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IT'S GAME DAY - Football Hosts No. 22 C.W. Post Today In Battle For First Place

IT'S GAME DAY - Football Hosts No. 22 C.W. Post Today  In Battle For First Place

BRYANT FOOTBALL HOSTS C.W. POST SATURDAY

Game Notes (pdf) / CSTV Broadcast 

Records: Bryant 4-1 (4-1 NE-10)    C.W. Post 4-1 (4-0 NE-10)
Date:  Saturday, October 7, 2006
Time: 1:00 p.m. kickoff
Location: Smithfield,RI
Stadium: Bulldog Stadium (4,400)
Radio: www.bryantbulldog.coms  (John McCarthy play by play, Patrick Sullivan color)
TV: CSTV.com   
Series: CW Post leads 5-0
Last Meeting: CW Post def Braynt 37-15, Oct. 1, 2005 at Brookville, NY
Coaches:  Bryant - Marty Fine, 3rd year (14-9)
CWPost  - Bryan Collins, 9th year (77-18)

THIS WEEK
The Bryant University football team hosts first-place C.W. Post Saturday afternoon in a battle for a share of first place in the Northeast-10 Conference on the line. The Pioneers are undefeated in conference play at 4-0 this season while Bryant brings a 4-1 conference mark into today's game.  American International, idle last week, has just one loss on the season (3-1) heading into Saturday's game at Merrimack.    Last week,  Bryant won its third-straight game, 31-17 at Pace University while C.W. Post shutout Saint Anselm 34-0 at home.  Bryant is 0-5 all-time vs. C.W. Post, but the Bulldogs bring an eight-game win streak at Bulldog Stadium.  The game will be broadcast live online by College Sports Television at CSTV.com.

LAST WEEK: Bryant 31, Pace 17
Senior running back Lorenzo Perry (Providence, RI) rushed for 200 yards and scored twice to help lead the Bryant University football team to its third-straight win, 31-17 over Pace University Saturday afternoon before 2,482 at Pace Field.  The Bulldogs fell behind early in the first as Setter quarterback Daniel Moyer connected with Chris Ansanzo for a 62-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game. But Bryant would answer immediately on its next drive.  Jon Zenquis (Northbridge, Mass.) helped set up a five-play scoring drive with a 29-yard kick return to the Bryant 42 yard line.  From there, quarterback Charles Granatell (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and the Bulldogs put together a strong drive highlighted by a 31 yard completion to Sean Bergin down to the Pace 6 yard line.  On the very next play, Perry would punch it in to tie the game, 7-7 with 11:53 left. 
 Granatell finished the game completing 10 of 14 passes for 179 yards while Kix had 5 receptions for 89 yards.  Perry carried the ball 33 times in the game including a long rush of 49 yards in the third quarter.   For Perry, the 200 yards rushing in the game marked the 10th time the senior has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in a game and the fourth game of his Bryant career with at least 200 yards in a game.
   The Bulldogs held Pace to just 76 yards rushing in the game.  Freshman Paul Polomski (Franklin, Mass.) had 10 tackles  while senior Andrew McLarty (College Park, Md.) had eight tackles - six of which were solo stops. 

THE BULLDOGS VS. CW POST
This will be the fifth meeting between Bryant and C.W. Post. The Pioneers, an associate member of the Northeast-10 Conference in football, sport a 4-0 all-time record against the Bulldogs including last year's 37-15 win at Brookville, NY.  This will be the third game between the two teams played at Bulldog Stadium. 

All-Time Series History
Year Location Result
2001 Brookville, NY 7-34 L
2002 Smithfield,RI  3-14 L
2003 Brookville, NY 7-20 L
2004 Smithfield,RI 0-24 L
2005 Brookville,NY 15-37 L

QUICK GLANCE AT C.W. POST
 The Pioneers, under the direction of ninth-year coach Bryan Collins, were the preseason favorites to win the conference this season by the conference coaches, and have so far proved the predictions correct. The lone loss this season was a 24-0 nonconference setback at 14th-ranked Shepherd back on Sept. 16.  Since then, CW Post has knocked off Stonehill 24-20 and Saint Anselm 34-0.  Anthony Lazarus leads the team with an average of 82.8 yards rushing per game (414 total, 7 TDs) while quarterback Nick Georgetti has completed 61 of 120 passes for 668 yards and 5 TDs.  Defensively, CW Post is No. 1 in the conference in rush defense, allowing just 65.6 yards  per game, and No. 1 in pass defense in 123.6 yards passing per game.  

PERRY RACKING UP THE YARDS ... AND POINTS
Senior tailback Lorenzo Perry, a two-time NE-10 Conference Player of the Week and Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award winner as the New England Player of the back in September, leads the NE-10 this season with 879 yards rushing and is second with 175.8 yards per game.  The school's all-time record holder with 26 career rushing touchdowns,  Perry has 10 TDs this season (all rushing) for a conference best 60 points.  While Bryant is leading the conference wtih 33.2 points per game, Perry is averaging a healthy 12 points scored in each game this season.  Anthony Lazarus of CW Post is second with 42 points (8.4 points scored per game).  He has 2,214 yards rushing in 14 career games for the Bulldogs (158.1 average) over the past two seasons. 

GRANATELL THIRD TO BE NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK
Junior quarterback Charlie Granatell (Franklin Lakes, NJ / Ramapo) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Football Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Assumption Sept. 23.  Granatell completed 17 of 27 passes for 267 yards and tied a school record with four touchdown passes in Bryant's 45-21 win over Assumption College (Mass.) last Saturday.   Granatell is the third Bryant player to earn the weekly conference honor with Lorenzo Perry recognized twice already this year (Sept. 5 and Sept. 18).

NOTABLES ...
*  Bryant is 20 for 25 (80.0 percent) when inside the opponents red zone (20 yard line).  Last year, Bryant's red-zone defense was third-best in the conference, holding opponents scoreless 11 times when in the red-zone (26 for 37).  
  *Lorenzo Perry has 2,214 yards rushing in two-plus seasons and has gone over the 100-yard mark in all five games   .... Perry became Bryant's all-time rushing touchdown leader with his 21st career TD vs. AIC ... He now has 26  ... Senior Justin Kix (9 career) needs five touchdown receptions to pass Adam Ewing  for the all-time record.  Ewing had 13 from 1999-03. 
*Bryant has won eight-straight at home dating back to last season's 5-0 record in 2005 at Bulldog Stadium.

BULLDOGS DRAW A CROWD:
Bryant has led the Northeast-10 Conference in attendance in five of the last six seasons including 2005. In five games last season (all wins), Bryant averaged 2,799 fans.  This year, Bryant is averaging 3,616 fans after three games including 4,854 for homecoming under beautiful, sunny skies in Smithfield. 

Last Season's Rankings by ave. attendance (2005).  
 1. BRYANT  2,799      
 2. Bentley 2,361
 3. CW Post 1,895
 4. Merrimack 1,885
 5. So. Conn. 1,794
 6. Stonehill 1,494
 7. Assumption 1,438
 8. Pace 1,202
 9. St. Anselm 1,028
10. AIC 772

BULLDOGS DRAW A CROWD:
Bryant has led the Northeast-10 Conference in attendance in five of the last six seasons including 2005. In five games last season (all wins), Bryant averaged 2,799 fans.  This year, Bryant is averaging 3,616 fans after three games including 4,854 for homecoming under beautiful, sunny skies in Smithfield. 

2005 NE-10 rankings by average attendance:  
 1. BRYANT  2,799      
 2. Bentley 2,361
 3. CW Post 1,895
 4. Merrimack 1,885
 5. So. Conn. 1,794
 6. Stonehill 1,494
 7. Assumption 1,438
 8. Pace 1,202
 9. St. Anselm 1,028
10. AIC 772