Fresh off of their first win of the season, Dean returns home for just the second time this year to host Alfred State in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs topped the 40-point barrier for the second time this season as they rolled past Becker, 42-15 on Saturday behind a rushing attack that eclipsed the 200-yard barrier and a swarming defense that collected five interceptions.
PUTTING UP NUMBERS
Following Saturday's 42-point effort in the win over Becker, Dean is the only team in the ECFC that has multiple games with 40 points or more and they now rank second in the conference in points per game (30.8).
The Bulldogs' five interceptions are tied for the most any team has had in a game this season in the country. Those interceptions coupled with the six they had coming into the game gives them 11 – good for second in the country behind only Rensselaer, who has 12.
SILVER IS GOLD
With David Marino-Silver's (Tampa, Fla.) 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday's win over Becker, Dean now has four non-offensive touchdowns this season, including a Marino-Silver blocked punt return score in the season opener against Curry.
I LIKE BIG PLAYS AND I CAN'T LIE
The Bulldogs have rattled off some pretty impressive big plays this season and Saturday's win at Becker was no exception. Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) had an 86-yard reception as part of his 135-yard, two-touchdown performance, while Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla.) outraced the Hawk defense during an 88-yard score as part of his 105-yard rushing afternoon which turned out to be the fourth-longest run in all of NCAA Division III this season.
HOME ON THE GRANGE
DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) looks to have found his running rhythm in perfect time for conference play. He ran for a career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Becker, giving Dean it's fifth game since the start of the 2017 with more than 200 yards rushing as a team.
With Bullard (105) and Grange (116) both topping the 100-yard plateau in Saturday's win at Becker, Dean is the only team in the ECFC to accomplish that feat.
PLAYMAKERS ON ALERT
Saturday's matchup features some of the league's most elite receivers. The Pioneers are led by Jalen Long, who has two games this season with over 100 yards receiving and leads the conference in total receiving yards. Dean, meanwhile enters with the three-headed monster of Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.), Breaux, and Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) - all of whom have at least one reception of 60 yards or more.
THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Dean's defense continues to shine in the ECFC statistical charts. They lead the conference in passing yards allowed (116.5), interceptions (11), are second in sacks (7) and have one of the three defensive touchdowns in the league.
KEEP THE CHAINS MOVING
Dean leads the ECFC in third down conversion percentage (22-for-55, 40 percent) and only today's opponent, Alfred State, have attempted (16) and converted (11) more than the Bulldogs' fourth down tries (7-for-13).
Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) has become one of the country's best freshmen signal callers and the stats back it up. He leads all first-year signal callers in touchdown passes (9), is third in yards per completion (15.4) and is fifth in total passing yards (849).
KEEP AN EYE ON …
Pioneer defensive back Josh Smith. The sophomore from Alexandria, Va. leads the ECFC in pass breakups (5).
HEY, DON'T FORGET ABOUT US
The Bulldogs sport a pair of impressive cornerbacks in their own right. The aforementioned Marino-Silver is coming off of his best career outing, finishing with a pick-six against Becker and a pair of pass breakups. On the other side, Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.) was named ECFC Defensive Player of the Week after totaling six tackles, an interception, a pass breakup a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Saturday's win at Becker.