Plymouth State Keeps Its Title Hopes Alive; Panthers Top MMA, 21-7 – Noontime Sports

Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 86 yards and one touchdown on Saturday as Plymouth State topped Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 21-7. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

With a 21-7 win over Massachusetts Maritime AcademyPlymouth State has set up a win-or-go-home game next Saturday, November 12 with UMass Dartmouth.

Braden Lynn helped the Panthers clinch their eighth win of the season this afternoon by connecting with Bryan Warren for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Plymouth State’s final score provided the visitors with a two-touchdown lead that would not be erased.

Manny Sanchez and Matt Griffing combined for 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Warren led the Panthers’ receiving core with four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown.

The Plymouth State defense registered two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception, and four pass breakups. Massachusetts Maritime recorded just one touchdown on 61 plays.

Plymouth State became a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) after winning four-straight contests earlier this season, including a pair of league meetings with Bridgewater State (41-34) and Framingham State (14-9).

The Panthers’ four-game winning streak ended in early October with a 34-27 setback to Western Connecticut.

Since falling to the Wolves, Plymouth State has won four-straight contests and will need to beat UMass Dartmouth to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division III postseason.

UMass Dartmouth has also been a team to watch in the MASCAC – the Corsairs rebounded from a week two loss to Anna Maria College by winning their last seven contests.

The Corsairs beat Plymouth State last season, 28-7, before winning its first New England Bowl seven days later against Alfred State. They also beat Plymouth State in 2019 and 2018.

Plymouth State’s last win over UMass Dartmouth occurred in 2017 – the game was played in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

The Panthers shared the MASCAC crown with Framingham State in 2017, but represented the league in the national postseason, thanks to a dramatic 16-13 win over the Rams.

Plymouth State’s 2017 title run concluded in the opening round with a 66-0 setback to Brockport.

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