Charger Football in Review
November 28, 2016
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With the 2016-17 football season done and over with, let us take a look back at the year
that the New Haven Chargers had.
Head coach Chris Pincince and his team had high hopes coming into the season after
finishing last year with a 7-4 record, 7-2 in conference play. However, after losing the
first two games, the second to the eventual Northeast-10 conference champion LIU Post
Pioneers. The first two losses could be attributed to the absence of the run game as
senior running back Andre Anderson gained 104-yards over both games.
After dropping the first two games, the blue and gold turned it around; winning four
straight games on the arm of Senior quarterback Ajee Patterson and the stellar play of
the senior linebacker Tyler Condit-led defense. Through the four game stretch Patterson
threw for a combined 1181-yards in the air, over 200-yards in each game. Anderson had
a few statement games, most notably, his 151-yard and 129-yard performances against
rival Southern Connecticut State and Saint Anselm, respectively. The defense only
allowed 76 points against them, which is only four more points than what they allowed
in the first two contests.
U.N.H. was definitely on an upswing with a four game win streak going, but a 3-4
Stonehill team played spoiler and ended the Chargers’ winning streak with a 21-17
victory on the Division II Football Showcase. The team tried to regain their momentum
as they hosted Assumption in their next game, but things didn’t go as planned, losing by
a score of 38-24. Even though they had 381-yards of total offense, Patterson accounted
for 213 and Anderson had his part, rushing for 133-yards.
Adding two more losses to their ledger, New Haven flipped the script, finishing the
season on a three-game win streak with wins against American International, in shutout
fashion, Bentley College, and Southern, during NE-10 championship weekend. In those
last three games, Patterson’s numbers were somewhat down, considering he threw for
over 200-yards in all but one game before these three. The run game was declining as
well, as Anderson only played one out of the final three contests, rushing for only 50-
yards in that game. The Chargers closed out their season with outstanding play on both
sides of the ball, the only downside – most, if not all, the production came from one of
the 20 graduating seniors.