SCHENECTADY — Off a season-opening win and up a spot in the national rankings, the Union College football team seeks a 2-0 start to the campaign when it visits Worcester State at noon Saturday in a non-league game.
Union head coach Jeff Behrman said his team stressed improving its play in “situational football” coming off a 48-14 win last weekend against SUNY Morrisville, a game that saw the Dutchmen play for the first time since the 2019 campaign after their 2020 season was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“When you go into Week 2, a lot of it is just about attention to detail,” Behrman said. “It’s about focusing on doing your job correctly — on a consistent basis — so a lot of the corrections that we needed to make were with the attention to detail with our fundamentals and technique within our schemes.”
While Union, which is ranked No. 14 in the latest D3football.com Top 25 Poll, coasted to a season-opening win, Worcester State lost 38-20 on the road. That final score, though, was slightly deceiving; Worcester State led 20-3 early in the second half before WPI erupted for 35 unanswered points.
Behrman said the Dutchmen know they need to pay extra attention to Worcester State senior quarterback Aaron-Moses Williams, who was 21 of 29 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s opening game.
“They have a talented quarterback who is a senior that’s played a lot of reps in his college career,” Behrman said. “He throws it really well, and he can take off and run, as well.”
Of course, Union can certainly outscore a team to win. Union quarterback William Bellamy was 20 of 25 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns in the Dutchmen’s opener.
Union rushed for a total of 164 yards on 38 attempts, too. The Dutchmen’s remodeled offensive line has three new starters this year, and Behrman said he “thought they did a heck of a job” in protecting Bellamy and leading the team’s rushing attack.
“We averaged over four yards per carry, so that met the goal we have for every week,” Behrman said.
Union’s defense will be without senior linebacker Cam Adams, a Saratoga Springs High School graduate, for its game against Worcester State. Adams shared Union’s team lead in tackles with seven last weekend, but suffered an injury in that game. Behrman declined to offer any specifics regarding the nature of Adams’ injury, other than that he doesn’t expect the senior to miss action beyond this weekend.
“He’s healthy enough to play next week,” said Behrman, whose team plays host Sept. 18 to Springfield.