Great Lakes

November 17, 2015
Mount Union can play defense, too
The Purple Raiders are known for putting up points, but their dominant defense might be the team's most impressive unit. Led by a tight-knit group of seniors, Mount Union's defense is ready for another long postseason run. More in Around the Great Lakes.

November 10, 2015
CWRU, CMU glad to be back in the PAC
After a long absence, Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon have both found success in their second season after returning to PAC play. Each team is led by a sophomore stud as the programs gear up for the 30th Academic Bowl this Saturday.

November 3, 2015
Howell climbing the charts
John Carroll had to replace many pieces from last year's potent offense. Junior receiver Marshall Howell was the key returning piece and he has embraced his bigger role this season. Not just another weapon, he is now one of the Blue Streaks' leaders. More in Around the Great Lakes.

October 27, 2015
Balance is paying off for DePauw
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 start thanks to a balanced offense. Quarterback Matt Hunt leads the way with his arm and his legs, and has enjoyed a familiar receiving target in his younger brother, Andy. More in Around the Great Lakes.

October 19, 2015
Albion is in a hurry
The Britons waste no time matriculating the ball down the field. Quarterback Dominic Bona is setting records thanks to a quick pace and plethora of weapons around him. Most importantly, the Britons are undefeated through six games.

October 12, 2015
Enemies for a day
Regis Scafe and Dr. Ron Dolciato know each other well. The close friends and former John Carroll coaches will meet for the first time as opposing head coaches when Thomas More travels to St. Vincent on Saturday.

October 6, 2015
Catch him if you can
The reigning NCAC Offensive Player of the Year has the hands to be a great weapon. It's what he does after he catches the ball that makes him nearly unstoppable. Once the ball is in his hands, Denison's Dushawn Brown puts the hammer down.

September 29, 2015
More and more Thomas More fireworks
If this were a video game, Thomas More's opponents would have thrown their controller down and stormed out of the room by the middle of the third quarter. The Saints have obliterated offensive records through four games, but face by far their biggest test yet this Saturday.

September 21, 2015
Trading Places: Mount Union’s Taurice Scott makes successful transition back to QB
After catching passes from Kevin Burke out of the slot last year, Taurice Scott is back where he feels most comfortable. So far, it looks like the senior never spent a season away from the quarterback position.

September 15, 2015
Unbalanced schedule balances out in PAC
The addition of Carnegie Mellon and Case Western led to some scheduling quirks in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. The PAC commissioner explains how the league can benefit from Week 2's four "non-conference" conference matchups.

September 8, 2015
‘I think he is one of a kind’
John Pyles has a focus few college students – or people any age – possess. He's lost his father, seen his brothers battle addiction and cared for his younger brother and a niece, all while playing football and running track.

September 1, 2015
10 games to watch for 2015
All the hype has been great for the start of NCAA Division III football, but it’s time to kick off the regular season. And, if you’re like me, you can’t wait. Checking out the schedules, I’d like to pinpoint some interesting matchups this fall.

November 19, 2014
Smooth sailing for Ruffing
Ryan Ruffing was W&J's backup running back his first two seasons, but as a junior, he's rolled up more than 1,500 yards to help lead the Presidents back to the playoffs.

November 11, 2014
He's come a long way
An injury early in his career nearly cost him more than just a season of football, but Evan Killilea recovered and has come on strong to lead Wittenberg's defense.

November 4, 2014
'Out of my comfort zone'
Alana Gaither never planned to play football. She played on an all-boys soccer team as a child and her first love was always soccer, that is until the high school team at Akron Firestone needed a kicker.

Joe Sager

Joe Sager is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh. He has written about sports since 1996 for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites. He first covered D-III football in 2000 with the New Castle (Pa.) News.

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Previous Columns

November 17, 2015
Mount Union can play defense, too
The Purple Raiders are known for putting up points, but their dominant defense might be the team's...
November 10, 2015
CWRU, CMU glad to be back in the PAC
After a long absence, Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon have both found success in their...
November 3, 2015
Howell climbing the charts
John Carroll had to replace many pieces from last year's potent offense. Junior receiver Marshall...
October 27, 2015
Balance is paying off for DePauw
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 start thanks to a balanced offense. Quarterback Matt Hunt leads the...
October 19, 2015
Albion is in a hurry
The Britons waste no time matriculating the ball down the field. Quarterback Dominic Bona is setting...
October 12, 2015
Enemies for a day
Regis Scafe and Dr. Ron Dolciato know each other well. The close friends and former John Carroll...
October 6, 2015
Catch him if you can
The reigning NCAC Offensive Player of the Year has the hands to be a great weapon. It's what he does...
September 29, 2015
More and more Thomas More fireworks
If this were a video game, Thomas More's opponents would have thrown their controller down and...
September 21, 2015
Trading Places: Mount Union’s Taurice Scott makes successful transition back to QB
After catching passes from Kevin Burke out of the slot last year, Taurice Scott is back where he...
September 15, 2015
Unbalanced schedule balances out in PAC
The addition of Carnegie Mellon and Case Western led to some scheduling quirks in the Presidents'...
September 8, 2015
‘I think he is one of a kind’
John Pyles has a focus few college students – or people any age – possess. He's lost his...
September 1, 2015
10 games to watch for 2015
All the hype has been great for the start of NCAA Division III football, but it’s time to kick...
November 19, 2014
Smooth sailing for Ruffing
Ryan Ruffing was W&J's backup running back his first two seasons, but as a junior, he's rolled...
November 11, 2014
He's come a long way
An injury early in his career nearly cost him more than just a season of football, but Evan Killilea...
November 4, 2014
'Out of my comfort zone'
Alana Gaither never planned to play football. She played on an all-boys soccer team as a child and...
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