Friday, October 18, 2013

Area college football previews for Oct. 19

Notre Dame College (3-3, 2-2 Mountain East Conference) at Shepherd (6-0, 5-0)

When: Noon

Where: Rams Stadium, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

What to watch for: The Falcons face a tough task as they try to rebound from a 48-21 loss to Lake Erie College against a Shepherd team ranked 11th in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll. ... The Rams are stingy. They have allowed less than 10 points in four games and nobody has eclipsed 21 points against them. NDC hasn't scored less than 19 points. The Falcons have surpassed 30 points in three of six games. ...NDC senior running back Pedro Powell averages 151.5 rushing yards per game. Shepherd's Allen Cross averages 108 yards per game. Powell and Cross are first and third, respectively, in the Mountain East in rushing.

Muskingum (1-4, 1-3 OAC) at John Carroll (5-0, 4-0)

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Shula Stadium, University Heights

What to watch for: Can John Carroll post another shutout? The Blue Streaks were on the brink of posting their fourth shutout last week at Marietta. The Pioneers, though, scored with less than two minutes left to cut John Carroll's lead to 62-7. The score was the final margin. The Blue Streaks haven't allowed a point in two games at Shula Stadium. ...John Carroll quarterback Mark Myers is second in the OAC with 277.2 passing yards per game. Receivers Marshall Howell (Benedictine) and Aramis Greenwood (Fairport native) average more than 70 receiving yards per game. ...The Blue Streaks hold a 21-5-1 advantage in the all-time series, with Muskingum posting its last win in 2009.

Case Western Reserve (1-3) at Puget Sound (1-3)

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Peyton Field at Baker Stadium, Tacoma, Wash.

What to watch for: After two straight bye weeks, Case Western Reserve will travel more than 2,400 miles to face Puget Sound, which has won three games in the past four years. The Spartans fell to second-ranked Linfield, 45-0, on Sept. 28. The time off should help Case's offense, which averages 100.2 rushing and 262.0 passing yards per game. Opponents are outscoring the Spartans by an average score of 29-18. Case hasn't won since handling Marietta, 37-16, on Sept. 7. ...This marks Case's first game in the state of Washington. The Loggers are allowing 51.5 points and 500.8 yards per game.

Lake Erie College (2-4, 1-3 GLIAC) at Malone (0-6, 0-5)

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Fawcett Stadium, Canton

What to watch for: Lake Erie College ends the season with five straight GLIAC South opponents, beginning with Malone, which has lost 12 straight games. Four of Malone's losses this season are by a combined 31 points. ...After hitting a bump in a 62-10 loss to Ashland on Oct. 5, LEC's offense returned to its accelerated ways last week, gaining a school-record 687 total and 406 rushing yards in a comfortable 48-21 victory over Notre Dame College. LEC ranks third in the GLIAC and 12th nationally with 278.3 rushing yards per game, and the Storm have eclipsed 600 yards in four of six games this season. ... Sophomore Anthony Bilal (Riverside) is sixth in Division II  with 948 rushing yards and is tied for third in all of college football with 14 rushing touchdowns. ...The Storm defeated Malone, 35-24, in Painesville last year. Brandon Phenix, who hasn't played this season because of an injury, gained 145 yards on 18 carries for LEC in the win.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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