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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Monmouth Hawks football team returns to action to Kessler Stadium on Saturday afternoon. They face Big South Conference opponent Presbyterian Blue Hose at 1 pm on WatchESPN.

This is the Hawks’ Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Out game. It’s also the Youth Football and Spirit Day.

Kenji Bahar (Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Monmouth University)

Kenji Bahar (Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Monmouth University)

It’s the first-time in the 25-year history of the program that they come into a game as a ranked team. They are presently the No. 24th ranked team in the FCS rankings, according to the Coaches Poll.

The Hawks are looking for its sixth straight win after beginning the season with a 2-1 record. They are also looking to go 3-0 in the Big South Conference for the first-time since joining the conference in 2014.

This is the fourth meeting between the two schools. Presbyterian presently holds a 2-1 advantage, as they won in the even years in 2014 and 2016. Monmouth won the game in 2015.

Presbyterian is averaging 12.8 points per game. They are giving up 26.9 points per game.

The Blue Hose are presently 3-5 this season. They are also on a two-game losing streak, including being shut out 35-0 in those games.

Presbyterian has not won a game since Oct. 7 against St. Francis University (PA) when they won 26-14 at home in Clinton, South Carolina.

Ben Cheek has started all eight games this season at quarterback. He has gone 77 of 129 for 804 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Torrance Marable leads the ground game with 121 carries for 624 yards. He also has three touchdowns.

DaShawn Davis has a team-high 26 receptions for 302 yards. Cedric Frazier is next in line with 19 receptions for 124 yards.

The team has four touchdowns from its wide receiver corps. Darquez Watson and Damien McGhee had a touchdown each, while Marable has two touchdowns.

Grant Beidel leads the defense with 86 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, and two pass deflections. He also has two QB hurries, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

The Hawks are averaging 35.4 points per game. They are giving up 24.8 points per game.

Hawks quarterback Kenji Bahar started all eight games. He’s gone 147 of 229 for 1,675 yards. He’s also thrown 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Pete Guerriero leads the ground attack with a 108 carries for 615 yards and six touchdowns. Eric Zokouri has 73 carries for 497 yards and six touchdowns.

Reggie White Jr. has 56 receptions for 705 yards and six touchdowns. Vinny Grasso is next with 22 receptions and 227 yards.

White Jr. recently became the fourth Hawks player to have over 2,000 receiving yards in his career.

Mike Basile leads the defense with 87 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks. He also has an interception, four pass deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.



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