September 18, 2010

No. 3 Wesley Readies for No. 8 Delaware Valley

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No. 8 Delaware Valley at No. 3 Wesley

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The Series - Wesley has won two of three since the schools re-established the series three years ago, including last year's matchup in Doylestown, 31-13.  Ellis Krout scored two touchdowns in the game, while the defense forced five turnovers (4 fumbles.)

Scouting the Aggies - Delaware Valley enters the game at 2-0 after an impressive 27-0 win over No. 20 Washington & Jefferson last weekend.

The Coach:  Jim Clements is 33-13 with a pair of MAC Championships in four years as head coach.  He also led last year's team into the second round of the NCAAs with a 10-2 record on the year.

The Offense:  Running back Matt Cook is in his fourth year as a starter for the Aggies and has 190 yards in two games this year and two touchdowns and added a third score receiving.  Delaware Valley has a new starting quarterback this year in Mark Hatty, who has a 136.9 efficiency with 378 yards and three scores against just one pick while completing over 66 percent of his passes.  He was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week after the W&J victory. Dan Heiland leads the team with both nine receptions and 99 yards.  Joe Gionfriddo has just four catches, but two have gone for TDs. 

The Defense:  Preseason All-American outside linebacker Kyle Gesswein is second on the team with 13 tackles, including 2.5 sacks.  Ken Fowlkesleads the squad with 14 stops from one of the inside spots on the teams 3-4 alignment.  The defensive line of ends Mike Jaskowski and Garrett Wootersand nose tackle Amadeus Hall has combined for seven sacks in two games, including a team best three by Jaskowski.  Corner Troy Green has the team's only interception this season, while safety Ryan McCullough has forced a pair of fumbles.  The unit has been up to any challenge thrown at it thus far allowing just 3.5 points per game and only 135.5 yards of total offense to its opponents.

Wesley Offense:

Quarterbacks:  Senior Shane McSweeny, the reigning ECAC Southwest and ACFC Player of the Year, was lost for the year on the second play of the season with a knee injury and will receive a medical hardship…No returning quarterback had more rushing yards last year and his 36 passing TDs were the second most among returners… Junior Justin Sottilare served as the backup last year and has assumed the starting role in McSweeny's absence…He finished with 267 yards and three touchdowns against CNU and added 254 and four TDs against Frostburg State last week…He made his first career start against Lake Erie, throwing a pair of scores and leading Wesley to a win…Sophomore Chris Cummings has moved up the depth chart and is 1-for-2 passing in limited action.

Running Backs:  Sophomore Brandon Wright has emerged as the starter this season and already has 218 yards this season after rushing for just 225 last year…Wright needed just 12 carries against Frostburg St. in week two to produce his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns…He had three touchdowns in week one's win over Christopher Newport to earn ACFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in his first career start…So far this year, Wright averages 8.4 yards per carry and 23.3 yards per catch…The Wolverines have used a stable of backs when Wright is not in the game….Freshmen Askia JahadBrandon LeGrand, and Eugene Byrd have all seen time, as has sophomore B.J. Marshall…At fullback, Hassan Alstonis the starter, splitting time with sophomore David Gorski…Gorski played linebacker as a freshman before moving to offense this season.

Receivers:  Senior Ellis Krout is back after catching 20 touchdowns, a school and ACFC record, in his first year with the Wolverines…Krout has added three more this year for 23 career TD catches, tied for seventh all-time at Wesley…He led the Wolverines with five catches for 87 yards and two scores in week two at Frostburg State and caught a TD against Christopher Newport as well…In his first year as a starter, senior Leonard Stevenson is second on the team with seven receptions for a team-high 132 yards…Senior Gene Knight scored last week on a 36-yard pass on play action against the Bobcats in week two…His 11 catches in last year's NCAA Second Round win over Mississippi College tied an 18-year old school record.

Tight Ends:  Senior Preseason All-American Sean McAndrew has shown a nose for the end zone in his career.  Dating back to last year, he has 10 touchdowns in his last nine games and now has 14 among his 52 career receptions (27 percent)…This year, he has caught one touchdown in each game…The big tight end doubles as a forward on the Wolverine basketball team, has been a good source of big plays in his three seasons on the gridiron…He has averaged over 17 yards per catch during his career…Tambua Bradford, an excellent blocker, will be the backup after catching one pass in 2009…Fellow reserve Travis Douglas caught his first career pass against Frostburg State in week two.

Wesley Defense:

Wesley's defense has been among the nation's best so far in 2010…The unit is third in Division III with 124 yards allowed per game and fifth in scoring defense at 3.0 points per game…The aggressive unit is fifth in tackles for loss (11.00/game) and eighth in sacks (4.50/game)...The key so far has been balance as Wesley is 13th in Division III against the pass (71.50 yards/game) and 14th against the run (52.50 yards/game).

Defensive Line:  Junior Chris Mayes, the reigning D3football.com South Region Defensive Player of the Year, has 3.5 sacks already this year and 4.5 tackles for loss...He now has 19 career sacks, good for a tie for ninth in the Wesley career leaders…Last year, Mayes was second in Division III with 2.34 tackles for a loss per game and totaled 34.5 for the season, a school and conference record….The explosive Mayes sacked opposing quarterbacks 13 times…Dating back to last year, he has 20.5 tackles for loss in the last seven games and at least one stop in the backfield in every game…Senior Jeff Dorsey has 2.5 sacks already from the other end position and 4.0 TFL…He has a sack in each game this season and had 3.0 TFL in the opener against Christopher Newport… Defensive tackle Paul Gilstrop led the team in tackles in week two against Frostburg State with eight…Senior Eric Adams had six tackles in the opener against Christopher Newport from the other tackle spot.

Linebackers:  Junior captain Mike Asiedu and senior Quran Barge are tied for the team lead with 14 tackles apiece…Asiedu, the weakside linebacker, was particularly dangerous against Frostburg State, with seven tackles, three for loss and three pass breakups, earning ACFC Player of the Week honors…Barge had 10 tackles in the season opener …He transferred to Wesley from Lindenwood (NAIA) where he started at linebacker   and is a former University of Missouri player…Senior Jeff Morgan has a pair of sacks from the strong side this year, one in each contest…He tallied nine stops against Christopher Newport in the opener…Last year, he harassed offenses with 8.5 sacks and 13.5 TFL…Freshman Byron Eaton recovered a fumble against Frostburg State and also made a tackle for loss.

Defensive Backs:  Senior All-American Aaron Benson has seven tackles, half a sack, an interception and a blocked kick so far in 2010…Last year he collected seven interceptions and 61 tackles as a junior…Benson was honored on every Preseason All-American team after earning second team honors last season…His seven picks tied the school's single season record and his 208 return yards set a new benchmark at Wesley…With one pick so far in 2010, he is tied for eighth in the Wesley record book with 10 picks…Senior Marcus Wilson moved to corner this season after playing safety the last two years…SeniorDakevis Howard missed the opener due to injury after a season with three picks and 10 passes defended to go along with 46 tackles…Corner Reggie Millner has five tackles after starting every game a year ago…Safety Justin Strickland made half a tackle for loss and blocked a kick against Frostburg State…Junior Sean Scanlon, a transfer from the University of Delaware, played in the secondary for the Blue Hens in 2008 and 2009, but is best known as Joe Flacco's back up at Delaware in 2007 before he moved to safety...He is also the younger brother of former Wolverine and current Wesley assistant Steve Scanlon…He blocked a punt against Frostburg State and has five tackles so far this year.

Wesley Special Teams:

Placekickers:  Sophomore Dan Tryon wrestled the kicking job away from Collin Blugis in the national semifinals last year after handling the kick off duties all year as a freshman…Tryon hit a pair of field goals in the win over Frostburg State…Blugis is the Wolverines' all-time leading scorer among kickers with 201 points, fourth overall at Wesley…He also holds the school record with 147 extra points. 

Punters:  Sophomore John Smicklo placed three punts inside the 20-yardline in week one at Christopher Newport to earn ACFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Returns:  The Wolverines' kick returners have not had much work so far, with just one return in each game so far…Sophomore Matt Barile ran the opening kick of the second half back 44 yards against Frostburg State in week two…In contrast, punt returner Sean Hopkins has been busy, returning 10 punts for an excellent average of 18.5 yards per return…In week two at Frostburg, he turned returns of 69 and 26 yards…Against Christopher Newport in week one, three of his seven returns went for over 20 yards…The Wolverines are 21st in Division III in punt return average at 17.64 per return.

Coverage:  So far in 2010, Wesley has blocked four kicks, including three in week two at Frostburg State…After a goal line stand that followed a 79-yard Bobcat kick return, Chris Mayes blocked a field goal…Justin Strickland and Sean Scanlon each chipped in later in that game with blocked punts…Aaron Benson blocked a kick in week one at Christopher Newport. 

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Sep. 30: All times Eastern
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Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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