COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW Saturday's area games
MOUNT UNION (3-0, 2-0 OAC)vs. OTTERBEIN (2-1, 2-0)
When: 1:30 p.m.Where: Mount Union Stadium, Alliance.Last year: Mount Union 55, Otterbein 0.Scouting report: Mount Union routed Muskingum last week, 58-0, for its second straight shutout, while Otterbein beat Wilmington, 30-21. Junior QB Zac Bruney passed for a career-best 250 yards on 7-for-8 and two TDs, while senior QB Jesse Burghardt threw for 183 yards on 13-for-20 and three TDs. Senior WR Randell Knapp caught a career-high three TD passes, and had eight catches overall for 174 yards. Senior WR Nick Sirianni had three receptions for 88 yards and one TD and junior Robert McDavid rushed for game- and career-highs of 77 yards in 10 carries. Sophomore CB Ross Watson (Austintown Fitch) came up with his first career interception. Meanwhile, Otterbein compiled 522 total yards against Wilmington, including 222 in 35 carries from sophomore RB Josh Braden. In three games, Braden has rushed for 574 yards.
HIRAM (0-3, 0-0 NCAC)vs. OBERLIN (0-3, 0-0)
When: 1 p.m.Where: Charles A. Henry Field.Last year: Oberlin 35, Hiram 14.Scouting report: Both teams were idle last week. Hiram freshman QB Tom Roszell has passed for 520 yards (38-for-78) and five TDs with two interceptions in two games. Another Hiram standout is Jameel Mutawakkil, who leads the NCAC in receiving yards with 113.0 per game in two games. He has 14 receptions for 226 yards and one TD overall. Mutawakkil also ranks No. 3 in the NCAC in receptions per game with 7.0. Teammate John Papacostas is No. 2 in the NCAC in all-purpose yards with 147.5 per game on 295 yards overall in two games, including 249 yards on kick returns. Oberlin has a standout defender in senior DB Quammie Semper, who broke the school record for career interceptions with 14 in the Yeomen's 17-10 loss to Case Western Reserve Sept. 20. He has one interception in each of Oberlin's three games to tie for the NCAC lead.
WESTMINSTER (1-2, 0-0 PAC)vs. WASH. & amp; JEFF. (3-0, 1-0)
When: 1 p.m.Where: Harold Burry Stadium, New Wilmington, Pa.Last year: No game.Scouting report: The two teams will meet for the 25th time. W & amp;J won the first game in 1894 in Washington, Pa., 16-0, and the Presidents also prevailed in the last meeting in 2001 in New Wilmington, 28-7. Westminster is coming off a 3-0 win over Allegheny last Saturday on freshman PK Jason Montgomery's 31-yard field goal. It was the second FG this year for Montgomery (Wilmington). QB Joe Getsy (Lowellville), in his first career start, completed 10-of-15 for 113 yards, and was named offensive Titan of the Week. Junior RB Scott Froelich rushed for 150 yards in 32 carries -- the 13th 100-yard rushing game of his career -- and was named PAC offensive player of the week. Junior long-snapper Tanner Larson was named special teams Titan of the Week for his perfect long snaps during a wet and muddy game, and for his play on the punt coverage team. Senior WR Brian Ekis (Boardman) had four receptions for 55 yards. Ekis now has 16 receptions for 253 yards for a 15.8-yard average, and 84.3 receiving yards and 5.33 receptions per game. He ranks No. 2 in receiving yards per game and No. 3 in receptions per game. Sophomore DT Ryan Chmura (Mohawk) had 10 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble, and was named Defensive Titan of the Week. Senior FB Ryan Mitchell (Warren Harding) rushed for 46 yards in nine carries and had three receptions for 20 yards. Freshman punter Kyle Trimble (Western Reserve) punted five times for a 25-yard average. W & amp;J defeated Thiel last week, 17-10, for its 22nd straight win. W & amp;J's Frank Pilato, a junior SS, was named PAC Defensive Player of the Week. He came up with two interceptions, including a 100-yard return for a TD, and a game-clinching theft in the final seconds.
GROVE CITY (2-2, 1-0 PAC)vs. THIEL (1-2, 0-1)
When: 1:30 p.m.Where: Alumni Stadium, Greenville, Pa.Last year: Thiel 23, Grove City 3.Scouting report: Grove City defeated Bethany last Saturday, 17-3, while Thiel lost Washington & amp; Jefferson, 17-10. Grove City's defense was outstanding against Bethany, causing five turnovers and registering four sacks. DE Dan Bukowski had two sacks while DT Monte Bell had 11 tackles and safety Greg Grupp recovered two fumbles. On offense, FB Brandon McGlothlin had a 50-yard TD run -- the longest run of his career; while SE Bo Danton scored the other TD on a 37-yard pass from Sam Mowrey. Dave DiDonato is Grove City's top receiver with 17 catches in four games. In Thiel's loss to W & amp;J, junior PK Paul Stibich kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal, while senior TB Justin Napotnik (Sharpsville) scored a TD on a 1-yard plunge. Napotnik rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries.
WALSH (3-1, 0-0 MSFA MIDEAST)vs. MALONE (1-2, 0-0)
When: 2 p.m.Where: Fawcett Stadium, Canton.Last year: Walsh 29, Malone 22 (2 OTs).Scouting report: Derek Besgrove broke the Walsh career rushing record in the Cavaliers' 41-0 blowout of St. Francis (Ill.) last Saturday. He rushed for 214 yards to boost his career total to 4,669 yards. Allen Reddick, making his first start at OLB for Walsh, had nine tackles, two for losses, with a blocked punt and fumble recovery. Malone is coming off a 35-30 win over Olivet Nazarene. Danny Kendrick preserved the win with a pass interception in the end zone as time expired. Eric Rector completed 29 of 42 passes for 205 yards and one TD with no interceptions, and also rushed for 66 yards in 16 carries. Sean Knight, who replaced injured Joel Peterson, the team's leading rusher, ground out 142 yards on 22 carries, including one TD. Nyrell Knight was the top receiver with five receptions (one TD) for 70 yards. Jason Kennedy led the defense with 11 tackles, including five solo hits, five tackles for losses and a 13-yard sack. Mike Swanson (East Liverpool) had nine tackles, including six solo stops, and a pass deflection, while Mitch Fusek (Canfield) had a pass interception and deflection and Shawn Marshall (United) forced a fumble.
GENEVA (2-1, 0-0 MSFA MIDEAST)vs. ST. FRANCIS (IND.) (3-0, 0-0)
When: 1 p.m.Where: Cougar Stadium, Ft. Wayne, Ind.Last year: St. Francis 35, Geneva 28.Scouting report: Geneva is coming off a come-from-behind 24-21 upset of Trinity International, while St. Francis posted a 45-40 win over St. Ambrose. St. Francis is a four-time defending MSFA Mideast champion. Josh Mullen and Brandon Nathan both rushed for over 100 yards mark for the second time in three games for Geneva, Mullen getting 118 yards and Nathan 111. QB Ben Swallow (West Branch) passed for 84 yards on 7-for-17.
ALLEGHENY (0-3, 0-0 NCAC)vs. WABASH (2-1, 0-0)
When: 1 p.m.Where: Robertson Field.Last year: Wabash 24, Allegheny 14.Scouting report: Last week, Allegheny lost to Westminster in OT, 3-0, while Wabash rolled to a 61-13 win over Huntington. Allegheny was led by senior QB Bubba Smith with 110 yards passing on 11-for-25, and junior TB Jamie Sye with 78 yards rushing in 23 attempts. Senior DT David Pisanick registered a season-best 12 tackles, including four for losses; and had two QB hurries. Wabash received an outstanding defensive performance from sophomore LB T.T. Jackson, who had career-highs of 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks with his first career interception.
SLIPPERY ROCK (1-3, 0-0 PSAC WEST)vs. CALIFORNIA (PA.) (2-2, 0-0)
When: 7 p.m.Where: Adamson Stadium, California, Pa.Last year: Slippery Rock 41, California 16.Scouting report: Slippery Rock lost to Bloomsburg last Saturday, 19-16, while California defeated Cheyney, 20-3. California was led by Wesley Clemons, who rushed for 160 yards on 31 carries and two TDs. Tayon Mitchell added 71 yards rushing and one TD. QB Greg Dapper was 9-for-15 passing for 125 yards. Slippery Rock's top rushers for four games are Josh Kniess with 214 yards in 44 attempts and two TDs, Brandon Markus (141 yards in 29 carries) and Mike Vernillo (121 yards in 39 attempts). Quarterback Luke McCaffrey is 29-for-78 with four interceptions and two TDs. John Benca is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 107 yards.