Friday, November 15, 2013

Area college football previews for Nov. 16

Tiffin (2-8, 1-7 GLIAC) at Lake Erie College (3-7, 2-6)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, Painesville

What to watch for: The Storm's sixth -- and final -- home game should again test the Britt Stadium scoreboard bulbs. Tiffin ranks 137 nationally in total (447.4 yards per game) and rushing (217.2) defense. After gaining a 37 yards last week at Ohio Dominican, LEC sophomore running back Anthony Bilal (Riverside) could be primed for a big game. Bilal needs 154 rushing yards to reach 1,500 for the season. He also needs three touchdowns to reach 25. ... LEC senior quarterback Brendan Gallagher is looking to end his career with three straight 300-yard passing games. ...LEC hasn't won four games since joining the GLIAC in 2010, so a victory should generate offseason momentum. Nineteen of the Storm's offensive and defensive starters are underclassmen. Gallagher, left tackle Mike Price and tight end Cole Gordon are the only seniors in the projected starting lineup. ...LEC leads the all-time series 2-1, but Tiffin won last year's game, 34-14.

Notre Dame College (4-6, 3-5 Mountain East) at West Liberty (3-7, 3-5)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Russek Field, West Liberty, W.Va.

What to watch for: The Falcons are making their fourth trip to West Virginia, where they are 1-2. Two weeks ago, Notre Dame College earned its first road victory by defeating West Virginia State, 42-16. The Falcons have never won two straight road games West Liberty has lost four straight games and fell to Virginia-Wise, 24-13, last week. The Hilltoppers average 13.4 points per game, the second lowest total in the Mount East. ...NDC's first recruiting class is playing its final game. The group is looking to lead NDC to five wins for the second time in the program's four-year history. ...Senior Jack Foy needs nine catches to reach 100 while senior Pedro Powell enters his final game with 4,642 career rushing yards. ..NDC linebacker Hayden Davis leads the conference with 109 tackles. West Liberty's Griffin Yocum averages a conference-best 41.5 yards per punt.

No. 9 John Carroll (9-0, 8-0 OAC) at No. 1 Mount Union (9-0, 8-0)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Mount Union Stadium, Alliance

What to watch for: A sellout crowd is expected to watch one of the biggest regular-season Division III games played in Ohio in the last 20 years. The winner captures the outright OAC title, something John Carroll hasn't secured since 1989, the same year it last defeated Mount Union. The Purple Raiders have won the last 20 games in the series. John Carroll hasn't held Mount under 30 points since 1998. This year's Blue Streaks have allowed 33 points through nine games. ...Mount Union's defensive front is tenacious. John Carroll's offensive line is sturdy. The Purple Raiders average 9.4 tackles for losses per game. The Blue Streaks' offensive line, which includes starters Jack Corrigan, Anthony Latina, Breen Cullivan, Alex Manos and A.J. Short, has allowed three sacks. The line is cohesive for good reason. Corrigan, Latina and Short attended St. Ignatius. Cullivan and Manos attended St. Charles Prep. Tom Lally leads Mount Union with seven sacks. ...Get ready for more Week 10 games between the schools. The Blue Streaks and Purple Raiders end the regular season against each other every year from 2014-17.

Case Western Reserve (4-4, 1-1 UAA) at Carnegie Mellon (3-6, 0-2 UAA)

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Gesling Stadium, Pittsburgh

What to watch for: The teams are playing for the Academic Bowl, a brainy trophy presented for the first time 1986. Future doctors and engineers fill both sidelines. ...The Spartans are looking to post their seventh straight winning season. The task is more difficult than it appears. Carnegie Mellon is 0-2 in UAA play, but the Tartans have lost to University Athletic Association opponents Washington (Mo.) and Chicago by a combined four points. ...Next year's meeting between the schools will count toward two sets of conference standings. Case and Carnegie Mellon are joining the Presidents' Athletic Conference as football members beginning next season. The schools are also maintaining their UAA ties.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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