Perry pleased with progress

Bryant headed into sea­son fi­nale rid­ing three-game win­ning streak

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By BRAN­DEN MELLO bmello@woonsock­et­call.com

SMITH­FIELD — Af­ter a poor kick­off re­turn late in the first half of Sat­ur­day’s North­east Con­fer­ence road clash with win­less Robert Mor­ris, Bryant coach James Perry chal­lenged kick re­turner Jean Con­stant and the rest of the kick­off unit to im­prove.

On the Bull­dogs’ next kick­off re­turn they did. Con­stant re­turned a short Nick Bis­ceglia kick 86 yards for a touch­down as part of a 42-17 vic­tory over Robert Mor­ris.

“Jean is a very tal­ented, fast kid, but all 10 guys made their blocks,” Perry said. “You don’t see that very of­ten on kick re­turns. That was a huge play. That was im­por­tant and an in­di­ca­tion of how hard they’re work­ing dur­ing the week.”

Con­stant re­turned a kick­off for a touch­down for the sec­ond time in three weeks and earned Na­tional FCS Spe­cial Teams Player of the Week hon­ors for the sec­ond time in the last three weeks.

Af­ter Bryant (5-5, 3-2 North­east Con­fer­ence) suf­fered a road de­feat to Cen­tral Con­necti­cut on Oct. 21, the Bull­dogs were three games un­der .500 and win­less in con­fer­ence play. That de­feat was fol­lowed by im­pres­sive vic­to­ries over Wag­ner, Sa­cred Heart and the Colo­nials.

Dur­ing the three-game win­ning streak, Price Wil­son and the Bryant of­fense has av­er­aged 40.3 points, while the de­fense has held two of the three op­po­nents un­der 20 points.

“The best thing that we have go­ing is we just keep play­ing bet­ter,” Perry said. “Some­times you win and some­times you lose, but we’re play­ing bet­ter. I know this sounds like coach-speak, but re­gard­less of how these last three games had gone, be­cause we’re play­ing bet­ter and work­ing hard, we’re well es­tab­lished to take an­other step. This pro­gram is poised to do that.”

While Wil­son set a new pro­gram sin­gle-sea­son pass­ing record with 2,982 yards, the big­gest de­vel­op­ment on of­fense was the run­ning game. Lead­ing rush­ers Isaac McCray and Bren­den Femi­ano missed the con­test, so full­back Jake Wiswall and red-shirt fresh­man Al­fred Dor­bor had the chance to show they de­serve more play­ing time go­ing for­ward.

Wiswall, a bruis­ing full­back, car­ried the ball a team-high 18 times for a team-high 66 yards and a touch­down.

“We keep work­ing hard to make sure that no only are we run­ning the ball, but mak­ing sure we’re ef­fi­cient run­ning the ball,” Perry said. “Even though we weren’t hugely ef­fec­tive, the fact that we were ef­fi­cient helped us play faster and get into a rhythm. That was key.”

For Black­stone Val­ley foot­ball fans, Dor­bor’s re­cent per­for­mances were good to see af­ter the for­mer St. Raphael star had his true fresh­man sea­son ru­ined by a lis­franc in­jury. Dor­bor, who scored his first ca­reer touch­down Sat­ur­day, has car­ried the ball 17 times for 85 yards in the last two wins.

“He’s re­cov­er­ing from a dif­fi­cult in­jury and he’s a strong kid who works hard in the weight room – we ac­tu­ally have to pull the reigns back on him be­cause it’s a tricky in­jury,” Perry said. “He’s a com­peti­tor and he wants to go right away. He’s got­ten stronger.”

De­fen­sively, Thomas Costi­gan con­tin­ues to show he’s one of the pre­mier de­fen­sive play­ers in the con­fer­ence and the re­gion. The Stam­ford, Conn. linebacker had seven tack­les and three sacks. Costi­gan leads the NEC in sacks (11) and tack­les for loss (16.5). Costi­gan also leads the team with 87 tack­les and four forced fum­bles.

The Bull­dogs fin­ish the cam­paign Sat­ur­day at noon at Beirne Field against Duquesne. The Dukes (4-1 NEC) are fresh off a 28-27 loss in a de-facto con­fer­ence ti­tle game to un­beaten Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State.

“I know this sounds like coach-speak, but re­gard­less of how these last three games had gone, be­cause we’re play­ing bet­ter and work­ing hard, we’re well es­tab­lished to take an­other step.” – Bryant coach James Perry

File photo

Bryant re­ceiver/re­turner Jean Con­stant (2) re­turned a kick­off for a touch­down for the sec­ond time this sea­son in Sat­ur­day’s win over Robert Mor­ris.

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