For the first time in the history of the program, Utica College has started the season 3-0. Utica defeated Becker College 78-19 in the season opener follwed by a 59-22 win over Castleton State College in week 2. This past Saturday, Utica put a whooping on RPI in the home opener, doubling them up, 42-21 at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium in front of the home crowd.
Starting the season 3-0 for the first time (all non-conference games) is a huge accomplishment for the program. Head Coach Blaise Faggiano has managed to completely turn the program around and build a solid, high scoring offense that has never been seen from Utica.
Pioneer's High Powered Offense
Second year starting quarterback, Andrew Benkwitt is the real deal. In their three contests, Andrew has thrown the ball for 968 yards and 10 touchdowns (long of 74) with a completion percentage of 68.5 (61 for 89) while only being intercepted twice. For the math majors out there, that's an average of 322 yards per game. By the way, his backup, Jared Keyte (Junior), is 10 of 11 for 138 yards and a touchdown in the time he's seen.
What makes Benkwitt's numbers stand out even more is the receiving corps and how much they spread the ball around. The Pioneers favorite target, freshman Anthony Acevedo has pulled in 19 balls for 415 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 138 yards per game. Acevedo leads the team in all receiving categories. Jeremy Meier (junior) and Matt Dunn (sophomore) both have 13 catches and 2 touchdowns a piece while averaging over 10 yards per catch each. Junior, Joshua Mason has 11 catches for 211 yards (19 yards per catch) for 2 touchdowns as well.
Last years running back, Zachary Jones (junior) has carried the ball 14 times for 132 yards and 1 touchdown. Although Jones is averaging 9.4 YPC with a long run of 57 yards, he is only averaging 66 YPG on limited carries with Sophomore Jake Scott taking the bulk of the load with 56 carried for 286 yards and 7 scores on the ground. Jake is averaging just under 100 yards per game and 5.1 YPC with a long run of 31 yards. Sophomore Chris Cobb also has 2 rushing touchdowns on 10 carries with a 6.4 YPC average. Utica Freshmen, Justin Becker and Barrington Wallace each have 1 touchdown on their 2 carries a piece.
While the Pioneer offense has posted amazing numbers of 368 YPG passing and 177 YPG rushing, the defense has also done their job by holding opponents to 131 rushing yards and 182 passing yards per game. After the graduation of D-III All-Star linebacker, Eric Kahl, the defense is led by Senior linebackers, Travis Ladd (38 Total Tackels, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 Sack and 1 INT) and Kevin Hennion (30 TT, 1 TFL). Sophomore linebakcer Genaro Scampone (26 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks and 1 Fum Rec) is third on the list for the Pioneer defense.
The buzz is swirling around between the alumni and others about the 2010 Utica College Pioneers. The new traditions are being set and winning is becoming something that they are driven to do. From all of us that were there at the beginning; Coach Faggiano and every member of the staff, trainers, players and supporters, thank you so much for giving us the ability to look at all of the recent success and know that everything we did in the past was worth it, that it really did lead to something with meaning and purpose. Thank You All! and Congratulations on the great start.
Next week, Saturday 9/25/10, (3-0) Utica College takes on (1-1) Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) in the 2010 homecoming game at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium at 2 PM. Make sure you're there to cheer on your team.
Thanks to Utica College Head Coach Blaise Faggiano and Christopher Penree for the 2010 Utica College Pioneer photos. You can buy Utica College Pioneer Photo's from Christopher Penree at Green Couch Studios. If you're interested in attending Utica College and playing for a great program, fill out a Utica College Football Recruiting Form.