Friday, October 11, 2013

Area college football previews for Oct. 12

Notre Dame College (3-2) at Lake Erie College (1-4)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, Painesville

What to watch for: The second meeting between the area's Division II schools represents a big game for both programs. NDC recovered from a disappointing, 34-32, loss at Charleston by crunching Virginia-Wise, 59-35 last week. The Falcons can move to 4-2 for the second time in program history and establish momentum for the second half of their Mountain East Conference schedule with a win. LEC has lost two straight after a convincing 35-17 win over Wayne State. The Storm close with five games against GLIAC South opponents, including three on the road. ...Both teams are ranked in the top 40 in Division II in total offense, with LEC averaging 505.8 yards per game and NDC averaging 460.8. The possibility of a high-scoring exists because LEC allows 503.2 yards per game and NDC allows 441.4. ....NDC players to follow include running backs Pedro Powell and Jack Foy, quarterback Ray Russ (South), wide receivers Mikhail Morgan and Colton Wallace (Mentor), and kick returner Michael Fields. LEC players to follow include running back Anthony Bilal (Riverside), quarterback Brendan Gallagher, left tackle Mike Price, and linebackers Tanner Wells and Marcus Rogers. ....LEC won last year's 38-35 behind 192 rushing yards by Bilal.

John Carroll (4-0, 3-0 OAC) at Marietta (0-4, 0-3)

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Don Drumm Stadium, Marietta

What to watch for: Can John Carroll post another shutout? The Blue Streaks have blanked three of their first four opponents and haven't allowed a point since the third quarter of a Week 2 game at Baldwin Wallace. ... Marietta has struggled under first-year coach Andy Waddle and faces its third straight OAC brute after losing to Mount Union, 84-14, and Heidelberg, 68-17. John Carroll junior quarterback Mark Myers is averaging 332.0 passing yards per game and could be primed for big numbers again. ...The Blue Streaks hold a 24-0-1 lead in the all-time series. The teams tied, 21-21, in 1995.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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