College or university soccer preview: UMaine (-1) at James Madison (1-)

The place: Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Virginia

KICKOFF: 4 p.m. Saturday

Website: FloSports

ALL-TIME Series: James Madison leads, 13-5.

Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2017, won by James Madison, 28-10.

Previous Week: Maine missing to Delaware, 34-24 James Madison defeated Morehead State, 68-10.

Essential STAT: James Madison has gained 18 consecutive dwelling game titles.

OUTLOOK: This 1 will all appear down to the managing match so be expecting a hard, bodily match. Maine needs to operate the ball much better than it did in its opening loss (gaining just 48 yards and averaging 2.2 yards per rush) to just take some of the pressure off QB Joe Fagnano and his crew of talented receivers, led by Andre Miller, Devin Younger and Michael Monios. This may possibly be the week speedy Freddie Brock gets the direct back but also glimpse for Zavier Scott, a breakaway danger when he touches the ball, to become extra involved.

The Black Bears also have to gradual down a potent James Madison jogging recreation, which piled up 345 hurrying yards very last 7 days, averaging 7.7 yards for each have. JMU has a stable of top quality backs as Kaelon Black rushed for 100 yards and Latrele Palmer 98. That puts  the tension on Maine’s entrance 7 when yet again. Linebackers Ray Miller and Adrian Otero experienced outstanding video games last week in limiting Delaware’s strong managing game to 141 yards and 3.2 yards for each hurry. Maine also has to do greater on third-down opportunities. The Black Bears ended up only 2-of-12 against Delaware and need to have to manage possession and preserve the ball away from JMU’s stellar offense this week.

OF Observe: Maine could get two injured gamers again for the sport, defensive back again Robby Riobe (who was third on the workforce with 25 tackles in the spring time) and linebacker Darius McKenzie. … Previous Black Bear defensive back again Jordan Swann, who performed in 17 game titles for Maine, transferred to James Madison and is the Dukes No. 1 punt returner and back again-up cornerback. … James Madison is ranked possibly 2nd (FCS Coaches Poll) or third (STATS Carry out Best 25) in national polls. … The Dukes have individual eight of the previous nine online games involving the schools Maine’s previous gain came in 2011, 25-23 in additional time in Harrisonburg. … Two previous Maine assistants are now at James Madison – defensive coordinator Corey Hetherman and cornerbacks coach Matt Birkett.


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