William Paterson football made national headlines last week when four players went into a closed store in New Jersey not knowing the establishment wasn’t open because the door was unlocked. The players continued to pick up the items they needed and when no employee showed up, they left money for the products with the acts of kindness being caught on camera.
This afternoon, those players and the rest of the Pioneers travel to Wilkes-Barre Township to face King’s in the season-opener for both teams at McCarthy Stadium as the Monarchs look to make headlines of their own — which they would do with a win to start 1-0 for the first time since 2009.
The squads are familiar with each other as they are squaring off for the fifth straight season. While the Pioneers have won the previous four games, every contest has been close.
“We looked at the film from last year and we just open up and you never know what people have done to improve you just have go forward and have an idea of what you’re going to see and what to expect,” King’s coach Jeff Knarr said.
King’s is hoping to build off the end of 2012 when it scored 85 points in its last three games. There was only one win in that period for the Monarchs, but the fact that they were scoring more is a positive. Especially since every time they have played Paterson the Monarchs haven’t scored more than seven points, while not allowing more than 14 the previous three games. In 2012 against WP, King’s had its best chance to win moving the ball well, but missed several opportunities.
“The one thing is trying to build off the success we had at the end of the year and last year against these guys we had success moving the ball,” Knarr added. “It’s a confidence thing that they’ve had some success and they can build on that.”
Misericordia starts second season
Year two of the Misericordia football program begins this afternoon at 1 when the Cougars host Gettysburg in a rematch of the inaugural game in Misericordia history one year ago. That game was won by the potent Bullets offense, 70-0.
Here’s a closer look at this afternoon’s matchup.