By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
For Brian Peters and the University of New England football team, 2019 has been a successful season thus far.
The Nor’easters, who are in their second season as a Division III football program, have won two of three contests and will attempt to win a third on Saturday, September 28th when they welcome Western New England to Biddeford, Maine.
For UNE to be successful against its Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) foe, they will need both its offense and defense, as well as its special teams, too, to continue its recent play from a week ago when the Nor’easters defeated Castleton University, 31-21.
Against the Spartans, Peters threw for a career-high 354 yards and three touchdowns, while Joe Kucky led the defense with eight total tackles.
In addition to a career day for Peters, the third-year signal-caller also connected with Cobey Johnson for an 89-yard pass late in the first quarter, which was the longest play from scrimmage in program history.
Noontime Sports recently spoke with Peters about the 89-yard connection between him and Johnson, but also how he feels the team has done thus far through three games.
Your team is off to a 2-1 start. How has the season gone from your perspective?
I think this season has gone well so far, but I think we have yet to play our best game.
The games we have won we have left a lot of points on the board. If we play a complete game on both sides of the ball you will notice how far this program has progressed (since our first game as a Division III program last September).
This past weekend, you threw for a career-high 354 passing yards. Did you expect to throw the ball that much against Castleton?
I expected to throw the ball a little more in that game, but I am glad we didn’t. We had a great day rushing the football – we finished the game with more than 500 yards of total offense. If we can continue to have a balanced attack like (we did against Castleton) then we can be a lethal offensive unit.
Tell me about the 89-yard touchdown pass from you to Cobey Johnson. How did the play develop and when Cobey caught the ball did you think he was going to score a touchdown?
Cobey made a heck of a play on that ball. Basically, he took it from one high safety.
Looking back I should not have thrown that ball (in a different direction), but Cobey saved me with his athleticism. He is a great player and is probably our most improved player on offense.
How do you feel the past three games will help the team be successful in conference play, beginning this Saturday against Western New England?
The first three games of the season showed how competitive we are as a team.
When we face adversity we may bend but we will not break. This is something that coach (Mike) Lichten instills in us. We try to be the toughest team, but also a team that will never quit. If we continue to play with that passion we will be competitive in every conference game.
Do you feel your experience from last season, especially down the stretch has helped you understand the Nor’easters offense and feel more comfortable under center/in the pocket this fall?
Absolutely. Having a year under my belt has helped me get comfortable with the speed and physicality of college football.
The coaching staff and my experience from last year have taught me to control what I can control, and to not try to make the hero play all the time. I just have to do a better job of taking care of the football and trusting my offensive line and playmakers on the outside.
Finally, with this week’s game being a home contest, tell me what a game-day atmosphere is like at the University of New England.
For this being the second year of varsity football at the University of New England, I think the game-day atmosphere is incredible. The fans are passionate and they make sure that they are a factor in the game for all four