October 6, 2010

W&J-Saint Vincent Game Notes

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Washington & Jefferson (2-2, 2-1 PAC) vs. Saint Vincent (1-3, 1-0 PAC)

NCAA Division III Football, Presidents' Athletic Conference

Washington, Pa. – Cameron Stadium (3,500)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Homecoming 2010

Time:  2:00 pm

Site: Cameron Stadium (3,500)

Series:  W&J leads 3-0

Series Streak: +3 W&J

Last Meeting:  W&J 21, SVC 7 -- 10/17/09

First Meeting:  W&J 64, SVC 6 — 9/29/07

Last W&J Win at W&J: W&J 72, SVC 20 -- 10/18/08

Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)

Broadcasters: Bob Gregg and Mark Uriah

Internet Audio: http://www.wjpa.com/sports.htm

THE SERIES:  W&J and Saint Vincent meet for the fourth time in history Saturday.  W&J claimed the first two games by an average of 55.0 points, but needed a late defensive touchdown to pull out a 21-7 win last season at muddy Chuck Noll Field.  The Presidents averaged 807.0 yards of total offense during the two victories, but were limited to 335 last season. 

THE HEAD COACHES: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 72-14 (.837) overall record.  The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum five years of experience).  Bob Colbert (Maryland '71) took over a new program at Saint Vincent four years ago.  Colbert, who has held positions in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Colts, owns a 2-32 record since bringing football back to the Latrobe campus after a 45-year absence. 

W&J vs. THE PAC: W&J boasts a 245-81-4 (.749) all-time record against current members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.  The Presidents have won 59 of their last 64 conference contests. 

Bethany (67-20)                 

Geneva (36-19-2)   

Grove City (33-12) 

Saint Vincent (3-0)            

Thiel (39-22-2)                    

Thomas More (3-3)

Waynesburg (34-3)

Westminster (30-2)

THE LAST MEETING {W&J 21, SVC 7, 10/17/09, Latrobe, Pa.}:  Washington & Jefferson clinched its 26th consecutive winning season with a 21-7 victory over Saint Vincent at a muddy Chuck Noll Field.  Brandon Bovina recovered a fumble in the end zone with 2:45 remaining to seal the win.  Ryan Breen sacked SVC quarterback Jake Smith to force the fumble.  The Presidents opened the scoring at the 8:34 mark of the first quarter when Gino Rometo fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach DeCicco.  The defenses dominated the rest of the half.  Both teams forced their opponent to turn the ball over on downs inside the 10-yard line.  W&J finished the first half with 122 yards, while SVC garnered 103.  Nathan Harmotto intercepted a pass for the Presidents to thwart a SVC drive deep in W&J territory.  W&J drove 75 yards on its first possession of the second half, but a 24-yard field goal attempt missed wide left.  The Presidents' defense then forced a fumble, recovered by Gavin Donathan, on the Bearcats' next series.  Terrence McAllister ripped off two long runs and gave W&J a 14-0 lead after a 5-yard touchdown run at the 2:30 mark of the third quarter.  The Bearcats finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter as Smith fired a short pass to Dan Blaszkowski who raced 84 yards for a touchdown with 5:34 remaining.  Saint Vincent forced a W&J punt after just three plays, but the Bearcats were pinned at their own 1-yard line after Joe Kelly's 45-yard boot. Breen's sack and Bovina's first career touchdown ended Saint Vincent's upset bid.  W&J held a 335-295 advantage in total offense and a 17-13 edge in first downs.  McAllister led all ground gainers with 90 yards on 13 attempts.  Derek Taylor added 72 yards on 11 carries.  Rometo completed 14-of-25 passes for 156 yards.  Neil Sorice led the defense with a career-high 11 tackles.  Smith finished with 185 yards passing for the Bearcats on 12-of-27 accuracy.  Zach Mihalko rushed for 52 yards and Alex Rowan paced the defense with 11 stops.

SCOUTING SAINT VINCENT:  The Bearcats, who are eligible for the PAC Championship after a four-year provisional membership period, have steadily improved each of the last four years and reached a milestone three weeks ago when earning their first-ever Presidents' Athletic Conference victory, a 17-3 win over Thiel.  The SVC defense limited the Tomcats to 267 yards behind a school-record 15 tackles by junior linebacker Armando Fortunato.  Three of his tackles went for a loss, including a pair of sacks.  Senior wide receiver Tom Quirin, brother of former W&J baseball standout Frank Quirin '10, also set a school record with seven receptions.  Saint Vincent has lost its other three games this fall; however, none of the losses have been by more than five points.  Last Saturday, Geneva pulled out a 27-23 win in a game that featured all scoring in the first half.  The Golden Tornadoes scored on a 53-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half for the game's final points.  The Bearcats' offense is led by the junior quarterback tandem of Jake Smith and Aaron Smetanka, a Robert Morris transfer.  The duo has combined to complete 59-of-112 passes for 745 yards and eight touchdowns.  Junior Mike Kale is the leading ground gainer with 252 yards on 49 rushing attempts, while senior wideout Sheldon Loughner is the team's big-play threat.  Three of his nine receptions have gone for touchdowns.  Defensively, SVC is allowing 315.8 yards per game and has forced seven turnovers.  Fortunato leads the team with 45 tackles, including 27 solo stops. 

TAKEAWAY TIME:  Washington & Jefferson has forced at least one turnover 33 times in the regular season since 2006 and has won 32 of those games.  The only game during that time that W&J forced a turnover and lost was a month ago at Delaware Valley (Matthew Gal interception).

NIGHT FEVER:  W&J has played at least one night game every year since 2003 and holds a 16-0 record in those contests.  Prior to the 2003 home opener versus Allegheny, Washington & Jefferson had not played a home night game since facing Geneva in the 1977 season opener at the former College Field.

31 OR BUST:  W&J will play its 1,082nd game (668-373-40) on Saturday.  The Presidents have only lost three times in history when scoring 31 or more points, all of which have come since 2000 (Bridgewater 59, W&J 42 -- 2000 NCAA; Thiel 38, W&J 35 -- 2005; NC Wesleyan 35, W&J 34 -- 2007 NCAA). 

MOVIN' ON UP:  Senior free safety Craig Sedunov has been the Presidents' leading tackler in each of the last two seasons.  With 256 career stops, he is on pace to become only the fourth player in school history to reach 300.  He is 19 tackles shy Mark Kern '89 for fifth place on the career tackle list.  Sedunov has started and recorded at least one tackle in all 39 career games. He also notched his eighth career interception last week. 

40 YEARS LATER:  Washington & Jefferson will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Presidents' Athletic Conference Football Champions, the Presidents' first conference title, Saturday at halftime.  The 1970 squad posted a 7-1 record with wins over Bethany (20-0), CMU (28-21), Allegheny (20-19), John Carroll (14-12), Case Western Reserve (20-13), Thiel (41-28) and Wilmington (44-28).  

STREAK ALIVE:  Last Saturday's win over Westminster put the Presidents back in position to earn their 27th-straight winning season.  Since 1999, only twice has W&J had more losses than wins at any point of a season (2006, 2010).  The 2006 team rebounded from a season-opening loss to win nine games and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. 

SPREADING THE WEALTH:  Eight different Presidents have at least one rushing attempt so far this season and 14 different players have caught passes.  W&J also has 10 different players who have found the end zone and 32 players have recorded at least one tackle.

HISTORY LESSON:  Washington & Jefferson has won 668 games in its 118-year history which is third behind Wittenberg (693) and Mount Union (675) in NCAA Division III history.  From 2000-2009, W&J won 99 games, marking the fourth-highest total in NCAA Division III for the decade.  Only Mount Union (139), St. John's (107) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (102) won more games than W&J.  Defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater also recorded 99 victories. 

SENIORITY RULES:  The 2010 Washington & Jefferson roster boasts 24 seniors, including eight who will be in the starting lineup Saturday.  This year's senior class holds a record of 32-7 with three appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The graduating class of 1996 totaled the most wins in a four-year span with 43.

AERIAL ASSAULT:  During the 11 years Mike Sirianni has been a member of the W&J football coaching staff, the Presidents have passed for 34,871 yards (247.3 ypg) and 350 touchdowns (2.5 tpg).  W&J has posted a 109-32 record (.773) since his arrival on campus as offensive coordinator in 1999. 

IN A RUSH:  Washington & Jefferson rushed for 279 yards Saturday evening against Westminster, the most by a Presidents' squad since Nov. 8, 2008, when posting 288 yards on the ground versus Bethany.  The sophomore starting tandem of Brian Baldrige (11-126-2) and Tim McNerney (17-82-2) led the way, while senior Nick Puckett added 59 yards and a touchdown on 10 second-half carries.

IN A RUSH, PART TWO:  Since a loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the 2004 NCAA Division III quarterfinals, Washington & Jefferson has been held under 100 rushing yards as a team 12 times and has lost all 12 games.  On the flip side, W&J has won all 51 games during that stretch in which it has gained 100 yards on the ground.  During the 12 losses, six of which occurred in the NCAA playoffs, W&J averaged 37.3 rushing yards per game. 

ON DECK:  W&J hosts Frostburg State next Saturday at Cameron Stadium for a 2:00 pm game which ends the Presidents' three-game home stand.  The last time Washington & Jefferson played three consecutive regular-season home games was in 2007 when the Presidents opened the season with victories against Geneva, Hanover and Oberlin.  W&J, which owns a 35-6 record at Cameron Stadium under Head Coach Mike Sirianni, has not lost to Frostburg State in five previous meetings.

Washington & Jefferson's Record When it:

Wins coin toss.............                     1-2

Receives the opening kick             2-0

Scores first....................                     2-0

Leads after one quarter                  2-0

Leads at halftime.........                     2-1

Leads after three quarters              2-1

Scores between 0-9 points            0-1

Scores between 10-19 points        0-0

Scores between 20-29 points        0-1

Scores 30+ points.......                     2-0

Allows opponent 0-9 points           1-0

Allows opponent 10-19 points       0-0

Allows opponent 20-29 points       1-2

Allows opponent 30+ points          0-0

Leads in time of possession          1-1

Rushes for 200+ yards                   1-0

Allows 200+ yards rushing            0-1

Passes for 200+ yards                     1-1

Allows 200+ yards passing            0-1

Gains 400+ total yards                     2-0

Allows 400+ total yards                   0-1

Is penalized 50+ yards.......             1-1

 

 

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