Friday, November 1, 2013

Area college football previews for Nov. 2

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

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, Painesville

What to watch for: Lake Erie College returns home after a frustrating two-game roadtrip which included a 55-50 loss at Malone and 48-21 setback at Findlay. Run defense represented a major issue last week as the Storm surrendered 425 yards on 60 carries against Findlay. Offensively, sophomore running back Anthony Bilal (Riverside) was held to a season-low 23 rushing yards on 11 carries. Bilal ranks eighth nationally with 1,150 rushing yards. ...Veteran offensive lineman Mike Price is a player to watch for LEC. The senior left tackle started his 40th career game last week against Findlay. He leads a line that has lost Chris Higgins and Ben Miller to season-ending injuries. ...Walsh, which became a full Division II member in July, has defeated Northwood, Malone and Tiffin in GLIAC play. Junior Cameron Trudell had 14 solo tackles in last week's 30-29 victory over Tiffin. ....LEC won last year's game 27-20 in Canton. Ty Law (Madison) had a key extra-point block for the Storm.

Notre Dame College (3-5, 2-4 Mountain East) at West Virginia State (0-8, 0-7)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Dickerson Stadium, Institute, W.Va.

What to watch for: This trip could be the perfect remedy for Notre Dame College, which has lost three straight games. West Virginia Wesleyan is the lone winless team in the Mountain East Conference. The Yellow Jackets fell to winless Virginia-Wise, 18-10, last week. The Yellow Jackets are on a 14-game losing streak. ...NDC should be in good shape if West Virginia State gets sloppy. The Falcons have recovered 11 fumbles, the 12th most in Division II. ...NDC senior Jack Foy has caught 10 or more passes five times this season. He leads the Mountain East and ranks sixth nationally with 70 receptions. ...NDC quarterback Ray Russ (South) often doubles as the Falcons' punter. He dropped three punts inside the 20-yard line in last week's 20-16 loss to Glenville State.

Chicago (5-2, 0-0 UAA) at Case Western Reserve (3-3, 0-0)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: DiSanto Field

What to watch for: It's early November, which means time to begin University Athletic Association play. After a 1-3 start, the Spartans have won two straight. Chicago has dropped two of its last three games following a 4-0 start. Chicago holds a 12-11 lead in the all-time series. Case has won six of the last seven games and prevailed 28-15 last season. ...Case senior quarterback Erik Olson has been efficient in the past two games, completing 43 of 55 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns. Olson hasn't thrown an interception in 106 attempts this season. ...Chicago has a plus-11 turnover ratio and Chris Dengler leads the Maroons with three interceptions. ...This is Case's final home game. The Spartans end the season at Washington (Mo.) and Carnegie Mellon.

John Carroll (7-0, 6-0 OAC) at Wilmington (0-7, 0-6)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Williams Stadium, Wilmington

What to watch for: Before facing Heidelberg and Mount Union, the 15th-ranked Blue Streaks must visit pass-happy Wilmington. The Quakers' 38.4 passing attempts per game lead the Ohio Athletic Conference, and quarterback Brandon Arehart leads the conference with 1,916 passing yards. ... John Carroll quarterback Mark Myers leads the OAC with 140 completions and his 1,831 passing yards ranks second. Myers has been sacked a conference-low three times. ...John Carroll allows 3.3 points and 180.3 yards per game. Wilmington allows 49.3 points and 466 yards per game. ...Both teams are led by first-year coaches who played in the NFL. John Carroll's Tom Arth played for the Colts. Wilmington's Stacey Hairston spent time with the Browns, Cowboys and Seahawks.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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