Friday, September 10, 2010

College previews

Washington & Jefferson at Delaware Valley

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. kickoff
Where: Doylestown
Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)

PAC-MAC: 20th-ranked Washington & Jefferson and 10th-ranked Delaware Valley meet for the first time in history. The matchup is part of the "PAC-MAC Football Challenge Series." The two-year series between the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference pits the top teams in each conference based on the 2009 final results.

The coaches: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union ’94) enters his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 70-12 (.854) overall record. The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum five years of experience). Head Coach Jim Clements (Widener '96) is in his fifth season with the Aggies. He holds a 31-13 (.705) overall record and has led DVC to a pair of conference titles. Last year, Delaware Valley advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

Notes: During the 11 years Mike Sirianni has been a member of the W&J football coaching staff, the Presidents have passed for 33,991 yards (248.1 ypg) and 341 touchdowns (2.5 tpg). W&J has posted a 107-30 record (.781) since his arrival on campus as offensive coordinator in 1999. Senior Gino Rometo will become only the fifth quarterback to start a season opener for the Presidents since 1999, joining Brian Dawson '03, Chris Edwards '06 and Bobby Swallow '09 and last year's opener day starter senior Steven Shumaker. Dawson, Edwards and Swallow own all 29 school passing or total offense records and combined for 27,850 passing yards and 287 touchdowns.

Waynesburg at Wilkes

When: Saturday, Noon kickoff
Where: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Ralston Athletic Complex)
Radio: 99.5-FM WCYJ

The Coaches: Rick Shepas is in his sixth season at Waynesburg and has a record of 28-23. Frank Sheptock begins his 15th year as head coach after being named the seventh head man in Wilkes football history in January of 1996. During his tenure on the Wilkes sidelines, he has led the Colonels to a 94-65 record, including eight post-season playoff berths.

Notes: Waynesburg quarterback Brad Dawson needs 103 yards to move into third place on Waynesburg’s all-time career passing yardage with 4,560 yards. ... The Waynesburg football team has enjoyed its share of success against non-conference opponents in recent years. The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 in games against non-PAC opponents over the last three years and have also gotten used to quick starts. The Jackets have won six of their last 10 season openers.

California at C.W. Post

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. kickoff
Where: Brookville, N.Y.
Stadium: Hickox Field (5,000)
Series Record: First meeting

The Coaches: C.W. POST HEAD COACH: The all-time winningest coach in program history, Bryan Collins enters his 13th season as head coach of the Pioneers. While a member of the Northeast-10 Conference, he guided C.W. Post to four outright league championships and three NCAA Playoff appearances.

Ninth-year head coach John Luckhardt (69-28, 206-65-2 overall) has established a winning tradition at Cal. That tradition has carried over into games against teams from the PSAC East. In the last eight seasons, the Vulcans hold a combined 17-4 record (.810) against PSAC East opponents.

Last week: Cal U rallied from down 17 points to claim a 42-41 overtime victory at then-No. 11 Saginaw Valley last week. The Vulcans scored the final 11 points of regulation, including a game-tying twopoint conversion reception by Chedrick Cherry with 6:24 left in regulation. In overtime, quarterback Josh Portis
connected with Terrance Moore for a five-yard score and senior kicker Marc
Domonkos made the PAT attempt. Saginaw Valley responded with a
touchdown in overtime, but missed the potential game-tying PAT attempt.

Notes: The Vulcans have never faced a team from New York.
C.W. Post marks the only new opponent this season for Cal U. However, head
coach John Luckhardt posted an 11-7 record against schools in the Empire State
while coaching at Washington & Jefferson. ... Junior wide receiver Chedrick Cherry was instrumental in last week’s comeback victory at nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley. The junior receiver finished the game with four receptions for 50 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing PAT attempt, Cherry caught the game-tying two-point conversion with 6:24 left in regulation.


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