COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Saturday's games



MOUNT UNION (5-0) vs. MARIETTA (3-2)
Game time: 1:30 at Mount Union Stadium, AllianceSeries history: Mount Union leads, 34-9-1, including a 55-0 win last year.Scouting report: Last week, Mount Union routed Wilmington, 49-7, while Marietta lost to Capital, 43-7. Mount Union has won 99 straight regular season games. So far this year, the Purple Raiders have outscored opponents in the first quarter 65-0 and in the second period 76-3. MUC's first team defense has allowed only one TD drive. It is led by LB Shaun Spisak (36 tackles), S Ken Whitfield (25) and DEs Justin Stickley (15) and Johnny Josef (15). QB Zac Bruney has passed for 1,111 yards and 11 TDs, with only four interceptions. Top receivers are RB Rick Ciccone (17 catches) and WRs Scott Casto (13), and Jason Cavell (13). RB Jeff Strauch has rushed for 292 yards and a 6.1-yard average. Marietta is led by QB Jason Vrable, who has thrown for 567 yards and two TDs with four interceptions. RB Steven Wagner is the second-leading rusher in the OAC with 543 yards and three TDs. WR Mike Valiante has 16 receptions. Chris Sidick leads the OAC in both kickoff (30.9) and punt return (12.9) averages. The Pioneers' top tackler is DB Thad Sharrett (46).Radio: WRMU-FM 91.1, WDPN-AM 1310.
BETHANY (0-5) vs. WESTMINSTER (2-3)
Game time: 1:30 p.m. at Harold Burry Stadium, New WilmingtonSeries history: Westminster leads, 29-9-2, including a 33-0 win last year.Scouting report: Westminster lost to Washington & amp; Jefferson, 54-14, while Bethany lost to Waynesburg, 56-17. The Titans were held to 190 yards, including 37 rushing. RB Scott Froelich was held to a season-low 44 rushing yards. Sophomore QB J.R. Barley completed 12-of-26 for 129 yards with one interception, while Joe Getsy was 5-for-9 for 24 yards. Senior WR Brian Ekis (Boardman) had four catches for 59 yards while sophomore WR Jake Buzard (West Middlesex) had two receptions for 35 yards. Buzard was named Offensive Titan on the Week. On defense, senior DT Tony Ventresco had eight tackles, while junior DL Matt Hanhold had seven. Junior DE Adam Hadbavny had eight tackles and three pass breakups to be named Defensive Titan of the Week. Freshman P Dusty Rhodes averaged 30.5 yards on 12 punts and was named Special Teams Titan of the Week. Bethany QB Nazih Banna passed for 231 yards and 2 TDs, while senior Zack Merz had three catches for 59 yards. Through five games, Banna has passed for 925 yards and four TDs with 12 INTs.Radio/Internet: WWNW-FM 88.9, Westminster Cable Network, www.msasportsnetwork.com.
THIEL (4-2) vs. WAYNESBURG (4-1)
Game time: 1:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium, Greenville, Pa.Series history: Waynesburg leads, 20-6-1, including a 34-19 win last year.Scouting report: Last week, Waynesburg defeated Bethany 56-17 and Thiel beat Grove City, 24-9. Thiel DE George Kum-Nji had two sacks to make him the school's all-time career leader with 23.5. Kum-Nji, who had six tackles, was named PAC Defensive player of the week. OLB Casey Diemert had eight tackles for Thiel while DE Jon Howson had seven. Waynesburg QB Jeff Dumm was named PAC offensive player of the week, completing 18-of-28 for a season-high 263 yards and four TDs. He holds two school career records -- TD passes (50) and total offense (5,812 yards).Radio/Internet: WPIC-AM 790 (Hermitage), WCYJ-FM 88.7 ((Waynesburg), www.waynesburg.edu.
GROVE CITY (3-3)vs. WASHINGTON & amp; JEFFERSON (6-0)
Game time: 2 p.m., Cameron Stadium, Washington, Pa.Series history: Washington & amp; Jefferson leads, 27-12, including last year's 36-28 win.Scouting report: Last week, Grove City lost to Thiel, 24-9, and W & amp;J defeated Westminster, 54-14. Grove City's was led by LB Mike Choby with 17 tackles and one interception, while CB Dave Issler had an interception and Mike Prioletti recovered a fumble. SE Dave DiDonato caught eight passes for 75 yards, while QB Bradford Clark completed a career-high 18 passes but threw four interceptions. W & amp;J is ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III by the AFCA and 14th by D3football,com. WR/KR Aaron Krepps with 180 all-purpose yards and three TDs. RB R.J. Zitzelsberger led the W & amp;J offense with 115 yards rushing in 21 carries and two scores, while junior QB Chris Edwards also sparkled with 11-for-22 passing for 203 yards and three TDs. On defense, LB Andy Shook had 11 tackles.Radio/Internet: WSAJ-FM 91.1 (Grove City); WJPA-AM 1450 and WNJR-FM 91.7 (Washington, Pa.), www.msasportsnetwork.com, www.washjeff.edu.
HIRAM (0-5) vs. WITTENBERG (4-1)
Game time: 1 p.m. at Charles A. Henry Field, HiramSeries history: Wittenberg leads 5-0, including a 66-0 win last year.Scouting report: Last week, Wittenberg defeated Earlham, 56-14, and Hiram was defeated by Denison, 23-0. Hiram junior Stephen Boxler had 11 tackles. The Terriers' Jim Conley leads the NCAC in interceptions (5). Wittenberg QBs Ryan Holmes and Chris Clark 1-2 in pass efficiency in the NCAC. WR Jered Glover had 8 receptions for 121 yards against Earlham. Glover is fourth all-time at WU in catches. PK Mark Porter leads the NCAC 39 points.
ALLEGHENY (1-4) vs. KENYON (1-4)
Game time: 1 p.m., Robertson Field, Meadville, Pa.Series history: Allegheny leads, 16-5.Scouting report: Last week, Allegheny lost to Ohio Wesleyan, 17-14, while Kenyon lost to Wooster, 84-21. RB Mario Tarquinio rushed for 97 yards in 20 carries and one touchdown. Allegheny is ranked second in the NCAC in passing defense (155 yards per game) and third in scoring defense. Kenyon enters the game with a a 25.6-point scoring average and nearly 435 yards per game.
Radio/Internet: WMGW-AM 1490, www.allegheny.edu/athletics (click on Teamline).
MALONE (2-3)vs. OHIO DOMINICAN (0-5)
Game time: 12:30 p.m. at Ohio Dominican UniversitySeries history: This is the first game between the two schools. Ohio Dominican began its program this year.Scouting report: Malone lost to Geneva last week, 13-7, while Ohio Dominican lost to Tiffin, 56-14. Mitch Fusek (Canfield) had 8 tackles for Malone. QB Brad Reifsnyder passes for 283 yards and a score and rushed for 74 yards. RB Eric Smith added 55 yards. ODU's Eddie Davis Jr. rushed for 90 yards and one TD while LB Lee Anthony registered 10 tackles.Radio/Internet: WNPQ-FM 95.9, 111.wnpqfm.com.
WALSH (5-1) vs. TAYLOR (0-5)
Game time: Noon at Fawcett Stadium, CantonSeries history: Walsh leads 3-1, including a 40-0 win last yearScouting report: Last week, Walsh beat Quincy, 30-24, while Taylor was defeated by Urbana, 45-0. Walsh leads the MSFA Mideast and is ranked No. 15 in the nation in NAIA. The Cavaliers' defense intercepted three passes, recovered a fumble and held Quincy to 280 total yards. LB Allen Reddick returned a pass interception for a TD. Chase Hostetler rushed for 130 yards and two TDs, while QB Dan King passed for 139 yards. Darryl Owen caught six passes.Radio: Fox Sports 1350, WCER-AM 900.
GENEVA (2-3) vs. QUINCY (3-3)
Game time: 2 p.m. at QU StadiumSeries history: Geneva won last year, 52-28Scouting report: Last week, Geneva defeated Malone, 13-7, while Quincy lost 30-24 loss to Walsh. Tom Contenta came up with the game-saving interception for Geneva at the 2-yard line in the final minute. Zach Blair kicked 2 FGs in the first half. Geneva was led by Josh Mullen with 112 yards rushing and one TD, while Brandon Nathan had 84 yards. Mullen needs 9 yards to become the third back in Geneva history to reach 3,000. Contenta and Brian Hall each had 10 tackles. Freshman QB Bobby Bondi, making his first career start in place of injured quarterback Justin Sciarro, threw for just 55 yards on 6-for-16 passing, but had no turnovers.Internet: www.geneva.edu, courtesy of the MSA Sports Network.
SLIPPERY ROCK (3-4)vs. MILLERSVILLE (2-4)
Game time: 1 p.m, Biemesderfer Stadium, Millersville, Pa.Series history: Slippery Rock won last year, 28-18.Scouting report: Slippery Rock lost to Indiana (Pa.), 34-13, and Millersville lost to West Chester, 31-16. Slippery Rock was out-gained, 506-218. Nate Crookshank led The Rock by throwing for 143 yards and 1 TD. Josh Kneiss had 59 yards rushing. LB Greg Baker had a team-high 11 tackles. Millersville QB Dan Csencsitz was sacked five times, but he passes for 256 yards and a TD.
Vindicator staff reports

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