BANGOR, Maine — Husson University hopes to build off the momentum it generated last weekend as it takes to the road looking to get over the .500 mark, highlighting an abbreviated Saturday schedule of football games involving Maine colleges.
The Eagles hit the road to take on Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Anna Maria, joining New England Small College Athletic Conference programs Colby College of Waterville, Bates College of Lewiston and Bowdoin College of Brunswick in conference action.
The University of Maine, ranked No. 14 in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision, and Maine Maritime Academy of Castine are both idle this weekend.
Husson Eagles (2-2) vs. Anna Maria AMCATS (1-3), 3 p.m., AMCAT Field, Paxton, Mass.: Coach Gabby Price’s Eagles received a big lift in last Saturday’s 34-3 victory over Castleton State in their homecoming game at the Winkin Complex.
Husson (1-0 ECFC) got its offense cranking with the help of sophomore quarterback Joe Seccareccia of Bangor, who completed 12 of 17 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his debut behind center.
The Eagles displayed outstanding balance as Bangor’s Josiah Hartley made six receptions for 78 yards, while tailbacks Byron Jackson (28 carries, 178 yards in 2013) and Kyle McKinnon (55-263, 3 touchdowns) combined to rush for 222 yards.
Linebackers Stephan Dance (43 tackles) and Ellis Throckmorton of Bangor (41 tackles, 1 interception) headline a defense that has held opponents to 292 yards and 18 points per game.
Anna Maria (0-1 ECFC) is the league’s No. 2 scoring team at 21.2 ppg behind a good run-pass balance. QB Gregory McGoldrick has completed 69 percent of his passes (43 for 62) good for 355 yards and three TDs with an interception.
The AMCATS look to Matt Greenman (17 catches, 189 yds) and Josh Sundquist (15-143, 3 TDs) as the key receivers, while Robert Small has rushed for a league-leading 622 yards on 84 attempts with seven TDs.
Amherst Lord Jeffs (3-0) vs. Colby Mules (1-2), 1 p.m., Seaverns Field at Alfond Stadium, Orono: Colby looks to snap a two-game skid, but faces a formidable Amherst squad.
The Lord Jeffs have given up only 11.3 points and 300 yards per outing, limiting opponents to an average of just 65 rushing yards.
The Mules have mustered only 13.7 ppg behind an offense that ranks last in the NESCAC with 245.7 ypg. Quarterback Justin Ciero has thrown for 391 yards on 47-for-88 accuracy with three TDs and three interceptions.
Amherst has put up 29 points and 322 yards per game thus far.
Saturday’s other games: Hamilton (0-3) at Bowdoin (1-2), noon; Bates (2-1) at Wesleyan (3-0), 1 p.m.