Friday, October 22, 2010

College Preview

Washington & Jefferson at Geneva

When: Saturday, 7 p.m. kickoff
Where: Geneva
Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)

The series: W&J has defeated Geneva five consecutive times and owns a 36-19-2 lead in the all-time series. Geneva has not defeated W&J since a 19-0 victory at Reeves Field in 1983. Since that contest, W&J has scored at least 24 points in the each of the five games with the Golden Tornadoes, including a 31-10 victory at Cameron Stadium last season.

The coaches: Mike Sirianni is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 74-14 (.841) 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 Geno DeMarco is in his 18th season at the Beaver Falls campus and owns a 119-69 overall record (.633). He is Geneva's all-time football coaching wins leader.

Notes: Sophomore running back Tim McNerney has spearheaded the Presidents' last two victories with 131- and 173-yard performances. On Monday, he was selected as the Presidents' Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. He rushed 40 times in the win over Frostburg State which was only four attempts shy of the school record set by W&J Hall of Fame running back Chris Babirad in 1992 versus Cortland State. His 173 rushing yards were the most in the regular season by a W&J back since Curt Jones piled up 188 against Westminster in 2008. McNerney is now fifth in the PAC in rushing (79.3 rpg) and 96th in the nation ... W&J has played at least one night game every year since 2003 and holds a 16-0 record in those contests. Only two of those were played in the road (2008 at Geneva, 2009 at Frostburg State)

Frostburg at Waynesburg

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. kickoff
Where: Waynesburg
Radio: 99.5-FM WCYJ

The Series: Waynesburg leads 26-12-1 and won the last meeting, 21-7, in 2006.

The Coaches: Rick Shepas is in his sixth season at Waynesburg and has a record of 32-26. Head Coach Tom Rogish is in his third year at Frostburg State. He owns a 5-20 overall record after spending 22 years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II powers IUP and Shepherd (W.Va.).

Notes: Junior defensive tackle Darryl Moore, Jr. is tied for 27th in all of Division III when it comes to tackles for loss per game with 1.67 per contest. He is also second in the PAC with six sacks, including five solo quarterback takedowns ... Waynesburg junior defensive back Sean Hunt’s six interceptions not only lead the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), but are also tied for fourth overall in Division III of the NCAA ... Frostburg State has played one of the toughest schedules in all of Division III. As one of just four members of the Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC), the Bobcats have set up an incredibly difficult slate of non-conference opponents. The Bobcats have faced four teams in their first six contests of the season that are either currently ranked in the national top 25, or were in the rankings at one point. Fellow ACFC member Wesley is currently ranked third in the country.

California at Mercyhurst

When: Saturday
Where: Mercyhurst in Erie
Kickoff: Noon

The Series: This is only the third meeting between the two teams and the Vulcans have won each game since the teams began playing in 2008.

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 212-65-2. Marty Schaetzle is in his eighth season and has a 37-56 record..

Notes: Cal tailback Lamont Smith is 35 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. He is on pace for 1,513 yards in the regular season. Depending on the length of Cal’s stay in the playoffs, he could challenge the school record of 1,935 yards, set by Wes Cates in 1999 ... Mercyhurst (3-1, 5-2) is coming off back-to-back one-point victories, 22-21 in overtime against Edinboro and 28-27 against Indiana. Both wins came on the road ... Gerald Anderson has rushed for 784 yards and five TDs for the Lakers.


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