I hope this blog post finds you well. Your Colgate Raiders have extended their win streak to four games after defeating Bucknell, 47-33, last week. We are now 5-3 on the year and 3-0 in the league as we continue our Patriot League play tomorrow when Lafayette comes to Hamilton for our final home game of the year.
Our offense almost put up half of a hundred again last week versus the Bison. We’ve been averaging 50.5 points per game over the past four wins. Gavin McCarney and Jordan McCord continued their league leading play last week, each rushing for over 100 yards. Junior wide receiver, Dan Cason, found the end zone for the first time this season on a 17-yard reverse. Pat Friel led the defense with a season high of 16 tackles, on his way to becoming Patriot League defensive player of the week.
On film, Lafayette appears to be a much better team than Bucknell. Although, the Leopards lost to Georgetown last week in a 20-17 dog fight. The Leopards are now 5-3 overall on the year and 2-1 in the league. Lafayette quarterback, Andrew Shoop, has a strong arm and likes to throw to the league-leading receiver, Mark Ross. Defensive Coordinator, John Loose, does a good job of disguising his coverages, but for the most part the Leopards have been running the same defensive schemes for over ten years. We plan to maintain a healthy balance between run and pass as we anticipate to score a lot of points again this week. Lafayette beat us in overtime last year to ruin our chances of a winning record. Coach Biddle did not let us forget that feeling this week in practice.
I’m excited to inform you that the urologist cleared me to play this past Tuesday. Missing the past two Patriot League games may have been the hardest thing for me to experience so far. I’m thankful that I am back in time to help my teammates make a run for the Patriot League Championship.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me directly. Have a great weekend everybody. G.A.T.A!!!
James DeCicco is a sophomore at Colgate University and plays quarterback for the Colgate Raiders football team. He is a member for the Colgate chapter of Uplifting Athletes and a member of the Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC).