November 1, 2011

Spartans Continue Quest for UAA Title at Wash. U. on Saturday

More news about: Case Western Reserve

Case Western Reserve Spartans at Washington-St. Louis Bears
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Francis Field - St. Louis, Missouri

LIVE AUDIO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)
Pregame show begins at 11:45 a.m. (CDT)

LIVE VIDEO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wustl.portal

LIVE STATS: http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/Football/xlive.htm

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

THE MATCHUP

Winners of six straight, the Case Western Reserve University football team continues its quest for a University Athletic Association title and NCAA Playoff berth versus rival Washington University (Mo.) on Saturday, November 5 at Francis Field in St. Louis. The Spartans are 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the UAA following a 6-0 shutout of the University of Chicago (Ill.). Washington-St. Louis is 5-3 and 1-0 in the UAA after its 14-7 victory at Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).

SERIES NOTES

The young gridiron history between the Spartans and Bears dates back only to 1985. Washington holds a 17-8 lead in the all-time series, including a 14-13 win in last season's matchup. Prior to the meeting in 2010, Case had won three straight in the series. Before the Spartan streak, the Bears won the previous 15 meetings from 1992-2006. The Spartans won the first three matchups from 1985-88, including a 17-10 win at home in the inaugural game of the series.

THE COACHES

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 59-23 (.720) 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 46-6, 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 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 25 in each of the past four seasons (2007-10).

Washington is coached by Larry Kindbom, who is in his 23rd season with the Bears in 2011 with an overall record of 142-86 (.640). Under Kindbom's leadership, the Bears have captured eight UAA Championships and appeared in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 1999. Entering the season, Kindbom was ranked 25th in Division III for career coaching victories.

LAST MEETING

Washington blocked a pair of field goals in the final four minutes to end Case's chances at a fourth-consecutive NCAA Playoff berth in a 14-13 victory on Saturday, November 6 at Case Field. Then Spartan junior fullback Trevor LaBarge, currently a senior with the Bears, rushed for a career-high 117 yards on 21 carries. Jim O'Brien rushed for a game-high 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Through eight games, the Spartans average 22.9 points, 118.6 yards rushing, 181.5 yards passing and 300.1 total yards. Case opponents average 12.4 ppg, 79.6 yards rushing, 200.2 yards passing and 279.8 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +6 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 124-of-206 passes (60.2%) for 1,311 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 470 yards on 118 carries (4.0 ypc) with four touchdowns. Sicre also has 22 receptions for 117 yards and a score. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 380 yards rushing on 84 carries (4.5 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has team-highs of 44 receptions and 488 yards (11.1 ypc) to go along with three touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Sean Lapcevic (Presto, Pa./Chartiers Valley) has 28 receptions for 336 yards (12.0 ypc).

Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) leads the team with 78 tackles to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss and both an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is second with 77 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, and has two sacks, an interception return for a TD and a blocked field goal. Junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) has 52 tackles with four sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has 45 stops with UAA-bests of 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) has 37 stops with a team-high four interceptions, including two for touchdowns, and a forced fumble.

SCOUTING THE BEARS

Through eight games, Washington averages 21.0 points, 122.0 yards rushing, 190.1 yards passing and 312.1 total yards per game. Bear opponents average 17.0 points, 103.2 yards rushing, 215.4 yards passing and 318.6 total yards per game. The Bears have a -2 turnover ratio.

BEAR LEADERS

Offensively, junior QB Dan Burkett has completed 90-of-171 passes for 1,132 yards with 11 TDs and six INTs. Burkett has also rushed for 163 yards on 44 carries with a score. Junior RB Chris Castelluccio has rushed for 487 yards on 125 carries (3.9 ypc). Sophomore John Hagemann has 218 yards rushing on 55 carries with a TD. Junior fullback Trevor LaBarge has a team-high two rushing TDs. Senior WR Easton Knott leads the team with 24 receptions for 459 yards (19.1 ypc) and seven TDs. Senior WR Austin Morman has 246 yards on 17 catches. Senior tight end Phill Stoecker has 14 receptions for 128 yards and three TDs.

Defensively, senior LB Nick Hillard has a team-high 62 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, with a sack and two fumble recoveries. Senior LB Ed Ferguson has 48 tackles and a half-sack. Sophomore DB Scott O'Brien has 34 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, with a team-high three INTs and five pass break-ups. Sophomore DL Nelson Nwumeh has 31 tackles, with team-highs of 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and a blocked kick.

DEFENSE WINS GAMES

The Spartans currently lead the UAA in total defense (279.9 ypg), rush defense (79.6 ypg), scoring defense (12.4 ppg) and turnovers forced (21). Nationally, Case ranks 10th in rush defense and 15th in scoring defense.

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. Through eight games in 2011, English has 45 tackles, including UAA-bests of 13 TFL and 5.5 sacks, with 10 quarterback hurries, a pass break-up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. English now has 30 career sacks -- one-half shy of tying the school record of 30.5 set by Brian Calderone (2005-08).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) and sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) were named the UAA Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their roles in last week's 6-0 win versus Chicago. English, picking up his third career UAA Athlete of the Week honor, recorded 10 tackles, including four for loss, with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries against the Maroons. Riordan rushed for a career-high 103 yards on 17 carries with a season-best 45-yarder in the win versus Chicago.

FEEL THE "CALA-BREEZE"

Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), also the team's holder, has been an impact player for the Spartans this season. He has a 23-yard TD pass on a fake field goal, four interceptions with two returned for TDs, one punt return for a TD, and a forced fumble.

ROAD WARRIORS

During its past 23 road games dating back to 2007, CWRU has compiled an overall record of 22-1. That runs includes a 17-0 victory at Washington-St. Louis during

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 31, at N.C. Wesleyan 28
Box Score
Sep. 19: All times Eastern
Final
Framingham State 29, at Fitchburg State 26
Box Score Recap
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
Box Score Recap Recap
Final - OT
at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
Box Score
Final
at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
Box Score
Final
at Nichols 10, Becker 3
Box Score
Final
Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
Box Score
Final
Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Amherst 14, Bates 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
Box Score
Final
Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
Box Score
Final
at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
Box Score
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Endicott 41, at Kean 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
Box Score
Final
at Widener 41, Albright 23
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
Box Score
Final
at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
Box Score
Final
at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
Final
at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
Box Score
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score
Final - OT
Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
Final
at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Norwich 10, WPI 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
Box Score
Final
at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
Box Score
Final
at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score
Final
Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
Box Score
Final
at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
Box Score
Final
Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
Box Score
Final
Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
Box Score
Final
at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
Box Score
Final
at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
Box Score
Final
Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
Box Score
Final
Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
Box Score
Final
at Austin 21, Occidental 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
Final
at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
Box Score Recap
Final
at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
Box Score
Final
UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
Box Score
Final
at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
Box Score
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
Box Score
Final
Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score
Final
Trine 27, at Rockford 7
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
Box Score
Final
Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
Box Score
Final
at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
Box Score
Final
Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
Box Score
Final
Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
Box Score
Final
Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
@ Salem Stadium
Box Score Recap
Final
Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
Box Score Photos
Final
Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
Box Score
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
Final
at Augustana 34, Loras 17
Final
at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 41, Martin Luther 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
Box Score
Final
Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score

What We're Reading