By Matt Noonan
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Framingham State’s Tom Kelley knows his team has a lot of work to do, especially with four weeks remaining in the regular season.
Yet, one thing that has made the seven-year head coach quite pleased thus far is the play of his defense.
According to Kelley, the Rams defense has been playing some “old time football,” which has helped Framingham State capture four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contests, as well as an opening day victory against Endicott College.
“It’s old time football,” said Kelley. “If you look at some of the scores around New England, we’re winning games like 14-12 or 17-15 or 21-14, so we’re old school football now.”
Their “old school” method helped them edge both Westfield State and Western Connecticut on the road by two-points. It also was a factor against UMass Dartmouth late in the fourth quarter when they forced a fumble, which sealed a 21-14 victory.
“We’ve become more of a bend, but don’t break defense,” said Kelley. “We’ve been a little bit opportunistic by creating some turnovers, not as many as we’d like, but we’re not making a lot of mistakes.
“We need to fix some things and that’s the good news about having a bye week, (which was this past weekend).”
The Rams defense, which has yielded an average of 13 points in their last three games, will try to keep their momentum going this weekend against Plymouth State on Saturday.