Rhode Island 39 Ė Central Connecticut State 7
Kingston, RI 9.11.04
Rhode Islandís win over Central Connecticut State was the most convincing win the program has had since Tim Stowers took over as head coach in 2000. This is not to say that the Blue Devils did not play or execute well, Rhode Island was simply the better team.
After the game the Blue Devils Coach said, "We couldnít bang with them inside so we tried the perimeter. Physically we didnít quite match up. Rhode Islandís wide receiver [James Hill] showed that he can make fine catches and that adds to their game. Today he went up to grab one and last week he made as fine a catch as you will ever see Ė professional, college, high school or pee-wee."
Jason Davis, Teddy Gibbons, Jason Ham, and James Hill were in the post-game session for Rhode Island. When Davis was asked about scoring 3 Tdís today and being on the verge of a school all time record, he replied that "I donít look at statistics. It is all about winning. I am tired of loosing (the past two seasons). Iím ready to play." Jason Ham remarked "That my role isnít necessarily to score but to put the team in a position to put points on the board." Ham rushed for 132 yards in 20 carries and 2 TD. Teddy Gibbons, five solo tackles and fine assists, said, "The defensive scheme really isnít complicated. A lot of schools use it. When you have a chance to pressure the QB and get a sack, it doesnít get any better. Weíre still making some improvements but as a team we have learned what the coaches want us to do." Twenty-two players for Rhode Island had tackles with Dustin Picciotti and Steve Marrella both having one sack apiece. James Hill, who had four catches for 75 yards, was asked a question about his readiness to play and the role of the trainers at the collegiate level. Hill replied, "I never had a trainer before, in high school I basically took care of myself. Here, the trainers are concerned about you before, during, and after each practice. Coach told all of us that itís the trainers who decide if we can play or not in a game. I havenít been hurt, but if I should get hurt I know they will do everything for me."
Rhode Island has a bye nest week before going on to meet their first Atlantic-10 opponent, Hofstra University on September 25. Rhody is building its confidence and as Coach Stowers said, "Weíre still sharpening our knives." Last week Rhode Island proved it can win away by defeating Fordham University from the Patriot League. This week the team did what was necessary to show that it can dominate a game. There is no question that going forward into A-10 play it is great to be 2-0. There are no preseason games and these two wins count for the teamís overall record. That said, the real season, the heart of the schedule lies ahead. The Atlantic 10 has no weak sister. There will be no respite for the tired. Injuries happen, players must be ready. Rhode Island could not have started the season any better. Expectations have been raised. The goal must be an Atlantic-10 championship.