JMU drops to quantity 4 after the shut win over Elon whereas North squads make statements with convention wins
By Jack Fitzpatrick
Convention play started this weekend and it introduced some wild moments. From Villanova QB Daniel Smith getting known as for a chop block to a missed game-tying discipline purpose late by Stony Brook to the loopy forwards and backwards between William & Mary and Richmond within the 4th quarter. CAA Soccer is again!
This weekend was like stepping outdoors on a chilly day and taking in a deep breath. It was revitalizing but in addition stung somewhat. Primarily each favourite gained this week however it was all about how they did it.
So, it’s time to dive into the Week 3 Energy Rankings!
- Villanova (North) 1-0, 1-0 Up 1
Villanova took down Stony Brook 16-13 on Lengthy Island. Stony Brook, regardless of the extent of expertise the workforce has, defends its house discipline with grit and toughness and to go in and take down the Seawolves was huge for the Wildcats.
Coming into the sport Villanova hadn’t crushed Stony Brook since 2013 and had misplaced its final two towards the Seawolves. However the fifth-ranked Wildcats managed the sport and regardless of the shut scoreline dominated from begin to end.
Daniel Smith went 17-32 for 253 yards and a TD whereas the ‘Nova dashing assault went for 115 yards and a TD. Sophomore WR Rayjoun Pringle ate up the secondary all day accounting for 171 yards of receiving on 9 catches.
Villanova had 404 yards of complete offense in comparison with Stony Brook’s 243 and held the ball for 35:24.
The scoreline was shut and there have been some errors by the Villanova offense, however at their excessive, the Wildcats appeared just like the clear-cut greatest workforce within the CAA and at its low factors nonetheless appeared actually stable, and that protection is scary good.
- Delaware (North) 1-0, 1-0 Up 3
Delaware dominated Maine 37-0. After 469 days since its final aggressive recreation, Delaware opened its season opener with a kickoff return TD. From there they dominated the lowly Black Bears. There was no actual stat on the field rating that jumped out by way of displaying the domination however watching the Blue Hens play on Saturday it was evident that this workforce is for actual.
Delaware was flying across the discipline making each huge play and forcing Maine off the sector on third down, permitting simply 2 conversions on 14 makes an attempt. Particular Groups confirmed up in an enormous manner, the offense was methodical and constantly marched up and down the sector and the protection was as stout as a Guinness.
The Blue Hens virtually bought my high spot, however then I remembered they have been taking part in Maine.
- Albany (North) 1-0, 1-0 Up 1
Okay, name me silly all you need however I’m excessive on the Nice Danes this season and that UNH recreation was extra cause for me too. After UNH drove down the sector and scored on its first drive of the sport, the Albany protection stiffened and didn’t enable one other UNH offensive TD till there was simply 6:48 left to play and Albany had constructed a 24-13 lead. (UNH blocked a punt late within the second quarter for a TD that made the scoreline look nearer than it was.)
Redshirt-sophomore QB Jeff Undercuffler was uncovered a bit, his throws at instances lacked velocity and bought to receivers late and the Albany passing assault relies on fast precision timing routes that when altered disintegrate shortly. With that being stated he nonetheless went 23-36 for 192 yards and three TD and hit the throws when wanted.
The important thing to this offense, and this workforce, is senior working again Karl Mofor who rushed it 28 instances for 85 yards. Whereas not essentially the most eye-popping numbers and fairly frankly an underwhelming YPC he was the workhorse and the engine that stored issues rolling when it was vital.
- JMU (South) 3-0, 2-0 Down 3
JMU beneath Albany?! Sure, as of proper now I absolutely consider that every one three groups above JMU would beat them head-to-head. JMU as soon as once more struggled mightily within the first half of a recreation, and this time towards Elon they struggled for 3 full quarters and have been on the point of taking a fats L because it trailed by 11 going into the fourth quarter.
The workforce has come out flatter than a glass of Coca-Cola overlooked on a sizzling summer time day two weeks in a row and that falls on the teaching workers. The offense lacks originality and fails to maneuver the ball and get in a rhythm for lengthy stretches of recreation motion. The protection is the savior of the workforce however did wrestle to decelerate the third-string Elon QB within the first half.
Wish to discuss a story of two halves? The entrance seven couldn’t generate any form of go rush and Elon freshman QB JR Martin had all day to throw and due to that, the secondary was uncovered. Then within the second half, Mike Greene took the sport over and the Elon offense unraveled very, very shortly.
As soon as Cole Johnson was benched and Gage Moloney stepped within the workforce appeared reinvigorated and he did one thing that Johnson couldn’t do. He moved the soccer and scored touchdowns.
JMU will not be the very best workforce within the nation, and so they aren’t even the very best within the CAA proper now. Subsequent week, assuming Gage will begin, shall be fascinating to see. If they arrive out flat once more I don’t know if they will make it previous the Tribe.
- Stony Brook (North) 0-1, 0-1 Up 2
Stony Brook, whereas taking the L, appeared like workforce. After Villanova scored a TD on two of its first 4 drives, Stony Brook buckled down and didn’t enable one other level. Tyquell Fields tried to will the Seawolves again into the sport and set them up late for a game-tying discipline purpose within the last minutes. Stony Brook missed and that was its final actual alternative to do something.
This workforce is quite a bit higher than it was on the finish of final season and if it may well seize what it had in the beginning of the 2019 season it may be an actual ache for lots of groups up north and spoil potential playoff alternatives.
- UNH (North) 0-1, 0-1 Down 3
Yikes. This workforce was buzzing to start out towards Albany than simply fell aside. It appeared as in the event that they have been going to open up an enormous lead over the Nice Danes and make a press release win to open the season. A questionable fourth-down choice deep inside Albany’s territory proved to be a momentum swing that helped propel Albany within the second half. UNH’s blocked punt for a TD was huge time however it couldn’t hold that momentum going. Ultimately, UNH’s protection was stable and the offense was missing.
- Richmond (South) 1-0, 1-0 Up 2
Richmond gained a extremely good recreation that not quite a lot of JMU followers have been in all probability watching because it kicked off across the similar time because the Dukes recreation.
Richmond and William & Mary have been locked in an excellent recreation because of a Tribe comeback. After Richmond opened up a 13-0 lead the Tribe battled again to take a 14-13 lead with 11:46 to go. The Spiders answered again only a few minutes later and transformed the two-point conversion to go up 21-14 late. From there Richmond drained the clock didn’t let the William & Mary offense have one other likelihood.
It was an evenly matched recreation from begin to end however Richmond made the performs when it wanted to love the Savon Smith 14-yard rush on 2nd & 9 to ice the sport.
This can be the very best Richmond workforce because the Kyle Lauletta period.
- William & Mary (South) 0-1, 0-1 No motion
Mike London has performed an excellent job with this workforce. They have been on the best trajectory final season and regardless of the loss, I feel they are going to be a stable program on the rise this yr too. Now, they aren’t higher than a lot of the CAA however in a couple of years, they might simply be.
They’re passing workforce led by sophomore QB Hollis Mathis who threw for 204 yards on 18-28 and a TD he additionally added a TD on the bottom. After a gradual begin to his 2019 freshman marketing campaign, he gained steam over the Tribe’s final 4 video games, and appears like he could proceed that rise this season.
It will likely be pivotal for Mathis to proceed to provide by way of the air because the Tribe’s dashing assault appears to be underwhelming. Total, this workforce is stable however there’s nothing particular about them as of proper now.
After JMU’s displaying in Week 3 towards Elon, the Dukes could have one other robust recreation in Week 4 towards William & Mary.
- Elon (South) 1-2, 0-1 Up 2
Elon jumped up from final to ninth, let’s give them a spherical of applause.
Elon as soon as once more jumped out to a halftime lead and as soon as once more allowed the heartbreaking comeback. They’ve a subpar QB that may’t hit his targets in a constant method and a protection that simply can’t maintain up over the course of a recreation.
Possibly this week would be the week the Phoneix learns the way to play a recreation from begin to end.
- Maine (North) 0-1, 0-1 Down 4
Maine couldn’t rating a degree. They’ve performed extra video games than Rhode Island however have scored the identical quantity of factors… yikes.
Maine didn’t have a redeeming a part of the sport, poor particular groups, poor offense and poor protection. Its solely win could come towards Rhode Island, however actually, that isn’t going to be a gimme.
- Rhode Island (North) 0-0, 0-0 Down 1
The Rams nonetheless haven’t performed so I assume they’re final? They traditionally are horrible and so they haven’t proven in any other case.