By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
It was just one game, but Endicott College coach Kevin DeWall believes last Saturday’s non-conference clash against Framingham State provided his young Gulls with an idea of what they must do to contend with some of the best teams in New England.
“That was a good team, good test for us and I know we didn’t perform as well as we can, but I know we will, so we’ll go back to work and get better for week two,” said DeWall following his team’s opening week setback to the Rams.
Getting better for week two will remain the Gulls’ goal today, tomorrow and Friday before they embark on their initial road trip of the season on Saturday when Endicott visits Bridgewater State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.
Similar to Endicott, Bridgewater State lost its season-opener to Buffalo State, but will certainly be ready to provide DeWall’s bunch with some challenges on both offense and defense.
Bridgewater State and Endicott College have not met since they both competed in the New England Football Conference (NECF) in 2012, but this is certainly a game DeWall and his staff believe will help the squad improve as they inch closer toward their first league game in October against Western New England (Saturday, October 14).
“(Our) non-conference schedule is going to really battle-test us and with that being said, we’ll look back and assess our depth, our decision making (and) our schemes,” said DeWall.
Following their visit to Bridgewater, Endicott will compete in three more non-conference tilts, including a week four visit to Hobart, a team the Gulls faced last season in Beverly. After visiting the Statesmen, the Gulls will wrap-up its non-conference slate with a visit from Husson University. The Eagles, who captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown last season, will be competing against Endicott every season, beginning in 2019 when they join the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference as its eighth member (University of New England will join the CCC next season as the league’s seventh member).
One game won’t define a season, but last Saturday’s clash with the Rams should help the Gulls moving forward, especially the team’s underclassmen that DeWall believed made some key plays at times. “I saw a lot of young kids making plays out there,” he said.
Some of those ‘young kids’ making plays was quarterback Joe Kalosky and wide receivers Zach DeNike and Anthony Whiteley. Whitley was tabbed this week’s CCC Offensive Rookie of the Week after completing his initial game of D3 Football with four catches for 67 yards and three rushes for 21 yards.
Said DeWall, “I think at the end of the day, we’ll be able to take a lot of positive (things) away from this game.”