Central Connecticut welcomes Bryant to Arute Field for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff that will air on ESPN3. CCSU comes off a convincing victory at Merrimack, while the Bulldogs are tied at three for first place.
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GAME OF THE DAY • Central welcomes Bryant at noon on Saturday during the ESPN3 game of the Northeast Conference. The Blue Devils dominated at Merrimack last weekend to end a losing slide and will host the Bulldogs who are currently tied for first place in the league standings.
COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS • All outside visitors attending games at Arute Field this season are urged to follow the health and safety protocols in place at the CCSU. People who have been vaccinated are not required to wear a mask outside. Unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask. Wearing face masks is mandatory inside all CCSU sports facilities. Masks should cover the nose and mouth and have a tension that reasonably seals the top and bottom of the mask. Individuals are required to follow the state’s 3 foot physical distance guideline both indoors and outdoors. Campus visitors who are not enrolled as faculty, staff, or students at CCSU are required to complete the Campus Visitor Symptom Tracking Form (bit.ly/3lbtYjr) before coming to campus. Verification of completion of symptom follow-up may be required prior to entry into the stadium. It can be done directly from your mobile device
DAWSON COURT WILD • Aaron Dawson was named the Northeastern Conference’s offensive player of the week on November 1. He ran for a season record 164 yards on 36 carries and landed a touchdown. He also had 40 yards on three catches. It was his most yardage since a 361-yard outing against Wagner on October 27, 2018, and he was the first Blue Devil to have at least 30 carries in a game since Brenden Lytton had 30 against Sacred. Heart on November 8. 2014.
CABRAL-MARTIN LEADS THE DEFENSE AT MERRIMACK • Jonathan Cabral-Martin was recognized by the Northeast Conference on November 1 and named Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week. He totaled four solo saves, one forced fumble, 1.0 tackle for loss, one fumble recovered for a touchdown and a broken pass in a 49-21 win at Merrimack. He scored on a 30-yard fumble return and helped the CCSU defense limit Merrimack to a single game of the NEC season -38 net rushing yards.
POSSESSION TIME • The Blue Devils control the ball an average of 35:01 per game, leading the Northeast Conference and NCAA FCS football subdivision. CCSU held the ball to a 53:51 season high in the opener against Southern Connecticut. Central held the ball for just 26:19 in their win at Wagner – a season low.
BLUE DEVIL IN BOOM • Freshman Aidan Clark was strong in the punt game for CCSU. He’s fifth in the Northeastern Conference, averaging 37.3 yards per punt, while putting nine kicks in the 20’s. He’s got a 60-yard long that he exploded at. Wagner. Against Miami, he put in four punts inside the 20s and snatched three kicks from at least 50 yards, including one that was 58 yards long.
APPLY PRESSURE • Senior Kelvin Apari is among the defensive leaders of CCSU and NEC. He is second on the team with 38.0 tackles, while leading the CCSU with 3.5 sacks, which ranks 5th in the NEC, and has 10 tackles for losses which rank 2nd in the league. He ranks 11th nationally in the FCS in TFL per game. Apari had the best of the season with 14.0 tackles against Columbia, including 1.5 sacks and 4.0 TFL.
CONFERENCE GAME • CCSU has posted a league record of 19-4 in Northeast Conference play since 2017. The Blue Devils were 7-0 in Northeastern Conference play in 2019 after posting a score 6-0 in 2017 and a 4-2 record in 2018. CCSU became the first NEC team to win seven league games in 2019 since Wagner and Albany finished 7-1 in 2012.
FOLLOWING • Central will travel to Duquesne on November 13 for a 12 p.m. kickoff.