September 30, 2011

Chapman Football Game Notes (Pomona-Pitzer)

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Road Weary
The Panthers' road loss on Saturday was their fifth in their past six away games dating back to the start of the 2010 season.

There's no 'L' in Azusa
Chapman's 43-7 loss to Azusa Pacific last week was its fifth straight defeat against the Cougars. It's the Panthers' second-longest active losing streak to any school. The longest is Chapman's six-game skid against Willamette (Ore.), which the Panthers last faced in 2003.

Long-Distance Carrier
Not only was APU's 97-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown at the end of the first half last week a back-breaker for Chapman, it was also the longest play the Panthers' had surrendered to an opponent in 11 years. In fact, the only play longer which Chapman has allowed was a 100-yard kickoff return by Whitworth (Wash.) on Sept. 16, 2000.

Wall of Protection
Going into the season, one of Chapman's strengths was expected to be in its offensive line. Thus far, that's held true as the offensive front five have given up just one sack and rank No. 15 in Division III in sacks allowed. That pass protection has helped the Panthers to a 108 quarterback efficiency rating.

Scoring Struggles
The Panthers will be looking to break out the touchdown celebrations this week. Chapman's offense has been limited to just one touchdown in each of the first two games and a total of 23 points. That total (11.5 points per game) marks a six-year low, going back to 2005 when the Panthers scored just 20 points in their first two games.

Give and Take?
It's not that the Panthers' four turnovers in their first two games is an unusually high amount of charity for any team - but the Panthers' lack of takeaways has magnified the turnover problem. Chapman's defense has forced zero turnovers in its first two games. However, last year against Pomona-Pitzer the Panthers had two interceptions and no turnovers.

Kickers Return
Chapman kickers Jimmy Adranly (punter) and Mauricio Alfonso (kicker) return to the sidelines this week after missing the APU game while the Panthers' men's soccer team was in Texas. It was the first of three scheduling conflicts this season, however, Adranly and Alfonso are not expected to miss any more football games. Freshman K Markus Trujillo was solid in their stead, averaging over 39 yards per punt, including a 57-yarder. However, is lone field goal attempt was blocked.

Pomona-Pitzer in 2011
The Sagehens are off to another slow start, going 0-2 out of the gate. Pomona-Pitzer is now 1-10 in their past 11 games dating back to the start of last season when they lost their first seven contests and finished in fifth place in the SCIAC. The Sagehens suffered a heartbreaker two weeks ago at home against Lewis & Clark (Ore.), losing 48-39 despite RB Luke Sweeney rushing for 187 yards and four touchdowns.

Speaking of Sweeney...
The junior running back and kick returner is tracing circles around opposing defenses this year. Sweeney currently ranks No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards per game (181.5) and No. 3 in all-purpose yards with 246 per game. After being kept out of the endzone in the Sagehens' opener against Whitworth, Sweeney scored four times against Lewis & Clark and as a result ranks No. 14 in Division III with 12 points per game scoring average.

Sagehens' O-Line
Certainly Pomona-Pitzer's offensive line deserves some of the credit for Sweeney's great start as it is creating some holes for the junior to run through. The Sagehens' O-line also ranks second in the SCIAC in sacks allowed, having allowed just two this year.

Chapman vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Chapman's .875 winning percentage (7 wins, 1 loss) against Pomona-Pitzer is its highest winning percentage ever against any opponent the Panthers have played at least five times. That includes a five-game winning streak against the Sagehens which is tied for the Chapman's longest active streak against any opponent. The last meeting, Chapman overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Pomona-Pitzer 41-17 at Ernie Chapman Stadium in 2010.

Chapman Football on Air
For the fifth-straight year, Chapman has partnered with the school's on-campus radio station, Chapman Radio, to broadcast all nine Panthers' football games in 2011 streaming live on the internet at http:www.chapmanradio.com/sports. A rotation of on-air student talent will provide play-by-play and commentary for every down of Chapman football.

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Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
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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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13 Wilmington
28 Capital
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Austin at Southwestern Assemblies
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Langston at McMurry
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7 Millikin
35 North Central (Ill.)
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Trinity (Texas) at Chapman
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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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7 Millikin
35 North Central (Ill.)
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