Villanova heads to Maine for Saturday showdown

Matt Leon
October 04, 2018 - 4:34 pm
Villanova senior safety Rob Rolle

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ORONO, Maine (KYW Newsradio) — The Villanova Wildcats will look for their first win in Colonial Athletic Association play this season when they travel to Orono, Maine, to visit the Maine Black Bears on Saturday.

Villanova fell to 3-2 on the season (0-2 in the CAA) this past Saturday, losing a tough game on the road to Stony Brook, 29-27. The Wildcats got out early in this one, but then Stony Brook fired back and took control of the game in the third quarter.

"The halftime score was in our favor, 21-6," Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante said. "But when you go and look at the film, they were just missing a few plays and we were making a few plays. Then in the second half it kind of did a total reversal of that."

Villanova starting quarterback Zach Bednarczyk didn't finish the game because of a shoulder issue. He played through it for much of the game, but it eventually sidelined him in the second half. Ferrante said he is day-to-day going forward. 

Backup quarterback sophomore Jack Schetelich played well in relief against Stony Brook, completing five of six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, which came in the final minute of the game to bring Villanova within two.

"We needed a two-point conversion to take the game hopefully into overtime," Ferrante recalled. "But that just didn't work out. The play was there, we just didn't execute the play to the extent we needed to get the two points to continue the game."

Maine started the season 2-0, but the Black Bears have dropped their last two games. This past weekend, they lost to the Ivy league's Yale Bulldogs in New Haven, 35-14.

Ferrante aid the Black Bears will pose a big challenge for the Villanova running game.

"They have the No. 1 defense against the rush in the conference right now," allowing 53 yards a game, he said. "We're always going to try to be balanced, so we're not just going to go in there and be pass-happy just because they do a great job stopping the run. We're going to try and have a running game and be as balanced as we can."

Last season, Villanova shut out Maine on the Main Line, 31-0.

Saturday's game gets underway at 3:30 p.m.

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