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Homecoming Football Preview

By Mikey Domagala
Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year again! Wear your green and yellow and bring your school spirit as the Pioneers will square off against Southern Connecticut State University on October 14 at 1 p.m. for the annual Homecoming football game.

Photo by Adela Ramos

The Pioneers, coming off a 40-21 loss to Bentley University and a matchup on September 30 against Assumption College, stand third place in the 2017 Northeast 10 standings with a 3-1 record. They outscored their opponents by an average of 21.6 points per game in their first three wins against Virginia Union, New Haven, and Stonehill.

Quarterback Yianni Gavalas has been on fire all season, throwing for an impressive 1,374 yards and 15 touchdowns. Wide Receiver, Michael Richardson has corralled 356 of those yards and scored six touchdowns of his own. Running Back, Malik Pierre leads the Pioneers in rushing, with 231 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. The Pioneers defense also deserves a nod for being a crucial factor in their 3-1 start allowing 25.7 points per game. Pioneers Tight End, Andrew Ris said he and his teammates treat Homecoming like every other game—go out, play hard, and win for the hometown crowd.

“This game is no different for us as a team,” Ris admitted. “Every week our goal is to beat the next team up in our schedule. The atmosphere at [Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium] may be different, but our goals never change.”

The Pioneers will look to carry on their Homecoming winning streak this season. They have won five straight Homecoming games since 2012. Last season, the Pioneers took out Saint Anselm with ease, 63-20, on the big day.

“We are expecting the crowd to be into the game, enjoying the atmosphere and supporting us in our fight against Southern Connecticut,” Ris said.

Gather your friends and family and enjoy a memorable day at the stadium in support of the Pioneers!

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