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. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
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7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video Live Stats Audio
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Belhaven at Millsaps
Video Live Stats
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Video Live Stats
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
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Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
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12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
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12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
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12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
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12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
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12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
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12:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
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1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
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1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
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1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
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1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
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1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
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1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
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1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
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1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
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1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
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1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
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1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
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1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
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1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
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1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
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1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
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2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
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2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
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2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
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2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
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2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
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2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
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2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
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2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
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2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
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2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Video Audio Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
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2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
McPherson at Nebraska Wesleyan
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4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Video
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
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5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
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6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
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6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
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6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
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6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
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6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
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7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
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7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
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7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
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7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
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7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
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7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
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7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
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7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
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7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
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7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
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8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
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8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
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8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
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8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
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Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
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Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
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7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
Live Stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Video
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
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7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
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