W&J-Waynesburg PAC Backyard Brawl Game Notes

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Washington & Jefferson College Presidents (7-2, 6-1 PAC)


No. 18 Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets (9-0, 7-0 PAC)


Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 – Waynesburg, Pa.


Time:  1:30 pm

Site: John F. Wiley Stadium (4,000)

Series:  W&J leads 36-3

Series Streak: +8 W&J


Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/waynesburg/football/scoreboard.aspx

Audio: 1450-AM WJPA; http://www.wjpa.com/sports.htm


Last Meeting:  W&J 24, WAY 21 -- 11/12/2011

First Meeting:  WAY 22, W&J 18 -- 11/18/1897

Last W&J Win:  W&J 24, WAY 21 -- 11/12/2011

Last WAY Win:  WAY 27, W&J 17 -- 10/25/2003

Last W&J Win at WAY:  W&J 31, WAY 30 (OT) -- 11/13/2010

Last WAY Win at WAY:  WAY 27, W&J 17 -- 10/25/2003

THE SERIES:  Washington & Jefferson and Waynesburg face off in the 40th edition of the PAC Backyard Brawl. The Presidents own a commanding 36-3 edge in the series and have won eight-straight games against the Yellow Jackets.  Junior kicker Eric Eberle connected on a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift W&J to a 24-21 victory at Cameron Stadium last season.   Four of the last eight final margins of victory have been by five points or less.
THE HEAD COACHES: One of college football's most successful coaches, Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) owns a 92-20 (.821) record in his 10th season as the  W&J head coach.  The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is fifth among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum five years of experience).  Rick Shepas (Youngstown State '87) is coaching his eighth season at Waynesburg with a 48-32 record (.600).  He previously was the head coach at Massillon Washington (Ohio) High School.  
W&J vs. THE PAC:  W&J has amassed a 261-85-4 (.751) all-time record against current members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.  Washington & Jefferson has claimed 22 PAC Championships throughout history.  The Presidents have won 74 of their last 82 conference games. 

Bethany (69-20)                               

Geneva (39-19-2)            

Grove City (35-13)    

Saint Vincent (5-1)                          

Thiel (42-22-2)  

Thomas More (3-5)

Waynesburg (36-3)

Westminster (32-2)

THE LAST MEETING {W&J 24, WAY 21 -- 11/12/11}:  Eric Eberle booted a then career-long, 34-yard field goal as time expired to give W&J a 24-21 victory over Waynesburg in the 39th edition of the PAC Backyard Brawl at Cameron Stadium.  The field goal was set up by Dion Wiegand, who blocked a punt deep in WU territory with 2:15 remaining.  The Presidents ran five plays and called a timeout with 1.3 seconds left to set up Eberle's heroics.  W&J dominated the first half and raced out to a 21-0 lead.  Taylor Hockman connected with Alex Baroffio for all three scores, the first of which came on the Presidents' first possession.  Hockman, who was making his first career start, hit Baroffio for a nine-yard scoring pass.  The W&J defense forced a punt after just three plays and Hockman lofted a 45-yard touchdown pass to Baroffio on the first play after the punt.  The Presidents' defense forced three turnovers in the first half.  B.J. Monacelli intercepted a Josh Graham pass at the W&J 7-yard line late in the first half and Neil Sorice forced a fumble midway through the second quarter which led to Baroffio's 55-yard touchdown reception at the 7:28 mark.  Josh Buckley intercepted Graham on the next play from scrimmage and W&J took the 21-point lead into the locker rooms.  The second half was a different story as a pair of special teams miscues led to back-to-back Waynesburg touchdowns during the opening seven minutes of the third quarter.  The Yellow Jackets blocked their second punt of the third quarter late in the period which led to Graham's 14-yard touchdown pass to Adam Moses on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 21-21 tie.  W&J appeared to be in position to take the lead once again after driving 57 yards to inside the WU one-yard line.  However, the Yellow Jacket defense held on three plays from that spot, forcing the Presidents out on downs.  Waynesburg gained one first down before punting.  The Presidents set up Eberle for a 40-yard field goal with 4:21 left, but that attempt missed wide right.  WU advanced the ball to its own 41-yard line, but could get no further after Darrick Dominick's sack.  Zack Rogers' punt was blocked by Wiegand and Eberle ended the Presidents' season on a winning note.  Baroffio had one of the top receiving days in school history with 10 catches for 207 yards.  Hockman completed 15-of-24 passes for 252 yards, while Tim McNerney rushed 23 times for 71 yards.  The W&J defense was paced by Sorice's nine tackles (1.5 for a loss).  Graham completed 21-of-41 passes for 269 yards for Waynesburg.  Darryl Moore, Jr., produced a game-high 11 tackles.
SCOUTING WAYNESBURG:  Waynesburg is enjoying one of its finest seasons in school history as one of 10 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division III.  The Yellow Jackets are ranked 13th nationally in the AFCA poll and 18th by D3football.com.  In addition, Waynesburg is seventh in the ECAC Division III Lambert poll.  Five of WU's last six victories has come by a touchdown or less.  The Yellow Jackets have trailed in seven of their nine games and have produced a game-winning touchdown (4 times) or field goal (once) during the final seven minutes in five of those comebacks.  The Yellow Jackets, who were idle last week, had a blowout win in their last game after routing Westminster 42-16.  The Yellow Jackets built a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter behind three touchdown receptions from senior wide receiver Christian Jackson.  WU outgained the Titans 498-225 and forced three turnovers.  Waynesburg relies on a strong running game and a solid offensive line.  The Yellow Jackets average a PAC-high 207.6 rushing yards per game (44th in NCAA Division III) and have allowed only four sacks all season, the fourth-lowest total in the country.  Sophomore Carter Hill took over at quarterback midway through the season and has completed 57 percent of his passes for 662 yards and eight touchdowns (3 INT).  In addition to his receiving duties, Jackson has proven to be one of the nation's most dangerous kick return threats.  He ranks second in the nation with a 32.1 kickoff return average, while also averaging 8.5 yards on punt returns (64th nationally).  The Yellow Jackets lost leading tackler, safety Bryan Gary (69 tackles, 18 PBUs, 2 INT), to an injury in the Geneva game.  Junior defensive end Brandon Fedorka now keys the defense with his 12 sacks (29th in NCAA Division III).
NOVEMBER REIGN: The Presidents own a 24-6 record under Head Coach Mike Sirianni during the month of November, including an 12-4 record in road games.  Three of those road losses have occurred during the NCAA Division III playoffs.
MELHORN SECTION:  Senior linebacker Nathan Melhorn enters Saturday's game with a streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one tackle.  Melhorn has 171 career stops (95 solo) and is tied for second on the team this year with 67.
EVEN OR ODD:  W&J has outscored its opponents 52-27 during the first quarter and 99-27 during the third quarter of games so far; however, the Presidents have been outscored 61-47 in the second quarter and 68-27 during the final 15 minutes.  Waynesburg has outscored its opponents during every quarter this fall, particularly at the end of each half.  The Yellow Jackets have a +20 scoring margin during the second quarter and +36 in the final 15 minutes of games.  In Mike Sirianni's previous nine years as head coach, W&J has only been outscored in a quarter for an entire year only twice, the fourth quarters of the 2003 (54-52) and the 2010 (64-29) seasons.
SERIES TIDBITS:  Starting with the 2003 W&J-Waynesburg game, the team leading after the first quarter has won all nine times.  The Presidents have not turned the ball over against WU since 2009 and have only thrown two interceptions in the past eight meetings.  The 2006 W&J-WAY game was played under windy and rainy conditions at Cameron Stadium and the Presidents limited the Yellow Jackets to 53 passing yards which is the lowest allowed in PAC games under Head Coach Mike Sirianni (third lowest overall since 2003).  W&J managed only 73 yards through the air (second-lowest total in Sirianni era), but rushed for 174 and picked off three passes.
HISTORY LESSON:  W&J is 12 victories shy of becoming the third program in NCAA Division III history to win 700 games.  W&J is competing in its 121st varsity season (688-379-40) and is third behind Wittenberg and Mount Union among NCAA Division III schools.  Widener and Williams round out the top five.
JUST WIN BABY: W&J has clinched its 29th consecutive winning season in 2012. The Presidents' active streak ranks fifth among NCAA schools (all divisions) behind Linfield (57), Florida State (36), Mount Union (34) and Florida (33).
ESPECIALLY GOOD:  Junior placekicker Eric Eberle was honored as the PAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.  Eberle connected on field goals of 29 and 33 yards at Geneva and made all three of his extra-point attempts. He also averaged 42.0 yards on five punts, including a long of 49 yards.  Eberle has made 29 consecutive extra-point tries and five-straight field goals.  He has connected on 9-of-12 field-goal attempts (21st in NCAA Division III) and is looking to become the first W&J kicker to make 10 field goals in a season since current city of Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl '03 in 2002.  Ravenstahl made 11-of-17 field goals during his senior year.  Eberle has punted 48 times with an average of 37.0 yards and a long of 61.  He also has four touchbacks as the Presidents' kickoff specialist.  During his career, Eberle has connected on 94 percent (48-51) of his extra-point tries and 72 percent (13-18) of his field-goal attempts.
NEVER THIS LATE:  This year's meeting marks just the second time in W&J-Waynesburg series history that both teams enter with seven or more victories.  In 2007, both teams were 7-0 and W&J escaped Wiley Stadium with a 22-21 triumph after Ryan Mullen's interception with 10 seconds left at the W&J 36.  In 2003, W&J was 6-0 and Waynesburg had a 6-1 mark.  WU snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Presidents with a 27-17 home win.  W&J quarterback Chris Edwards did not return after being injured on a 91-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter of that 2003 contest.  The only other game in which the both teams entered with at least five victories occurred in 1924 when WU boasted 6-0 record and W&J was 5-1.  The 1924 Presidents blanked the Yellow Jackets 27-0 two weeks after they played Lafayette in New York at Yankee Stadium.
CATCHING ON:  Junior wide receiver Alex Baroffio enters Saturday's game with 163 career receptions.  With nine catches against the Yellow Jackets, Baroffio will pass W&J Hall of Famer Ryan Silvis '01 for fifth place on the school's career reception list.  David Ravida '09 is the all-time leader with 192.  Baroffio, who played quarterback against Thiel, needs 15 yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark.  Silvis owns the career receiving yard record (3,155).
AMONG THE BEST:  Junior quarterback Matt Bliss needs 141 yards against Waynesburg to reach 4,000 for his career.  He is 1,072 yards shy of passing Bob Strope '93 for fifth place all-time at W&J.