Friday, September 20, 2013

Area college football previews for Sept. 21

Wayne State (1-1) at Lake Erie College (0-2)

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, Painesville

What to watch for: Can Lake Erie College's defense stop Wayne State's running attack? The Storm have allowed a 200-yard rusher in each of their first two games. Wayne State running back Toney Davis already has 302 rushing yards in three games against LEC. A shootout is possible. LEC averages 41 points per game, Wayne State averages 31. Wayne State coach Paul Winters is an Akron graduate who served as the Zips' running backs coach/offensive coordinator from 1994-2003 before landing at Wayne State in 2004. The Warriors went 12-4 and reached the NCAA Division II title game in 2011. They were 5-5 last season.

Case Western Reserve (1-1) at Frostburg State (0-2)

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg, Md.

What to watch for: Case Western Reserve faces a short week as it tries to recover from Sunday's 19-2 loss at Oberlin. The Spartans will be playing in the state of Maryland for the first time. The loss at Oberlin was a rare road gaffe. Case is 28-3 in road games since 2007. Frostburg State is the former home of the Washington Redskins' training camp. The Bobcats opened with losses to Geneva, 47-3, and Waynesburg, 59-49.

West Virginia Wesleyan (1-1) at Notre Dame College (1-1)

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Mueller Field, South Euclid

What to watch for: Notre Dame College is hosting its first ever Mountain East Conference home game against a West Virginia Wesleyan team that hammered Virginia-Wise, 37-7, last week. The Bobcats opened the season with a 49-7 loss to FCS member Elon. West Virginia Wesleyan intercepted six passes against Virginia-Wise. NDC quarterback Ray Russ had an interesting game last week against Urbana. Russ not only completed 24 passes, but he punted seven times in the 39-19 loss. NDC's defense was on the field for 102 plays, including 64 in the first half, against Urbana. The unit allowed 591 yards.

John Carroll (1-0) at Baldwin Wallace (1-0)

When: 6 p.m., Saturday

Where: Finnie Stadium, Berea

What to watch for: A key early-season Ohio Athletic Conference game. Baldwin Wallace won last year's game, 32-28, on Josiah Holt's 84-yard touchdown reception with 1:21 left. Holt accumulated 327 total yards against the Blue Streaks last year. And, yes, Holt still plays for the Yellow Jackets. The quarterbacks feature contrasting styles. John Carroll's Mark Myers is a pocket passer. Baldwin Wallace's Michael Slack is a dual threat. Baldwin Wallace holds a 25-23-4 lead in the all-time series. The winner receives the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy. Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula and College Football Hall of Famer Lee Tressel have participated in the series.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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