Kean football off to a slow start
By Dan Canova
The Kean Cougars have started off on the wrong foot at the beginning of the 2012 football season.
After coming off of a year where they were in the NCAA Tournament and were pre-season ranked 14th in the entire nation, they have lost their first two games to begin the 2012 year, including a blowout loss to the number four team, Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Mary Hardin-Baylor scored 21 points in the first quarter to put away Kean early on, and ended up winning the game 34-7.
Kean’s first contest this year was against Albright College at Kean Alumni Stadium. Kean led the game at one point 26-7, before Albright scored 22 unanswered points and defeated the Cougars 29-26.
Looking ahead to the end of September and October, Kean has a rough schedule ahead. When looking back to this start at the end of the season, players, and coaches will be saying they could easily have been 2-0 or 1-1 at the least.
Kean will be wrapping up the month of September against The College at Brockport, and Morrisville State College, two teams that are currently out of conference. Brockport has been riding the hot hand, undefeated so far heading into the game against the Cougars. Morrisville State College on the other hand, has no wins, heading into a home game against SunyCortland and then Kean. The Cougars could split these two games, which would put them at a record of 1-3 heading into October.
In October, they have four total games, two out of conference games, and two in conference against arch-rivals William Paterson University and The College of New Jersey.
Even though the Kean Cougars might be holding their heads in their hands after two disappointing losses to begin the season, they still have plenty of hope looking ahead. One game at a time, one win at a time, that’s all they can focus on now.