The Profs average 21 points per game offensively while surrendering 17.3 on defense. They’ve rushed for 160 yards per game and 15 total touchdowns while throwing, on average, for 138.6 yards per game and 11 touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, Rowan has allowed 109.6 rushing yards (10 total TDs) and 213.6 passing yards per game (13 total TDs). The passing numbers should give Gulls fans some serious hope, considering the team’s best offensive player and the NEFC’s Offensive Player of the Year is quarterback Drew Frenette.
A junior, Frenette has passed for 2,502 yards while completing well over 50 percent of his passes including 24 touchdowns. Maybe the most impressive thing about Frenette’s season is he has thrown only three interceptions.
“I think any coach will tell you when you don’t give the ball to the other team and keep it for yourself, you have the opportunity to score more points,” said Wells, who was named the NEFC Coach of the Year. “And Drew is a helluva quarterback. He’s extremely accurate and can pick apart a defense if you give him a little time. He’s the key to our success.”
On the flip side, Endicott prides itself on getting turnovers from its defensive backfield. The Gulls have 14 interceptions led by NEFC First Team All-Conference defensive backs Jason Silva (4 INTs) and Jake Cox (3). The other two starting defensive backs, Davas Wright and Andrew Lawson, have two each.
“Our back end has been real good. Our secondary is as good as any out there,” noted Wells. “We have that kind of talent back there where we’re able to ballhawk. In games where we’ve been extremely successful, there have been a couple key turnovers that led to points for us on offense.”
Wells did mention the importance of the pass rush in getting those interceptions as guys like Marcell Cooper and Andrew Holfinger —both named First Team All-Conference — have gotten consistent pressure on opposing signal callers.
The other guy to watch for defensively for Endicott is Beverly native and Second Team All-Conference linebacker Nick Kozlowski, who leads the team in tackles with 89 (including 45 solo takedowns).
An interception could be huge in terms of momentum, but the Gulls need to stop Rowan’s rushing attack, led by Withler Marcelin who has 1,233 yards and nine TDs.