Friday, October 1, 2010

College preview

Westminster at Washington & Jefferson
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. kickoff
Where: Cameron Stadium
Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)

The series: W&J has dominated the series with Westminster throughout history, winning 29 of the 31 meetings. The Presidents have defeated the Titans nine consecutive times and have averaged 48.3 points in the last six games against WC. Westminster's lone victories in history came in 2000 (19-17) and 1910 (W&J forfeit), both played in Washington.

The coaches: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union ’94) is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 71-14 (.835) 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 Jeff Hand (Clarion '92) holds a 58-56 (.509) career record in 11 seasons, including a 21-32 mark in six years at Westminster. Hand was Waynesburg's head coach from 2001-2004.

Notes: Washington & Jefferson has forced at least one turnover 32 times in the regular season since 2006 and has won 31 of those games. The only game during that time that W&J forced a turnover and lost was three weeks ago at Delaware Valley (Matthew Gal interception). W&J has won nine consecutive week four contests. Ironically, the last loss came in a 2000 defensive battle to Westminster at Cameron Stadium by a 19-17 margin.

Waynesburg at Bethany

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. kickoff
Where: Bethany
Radio: 99.5-FM WCYJ

The Series: Waynesburg leads the series, 27-15-7, but lost last year's game 35-24. The first meeting was 1903, a 17-5 victory for Waynesburg.

The Coaches: Rick Shepas is in his sixth season at Waynesburg and has a record of 30-24. Bethany's Tim Weaver is 15-29 in his fifth season.

Notes: The Yellow Jackets starting offensive line, consisting of Melvin Warrick, Nebojsa Nedic, Nick Hanley, Corey Dieterle and Mike Broda, was named to the Team of the Week. ... Bethany is second in the conference in rushing yards per game (227.5) and the Bison lead the PAC in rushing touchdowns (9) and yards per carry (5.0). The two men leading the ground game are freshman quarterback Matt Grimard and junior running back Eric Walker, who rank third and fifth, respectively, in rushing yards per game in the conference. ... Waynesburg cornerbacks Sean Hunt and Matt Czulewicz are currently ranked 1-2 in the PAC in interceptions with three and two, respectively, while Bethany quarterback Matt Grimard, primarily a running quarterback, has been picked off six times. No other team in the PAC has more interceptions than the Jackets (8).Outside linebacker Scott Bogdan also leads the conference in fumble recoveries with two.

Lock Haven at California

When: Saturday, Sept. 18
Where: California, Pa.
Stadium: Adamson Stadium (6,500)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
TV: Pittsburgh CW (live) I FSN Pittsburgh (tape delayed)
Radio: WCAL (91.9 FM) I WVPO (840 AM)
Live Video: America One (PPV) I ESPN3

The Series: The Vulcans and Bald Eagles are meeting for the 67th time this weekend. Cal U has won six-straight and eight of the last 10 meetings against Lock Haven,including a 48-14 victory last year.

The Coaches: Cal's John Luckhardt is in his eighth season with the Vulcans and has a 72-28 record. He has a career record of 209-65-2. John Klacik is 5-54 in his fifth season.

Notes: This weekend features the longest winning and losing streaks in the PSAC West. Behind five-straight divisional crowns, Cal has won 21-consecutive games in league play dating back to 2006. Meanwhile, Lock Haven has suffered 15-straight losses in divisional games dating back to the final week of the 2007 season. Lock Haven has lost 26 straight games. Junior safety Shawn Anderson played in 24 games before becoming a starter in 2010. After four starts, he is tied for the lead in the PSAC with four interceptions and is second on the team with 17 tackles (11 solo).


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