Saturday, October 16, 2010

College preview

Frostburg at Washington & Jefferson

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. kickoff
Where: Cameron Stadium
Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)
Internet: http://www.wjpa.com/sports.htm

The series: Washington & Jefferson and Frostburg State meet for the sixth time in history and for the third consecutive year. W&J has won all five previous meetings. Prior to the 2008 game, the two colleges hadn’t faced off since the 1993 NCAA Division III Playoffs, a 28-7 W&J win in Maryland.

The coaches: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union ’94) is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 73-14 (.839) 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 Tom Rogish (IUP ’71) is in his third year at Frostburg State. He owns a 5-19 overall record after spending 22 years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II powers IUP and Shepherd (W.Va.).

Notes: Junior safety Matthew Gal recorded a career-high 14 tackles Saturday versus Saint Vincent. Two of his stops were behind the line of scrimmage for Bearcat losses. The 14 stops were the most by a W&J defender since Mitch Erdely '10 had 14 in the 2008 NCAA Division III quarterfinals at Mary Hardin-Baylor. ... Despite throwing two interceptions against Saint Vincent, senior quarterback Gino Rometo remains as one of the most accurate passers in NCAA Division III. Rometo ranks 12th nationally and leads the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 165.93 pass efficiency rating. Rometo has completed 74-of-111 passes, 31 of which have gone to senior wideout Jordan Roycroft. Roycroft is tied for 52nd in the country in receptions per game (6.2 rpg). ... Senior Joe Kelly has continued to impress in his second year as the Presidents' full-time punter. Last year, Kelly became the first W&J punter to earn First Team All-PAC laurels since Brian Plichta in 1996. This fall, Kelly is averaging 40.3 yards per punt, the 20th-best average in the nation.

Westmnster at Waynesburg

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. kickoff
Where: Waynesburg
Radio: 99.5-FM WCYJ
Webcasts: www.waynesburgsports.com
The Series: Westminster leads 36-29-3.

The Coaches: Rick Shepas is in his sixth season at Waynesburg and has a record of 31-26. GeneWestminster's Jeff Hand is 21-34 in his 16th season.

Notes: Waynesburg junior defensive back Sean Hunt’s five interceptions not only lead the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), but they are also tied for fifth overall in Division III of the NCAA. Also, junior defensive tackle Darryl Moore, Jr. is tied for the PAC lead and 9th in Division III with 2.0 tackles for loss per game. He is also tied for the conference lead with six sacks. ... The two teams are similar when it comes to special teams. Westminster is the top team in the conference with a 24.6 yards per return average, while Waynesburg is third at 23.4 yards per return. ... Westminster quarterback Shawn Lehocky has to be looking at this weekend’s game as one he can use to kick start his season. Last year, after being substituted into the game in place of starter Kevin Franz, Lehocky threw for 235 yards, had a game-high 112 yards rushing and five total touchdowns.

Slippery Rock at California

When: Saturday
Where: CaliforniaStadium: Adamson Stadium
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

The Series: Slippery Rock leads the all-time series that started in 1919 by a 42-27-3 margin. The Vulcans have won six of the last seven meetings against
The Rock after Slippery Rock won seven-straight games from 1996-02.

The Coaches: Cal's John Luckhardt is in his eighth season with the Vulcans and has a 74-28 record. He has a career record of 211-65-2. George Mihalik is Slippery Rock’s all-time leader in career wins with a 152-91-4 record.

Notes: Josh Portis has passed for 1,331 yards (4th best in PSAC) and 14 TDs in the first six games this fall ... Lamont Smith has rushed for 770 yards and a conference-high 12 TDs ... Portis is second in the PSAC in pass efficiency with a 154.2 mark ... Smith is the No. 3 rusher in the conference at 128.5 yards per game ... Junior wide receiver Chedrick Cherry is California’s top receiver with 26 catches for 422 yards and five TDs ... Junior defensive back Erik Harris leads the team in tackles with 34 and has intercepted two passes ... Fellow junior DB Shawn Anderson is tied for the conference lead in INTs with four of the Vulcans’ 13 picks.

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