COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW Saturday's games
THIEL vs. THOMAS MORE
Where: Alumni Stadium, Greenville, Pa.When: 1:30 p.m.Records: Thiel 7-0, 5-0 Presidents' Athletic Conference; Thomas More 5-2, 4-0Scouting report: A win will clinch the PAC title outright for Thiel -- its first since 1972 -- while a Saint victory would leave Thomas More alone in first place with a home game against W & amp;J remaining. The game matches the second-ranked team in scoring offense (Thiel) against the top-rated team in scoring defense (Thomas More). Thiel is first in the PAC in total defense (246.6 ypg), first in rush defense (82.4 ypg) and first in turnover margin (plus-11). Thomas More beat Anderson 38-14 last Saturday while Thiel stayed unbeaten with a 34-0 decision over Westminster. Thomas More was led by LB Mark Carlisle who had a career-high 14 solo tackles. The 38 points were a season high for the Saints. Thiel WRs Marc LaScola each had more than 100 yards receiving.
BETHANY vs. CHICAGO
Where: Bethany Field, Bethany, W. Va.When: NoonRecords: Bethany 1-7, Chicago 2-4Scouting report: Chicago leads the series 5-0, including a 31-7 win last year. The Maroons started the year 0-4 but won two straight.
WESTMINSTER vs. FROSTBURG STATE
Where: Burry Stadium, New Wilmington, Pa.When: 1 p.m.Records: Westminster 3-4, Frostburg St. 4-3Scouting report: Last week, Westminster lost to Thiel, 34-0. Westminster has won the two meetings between the teams, including a 25-13 win at Frostburg last season. Scott Froelich rushed for 181 yards and two TDs in the win, and threw a TD pass to QB Joe Getsy. Frostburg State has a two-game win streak and is coming off a 45-9 home win over first-year NAIA program Seton Hill.
GROVE CITY vs. ALFRED
Where: Merrill Field, Alfred, N.Y.When: 1 p.m.Records: Grove City 3-5, Alfred 6-1Scouting report: This is the 10th straight year the two teams have played, but the series will discontinue for at least two years starting in 2006. The Wolverines are the least-penalized team in the PAC. Steve Weary extended his own school record for blocked kicks to eight last weekend in a 7-6 win over Waynesburg.
MOUNT UNION vs. BALDWIN-WALLACE
Where: Mount Union Stadium, AllianceWhen: 1:30 p.m.Records: Mount Union 6-1, 5-1 Ohio Athletic Conference; Baldwin-Wallace 3-4, 2-4Scouting report: For the first time since 1994, Mount Union must try to bounce back from a regular season loss. In their 21-14 setback to Ohio Northern, the Purple Raiders were minus-4 in turnover margin. QB Mike Jorris is 130-of-199 for 1,965 yards and 19 TDs. RB Aaron Robinson had 744 yards and 9 TDs. B-W's streak of 38 consecutive winning seasons is in jeopardy following a 34-0 loss to Capital. The Yellow Jackets have used three QBs, who have combined for 6 TDs and 7 INTs in 144 attempts.
ALLEGHENY vs. WABASH
Where: Robertson Field, Meadville, Pa.When: 1 p.m.Records: Allegheny 1-6, 1-3 North Coast Athletic Conference; Wabash 7-0, 6-0Scouting report: Wabash can clinch at least a share of its second NCAC title with a win. Allegheny earned its first win last weekend, 38-6, over Hiram. RB Mario Tarquinio led the Gators with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown. It was the fourth time this season he surpassed 100 yards. Brad Stotsky had seven tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. Wabash QB Russ Harbaugh threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-20 win over Wittenberg. WR Eric Summers hauled in eight passes for 118 yards and a score.
HIRAM vs. WOOSTER
Where: John P. Papp Stadium, WoosterWhen: 1 p.m.Records: Hiram 1-6, 1-3 NCAC; Wooster 5-2, 2-2Scouting report: In its loss to Allegheny, Hiram QB Trevor Henderson completed 17-of-40 passes for 152 yards and a TD to Jason Exline. Mike Erkkila and Stephen Boxler had 10 tackles apiece. TB Dustin Sheppard rushed for a freshman record 250 yards and scored twice to lead Wooster past Oberlin, 20-19.
SLIPPERY ROCK vs. SHIPPENSBURG
Where: Bob DiSpirito Field at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, Slippery Rock, Pa.When: 1 p.m.Records: Slippery Rock 3-5, 2-2 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West; Shippensburg 4-5, 2-3Scouting report: Shippensburg has won three of the last four games, including a 35-17 win last year. Shippensburg is coming off a 37-0 win over Clarion. Excluding a 41-13 loss to California, the Red Raiders have allowed just 12 ppg in their previous five contests. Slippery Rock hung tough with Edinboro last week but was stung by five turnovers, and gave up late scores on a fumble return and a blocked punt. RB Josh Kniess turned in his fifth straight 100 yard performance last week.
GENEVA vs. TAYLOR
Where: Upland, Ind.When: 2:30 p.m.Records: Geneva 5-3, 2-2 Mid-States Football Association Mideast; Taylor 0-7, 0-4Scouting report: Geneva comes off a 21-20 overtime upset of then 11th-ranked Walsh. RB Brandon Nathan rushed for 160 yards and a TD, and backup QB Matt Brown directed two TD drives. WR Bam Harmon has scored five touchdowns in the past two weeks. Frank Hernandez had a career-best 16 tackles and was named MSFA Mideast defensive player of the week and NAIAFootball.net national defensive player of the week.
MALONE vs. ST. FRANCIS (IND.)
Where: Fawcett Stadium, CantonWhen: 7 p.m.Records: Malone 2-5, 1-3 MSFA Mideast; 7-0, 4-0Scouting report: Last week, Malone lost to Urbana, 42-34, while St. Francis (Ind.) defeated Taylor, 55-0.
Vindicator staff reports