Saturday, October 23, 2021

Union Football Begins Liberty League Play at Buffalo State

Okay, let’s play the common rival game.

Union College Football Team, Come Down!

The Dutch decimated Morrisville State 48–14 in Week 1, and Buffalo State was smitten by Morrisville State 41–10 last weekend.

Throw in the fact that the Union is 4-0 and Buffalo State is 0-3, and Saturday afternoon’s match in Buffalo promises to be a one-sided affair.

Coaches are not allowed to think this way, however, as union head coach Jeff Behrman is up to any challenge the Bengals face as both teams open the Liberty League conference schedule.

“He played the last two weeks and he played better at home, so I think it’s going to be some challenge,” Behrmann said on Friday. “If I had to read them week after week, they play better at home, it’s their homecoming, so I’m sure they’ll be ready to go.”

Buffalo State opened the season with a 21–14 loss to St. John Fisher at Coeur Field and have been on the road for the past two weeks, including a 58–9 loss at Cortlandt.

Behrman portrays the Bengals as a team that often attacks on defense and goes big on the offensive line.

In that group is Austin Gilligan, a 6-foot-7, 400-pound junior from Walter Panas High School in Westchester County.

“I think they have good employees,” Behrmann said. “When they’re on defense they put a lot of pressure on you, they bang a lot. They can put a lot of stress on an offense like this, so you really have to be on top of your game plan and have to be executed.

“Aggressively, he has kids with some really strong skills, and he has a really big offensive line. He has a guard like 6-8,400, and he moves very well. So they They are quite ahead, and I think there is some athleticism in them as well.”

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Buffalo State joined the Liberty League in 2019, so the history between the Bengals and the Dutchman is limited to one game, a 28-14 union victory in which the Dutchmen conceded 425 yards on offense.

Four of the seven teams in the league went undefeated in the non-conference event and St. Lawrence lead 3–1.

“Honestly, I haven’t seen another Liberty League team from the movie we’re watching,” Behrman said. “I definitely know how the teams are doing, and I think that’s to the credit of a very strong league right now. It doesn’t surprise me that so many teams had such a strong non-conference record. Good to see Is.”

The Dutchmen are registering a 30-9 win over Utica which was less than both teams’ offense.

Unlike the Pioneers, Union was less able to get into the end zone, which it swung three times and was 0-for-5 in fourth place, including the opening drive of the game.

“Huge,” Behrmann said of the Union’s defensive performance. “They forced them to three field goals. It was incredible, really a no-turn-break philosophy, which is what we do. The defensive staff did a great job getting those guys ready and prepared all week. You turn the team three times and then you stop them at five quarters down, so credit how your players are playing on the defense.

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