September 17, 2010

W&J-Bethany Game Notes

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Washington & Jefferson (0-1, 0-0 PAC) vs. Bethany (1-1, 0-0 PAC)
Washington, Pa. -- Cameron Stadium (3,500)
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm
Surface: Field Turf
Radio: WJPA (1450-AM)
Internet: http://www.wjpa.com/sports.htm
Series: W&J leads 66-20
Series Streak: +27 W&J

Last Meeting: W&J 49, BC 0 -- 11/7/2009
First Meeting: W&J 36, BC 0 -- 9/26/1896
Last W&J Win: W&J 49, BC 0 -- 11/7/2009
Last BC Win: BC 28, W&J 9 -- 9/25/82
Last W&J Win at W&J: W&J 54, BC 7 -- 11/8/2008
Last BC Win at W&J: BC 28, W&J 9 -- 9/25/82

THE SERIES: Washington & Jefferson and Bethany meet for the 87th time in history on Saturday. The series is the longest in both schools' histories. W&J holds a 66-20 advantage in the all-time series and has won 27 consecutive times. The Bison last defeated the Presidents on Sept. 25, 1982, by a 28-9 margin in Washington.

THE HEAD COACHES: Mike Sirianni (Mount Union '94) is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson with a 70-13 (.854) overall record. The three-time PAC Coach of the Year and 2004 South Region Coach of the Year is second among all active NCAA head coaches in winning percentage (minimum five years of experience). Head Coach Tim Weaver (Davidson '90) is in his fifth year at Bethany. He also serves as the BC Director of Athletics. The Bison have posted a 15-27 record since his arrival on campus.

W&J vs. THE PAC: W&J sports a 243-80-4 (.749) all-time record against current members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference. The Presidents have won 57 of their last 61 conference contests. Below is a breakdown of the all-time records versus current PAC teams:

Bethany (66-20)
Geneva (36-19-2)
Grove City (33-12)
Saint Vincent (3-0)
Thiel (39-22-2)
Thomas More (3-2)
Waynesburg (34-3)
Westminster (29-2)

THE LAST MEETING {W&J 49, BC 0, 11/7/09, Bethany, W.Va.}: Brian Baldrige rushed for a career-high 131 yards and two touchdowns as W&J built a 28-point halftime lead and cruised to a 49-0 PAC football victory over Bethany at Bison Stadium. W&J also held the Bison scoreless for the fourth time in the teams' last six meetings. W&J scored on its first possession as Steven Shumaker snuck in from a yard out to cap a seven-play, 55-yard drive. Shumaker extended the lead to 14-0 at the 5:05 mark of the first quarter after lofting an 18-yard scoring pass to Craig Besong. Baldrige capped the first-quarter scoring on a 17-yard touchdown run as time expired in the period. Craig Sedunov put the Presidents in front 28-0 at halftime after intercepting a Dan Pegg pass and returning it 37 yards for a touchdown, his second defensive score in the past three weeks. Baldrige posted his second touchdown run in the third quarter, a 19-yard rush four minutes into the third quarter. Besong and Gino Rometo hooked up for a 46-yard touchdown pass at the 2:07 mark of the third quarter for a 42-0 advantage. Sedunov set up the Presidents' sixth touchdown with his second interception. W&J closed the scoring with 5:25 remaining as a pair of freshmen teamed up for their first career touchdowns. Andrew Cappucci connected with Ben Hoffer for a 21-yard scoring pass. The W&J defense held Bethany to 299 total yards, including only 58 rushing. Neil Sorice had a team-high eight tackles, while Nate Bucklew added seven stops. The Presidents' offense racked up 410 yards and 20 first downs. Rometo completed 11-of-16 passes for 139 yards, while Shumaker connected on all five pass attempts for 64 yards. Besong had seven receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

LAST TIME OUT {DVC 27, W&J 0; 9/11/10}: Tenth-ranked Delaware Valley held No. 20 W&J without a first down until late the third quarter as the host Aggies rolled to a 27-0 victory at James Work Stadium. The game was a part of the inaugural PAC-MAC Football Challenge Series. The Aggies (2-0) forced eight W&J punts, recorded six sacks and held a 466-67 total yardage advantage. DVC also owned sizeable advantages in time of possession (39:53-20:07) and first downs (27-5). DVC opened the scoring 3:14 into the game as Mark Hatty fired a short pass to Joe Gionfriddo who broke a tackle and raced 23 yards for a touchdown. Delaware Valley forced a quick W&J punt and nearly added on to its lead; however, junior safety Matthew Gal intercepted Hatty's pass at the goal line and returned it 16 yards. The DVC defense continued to cause havoc for the Presidents' offense and following senior Joe Kelly's third punt, Matt Cook capped a 14-play, 53-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter. Hatty took advantage of another W&J punt and ran 30 yards for a score with 2:16 left in the half. The Aggies limited the Presidents to 18 yards on 18 plays and gained 272 yards on 45 plays in the opening 30 minutes. Cook rushed 16 times for 89 yards in the first half, while Hatty threw for 150 yards on 15-of-21 accuracy. Washington & Jefferson converted a first down for the first time all afternoon at the 5:24 mark of the third quarter, but a fumble on the next play led to the Aggies' fourth touchdown. Hatty completed 22-of-30 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, while Cook piled up 121 yards on 27 rushing attempts. The W&J defense was paced by Gal's 12 tackles. He also forced a fumble in addition to his interception. Sophomore safety Ian Hennessey also produced a game-high 13 tackles, while senior free safety Craig Sedunov notched 11 stops. Senior quarterback Gino Rometo was sacked five times and completed 7-of-12 passes for 40 yards. Senior wide receiver Jordan Roycroft caught a game-high six passes for 30 yards, while freshman wideout Alex Baroffio grabbed three passes for 32 yards.

SCOUTING BETHANY: The Bison joined Grove City as the only league winners in last week's PAC-MAC Challenge Series. Bethany used a career-high 220 rushing yards and three touchdowns from junior Eric Walker to post a 31-29 victory at King's. King's attempted a last-second field goal to win, but it sailed wide left and the Bison escaped with their first victory of the season. For his efforts, Walker was selected as the PAC and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week. BC racked up 387 rushing yards, the most by a Bison squad since 2007. Head Coach Tim Weaver turned over the keys to the offense to freshman Matt Grimard and the Lowell, Massachusetts, native has proven to be a dual threat. He became the first Bison quarterback to rush for over 100 yards in 15 years with a 150-yard effort versus King's. He also completed 8-of-16 passes. The defense was paced by sophomore linebacker Kyle Arrington, who notched eight tackles and a sack. In week one, Allegheny blanked the Bison by a 28-0 margin. Neither team was able to gain more than 300 yards in the opener, but four Bethany turnovers proved to be the difference. Walker had 115 all-purpose yards, while Arrington had 11 tackles.

YEAR AFTER YEAR: The Presidents have notched 26 consecutive winning seasons which ranks as the 10th-best streak in Division III history and 16th among all NCAA or NAIA divisions. Only Linfield (54 years), Ithaca (38) and Mount Union (31) own longer active streaks among NCAA Division III schools.

COVER TWO: Every Washington & Jefferson football game can be heard live on WJPA (1450-AM) and online at http://www.wjpa.com/sports. Bob Gregg and Mark Uriah are in their 27th season calling the action every Saturday. Ironically, the Presidents' streak of 26-straight winning seasons started in 1984, the first year the WJPA duo began broadcasting Presidents' football.

SECOND COMING: The Presidents have won 11 of their last 12 games during the second week of the season, including seven in a row. The average margin of victory during those 10 wins is 20.8 points. W&J's last week two loss was at Allegheny (28-25) in 2002.

BY THE NUMBERS: Under Head Coach Mike Sirianni, the Presidents hold a 58-1 record when leading at halftime. W&J lost a 7-0 halftime lead last year against Thomas More, breaking a string of 56 consecutive games when W&J held on after leading at the half. Washington & Jefferson has also won 18 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.

HISTORY LESSON: Washington & Jefferson has won 666 games in its 118-year history (666-371-40) which is third behind Wittenberg (690) and Mount Union (672) in NCAA Division III history. From 2000-2009, W&J won 99 games, marking the fourth-highest total in NCAA Division III for the decade. Only Mount Union (139), St. John's (107) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (102) won more games than W&J. Defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater also recorded 99 victories.

JUST FOR KICKS: Senior Joe Kelly continued his strong play on special teams in week one with a 40.6 yard punting average. Kelly also handles the Presidents' placekicking duties, but did not on Saturday due to an injury. Freshman Eric Eberle booted the lone W&J kickoff. Kelly has a streak of 40 consecutive made extra points which is five shy of tying the school record held by City of Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl '03.

MOVIN' ON UP: Senior free safety Craig Sedunov has been the Presidents' leading tackler in each of the last two seasons. With 239 career stops, he is on pace to become only the fourth player in school history to reach 300. He is 36 tackles shy Mark Kern '89 for fifth place on the career tackle list. Sedunov has started and recorded at least one tackle in all 36 career games.

EYES ON IAN: Sophomore Ian Hennessy opened some eyes with his 2010 defensive debut on Saturday at Delaware Valley with a game-high 13 tackles. Hennessy, who came to W&J as a running back, plays the linebacker/safety hybrid position in the Presidents' defense.

WELCOME HOME: W&J has posted a 46-5 regular-season record in games at Cameron Stadium since 2000. The Presidents have won 30 of their past 35 home openers.

WATCH FROM HOME: Next week's key PAC game between W&J and Thomas More in Crestview Hills, Ky., will feature a live video webcast compliments of TMC Sports Information and livesportsvideo.com. The link for the live video will be available on the W&J athletics (http://www.washjeff.edu/athletics.aspx) website next week.

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