Friday, October 25, 2013

Area college football previews for Oct. 26

Trinity (4-3) at Case Western Reserve (2-3)

When: Noon

Where: Case Field

What to watch for: Case might feel lost in its own surroundings. The Spartans are playing their first home game since falling to second-ranked Linfield, 45-0, on Sept. 28. Little has happened in the past four weeks. Case has played once, earning a 38-31 victory at Puget Sound last week. ...The game marks Greg Debeljak's 100th as the Spartans' head coach. Debeljak, a Mentor grad, is 69-30 in 10 seasons. ...Two area players -- Ricky Hanzlik (Mentor) and John Mangelluzzi (Mayfield) -- are big part of Case's offense. Hanzlik has 200 rushing yards on 43 carries and Mangelluzzi has caught a team-high 20 passes for 241 yards. ...Trinity is Case's first opponent from the state of Texas.

Lake Erie College (2-5, 1-4 GLIAC) at Findlay (4-3, 2-3)

When: Noon

Where: Donnell Stadium

What to watch for: This might be the ideal game for offensive junkies. Lake Erie College averages 38.0 points and 578.4 yards per game. Findlay averages 35.7 points and 517.4 yards. Both teams rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense. ...Anthony Bilal (Riverside) became LEC's all-time leading rusher by gaining 179 yards on 21 carries last week at Malone. Bilal has 1,982 career rushing yards. ... Reigning GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week and LEC senior quarterback Brendan Gallagher ranks fifth nationally with a 70.8 completion percentage. ...The Storm have accumulated 1,520 offensive yards the past two weeks. ...Picked third in the GLIAC South preseason poll, Findlay owns a 2-1 record against LEC. The Oilers won last year's game 41-17. LEC defeated Findlay, 48-45, in 2010. ...Findlay senior wide receiver Seth White has 142 career receptions and junior Lloyd Henry leads the GLIAC with 53 receptions this season.

Glenville State (3-4, 3-3 Mountain East) at Notre Dame College (3-4, 2-3)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Mueller Field

What to watch for: The Falcons are undefeated in South Euclid, defeating Malone, 37-31, West Virginia Wesleyan, 34-25, and Virginia-Wise, 59-35, on their new turf. NDC, though, is trying to recover from lopsided road losses to Lake Erie College and Shepherd, games it lost by a combined 105-38. ...NDC senior running back Pedro Powell has 983 rushing yards and averages 179 rushing yards per game at home. NDC senior Jack Foy leads the Mountain East with 8.6 catches per game. ...Glenville State is one of Rich Rodriguez's past coaching stops. Rodriguez coached the Pioneers from 1990-96. This year's Pioneers need a win Saturday to avoid finish a bottom-half finish in the Mountain East. Glenville State running back Rahmann Lee has 650 rushing yards and five touchdowns and Hayden Davis has a team-high 74 tackles.

No. 16 John Carroll (6-0, 5-0 OAC) at Ohio Northern (3-3, 2-3)

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Dial-Roberson Stadium

What to watch for: A possible trap game for John Carroll? The Blue Streaks are rolling and begin a two-game stretch that will likely determine their postseason fate Nov. 9 against Heidelberg. Before facing the Student Princes, John Carroll must visit Ohio Northern and rebuilding Wilmington. John Carroll edged Ohio Northern, 28-23, last season. ...John Carroll ranks first in the OAC in scoring defense (3.8 points per game) and pass defense (88.3 yards per game) and second in total (189.3) and rushing (101.0) defense. ...John Carroll's DaQuan Grobsmith and Tommy Michals (Lake Catholic) rank second and sixth, respectively, in the OAC in rushing yards. Grobsmith has gained 517 yards on 97 carries. Michals has gained 374 yards on 60 carries. ...Ohio Northern senior Ryan Reid is tied for the OAC lead with three interceptions.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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