SLIPPERY ROCK at BLOOMSBURG
Where: Robert B. Redman Stadium, Bloomsburg, Pa.When: 1 p.m.
Scouting report: Slippery Rock is seeking to bounce back from a 4-7 record, including 2-4 in the PSAC. One of the losses was 20-17 to Bloomsburg in the season opener. Coach Dr. George MIhalik is entering his 18th year at The Rock with a 115-68-4 record. Sophomore RB Corey Manfull (United) returns to back up starter Josh Kniess (Slippery Rock), a two-time All-PSAC Western Division selection. Kniess' return is a big reason for optimism and Manfull helps to solidify the position. Kniess rushed for 1,183 yards and 13 TDs last fall, while Manfull had 390 yards and scored two TDs. Another running back on the roster is Brandon Holmes (Champion), a freshman. Mihalik's biggest concern is at punter where he hopes to get more consistency from junior Ray Rotell (Sharpsville). Other area players on the roster are Terry Grossetti, a freshman wide receiver, and Dom Razzano, redshirt freshman linebacker, both from Shenango.
Bloomsburg was 7-3 last year, including 4-2 in the PSAC. The Huskies are coached by Danny Hale, who is entering his 13th season with a 95-38-1 record.
WEST LIBERTY STATE at GENEVA
Where: Reeves Stadium, Beaver Falls, Pa.When: 7 p.m.Scouting report: Geneva was 5-5 last year and 4-3 in the Mid-States Football Association while being plagued by injuries. One of the losses was at West Liberty State, 39-14. Geneva lost 17 players to injuries during the course of the 2004 campaign. The injury bug has continued to bite the team this year as starting cornerback Keith Davis recently suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill. Davis, who started in eight of 10 games as a freshman in 2004, was slated to start at a defensive back. Jim Raley (Crestview), a junior offensive lineman, is hoping to bounce back from an injured knee to return to the starting lineup. Raley is one of only three returning players on the offensive line. Also, starting tight end Ryan Thompson, who missed the entire 2004 season after shoulder surgery, again has dislocated that shoulder and his status this year is uncertain. Other area players are junior Mike Bruno, defensive back from Shenango; sophomores Chase Adams, fullback, West Branch; Bobby Bondi, quarterback, Union, and Thomas Tommelleo, halfback, Neshannock, and freshmen Ed Sprouse, defensive back, Beaver Local; Derek McElhaney, defensive back, Crestview; Josh Duffy, linebacker, Mohawk; Aaron Tommelleo, linebacker, Neshannock; and Robert Krusey, offensive lineman, West Middlesex.West Liberty State's win over Geneva last year improved the Hilltoppers' all-time record against the Golden Tornadoes to 4-6.
Vindicator staff report