October 14, 2011

Chapman Football Game Notes (Whittier)

More news about: Chapman

Off to a Good Start
The Panthers are off to a 3-1 start this season which is their best start since 2008 when they also began the year 3-1. A win Saturday against Whittier would mark the best start to a Chapman football season since 1996 when they began the year 6-1.

Comeback Kids
Historically the Panthers have not been a come-from-behind team with a 22-61-1 record alltime when an opponent scores first and a 12-66-1 record when trailing at halftime. This year's squad however has thrived with its back to the wall with a 2-1 record when an opponent scores first. Chapman has trailed at halftime in each game this season pulling out three come-from-behind wins.

Bending, But Not Breaking
The Chapman 'D's 'bend, but don't break' mentality is no more evident than in its opponents' red zone statistics. The Panthers kept Claremont from scoring three times from within the red zone last week and have stopped their opponents 33 percent of the time this season. On one possesion, sophomore LB Anthony Ferraro blocked a Claremont field goal attempt. The Panthers D also had a game-winning fourth down stop in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Wall of Protection
Going into the season, one of Chapman's strengths was expected to be its offensive line. Thus far, that's held true as the offensive front five have given up just one sack and rank No. 3 in Division III in sacks allowed. That pass protection has helped the Panthers to a 122 quarterback efficiency rating.

Extra, Extra (Points)
Thanks to the footwork of junior Mauricio Alfonso and senior Jimmy Adranly, the Panthers have successfully kicked 27 consecutive PATs dating back to last season. In fact, Alfonso has been perfect in his career going 31 for 31 over the past two seasons. They still have a ways to go to touch the school record from 2007-09 when Chapman kicked 54 extra points consecutively.

Turnover Free Football
Against Claremont on Saturday, Chapman played a turnover-free game for the first time since defeating Whittier 29-17 last season, a span of eight games.

Recent Homecoming Game History
Chapman is 4-1 under head coach Bob Owens in Homecoming games. Whittier defeated Chapman 21-6 in 2009, handing Owens' his lone Homecoming loss at Chapman. Chapman then rebounded in 2010 to defeat La Verne 38-25 and get the Homecoming win.

Attendance Record vs. Whittier for 2009 Homecoming
When Chapman and Whittier met for Homecoming in 2009, the teams set an attendance record at Ernie Chapman stadium with an announced crowd of 4,496.

Whittier in 2011
Whittier is 1-3 this year with losses to Azusa Pacific (51-3), Occidental (31-17) and Cal Lutheran (56-0). The Poets defeated Puget Sound 66-48 at home for their lone win of 2011. In the game, Whittier rolled up a school record 651 yards of total offense including 456 yards through the air.

Punt the Ball Out of Bounds
That may be the best strategy against Whittier's punt return team which is averaging 22.50 yards per return which ranks second in Division III behind Wabash College. Wabash is averaging 24.5 yards per return.

Chapman vs. Whittier
Chapman is 11-3 alltime against Whittier. The Panthers defeated the Poets 29-17 last season on the road. In that game, Chapman rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns led by sophomore QB Michael Lahey who ran for 83 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Mike Lambesis also had a big day for the Panthers' offense catching eight balls for 89 yards and a TD.

Chapman Stat Leaders
Passing: Bret Visciglia (68-113, 689 Yds., 6 TD, 4 INT)
Rushing: Chad Milburn (159 Yds., 1 TD)
Receiving: Kali'i Kunitomo (17 catches, 215 Yds. 3 TD)
Tackles: Kellen Matsuno 28 (18 solo, 10 assisted)
Tackles for Loss: Ferraro (6.5)
Sacks: Ferraro (2)
Interceptions: Jason Jacobi (1), Cody Chapple (1)

Whittier Stat Leaders
Passing: Chris Lopez (78-143, 980 Yds., 4 TD)
Rushing: Lopez (125 Yds., 1 TD)
Receiving: Oreese Hoyes (22 catches, 266 Yds.)
Tackles: Travis Driskell 46 (22 solo, 24 assisted)
Tackles for Loss: Driskell (5)
Sacks: Charles Scicli (1), Karsten Tindal (1)
Interceptions: Anthony Bennett (2), Alex Mitchell (2)

Chapman Football on Air
Chapman University Athletics has partnered with United Webcast to provide live streaming video of all home sporting events this fall including the five-game home football schedule. Live streaming video can be found online at: www.chapmanwebcast.com.

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.

Become a fan of Chapman Athletics on Facebook for pictures, videos and news.

Follow Chapman Athletics on Twitter @ChapmanSports

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Recap Photos