September 3, 2011

Big Plays by Sicre and Ferguson Lead Spartans to Season-Opening Win at Rival John Carroll

More news about: Case Western Reserve

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) rushed for a game-high 172 yards in his collegiate debut and junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) returned both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns as the Case Western Reserve University football team opened the 2011 season with a 24-17 victory at local-rival John Carroll University on Saturday, September 3, at Don Shula Stadium.

The game will be televised via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio at 11:30 p.m. this evening.

The Spartan defense forced four turnovers and stopped the Blue Streaks at the 10-yard line with just 1:26 remaining to seal the victory. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) totaled 12 tackles while Ferguson and junior safety Dan Calabrese (Mentor, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) each recorded nine.

Sicre's 172 yards came on just 16 carries (10.8 ypc) and included his first touchdown. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) totaled 79 yards on 15 carries and junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) completed 11-of-18 passes for 95 yards in his Spartan debut.

John Carroll threatened early after an interception by D.J.Debick set the Streaks up at the Spartan 41. But five plays later, Spartan senior defensive end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) stuffed Devin O'Brien at the one yard line to force a turnover on downs.

A Spartan fumble on the ensuing play set the Blue Streaks up at the five, but the Case defense once again answered the call when Adams forced a fumble on the following play that was recovered by junior nose guard Collin Desens (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Arlington).

Several possessions later, the Streaks broke the scoreless tie when running back DaQuan Grobsmith took a swing pass from quarterback Devin O'Brien and scampered 29 yards for a touchdown. Brad Marchese hit the extra point to make the score 7-0 with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Spartans evened the score midway through the second quarter when Sicre took the opening play of the Spartans' drive and broke off a 75-yard touchdown run. The point after by senior Daniel Vasil (Erie, Pa./McDowell) made the score 7-7 with 8:27 left before half.

At the half, the Spartans had rushed for 140 yards on just 16 carries, but the Blue Streaks held a 17:41 to 12:19 lead in time of possession.

In the second stanza, Case took its opening drive 63 yards on 12 plays and moved ahead when Vasil lined a 24-yard field goal through the uprights to make the score 10-7 at the 9:34 mark.

Several possessions later, the Spartan defense came up big again when Ferguson intercepted an O'Brien pass and returned it 57 yards for a score. Vasil's PAT made the score 17-7 with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

JCU cut into its deficit with a Kresimir Ivkovic 26-yard field goal that capped a 10-play, 44-yard drive and brought the score to 17-10 with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.

With JCU attempting to drive in the opening minute of the final quarter, Ferguson struck again, picking up a fumble forced by junior defensive back Brandon Flick (Butler, Pa./Knoch) and returning it 32 yards for a TD. Vasil's third PAT made the score 24-10 with 14:11 left to play.

The Blue Streaks refused to go away and took their next possession 60 yards on five plays and scored when O'Brien hooked up with WR Lane Robilotto for a 24-yard TD pass. Ivkovic hit the PAT to bring the score to 24-17with 12:15 remaining.

For the game, Grobsmith led the Blue Streak offense with 81 yards on 19 carries in addition to 72 receiving yards on seven receptions and a touchdown. Linebacker Emmett Lydon paced the defense with a game-high 14 tackles.

The Spartans open the home portion of their schedule next Saturday, Sept. 10 versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 7:00 p.m. at Case Field.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
Video
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
Video
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading