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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW Today's games



Published: Sat, September 2, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Mount Union (0-0)vs. Averett (Va.) (0-0)

Game time: 1 p.m., Cougar Stadium, Danville, Va.Series history: First meeting.Scouting report: Mount Union won its eighth national championship last season and became the first program in the history of college football to have a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and two 1,000-yard receivers. Four of the five players return this year: QB Mike Jorris (253-for-379 for 66.9 percent, 3, 736 yards, 35 TDs and 11 interceptions), TBs Nate Kmic (1,219 yards in 202 attempts, 6.0-yard average and 18 TDs) and Aaron Robinson (1,046 yards in 178 attempts, 5.9-yard average and 10 TDs) and WR Pierre Garcon (68 receptions for 1,196 yards, 17.6-yard average and 16 TDs).Radio-Internet: WDPN-AM 1310, www.muc.edu/wrmu.

Hiram (0-0) vs. Carnegie Mellon (0-0)

Game time: 1 p.m., Charles A. Henry Field, HiramSeries history: Carnegie Mellon leads, 17-5Scouting report: Hiram struggled to a 1-9 record last year, including 1-6 in the NCAC. Carnegie Mellon went 5-5 last year, including 1-2 in the UAA. Eight offensive starters are back for Hiram, including QB Trevor Henderson, a sophomore and All-NCAC QB who completed 50.5 percent of his passes for 1,625 yards and eight TDs in his rookie season. Junior RBs Sean Kaminski, Michael Paes (Springfield) and Ed Cloud also return this fall. Senior WR Jason Exline (Shenango) is expected to be Henderson's main passing target after totaling 243 receiving yards and three touchdowns last year.Radio-TV: None.

Allegheny (0-0) vs. Westminster (0-0)

Game time: 1:30 p.m., Burry Stadium, New Wilmington, Pa.Series history: Westminster leads 26-24-5Scouting report: Westminster and Allegheny have played to overtime in their last three meetings, including two decided by field goals. The Titans won last year, 12-9, thanks to four field goals by Chris Castillo (Austintown Fitch), including a 43-yard connection in the first overtime. Westminster returns nine starters from last year: offense -- Josh Kutzner (FB), Jake Buzard (WR), senior from West Middlesex: Brett Ziegler (WR), Shane Parker (LT) and Bryan Borkovich (LG); defense -- Chris Dulovich (L), senior from Poland: Jason Fridley (LB), Joey Tissler (DB); and one specialist -- Dusty Rhodes (P), a junior from Niles.Radio-TV-Internet: WWNW-FM (88.9), www.titanradio.net; WestminsterCable Network (WCN); WMGW-AM (1490) in Meadville.

Thiel (0-0) vs. Geneva (0-0)

Game time: 7 p.m., Reeves Field, Beaver Falls, Pa.Series history: Geneva leads 20-9-3Scouting report: Thiel is coming off a sparkling 2005 campaign in which it went a perfect 10-0 in the regular season, earned its first-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth and won the PAC championship for the first time since 1972. Geneva went 8-4 overall in 2005, earning a berth in the NAIA playoffs.Radio-Internet: WPIC-AM (790), WLLF-FM (96.7) in Hermitage; WBVP-AM (1230) in Beaver Falls, WMBA-AM (1460) in Ambridge; www.msasportsnetwork.com

Malone (0-0, 0-0 MSFA)vs. Trinity International (Ill.) (0-0, 0-0)

Game time: 4 p.m., Fawcett Stadium, CantonSeries history: Malone leads, 3-1Scouting report: Both teams were 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the MSFA Midwest League last year. Two of Malone's key holdovers are QB Brad Reifsnyder and junior WR Josh Settlemire (Howland). Reifsnyder completed 176 of 301 passes for 2,063 yards and 17 TDs with 14 interceptions last season, while Settlemire caught 30 passes for 442 yards and three TDs.Radio-Internet: WNPQ-FM 95.9, www.wnpqfm.com.

Walsh (0-0)vs. West Liberty (W. Va.) State (1-0)

Game time: 11 a.m., Fawcett Stadium, Canton.Series history: Walsh leads, 5-3Scouting report: Walsh will enter its 12th season of intercollegiate football riding a streak of success under coach Jim Dennison with five straight 8-3 season records, including 5-2 in the MSFA Mideast League last year for runner-up honors. West Liberty opened the season last Saturday with a 31-14 win at Seton Hill.Radio-Internet: WCER-AM 900, WHLO-AM 640,www.wcer.us.

Vindicator staff reports




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