Golden Bears are fourth (263.4). Curry also is second in rushing defense (99.2) while WNEC is third in rushing offense (192.6).

This will be the 27th meeting between the schools with Curry holding an 18-8 advantage in the series that started in 1981. The Colonels have won nine straight meetings after a 41-0 shutout win last year in Springfield.
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