September 28, 2011

Muskingum takes unbeaten record to Wilmington

More news about: Muskingum

NEW CONCORD, OHIO, September 28, 2011 - The Muskingum University football team will look to remain unbeaten and atop the Ohio Athletic Conference when it travels to Wilmington College on Saturday, October 1. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Williams Stadium.

The game will be broadcast live on WMCO 90.7 FM and simulcast on the Muskingum Web Broadcasting Network located on the Muskingum athletic web site beginning with the pregame show at 1:45 p.m.

The Muskies (3-0, 2-0) will enter the game riding the momentum of three straight dominating wins, including their 27-7 triumph against ninth-ranked Ohio Northern University last week. The upset win against the Polar Bears vaulted the Muskies into the national spotlight with a ranking of 40th in the latest D3Football.com poll. It marks the first time Muskingum has been ranked since 1995. The Muskies are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the league with Capital University and the University of Mount Union.

Wilmington (0-3, 0-2) enters the outing riding a 19-game losing streak after suffering a 66-7 loss at second-ranked University of Mount Union. The Quakers' last win was on October 3, 2008 against John Carroll University. The contest will mark Wilmington's annual Homecoming Game celebration.

Muskingum's defense continues to be a dominant force on the field. The Muskies rank first in NCAA Division III in sacks per game (8.0 spg), second in tackles for loss per game (11.3 tflpg) and 10th in both rushing defense (57 rypg) and scoring defense (9.3 ppg) and 18th in total defense (237 ypg).

Overall, the Muskie defense has notched 34 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, five interceptions and forced three fumbles en route to allowing just 9.3 points and 237 yards per game.

The hard-hitting unit is led by senior linebackers Alex Thomas and Ethan Wetzel. Thomas ranks second in the league averaging 10.7 tackles per game and has logged three sacks for 13 yards and one interception. Wetzel ranks eighth in the conference averaging nine hits per game with one sack for nine yards and one forced fumble. Both Thomas and Wetzel have been recognized for their outstanding play by being named OAC Defensive Players of the Week and being named to the D3Football.com National Team of the Week.

Also aiding the stout defense is junior defensive lineman Sean West and junior safety Tyler Richardson. West, who is fifth on the team in tackles, leads Muskingum in sacks with 4.5, which ranks seventh in the nation. Richardson is third on the unit tackles and leads the OAC in interceptions with two.

The Muskie offense, which is averaging 28.3 points and 310 yards per game, is led by sophomore quarterback Dalton Smith. Smith ranks third in the league in total offense averaging 223.3 yards per outing. He has thrown for 481 yards and five touchdowns and added 189 yards on 36 carries with three scores.

Senior running back Palmer Smith leads the rushing attack averaging with 213 yards on 46 totes. He's averaging 4.6 yards per carry and ranks fifth in the league averaging 71 rushing yards per game. Also helping the ground game is sophomore running back Shane Dotson, who has two rushing touchdowns.

The receivers are paced by sophomore James Washington and senior Brad Polaski. Washington leads the Muskies with eight catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, while Polaksi has grabbed six receptions for 70 yards. Senior running back Demetrius Bailey has hauled in four receptions for a team-best 148 yards with two touchdowns.

Muskingum special teams are paced by junior punter Danny Snively and sophomore kicker Caleb Carpenter. Snively ranks third in the league averaging 40.0 yards per punt and has a league-best 64-yard boot. He has placed five punts inside the 20. Carpenter is 1-for-1 in field goal attempts and is averaging 56.8 yards on kickoffs with one touchback.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Arehart directs the Quakers offense which averages 203 yards and 11.7 points per game. Arehart has passed for 494 yards and four scores. Also in the backfield is junior running back Tyrell Richardson and freshman running back Kyle Combs. Richardson is averaging 53 rushing yards per game and has scored one touchdown. Combs has carried the ball 22 times for 36 yards.

Sophomore wide receivers Kyle Blakeman and Malcolm Heard are the main targets of Arehart. Blakeman has a team-best 20 receptions for 277 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the league averaging 92.3 receiving yards per outing. Heard has caught nine passes for 93 yards and one score.

The Quaker defense is led by senior linebacker Antwoine Shelton, sophomore linebacker Matt McFadden and freshman safety Devon Burton.

Shelton ranks eighth in the OAC averaging nine tackles per game, while McFadden and Burton both rank 14th averaging 7.7 stops per game. Additionally, Burton has one interception and forced one fumble. The unit has totaled 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one sack and forced four fumbles, while allowing opponents to score 39.3 points and total 460 yards per game.

Junior running back Tyquan David-Jackson Luke Rice leads the Wilmington special teams averaging 18.5 yards per kickoff return, which ranks seventh in the conference.

comments powered by Disqus
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
HALF
12 Hobart
3 RPI
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd Qtr - 00:58
19 Massachusetts Maritime
21 Mass-Dartmouth
Preview Live Stats Video
Halftime
42 Maine Maritime
30 Nichols
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Alfred
Video
00:34 2nd
7 Salisbury
19 Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
3rd - 09:09
31 Framingham State
0 Plymouth State
Preview Live Stats
Start of 3rd
26 Morrisville State
8 Southern Virginia
Preview Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
11:17 left in 2nd
0 Bowdoin
14 Wesleyan
Preview Live Stats Video
End of 2nd
13 Middlebury
0 Trinity (Conn.)
Live Stats Video
2nd - 13:58
21 St. John Fisher
0 Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 13:04
14 Colby
7 Bates
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Tufts at Amherst
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 13:07
9 Husson
6 Castleton State
Preview Live Stats Video Tickets
11:00 left in 2Q
13 Williams
0 Hamilton
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1st - 02:37
0 FDU-Florham
17 Stevenson
Live Stats Video Audio
15:00 2nd
7 DePauw
0 Allegheny
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2nd - 12:33
0 Moravian
14 Franklin and Marshall
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 14:48
0 Kalamazoo
7 Olivet
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 13:00
14 Albion
17 Trine
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 06:01
3 Mount Ida
0 Gallaudet
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Cortland State at Kean
Live Stats Video
2nd - 06:50
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
0 Adrian
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2nd - 13:04
7 Hampden-Sydney
10 Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Catholic at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 10:29
7 Hope
7 Alma
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 13:22
13 Carnegie Mellon
7 St. Vincent
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 12:10
7 Dickinson
7 McDaniel
Preview Live Stats Video
15:00 2nd
0 Guilford
6 Randolph-Macon
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2nd - 11:46
10 Methodist
16 N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2nd - 06:50
0 Susquehanna
10 Ursinus
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
Start of 2nd
0 Kenyon
14 Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Rowan at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Springfield at St. Lawrence
Live Stats Video
14:03 2nd
0 Misericordia
13 Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
0:24 1st
0 Oberlin
28 Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
4:47 1st
6 Hiram
15 Ohio Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Lebanon Valley
Live Stats Video
12:10 2nd
0 Juniata
14 Muhlenberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
William Paterson at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
1st - 10:13
0 Endicott
0 Coast Guard
Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 10:09
0 Wilmington
14 Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio
12:30 1st
0 Capital
14 John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 11:10
0 Rose-Hulman
7 Franklin
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Video Audio
1st - 09:36
0 Grove City
7 Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1st - 08:30
0 Marietta
0 Heidelberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Waynesburg at Thiel
Video
1:30 PM
Rochester at Union
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Anderson at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Manchester at Bluffton
Live Stats Audio
1st - 10:45
0 Otterbein
0 Baldwin Wallace
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Utica at Buffalo State
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Brockport State at Hartwick
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Becker at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Bridgewater (Va.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 p.m.
0 Case Western Reserve
0 Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Benedictine
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
LaGrange at Huntingdon
Video Audio
2:00 PM
Aurora at Lakeland
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Rockford at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-River Falls
Preview Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Illinois College
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Simpson
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Dubuque
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Beloit at St. Norbert
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Carroll at Ripon
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Augustana at Carthage
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Millikin at North Park
Audio
2:00 PM
Central at Coe
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
2:00 PM
Crown at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Greenville
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Knox
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia (Mich.) at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Live Stats Video Video
2:30 PM
Defiance at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Washington U. at Chicago
Preview Preview Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Norwich at Anna Maria
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
WPI at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at La Verne
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Pacific at George Fox
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western New England at MIT
Live Stats Video
5:00 PM
Worcester State at Western Connecticut
Preview Live Stats
5:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Audio
6:00 PM
Ferrum at Averett
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Muskingum at Ohio Northern
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Christopher Newport
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Bethany at Geneva
8:00 PM
Eureka at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Live Stats Video
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 p.m.
0 Case Western Reserve
0 Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 12:04
0 Grove City
0 Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1st - 11:45
0 Wilmington
7 Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio
12:30 1st
0 Capital
14 John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 14:02
7 Hampden-Sydney
10 Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
0:24 1st
0 Oberlin
28 Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 13:58
21 St. John Fisher
0 Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
Start of 2nd
0 Kenyon
14 Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
14:03 2nd
0 Misericordia
13 Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
HALF
12 Hobart
3 RPI
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap

What We're Reading