September 19, 2011

Spartans Look to Get Back to Winning Ways at Denison

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Case Western Reserve Spartans at Denison Big Red
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.
Deeds Field - Piper Stadium - Granville, Ohio

LIVE AUDIO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)

LIVE VIDEO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/denison.portal#

LIVE STATS: http://live.denison.edu/athletics/mens/football/xlive.htm

Download the complete Spartan Games Notes in .pdf format by clicking HERE.

THE MATCHUP

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans look to get back to their winning ways at Denison University on Saturday, September 24 at Deeds Field - Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. The Spartans are coming off of a bye week after falling to 1-1 for the season with a 17-7 loss to the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Sept. 10. Denison is 2-1 following a 42-14 victory versus Hiram College last Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

SERIES NOTES

The Spartans and Big Red have met 25 times on the gridiron with CWRU holding a 17-7-1 lead in the all-time series. Case has won six consecutive meetings and 10 of the last 11 overall, including a 37-7 home victory in 2010. The first-ever meeting between the schools resulted in a 45-13 Spartan victory at home in 1984. Denison's last win in the series came in 2004 by a score of 36-21 in Granville.

THE COACHES

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 53-23 (.697) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 40-5, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons (2007-10).

Denison is coached by Jack Hatem, who is in his second season with an overall record of 6-7. Hatem became Denison's 20th head coach in the 121-year history of Big Red football in March of 2010. He had spent the previous five seasons at Denison as an assistant coach, serving as defensive coordinator for the final three seasons of that stint. Prior to coming to Denison, Hatem spent 13 years as a high school football head coach. He also served three seasons as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, The University of Rio Grande.

LAST MEETING

The Spartans improved to 3-0 in 2010 and stretched their regular season win streak to 34 games with a 37-7 victory on Heritage and Fireworks Night at Case Field on September 25, 2010. Running back Derek Bush rushed for 62 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Quarterback Joey Baum completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 248 yards and a score and wide reciver Zach Homyk hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards. Defensively, current senior tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) totaled four tackles, including three for loss, two sacks and two pass break-ups. Denison was led offensively by WR Lucas Graham with five receptions for 85 yards. The Big Red defense was paced by cornerback Pat Effinger with a game-high eight tackles.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Through two games, the Spartans average 15.5 points, 114 yards rushing, 139 yards passing and 253 total yards. Case opponents average 12 ppg, 108 yards rushing, 258 yards passing and 366 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +1 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 29-of-53 passes for 278 yards with thee interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 199 yards on 26 carries (7.7 ypc) with a touchdown. Sicre also has a team-high nine receptions for 52 yards. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 80 yards rushing on 20 carries (4.0 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has seven receptions for a team-high 74 yards.

Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) has a team-high 22 tackles, including three for loss, with an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is second on the team with 20 tackles and is tied for the team-lead with 1.5 sacks. Senior defensive end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has 14 stops with a team-high six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

SCOUTING THE BIG RED

Through three games, Denison averages 33.3 points, 206 yards rushing, 217.7 yards passing and 423.7 total yards per game. Big Red opponents average 12.7 points, 60.3 yards rushing, 186.3 yards passing and 246.7 total yards per game. The Big Red has a -1 turnover ratio and four blocked kicks through three games.

BIG RED LEADERS

Offensively, junior QB Max Paulus has completed 53-of-82 passes (64.6%) for 588 yards with nine TDs and two INTs. Paulus also has 136 yards rushing on 21 carries. Junior RB Sam Fioroni, this week's North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, has rushed for 443 yards on 57 carries (7.8 ypc) with two rushing TDs and one receiving score. Senior WR Braden Layer has 15 receptions for 232 (15.5 ypc) and classmate Lucas Graham has 11 catches for 105 (9.5 ypc) with three TDs. Junior RB Steven Lilley has three touchdown combined, with one on the ground and two in the air.

Defensively, junior DB Alex Sycher has a team-high 24 tackles, including two for loss, with four pass break-ups. Senior LB Adam Frudden has 20 tackles, with three for loss, an interception and a blocked kick. Junior DL Lane Hartfield has 13 tackles, including six for loss, with 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

AN "ENGLISH" LESSON

Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, he totaled 64 tackles, including 13 for loss, with nine sacks. The D3Football.com All-North Region selection also posted a stretch of seven straight games with at least a half-sack. Through two games in 2011, English has 12 tackles, including three for loss, with a sack, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery.

NEED A HERO?

With starting hero Michael Fioramonti (Loxahatchee, Fla./Seminole Ridge) out with an injury during the John Carroll game, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) has moved from his traditional inside linebacker spot and more than adequately filled in. In two games, Ferguson has posted 22 tackles, including three for loss, with an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown.

ROAD WARRIORS

During its past 20 road games dating back to 2007, CWRU has compiled an overall record of 19-1.

38

The number of consecutive regular season victories that Case Western Reserve posted from November 4, 2006 until October 30, 2010.

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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Final
at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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Final
MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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Final
at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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Final
St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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Final
at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Final
Colby 9, at Williams 7
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Final
at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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Final
at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Final
Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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Final
at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Final
Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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Final
at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Final
Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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Final
at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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Final
at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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Final
at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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Final
at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Final
at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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Final
at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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Final
at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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Final
at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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Final
at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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Final
at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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Final
at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Final
Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Final
Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Final
Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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Final
at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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Final
at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Final
Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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Final
at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Final
Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Final
Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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Final
at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Final
Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Final
Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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Final
at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Final
Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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Final
at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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Final
at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Final
Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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Final
at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Final
Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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Final
at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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Final
at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Final
Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Final
Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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Final
at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
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Final
at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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Final
UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Final
UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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Final
UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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Final
at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Final
Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Final
Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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Final
at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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Final
at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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Final
at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
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Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Sep. 30: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
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Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap