So I took last week off from the blog for a couple reasons; had a crazy week number one and was hoping that by not blogging about the home woes that Monmouth has had this season and dating back to last season, maybe it change the fortunes of this current group of Hawks. No such luck, after a disappointing and deflating 16-0 shutout by Duquesne. It was a missed opportunity for MU as with a win they would have remained in the NEC title hunt and set up a showdown with Albany on November 12th.

Now, this week’s game against St. Francis (Pa) becomes more than just a speed bump on the way to the Great Danes but a test of resolve and a chance to right the ship. The best thing for MU would be a quick start and not allow the Red Flash to hang around. PA comes in off an impressive home win versus Central Connecticut State so this appears to be a team that is coming together as the season winds down with November.

St. Francis can score and have been in some shootouts this year so they have big play ability and for my money, one of the most underrated players in the NEC with RB Kyle Harbridge. Short of Jordan Brown (Bryant) and Larry McCoy (Duquesne), I am not sure there is an offensive player in the league that means more to his team than Harbridge. He has a very large offensive line playing in front of him (there is a 400-pounder in PA’s front five) and the Red Flash throw the ball just enough to make teams have to respect the pass and not pack the box to stop the run.

This is a difficult road trip for any of the NEC’s east coast teams to make as Loretto is a decent bus ride and the school kinda hides within the town and I fear that after last week’s loss to the Dukes, this may be a tough game to get up for. MU is still mathematically alive for a league title but would need so much that is probably not realistic to even talk about it. So to me, it becomes about pride and going out with a chance to be 7-4 or 6-5 (if you can win 2 of the last 3), have a winning record, break the home losing streak, end this year on a high note, and start to set the tone for next season.

On another note, we had a great show on the Kevin Callahan Monmouth Football Show this Tuesday with Miles Austin calling in and King Rice stopping by to chat about the upcoming hoops season. Couple more editions of the show to go and if you haven’t stopped by or listened, check it out from Buffalo Wild Wings (Monmouth Mall) or on the radio on 1160/1310 AM.

Broadcast Information for this weekend .. Monmouth @ St. Francis (Pa) .. 1pm kickoff/12:45 pregame show .. 1160/1310 AM or ..

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