COLLEGE PREVIEW | Saturday's games
WESTMINSTER vs. ALLEGHENY
Where: Robertson Field, Meadville, Pa.When: 1 p.m.Records: Westminster 0-1, Allegheny 0-1.Scouting report: The coaching debut of Westminster's Jeff Hand was spoiled by nationally-ranked Ohio Northern last Saturday, 48-3. The Polar Bears were ranked No. 5 by D3football.com. Westminster was out-gained in total yards, 369-149, while ONU came up with six sacks. Senior PK Chris Castillo (Fitch) accounted for the Titans' only points on a 33-yard field goal. Freshman DB Matt Tynal (Ursuline) returned two kickoffs for 33 yards and had five tackles. Allegheny lost its opener to Baldwin-Wallace in overtime, 23-17.
CARNEGIE MELLON vs. GROVE CITY
Where: Robert E. Thorn Field, Grove City, Pa.When: 1: 30 p.m.Records: Carnegie Mellon 1-0, Grove City 0-1Scouting report: Grove City lost to Manchester (Ind.) last Saturday, 24-21, with 26 seconds left when Joe DeCraene connected on a 28-yard TD pass to Mitch Harnish. Grove City senior wingback Adam Wargo (Champion) rushed for a career-high 106 yards rushing. Senior FS Ross Trimmer (Hickory) registered nine tackles for the Wolverines. Carnegie Mellon routed Hiram, 45-0, last Saturday.
OHIO WESLEYAN vs. THIEL
Where: Alumni Stadium, Greenville, Pa.When: 1:30 p.m.Records: Ohio Wesleyan 1-0, Thiel 0-0Scouting report: Thiel is coming off a 7-3 record last season. The Tomcats beat Ohio Wesleyan last year, 22-19, when WR Brandon Chambers (Farrell) caught nine passes for 178 yards, including TDs of 54, 19 and 25 yards. Chambers, a senior, is a preseason All-American. He was named to the second team offense on Lindy's 2005 National College Football Division III team. Ohio Wesleyan is coming off a 30-14 win over Franklin last Saturday.
THOMAS MORE vs. BETHANY
Where: Bethany Field, Bethany, W. Va.When: 1 p.m.Records: Thomas More 0-1, 0-0 PAC; Bethany 1-0, 0-0Scouting report: Thomas More will be making its PAC debut at Bethany. It also will mark the first game between the two schools.Gary Gerba, a senior SS from Warren JFK, was a standout in Bethany's 34-21 win over Franklin & amp; Marshall last Saturday. Gerba came up with four tackles, three pass breakups, one interception, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble to spearhead a Bison defense that forced six F & amp;M turnovers, and won two honors. He was named PAC Defensive Player of the Week and was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. Also pacing Bethany was junior WR T.J. Parker (Fitch), who caught two TD passes to tie a school record. He caught a 72-yard TD pass from WR Milton Joyner on the Bison's first play from scrimmage, and an 11-yard strike from QB Brent Owens. Thomas More lost last Saturday to Hanover, 12-7.
BETHEL (KY.) vs. GENEVA
Where: Reeves Stadium, Beaver Falls, Pa.When: 1:30 p.m.Records: Geneva 1-0, Bethel 0-1Scouting report: Geneva withstood a West Liberty State comeback to win, 24-20, two Saturdays ago, and then had an off date last Saturday. Bethel lost to SW Baptist last Saturday, 34-29. Aaron Tommelleo, a freshman LB from Neshannock High, will be red-shirted this season after suffering a thumb injury that will require surgery. Going that same route will be Javon Moody, a freshman TB, who suffered a broken collarbone during workouts.
BLUFFTON vs. HIRAM
Where: Charles A. Henry Field, HiramWhen: 1:30 p.m.Records: Bluffton 0-1, Hiram 0-1Scouting report: Hiram was drubbed by Carnegie Mellon last Saturday, 45-0, being held to minus 14 net yards rushing. Bluffton lost to Centre last Saturday, 27-20.
CUMBERLAND (KY.) vs. MALONE
Where: Fawcett Stadium, CantonWhen: 1 p.m.Records: Malone 0-0, Cumberland 1-0Scouting report: This is the first meeting between Malone and Cumberland. Malone went 4-6 last year, including 2-5 in the Mid-States Football Conference; while Cumberland went 8-3 and won its season opener last Saturday over North Greenville College (S.C.). Malone has nine area players on the roster, including three who are expected to see duty: senior guard Evan Scheel (Crestview, sophomore placekicker Shawn O'Halloran (Poland) and sophomore WR Josh Settlemire (Howland).
SHEPHERD vs. SLIPPERY ROCK
Where: N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, Slippery Rock, Pa.When: 7 p.m.Records: Shepherd 2-0, Slippery Rock 0-2Scouting report: Shepherd defeated Virginia State, 24-6, in its opener and then beat Shippensburg last Saturday, 34-32. Slippery Rock has lost to Bloomsburg and Youngstown State, respectively.
Vindicator staff reports