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PSAC Schedule for November 9

11/9/2013 12:00 p.m. * Clarion Edinboro Edinboro, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/9/2013 12:00 PM * Shippensburg Cheyney Cheyney, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/9/2013 12:30 PM * Slippery Rock Seton Hill Greensburg, PA Live Stats Live Video Details
11/9/2013 1:00 PM * Kutztown Lock Haven Lock Haven, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/9/2013 1:00 PM * Gannon IUP Indiana, Pa. Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/9/2013 1:05 PM * Millersville East Stroudsburg Eiler-Martin Stadium Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
11/9/2013 3:30 PM * Mercyhurst California California, Pa. Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/9/2013 1:00 P.M. * Bloomsburg West Chester West Chester, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details

Husky's Picks:

Edinboro wins at home, Ship has no trouble with Cheyney, SRU rolls over Seton Hill to the PSAC West title, Lock Haven gets a win at home, IUP wins at home, ESU romps over Millersville, Cal comes out ahead over Mercyhurst, and in the game of the week--West Chester wins over Bloom to salt away the PSAC East title.


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AFCA Division II Football coaches Pol for November 4

Virginia State Makes First Appearance in Division II PollVirginia State Makes First Appearance in Division II Poll

After receiving votes for three straight weeks, Virginia State finally broke into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in the program’s history at No. 25t. The Trojans are 8-1 on the season after beating Chowan (N.C.), 28-0, and claimed the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North Division title.

Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 22 first-place votes, but lost two first-place votes to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, who has nine this week, and one first-place vote to No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo. Henderson State (Ark.) and Minnesota-Duluth round out the top five. Six top 25 teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the poll from No. 5 on down. West Texas A&M and West Alabama dropped out this week, allowing three new teams to enter. Tuskegee (Ala.) and North Alabama come in at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively, along with previously mentioned No. 25t Virginia State.

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 4, 2013

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Nine Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (22) 9-0 788 1 D. Wayne St. (Neb.), 45-3 Nov. 9 at Sioux Falls (S.D.)
2. Northwest Missouri St. (9) 9-0 776 2 D. No. 8 Washburn (Kan.), 52-21 Nov. 9 at No. 10 Emporia St. (Kan.)
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 9-0 737 3 D. Colorado Mesa, 34-6 Nov. 9 at New Mexico Highlands
4. Henderson St. (Ark.) 9-0 677 4 D. Arkansas-Monticello, 37-21 Nov. 9 vs. Southern Arkansas
5. Minnesota-Duluth 8-1 651 6 D. Minnesota-Crookston, 57-3 Nov. 9 at Mary (N.D.)
6. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 8-1 618 7 D. Northwestern Oklahoma St., 70-0 Nov. 9 at Lindenwood (Mo.)
7. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-0 604 9 D. Glenville St. (W.Va.), 45-19 Nov. 9 vs. West Virginia St.
8. West Chester (Pa.) 9-0 566 10 D. Cheyney (Pa.), 66-14 Nov. 9 vs. No. 16 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
9. Ohio Dominican 8-0 553 11 D. Tiffin (Ohio), 18-0 Nov. 9 vs. Lake Erie (Ohio)
10. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-0 525 14 D. No. 12 Missouri Western St., 35-30 Nov. 9 vs. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St.
11. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 8-1 486 13 D. Shaw (N.C.), 28-24 Nov. 9 vs. Fayetteville St. (N.C.)
12. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-1 414 17 D. Menlo (Calif.), 64-7 Nov. 9 at Eastern New Mexico
13. Indianapolis (Ind.) 8-1 356 18 D. St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 27-24 Nov. 9 vs. Quincy (Ill.)
14. North Carolina-Pembroke 7-1 344 19 D. Tusculum (Tenn.), 60-20 Nov. 7 at Valdosta St. (Ga.)
15. Washburn (Kan.) 8-1 339 8 Lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri St., 52-21 Nov. 9 vs. No. 22 Missouri Western St.
16. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-1 310 5 Lost to Shippensburg (Pa.), 34-18 Nov. 9 at No. 8 West Chester (Pa.)
17. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 8-1 295 21 D. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 45-6 Nov. 9 vs. Minot St. (N.D.)
18. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 8-1 282 22 D. No. 16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 37-3 Nov. 9 vs. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.)
19. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 8-1 234 23 D. Michigan Tech, 55-35 Nov. 9 vs. Northern Michigan
20. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 8-1 200 24 D. California (Pa.), 35-17 Nov. 9 at Seton Hill (Pa.)
21. Newberry (S.C.) 8-1 144 25 D. Brevard (N.C.), 28-21 Nov. 9 at No. 25t Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
22. Missouri Western St. 7-2 143 12 Lost to No. 14 Emporia St. (Kan.), 35-30 Nov. 9 at No. 15 Washburn (Kan.)
23. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-1 75 NR D. Central St. (Ohio), 41-10 Nov. 9 vs. Miles (Ala.)
24. North Alabama 6-2 66 NR D. No. 20 West Alabama, 30-27 OT Nov. 9 at Florida Tech
25t. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 7-2 36 16 Lost to No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 37-3 Nov. 9 vs. No. 21 Newberry (S.C.)
25t. Virginia St. 8-1 36 NR D. Chowan (N.C.), 28-0 Nov. 9 vs. Virginia Union
Dropped Out: West Texas A&M (15), West Alabama (20)

Others Receiving Votes: West Texas A&M, 32, Delta St. (Miss.), 30; Chadron St. (Neb.), 27; West Alabama, 9; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 8; Indiana (Pa.), 8; Stonehill (Mass.), 8; Tarleton St. (Texas), 8; American International (Mass.), 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 5; Ferris St. (Mich.), 3; Harding (Ark.), 1.

As a result of this past weekend's results, the PSAC still has three teams left in the top 25. West Chester moved up two rungs to #8, Slippery Rock moved up four slots to #20, and Bloomsburg dropped a precipitous 11 steps from #5 to #16. Another loss by Bloomsburg
--to #8 West Chester--this coming weekend will in all likelihood drop the Huskies out of the top 25 as well as the post season playoff picture. Slippery Rock should be OK with their playing winless Seton Hill. West Chester at home against Bloomsburg should wrap up the PSAC East against the reeling Huskies, who would seem to be suffering once again with a late season meltdown, which can only be countered with the Huskies miraculously acquiring the ability to stop a very solid passing game by the Golden Rams and WCU's equally efficient running game.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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NCAA Regional Rankings
November 4, 2013

Super Region 1 Super Region 2
Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. West Chester 9-0 9-0 1. Lenoir-Rhyne 7-1 8-1
2. Shepherd 8-0 8-0 2. Newberry 8-1 8-1
3. Winston-Salem 7-1 8-1 3. UNC Pembroke 6-1 7-1
4. Slippery Rock 8-1 8-1 4. North Alabama 6-1 6-2
5. Virginia State 8-1 8-1 5. Tuskegee 7-1 8-1
6. Bloomsburg 8-1 8-1 6. West Alabama 5-2 6-3
7. American International 7-2 7-2 7. Delta State 5-2 6-2
8. Shippensburg 6-3 6-3 8. Carson Newman 7-2 7-2
9. Stonehill 7-2 7-2 9. Miles 5-3 5-3
10. Urbana 6-2 6-3 10. Valdosta State 5-3 5-3

Super Region 3 Super Region 4
Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Northwest Missouri 9-0 9-0 1. CSU Pueblo 8-0 9-0
2. Minnesota State 9-0 9-0 2. Ohio Dominican 7-0 9-0
3. Minnesota Duluth 8-1 8-1 3. Saginaw Valley 8-1 8-1
4. St. Cloud 8-1 8-1 4. Midwestern State 6-1 7-1
5. Henderson State 9-0 9-0 5. Indianapolis 7-0 8-1
6. Pittsburg State 7-1 8-1 6. Grand Valley 7-2 7-2
7. Emporia State 8-0 8-0 7. Chadron State 7-2 7-2
8. Washburn 8-1 8-1 8. Tarleton State 5-2 6-2
9. Missouri Western 7-2 7-2 9. West Texas A&M 7-2 7-2
10. Harding 6-2 6-2 10. Ferris State 6-2 6-3


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D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
November 5, 2013

Team Record Last Week
1 Minnesota State 9-0 1
2 Northwest Missouri 9-0 2
3 CSU-Pueblo 9-0 3
4 Minnesota Duluth 8-1 4
5 Henderson State 9-0 5
6 Pittsburg State 8-1 7
7 Shepherd 8-0 9
8 Ohio Dominican 8-0 14
9 West Chester 9-0 15
10 Winston-Salem 8-1 12
11 Emporia State 8-0 19
12 Indianapolis 8-1 16
13 Midwestern State 7-1 17
14 Washburn 8-1 10
15 Slippery Rock 8-1 20
16 Bloomsburg 8-1 6
17 Saginaw Valley 8-1 23
18 Lenoir-Rhyne 8-1 21
19 St. Cloud 8-1 24
20 Missouri Western 8-1 13
21 West Texas A&M 7-2 8
22 UNC Pembroke 7-1 25
23 North Alabama 6-2 NR
24 Newberry 8-1 NR
25 Tuskegee 8-1 NR


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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There are three games involving two nationally ranked teams on Saturday. In the PSAC, #16 Bloomsburg vists #9 West Chester. I've already picked WCU to win this game. In the powerful MIAA, #20 Missouri Western plays at #14 Washburn. I think the Ichabods will win at home. #2 Northwest Missouri State travels to Emporia State to play the #11th ranked team in the country. I see the Bearcats winning this game and remaining undefeated. I will be at West Chester on Saturday to see the Golden Rams take on the Huskies of Bloomsburg in a game that will decide the winner of the PSAC East and who will play against--in all likelihood-- Slippery Rock in the PSAC overall championship game on Saturday, November 16. Incidentally, that game will be either at West Chester or Bloomsburg. The Division II playoffs will begin on Saturday, November 23. Hard to believe that the regular season is almost over. See you all Saturday evening after I get home from West Chester.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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Lets get this out of the way. In games involving two nationally ranked teams, #20 Missouri Western upended #14 Washburn 34-31, #16 Bloomsburg knocked off #9 West Chester 34-31 to win the PSAC East, and #2 Northwest Missouri State whipped #11 Emporia State 48-21. Husky picked only the NWMSU-Emporia game correctly out of the three. His record now sinks to 11-10 for such games.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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PSAC Results

Shippensburg 42 Cheyney 0
Kutztown 38 Lock Haven 17
East Stroudsburg 66 Millersville 7
Bloomsburg 31 West Chester 28

Edinboro 9 Clarion 7
IUP 55 Gannon 20
Mercyhurst 23 California 20
Slippery Rock 55 Seton Hill 21

Conclusions: Slippery Rock will now travel to Blooomsburg next weekend to play the Huskies for the over PSAC championship.
Bloomsburg will now in all likelihood make the post season playoffs; OR WILL THEY, if they lose to SRU? Why say that?
Slippery Rock should also make the Div II playoffs; OR WILL THEY if they lose to BU? Why do I say that?
SOMEBODY from the Northeast 10 will probably get "EARNED ACCESS". Hard to say why!!
Shepherd of the Mountain East Conference is in the Div II playoffs and might very well be the best team. Any team that
that can shut down Shippensburg the way they did--don't care if it was the first game of the season and Ship had a new
OC--must have an awesome defense.
Who knows what's coming out of the CIAA, as WSSU and Virginia State--both with only one loss-- meet next weekend for
the overall CIAA championship. The winner will be "in"!
Therefore, Bloomsburg and Slippery Rock have no guarantee they will make the playoffs at this point in
time. Whoever wins the "state game" will be in. The loser might well be out. I think it should be Slippery Rock,
Bloomsburg, West Chester, Winston Salem, Virginia State, and Shepherd. Still think Shepherd is the best team.
I think the Northeast 10 should be excluded this year. We'll see!! Husky picked 5 of 8 games correctly. He missed the
boat on the Bloomsburg-WCU game, the Mercyhurst-Cal game, and the Kutztown-Lock Haven game. His record is now
68- 23 for the PSAC season. Can't wait to see the regional rankings come Monday. The only team to get hurt is going
to be West Chester; but the Golden Rams should still be in the playoffs assuming they win next weekend at home against
Clarion, but probably won't secure a first round bye.
See you all tomorrow with more info.


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No. 16 Bloomsburg Hands No. 8 West Chester First Defeat To Clinch PSAC East Crown

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – For the second straight week, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division team lost its bid for a perfect season. This time around, the feeling was quite a bit better for the 16th-ranked Bloomsburg football team as the Huskies played the role of spoiler by handing No. 8 West Chester its first loss of the year, 31-28, while punching a ticket to the PSAC Championship Game in the process.

The Huskies' triumph in front of 7,849 fans at John A. Farrell Stadium forced a three-way tie atop the PSAC East standings along with Shippensburg – a tie that goes to Bloomsburg thanks to conference tiebreaker rules, allowing the Huskies to capture the Eastern Division title and a spot in next week's PSAC Championship Game. The Huskies will host the PSAC title contest at Redman Stadium next Saturday vs. Western Division champ Slippery Rock (9-1) at 12:30 p.m.

Bloomsburg advances to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the PSAC East while eighth-ranked West Chester falls to 9-1, 6-1.

It was another record-setting day for Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) as the senior running back eclipsed the PSAC record for overall touchdowns with a first half scoring run while also becoming just the third player in NCAA Division II history to reach 7,000 yards rushing. He finished the afternoon with 154 yards rushing and a score to reach 7,084 for his career, good for second place all-time. Quiteh also set a new career points record for the PSAC with 518. Both the overall touchdown and points marks previously were owned by former Husky Jamar Brittingham.

Senior place-kicker Danny Fisher (Liverpool/Central Dauphin) also broke the record for point after attempts made, reaching 181 for his career with four on Saturday.

Nine days after seeing their own hopes for a perfect season go by the boards on their home field in a loss to Shippensburg; the Huskies served the same treatment to West Chester. The Bloomsburg clicked on all cylinders on Saturday, getting back to what the Huskies have long done best – setting the tone of the contest through the running game. Bloomsburg rushed for 310 yards on the day while holding West Chester to 70 yards on the ground. As such, BU was able to dominate time of possession by holding the ball for 37:46 of game time. In all, the Huskies accumulated 572 yards of total offense and posted twice the amount of first downs (28-14).

Jonathan Patrick (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) delivered perhaps the biggest blow to West Chester's hopes for an undefeated season. The senior safety made the defensive play of the day late, picking off a Sean McCartney pass attempt and racing back 45 yards for a touchdown and a 31-14 lead with 7:59 to play.

The Golden Rams would not let their perfect season go easily, however. Just 21 seconds after Patrick's pick-six, West Chester made things interesting on a 71-yard strike from McCartney to Tim Keyser.

Bloomsburg's ability to convert on third downs and pin the Rams in the shadow of their own end zone when forced to punt proved the difference down the stretch as WCU attempted a furious comeback attempt. Following the Keyser touchdown, BU avoided turning the ball immediately back to the hosts by moving the chains on back-to-back third downs. First, a Kelly connection to Aaron Allison (Philadelphia/Frankford) moved the sticks on third-and-four and then a quarterback draw by Kelly picked up another new set of downs on third-and-five.

When forced to punt, freshman Will Wagner (Wernersville/Conrad Weiser) and the special teams unit did their jobs to perfection. Wagner placed the ball inside the Rams' 1-yard line on three consecutive punts late in the second half to help preserve the advantage.

Despite the Huskies' success on third down and on special teams, West Chester refused to go quietly. An eight-play, 80-yard drive over a minute and 35 seconds capped on another pass from McCartney, this time to Eddie Elliott, drew the Rams within three with 1:45 left to play.

With no other choice, West Chester attempted an on-side kick. Donovan Morris (Philadelphia/George Washington) made a leaping grab of the bouncing ball, handing the ball back to Bloomsburg and effectively ending the Rams' chances.

Bloomsburg moved the ball effectively from the outset, but had only a 28-yard field goal from Fisher to show for its efforts through the first quarter. Though the powerful West Chester offense was held silent through the opening period, the Golden Rams burst onto the scoreboard early in the second on a 51-yard catch and run by Eddie Elliott from Sean McCartney.

Quiteh put Bloomsburg in the end zone for the first time on a four-yard touchdown run for the 10-7 lead.

Some unexpected faces played major roles in the first half scoring of the Huskies. A career-long 50-yard reception by redshirt sophomore Trent Daniels (Harrisburg/Susquehanna Township) helped set up the initial touchdown drive. Later in the half, Joe Parsnik (Wilkes-Barre/Coughlin) broke off a career-best 62-yard sprint down the sidelines that would lead to a 6-yard touchdown run up the middle from fullback Matt Wenrich (Selinsgrove/Selinsgrove) and a 17-7 edge one play later.

West Chester closed to within three at halftime (17-14) following a 33-yard McCartney pass to Erick Brundidge.

Bloomsburg set the tone for the second half on the opening drive following intermission. The Huskies orchestrated a 10-play, 79-yard drive capped on a big play from their quarterback. Kelly faked a draw to Quiteh and found completely open field around the end for a 32-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to double digits. The score would remain 24-14 until Patrick's interception and run back.

Kelly put together an outstanding day, narrowly missing a career-high in passing yards by completing 16 of his 27 attempts for 262 yards. Glenn Hutton Jr. (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul VI) caught five passes for 100 yards and Tony Peregrin (Mayfield/Lakeland) also hauled in five catches for 52 yards.

Defensively, Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) made a career-high 16 tackles from his middle linebacker position, including seven solo stops. Chris Kennedy (Phoenixville/Archbishop Carroll), David McFadden (Allentown/Allentown Central Catholic) and Dylan Stair (Alpha, NJ/Phillipsburg) all had sacks with the Huskies' three nearly matching the five sacks West Chester had allowed in its previous nine games of the year.

Bloomsburg held West Chester's do-it-all tailback Rondell White to a modest day by his standards as White rushed for 88 yards on 21 carries and caught five balls for 44 yards. McCartney threw for 305 yards and four scores.

GAME NOTES: Because of playing in the PSAC Championship Game, next week's kickoff will be moved up to a 12:30 p.m. start rather than the originally scheduled 1 p.m. start time. It will be aired state-wide on PCN TV … Next week's PSAC Championship Game will be the first hosted by the Huskies at Redman Stadium since 1985, a game won by Bloomsburg over IUP … Quiteh joins Danny Woodhead of Chadron State (7,962) and Xavier Omon of Northwest Missouri State (7,073) with 7,000 yards rushing and moves into second all-time in Division II history … Bloomsburg surpassed 3,000 yards rushing as a team for the fifth time in school history and it now has 3,134 on the ground this season. The school record of 3,789 was set last year … Fisher moved into a tie for fifth all-time in D-II history with 56 career field goals … West Chester had entered the game ranked atop the last Super Region One standings while Bloomsburg was sixth … Slippery Rock sealed its spot in the "State Game" with a 55-21 win at Seton Hill Saturday … The Huskies won at Slippery Rock, 49-41, last season … Bloomsburg has won back-to-back games at West Chester for just the second time in school history … Saturday's game will be re-aired on Blue Ridge Cable on Sunday at 3 p.m.; Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ROOT Sports and Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.

Courtesy of Bloomsburg University sports Information.


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Football: Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Week

Franklyn Quiteh
Bloomsburg (Sr. /QB)
Tobyhanna, Pa. /Pocono Mountain West

Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh helped Bloomsburg upset No. 8 West Chester 31-28 and earn a spot in PSAC Championship Game by rushing 30 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. West Chester led 7-3 before Quiteh rushed for four yards and give the Huskies a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. He set the PSAC overall touchdown record, with his 86th touchdown, and became the third player in Division II history to reach 7,000 yards rushing, moving to second place all-time with 7,084 yards.
Football: Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Week

Justin Shirk
Bloomsburg (Jr. / LB)
Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin

Bloomsburg's Justin Shirk set a career-high 16 tackles in a 31-28 upset win over No. 8 West Chester. He played a key part of the Huskies' defensive effort that held West Chester to just 70 yards rushing. Shirk made seven solo tackles and recorded seven tackles during a crucial fourth quarter. With 98 stops on the year, Shirk also notched a tackle for loss of two yards against the Golden Rams.
Football: Western Division Offensive Athlete of the Week

Mike Box
IUP (Sr. / QB)
Lawrenceville, Ga. / Collins Hill

IUP's Mike Box led the Crimson Hawks to a 55-20 victory over Gannon. Box threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns. The senior completed 21-of-25 pass attempts against the Golden Knights. His 21 completions, 378 yards passing, and four touchdowns are all career highs for Box, and tieds him for fifth in program history in most passing yards in a single game. It was the first time since 2008 that an IUP quarterback has thrown for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. IUP finished the day with 658 yards of total offense, the most the Crimson Hawks have posted in a game this season.
Football: Western Division Defensive Athlete of the Week

Domenic Principale
Edinboro (So. / DE)
Clarence, N.Y. / Clarence

Edinboro's Domenic Principale charted a career-high 10 tackles to help Edinboro hold Clarion to just 237 yards of offense in a 9-7 victory. The sophomore defensive end recorded a pair of sacks for a loss of nine yards and finished the day with 4.5 tackles for loss of 14 yards.


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PSAC Video--Week 10

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Northwest ensures at least share of MIAA Title

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:03 pm | Updated: 11:03 pm, Sat Nov 9, 2013.
By CHRIS SCHOONOVER Special to the News-Press | 0 comments
EMPORIA, Kan. — For the first time since 2010, Northwest Missouri State clinched a share of the MIAA Conference title.
The Bearcats needed a 48-21 victory Saturday against previously unbeaten Emporia State at Welch Stadium to make that official with one week to go. Now, Northwest enters the regular-season finale with a chance to win the league outright, and the final hurdle just so happens to come in the form of rival Missouri Western, which hosts the matchup at Spratt Stadium.
“Our focus is going to be to win out, have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the game just happens to be against Missouri Western,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “The focus we will take is to keep the goals on our goal board alive and to control our own destiny.”
To beat Emporia State, Northwest needed one of its better efforts in a battle of top-10 teams.
The Bearcats’ opening drive ended on a failed fourth-and-goal try from the 2-yard line, and after taking an initial touchdown lead, Emporia still only trailed 6-0 after a failed extra point.
Zach Maloley’s partial block of a Hornets punt set up a short field, and quarterback Trevor Adams needed only two plays to navigate the 19-yard field, hitting Rueben Thomas for an 18-yard gain before sneaking the ball in himself on the next snap.
The missed extra point allowed Emporia State (8-1, 8-1 MIAA) to become just the third team to lead against the Bearcats this year.
Sophomore quarterback Brent Wilson’s 45-yard touchdown completion to Kavaski Ervin — his third TD catch in two weeks — gave the Hornets a 7-6 lead. The advantage wouldn’t last long and proved to be their last with Northwest’s running game (165 yards) and the typically efficient passing game continued to sustain long drives.
“The difference was how we started running the ball,” Adams said. “Those safeties started coming up and started doing things differently, and we were able to take advantage over the top a few times.”
A clock-eating 7-minute drive gave Northwest the lead back for good midway through the second quarter, capped with the first of Adams’ five touchdown passes.
Emporia State’s ensuing drive reached into Bearcats’ territory but ended with a short punt. Three plays later, Adams found junior wide receiver Bryce Young on a crossing route, and the Chillicothe, Mo., product went 74 yards for a score to increase Northwest’s lead to 20-7, which wound up being the score at halftime.
“Our offensive line does an awesome job every week and really it’s those guys at receiver and running back making my job easier,” said Adams, who finished 24-for-35 for 291 yards. “We have a lot of talent on the outside so it really gives me confidence and helps me a lot.”
Northwest’s defense made sure the Hornets were never closer than 13 the rest of the way
After a Matt Longacre sack forced the Hornets offense into a third-and-19, junior linebacker DJ Gnader picked off Wilson to set up a 6-yard touchdown reception for running back Robert Burton III on the Bearcats’ first possession of the second half.
Longacre recorded a sack and a tackle for loss on consecutive plays to force a three-and-out on Emporia State’s final possession of the third quarter.
After a punt on the first play of the fourth quarter, Northwest went 45 yards on six plays, andJason Jozaites ended the short march with a 21-yard TD catch — his second of the game to all but seal the win.
Northwest tallied seven sacks overall — 5½ between Longacre and Collin Bevins — against the upstart MIAA contenders. Emporia State beat Missouri Western last week to stay in the hunt but couldn’t knock off league powers in back-to-back weeks, and Northwest reascended to its frequent spot alone at the top of the standings.
“This is awesome, and they’re a great team. We talked about it all week,” Longacre said. “To be able to bring something back to Maryville that hasn’t been there since I was a true freshman. It’s a huge honor to be part of this and hang out with all these guys.”

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PSAC Schedule for November 16

11/16/2013 12:00 PM Seton Hill Cheyney Cheyney, PA Live Stats Details
11/16/2013 1:00 PM IUP Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
11/16/2013 1:00 PM Clarion West Chester West Chester, PA Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/16/2013 1:00 PM Gannon Lock Haven Lock Haven, Pa. Live Stats Live Audio Details
11/16/2013 1:05 PM Mercyhurst East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
11/16/2013 1:05 p.m. Edinboro Kutztown Kutztown, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
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Husky's Picks

Cheyney gets a win over Seton Hill, Shippensburg led by QB Zulli gets some revenge for last year's defeat in the PSAC championship game, West Chester gets win #10 over Clarion and stays in the hunt for a post-season berth, Gannon has too much scoring power for LHU, East Stroudsburg gets the win, but it won't be one-sided like the past two weeks, I'm guessing, but I think Kutztown comes up with a good season-ending performance, California brings more woe to Millersville, and in the big one Bloomsburg at home will be outscored by "The Rock" and the PSAC crown goes to the West for the second year in a row.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:07 pm 
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II PollSix Teams Lose in Top 25 Causing Shakeup in Division II AFCA Poll

Six Top 25 teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the poll from No. 7 on down. Bloomburg (Pa.) moves up to No. 12 after a win over then-ranked No. 8 West Chester (Pa.). Emporia State (Kan.) drops six spots to No. 16 after a loss to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State. Missouri Western State moves up to No. 19 after a win over then-No. 15 Washburn (Kan.) and Midwestern State (Texas) drops 12 spots after a loss to Eastern New Mexico.

There are five Top 25 match-ups this weekend. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St. will take on No. 19 Missouri Western State No. 9 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and No. 22 Virginia State will compete for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championshipm, while No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.) and No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.) will compete for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. No. 16 Emporia State versus No. 23 Washburn and No. 24 Midwestern State (Texas) versus No. 25 West Texas A&M round out the last two Top 25 games.

Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 21 first-place votes, but lost one first-place vote to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, who has 10 this week. Colorado State-Pueblo, Henderson State (Ark.) and Minnesota-Duluth round out the top five.

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 11, 2013

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Nine Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (21) 10-0 787 1 D. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 52-17 Nov. 16 at Upper Iowa
2. Northwest Missouri St. (10) 10-0 777 2 D. No. 10 Emporia St. (Kan.), 48-21 Nov. 16 at No. 19 Missouri Western St.
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 10-0 734 3 D. New Mexico Highlands, 47-21 Nov. 16 vs. Western St. (Colo.)
4. Henderson St. (Ark.) 10-0 696 4 D. Southern Arkansas, 66-24 Nov. 16 at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
5. Minnesota-Duluth 9-1 653 5 D. Mary (N.D.), 32-14 Nov. 16 at Northern St. (S.D.)
6. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 9-1 621 6 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 41-6 Nov. 16 vs. Missouri Southern St.
7. Shepherd (W.Va.) 9-0 619 7 D. West Virginia St., 47-0 Nov. 16 at Concord (W.Va.)
8. Ohio Dominican 9-0 587 9 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 62-21 Nov. 16 at Malone (Ohio)
9. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 9-1 540 11 D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 28-14 Nov. 16 vs. No. 22 Virginia St.
10. North Carolina-Pembroke 8-1 466 14 D. Valdosta St. (Ga.), 34-29 Nov. 16 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
11. Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-1 454 13 D. Quincy (Ill.), 33-7 Nov. 16 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-1 401 16 D. No. 8 West Chester (Pa.), 31-28 Nov. 16 vs. No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
13. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 9-1 372 17 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 38-14 Nov. 16 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
14. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 9-1 367 18 D. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.), 62-24 Nov. 16 at Catawba (N.C.)
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 9-1 335 19 D. Northern Michigan, 52-17 Nov. 16 at Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
16. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-1 319 10 Lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri St., 48-21 Nov. 16 vs. No. 23 Washburn (Kan.)
17. West Chester (Pa.) 9-1 304 8 Lost to No. 16 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 31-28 Nov. 16 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
18. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 9-1 286 20 D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 55-21 Nov. 16 at No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
19. Missouri Western St. 8-2 221 22 D. No. 15 Washburn (Kan.), 34-31 Nov. 16 vs. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St.
20. North Alabama 7-2 170 24 D. Florida Tech, 55-28 Nov. 16 at Tarleton St. (Texas)
21. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 8-2 159 25t D. No. 21 Newberry (S.C.), 52-31 Nov. 16 at Wingate (N.C.)
22. Virginia St. 9-1 98 25t D. Virginia Union, 46-3 Nov. 16 vs. No. 9 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)
23. Washburn (Kan.) 8-2 96 15 Lost to No. 22 Missouri Western St., 34-31 Nov. 16 at No. 16 Emporia St. (Kan.)
24. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-2 94 12 Lost to Eastern New Mexico, 40-21 Nov. 16 vs. No. 25 West Texas A&M
25. West Texas A&M 8-2 58 NR D. West Georgia, 63-23 Nov. 16 vs. No. 24 Midwestern St. (Texas)
Dropped Out: Newberry (S.C.) (21), Tuskegee (Ala.) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Delta St. (Miss.), 44; Indiana (Pa.), 32; Chadron St. (Neb.), 25; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 17; Newberry (S.C.), 15; West Alabama, 13; American International (Mass.), 12; Tarleton St. (Texas), 9; Tuskegee (Ala.), 5; Harding (Ark.), 4; Stonehill (Mass.), 4; Colorado Mines, 2; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 2; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 2.


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AFCA Division II Football Poll--November 11

Six Top 25 teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the poll from No. 7 on down. Bloomburg (Pa.) moves up to No. 12 after a win over then-ranked No. 8 West Chester (Pa.). Emporia State (Kan.) drops six spots to No. 16 after a loss to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State. Missouri Western State moves up to No. 19 after a win over then-No. 15 Washburn (Kan.) and Midwestern State (Texas) drops 12 spots after a loss to Eastern New Mexico.

There are five Top 25 match-ups this weekend. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St. will take on No. 19 Missouri Western State No. 9 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and No. 22 Virginia State will compete for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championshipm, while No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.) and No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.) will compete for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. No. 16 Emporia State versus No. 23 Washburn and No. 24 Midwestern State (Texas) versus No. 25 West Texas A&M round out the last two Top 25 games.

Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 21 first-place votes, but lost one first-place vote to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, who has 10 this week. Colorado State-Pueblo, Henderson State (Ark.) and Minnesota-Duluth round out the top five.

2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – November 11, 2013

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Nine Next Game
1. Minnesota St.-Mankato (21) 10-0 787 1 D. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 52-17 Nov. 16 at Upper Iowa
2. Northwest Missouri St. (10) 10-0 777 2 D. No. 10 Emporia St. (Kan.), 48-21 Nov. 16 at No. 19 Missouri Western St.
3. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 10-0 734 3 D. New Mexico Highlands, 47-21 Nov. 16 vs. Western St. (Colo.)
4. Henderson St. (Ark.) 10-0 696 4 D. Southern Arkansas, 66-24 Nov. 16 at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
5. Minnesota-Duluth 9-1 653 5 D. Mary (N.D.), 32-14 Nov. 16 at Northern St. (S.D.)
6. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 9-1 621 6 D. Lindenwood (Mo.), 41-6 Nov. 16 vs. Missouri Southern St.
7. Shepherd (W.Va.) 9-0 619 7 D. West Virginia St., 47-0 Nov. 16 at Concord (W.Va.)
8. Ohio Dominican 9-0 587 9 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 62-21 Nov. 16 at Malone (Ohio)
9. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 9-1 540 11 D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 28-14 Nov. 16 vs. No. 22 Virginia St.
10. North Carolina-Pembroke 8-1 466 14 D. Valdosta St. (Ga.), 34-29 Nov. 16 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
11. Indianapolis (Ind.) 9-1 454 13 D. Quincy (Ill.), 33-7 Nov. 16 vs. Truman St. (Mo.)
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 9-1 401 16 D. No. 8 West Chester (Pa.), 31-28 Nov. 16 vs. No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
13. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 9-1 372 17 D. Minot St. (N.D.), 38-14 Nov. 16 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
14. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 9-1 367 18 D. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.), 62-24 Nov. 16 at Catawba (N.C.)
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 9-1 335 19 D. Northern Michigan, 52-17 Nov. 16 at Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
16. Emporia St. (Kan.) 8-1 319 10 Lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri St., 48-21 Nov. 16 vs. No. 23 Washburn (Kan.)
17. West Chester (Pa.) 9-1 304 8 Lost to No. 16 Bloomsburg (Pa.), 31-28 Nov. 16 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
18. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 9-1 286 20 D. Seton Hill (Pa.), 55-21 Nov. 16 at No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
19. Missouri Western St. 8-2 221 22 D. No. 15 Washburn (Kan.), 34-31 Nov. 16 vs. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St.
20. North Alabama 7-2 170 24 D. Florida Tech, 55-28 Nov. 16 at Tarleton St. (Texas)
21. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 8-2 159 25t D. No. 21 Newberry (S.C.), 52-31 Nov. 16 at Wingate (N.C.)
22. Virginia St. 9-1 98 25t D. Virginia Union, 46-3 Nov. 16 vs. No. 9 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)
23. Washburn (Kan.) 8-2 96 15 Lost to No. 22 Missouri Western St., 34-31 Nov. 16 at No. 16 Emporia St. (Kan.)
24. Midwestern St. (Texas) 7-2 94 12 Lost to Eastern New Mexico, 40-21 Nov. 16 vs. No. 25 West Texas A&M
25. West Texas A&M 8-2 58 NR D. West Georgia, 63-23 Nov. 16 vs. No. 24 Midwestern St. (Texas)
Dropped Out: Newberry (S.C.) (21), Tuskegee (Ala.) (23)

Others Receiving Votes: Delta St. (Miss.), 44; Indiana (Pa.), 32; Chadron St. (Neb.), 25; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 17; Newberry (S.C.), 15; West Alabama, 13; American International (Mass.), 12; Tarleton St. (Texas), 9; Tuskegee (Ala.), 5; Harding (Ark.), 4; Stonehill (Mass.), 4; Colorado Mines, 2; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 2; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 2.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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Thanks to Chuck Bitner I have the following

Super Region I Rankings for November 11:

SUPER REGION ONE
1 Shepherd 9-0 9-0
2 Winston-Salem 8-1 9-1
3 Bloomsburg 9-1 9-1
4 West Chester 9-1 9-1
5 Slippery Rock 9-1 9-1
6 Virginia State 9-1 9-1
7 American International 8-2 8-2
8 Stonehill 8-2 8-2
9 Concord 8-2 8-2
10 Indiana (Pa.) 8-2 8-2

IF one is logical and sensible, there is no way Stonehill or AIU bump either Bloomsburg or Slippery Rock or West Chester or WSSU or Virginia State out of the playoffs. It should be Shepherd as #1. Bloomsburg, Slippery Rock, West Chester, Winston-Salem, and Virginia State all deserve one of the five remaining slots. In what seeding order remains to be seen. It depends upon who wins the Bloom/SRU game and the WSSU/Virginia State game; and, of course, if West Chester beats Clarion and most think they will. Should WCU be upset by the Golden Eagles, then I could see WCU's getting bumped by a Northeast 10 team.


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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There are five Top 25 match-ups this weekend. No. 2 Northwest Missouri St. will take on No. 19 Missouri Western State No. 9 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and No. 22 Virginia State will compete for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship, while No. 12 Bloomsburg (Pa.) and No. 18 Slippery Rock (Pa.) will compete for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. No. 16 Emporia State versus No. 23 Washburn and No. 24 Midwestern State (Texas) versus No. 25 West Texas A&M round out the last two Top 25 games.

Now that is a line-up of BIG games. I see the proficient Bearcats of NWMSU defeating Missouri Western, Winston-Salem maintains it supremacy in the CIAA by winning over Virginia State, Slippery Rock outscores Bloomsburg by a whisker in the PSAC championship game; however, winning a big game up on top of "college hill" at Bloom is at best "iffy" as I have seen many a favored team come into Bloom and get whipped, Emporia State's magical season resumes after losing to NWMSU, and Midwestern State defeats the very enigmatic WTAMU--the latter team I just don't understand. I am now 11-10 with games involving two nationally ranked teams. I need a good weekend to surpasse the .500 mark. In spite of my research, these games are tough to pick. It's going to be a long wait this week for many of us in anticipation of the climax of an very interesting season. Just think! The best is yet to come in the Div II playoffs, but there are laurels to be gathered all along the way. Before you despair of your favorite team, just think of what they have already accomplished this season and be glad they are where they are. Therefore, I say: "Hail the Huskies!" and I offer the greatest respect to Slippery Rock, West Chester, and all other PSAC teams. Incidentally, people are talking about snow in PA. It must almost be playoff time! :D Ciao


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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NCAA Regional Rankings
November 11, 2013

Super Region 1 Super Region 2
Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Shepherd 9-0 9-0 1. Lenoir-Rhyne 8-1 9-1
2. Winston-Salem 8-1 9-1 2. UNC Pembroke 7-1 8-1
3. Bloomsburg 9-1 9-1 3. North Alabama 7-1 7-2
4. West Chester 9-1 9-1 4. Carson Newman 8-2 8-2
5. Slippery Rock 9-1 9-1 5. Newberry 8-2 8-2
6. Virginia State 9-1 9-1 6. West Alabama 6-2 7-3
7. American International 8-2 8-2 7. Tuskegee 7-2 8-2
8. Stonehill 8-2 8-2 8. Delta State 5-2 7-2
9. Concord 8-2 8-2 9. Miles 6-3 6-3
10. IUP 8-2 8-2 10. Lane 5-3 6-4

Super Region 3 Super Region 4
Team D2 Overall Team D2 Overall
1. Northwest Missouri 10-0 10-0 1. CSU Pueblo 9-0 10-0
2. Minnesota State 10-0 10-0 2. Ohio Dominican 8-0 9-0
3. Henderson State 10-0 10-0 3. Saginaw Valley 9-1 9-1
4. Minnesota Duluth 9-1 9-1 4. Indianapolis 8-0 9-1
5. Pittsburg State 8-1 9-1 5. Grand Valley 8-2 8-2
6. Emporia State 8-1 8-1 6. Tarleton State 6-2 7-2
7. St. Cloud 9-1 9-1 7. West Texas A&M 8-2 8-2
8. Missouri Western 8-2 8-2 8. Chadron State 8-2 8-2
9. Washburn 8-2 8-2 9. Midwestern State 6-2 7-2
10. Harding 7-2 7-2 10. Ferris State 7-2 7-3


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D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
November 12, 2013

Team Record Last Week
1 Minnesota State 10-0 1
2 Northwest Missouri 10-0 2
3 CSU-Pueblo 10-0 3
4 Minnesota Duluth 9-1 4
5 Henderson State 10-0 5
6 Pittsburg State 9-1 6
7 Shepherd 9-0 7
8 Ohio Dominican 9-0 8
9 Winston-Salem 9-1 10
10 Indianapolis 9-1 12
11 Saginaw Valley 9-1 17
12 Slippery Rock 9-1 15
13 Bloomsburg 9-1 16
14 Lenoir-Rhyne 9-1 18
15 St. Cloud 9-1 19
16 Emporia State 8-1 11
17 UNC Pembroke 8-1 22
18 Missouri Western 8-2 20
19 West Chester 9-1 9
20 West Texas A&M 8-2 21
21 North Alabama 7-2 23
22 Washburn 8-2 14
23 Midwestern State 7-2 13
24 Carson-Newman 8-2 NR
25 Tarleton State 7-2 25



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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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There's lots of chatter out there as to who will make the Div II playoffs in Super Region I. All it tells me is that Shepherd is probably the only team assured of being selected to make the playoffs. All the other teams are at the mercy of the very often whimsical, convoluted decision making of the selection committee. Two days to the fateful Saturday, on which conference championships and playoff berths are at stake. It WILL be an interesting Saturday. Playoff selections for Div II will be announced on Sunday on one of the ESPN channels. Hope to find out which one and the time.


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It's do or die for GVSU football
By BRYCE DEROUIN Published 19 hours ago
GV's season is on the line in the Battle of the Valley's

For the Grand Valley State University football team, it’s simple. Win, and you’re in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Lose, and your season is over.

If GVSU (8-2, 6-2 GLIAC) is going to make the postseason, they’ll have to earn it by defeating its rivals, Saginaw Valley State University (9-1, 9-0 GLIAC), who locked up the GLIAC North title, and enters this week’s game with the No. 3 ranking in the Super Region Four. GVSU sits at No. 5 in the region.

“Based on looking at the thing on paper, the emotion heading into the game, what’s at stake, and everything that’s involved, it’s gonna be a great game,” GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell said. “This is one of the reasons why I think you sign a letter of intent to play at a place like Grand Valley, because you’re involved in these types of ballgames.”

Unlike 2012, the 2013 Lakers have been consistently strong on the defensive side of the ball. GVSU leads the GLIAC in yards against per game (349.2), passing yards allowed per game (176.4), and is first in the GLIAC North in points allowed (23.8).

But on Saturday, GVSU will face the most explosive offense in the GLIAC. The Cardinals average the most points per game in the conference (41.2).

“Our defense is going to be under some serious duress on Saturday because of all the playmakers that they have on the offensive side of the ball at every position,” Mitchell said.

One of those playmakers is SVSU senior quarterback Jonathon Jennings. Jennings has completed 68 percent of his passes on the year for 2,978 yards and 30 touchdowns.

“I think the things that jump off the tape at you… He’s got an incredibly strong arm,” Mitchell said. “The ball is not in the air very long. As a result, you don’t have as much time to react in the secondary. He’s accurate too. There are some really tight windows that he puts it in, with not a lot of reaction time by the secondary.”

In addition to his arm, Jennings is also a threat with his legs. He has nine rushing touchdowns on the year, and exhibits a strong pocket presence.

“He can also beat you with his feet,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s something that’s probably undervalued in his game. The first guy, a lot of time that gets back there, doesn’t get him down. It’s hard to get pressure on him because he is elusive and he extends plays and they’re not afraid to run him.”

Jennings’ favorite target is senior wide receiver Jeff Janis, who leads the GLIAC with 14 touchdown receptions and 1,149 yards receiving on 68 catches.

Senior cornerback Reggie Williams and senior safety Erik Thompson will be tasked with slowing down the SVSU passing game. Williams and Thompson are tied for second in the GLIAC with four interceptions.

“They’re good, no doubt,” senior GVSU cornerback Reggie Williams said. “They throw a lot of good balls and make a lot of good catches, but we got some good guys on the defense too. We’re not gonna back down from anything. We’re gonna come in, we’re gonna play aggressive, and we’re just gonna get after it. When it comes down to those types of offenses, you have to get pressure on the quarterback and you gotta make plays when you get the opportunity.”

GVSU is undefeated at Lubbers Stadium this year, going 6-0 on its way to outscoring its opponents 39.8 to 15 in the six games. But on Saturday at 1 p.m., the stakes won’t be higher.

“It’s a big game. Win or go home, pretty much for us,” senior center Matt Armstrong said. “Obviously not making the playoff the last few years, this game is one of the most important games in awhile. We just got to be ready and try to play to the best of our ability.”

From the Grand Valley State Lanthorn


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