This Saturday, we see RMU square off against in-state rival Duquesne at Joe Walton Stadium. RMU is riding an impressive 4-game winning streak with their most recent 28-17 win against the LIU Sharks. This game marks the most important game to date for head coach Bernard Clark in his second year as the head man for these Colonials.
Defense stepping up again?
Last week marked the third straight week for Dave Plungas’s defense holding opposing offenses to under 300 yards of total offense. Led by Sophmore Aniello Buzzacco, this defense has been a problem for offensive coordinators, but if there is one team to stop this streak, it’s Duquesne. With 170.5 rushing yards per game and 154 yards passing per game, this offense from Duquesne might pose problems.
Can Alijah Jackson step up again?
Ranking 17th in the nation in rushing yards at 826 and 5.8 yards per rush, Jackson will have to answer the call again to prevail on Saturday. Last week Jackson rushed for 128 yards marking his 5th 100-yard rushing performance on the season thus far. He did suffer a shoulder injury last week, but coach Clark’s bunch will step up if he isn’t able to go this week.
George Martin, the leader?
Last week Martin showed incredible flashes of his football IQ by throwing two beautiful balls to Gonzales and Houser, both resulting in TD’s. He did, however, throw a questionable ball into coverage resulting in his fourth interception thrown on the season. Coach Clark said that George had shown confidence in his game, and each week, he is maturing in his reads and expects to see him lead this team on and off the field.
Gonzales the scoring machine
Mathew Gonzales has been the focal point of this offense since the hiring of Bernard Clark. In 2018 he set a team single-season record for touchdown receptions with 12, and on this season, he has four as of now. If coach Clark and offensive coordinator Gabe Luvara continue to use this senior tight end, RMU may be in for something special in these final three games.
It’s set to be another cold one this Saturday at 43 degrees, but there will be little to no wind factor I’m being told. If the Colonials play mistake-free football and execute the gameplans put in place, we could be seeing a 5-game winning streak the longest since 2010 in which they won the NEC conference that year.