Preview: FDU-Florham @ TCNJ

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Casey Goff gets to coach his first official TCNJ football game this evening. The Lions faces the Fairleigh-Dickinson University Devils at Lions Stadium.

The football team has been under a culture of change since Goff took over right before the July 4th holiday. Since that time, he’s had to relocate his family from Ohio to New Jersey, set up a new staff and get the ball rolling with his new team for this season.

Casey Goff talking to his team at a recent scrimmage (Photo by the TCNJ Sports Information Department)
Casey Goff talking to his team at a recent scrimmage (Photo by the TCNJ Sports Information Department)

He took over a team that went 2-8 last season. He’ll hope to get a win his first game out of the season.

In the past nine meetings between these two teams, the Lions hold a 5-4 advantage. The two teams did not play last season, as TCNJ began the season with the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks in Whitewater, Wisconsin, completing the two-game series with the team.

In the last meeting between the two schools, the Devils won 34-29 at Lions Stadium in 2015. TCNJ has gone 3-6 over the past two seasons at home.

One has to go all the way back to the 2014 season to find their last win in this series. The Lions won 17-13 at the Devils campus in Madison, N.J.

TCNJ lost their last game of the season, 17-0, to the Rowan University Profs on Nov. 11, 2016. Their last win came in four overtimes in a 28-25 win over the Southern Virginia University Knights.

The Devils were also 2-8 last season. They ended the season on a five-game losing streak. Their last win of last season came in a 32-28 win over the Wilkes University Colonels on Oct. 1, 2016.

FDU-Florham averaged 19 points per game last year. Their opponents averaged 40.3 points.

Jagger Green led the Devils with 1,933 passing yards with 11 touchdowns in 2016. He also threw 16 interceptions, while completing 61.95% of his passes.

Robert Young led the team in rushing with 395 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Panzarino also led his teammates with 919 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

TCNJ, on the other hand, averaged 9.7 points per game last season under interim head coach Rocky Hager, who is now the team’s Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach. They were giving up 29.10 points to their opponents.

Trevor Osler led the Lions with 1,041 passing yards and four touchdowns last season. He also threw 11 interceptions, while completing 54.14% of his passes.

Chad Scott led the team with 648 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Jeff Mattonelli had 392 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Scott, who would be a senior this year athletically, is not listed on the football roster. It’s not clear if the former Profs running back elected not to play this season, or is injured.

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