The Early Preseason Outlook: Curry Colonels
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage resumes with a closer look at the Curry College Colonels, who begin their season on Friday, September 6 when they host Stevenson University at 7 p.m.
The Colonels’ 2018 Season: After finishing its 2017 campaign with an impressive 8-3 mark, the Colonels took a step back last fall due to some key graduation losses. They ended the season with a 3-7 mark after beginning their 2018 campaign with wins against Anna Maria College and Dean College.
The Colonels mustered just one conference victory last fall, beating Becker College by a score of 22-6. But the win was followed with an end of season loss to Nichols College, which should provide the Purple and White with some motivation heading into the 2019 season.
The 2019 Season Outlook: Coach Skip Bandini‘s squad graduated 12 seniors from last year’s unit, including linebacker Jeremy Eliades and fullback Daniel Delos.
Curry does return a slew of talent from last year’s unit, including quarterback Nick Juvelier, offensive lineman TJ Contalonis, and halfback Zach Levy. Hunter Atwood will be a player to watch on defense – the defensive lineman from Reading, Massachusetts led the unit with 57.0 total tackles last fall, while also recording a team-high five sacks.
The team’s experience from last year should help the Colonels be in the mix for a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title. The month of September is not an easy one for the Purple and White, who are scheduled to face three non-conference foes, but if Curry can beat Stevenson, Franklin Pierce, and Coast Guard Academy, then they will enter conference play with a great deal of momentum.
Curry’s Schedule: As noted above, the Colonels will play a trio of non-conference games from the get-go, including a week two match-up against Franklin Pierce, a Division II squad that will be competing for the first time in school history. Once the calendar turns to October, the Colonels will need to play their best football against three teams that will be competing for the top spot in the conference, including Endicott College and Western New England.
Curry will end their 2019 campaign with back-to-back contests against Nichols College and Salve Regina, two teams that should also be in the equation for the conference crown, along with newcomer Husson University.
Players to Watch: Nick Juvelier (Quarterback/Centereach, N.Y.), TJ Contalonis (O-Line/Tewksbury, Mass.), Zach Levy (Bellingham, Mass.), Hunter Atwood (Reading, Mass.), Mike DelGais (Slot Receiver/East Rockaway, N.Y.), Nick Villanueva (Wide Receiver/Hanson, Mass), and Nick Oliveira (Kicker/Punter/East Providence, R.I.).
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