Geneva at Westminster (Pa.) Game Notes
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The game notes for the Westminster College football team's season finale and Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rivalry game at home vs. Geneva on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. are now online. The notes are best viewed in .pdf format by clicking here.
GENEVA COLLEGE GOLDEN TORNADOES
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE TITANS
Saturday, Nov. 12 - 1 p.m.
Harold Burry Stadium - New Wilmington, Pa.
Radio: WWNW-FM 88.9 (www.titanradio.net)
TV: WCN, Replay on Monday at 7 p.m. (wcnlive.com)
Live stats: click here
Westminster (5-4, 4-3 PAC) enters the final game of the season in a three-way tie for third place in the PAC with two teams it lost to (Saint Vincent and W&J). The Titans are seeking their first winning season since 2002 when the Titans finished 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the PAC. Westminster ranks fifth in the PAC in total defense (316.2 yards per game) and eighth in total offense (245.8). Senior QB Shawn Lehocky ranks seventh in the PAC with 135.2 passing yards per game (111-195, 1,082 yards, 9 TDs, 7 INTs), while junior WR Geno Pasquinelli ranks second in the league with 5.6 receptions per game (50 for 571 yards) including a PAC-best nine receiving touchdowns. Senior DE Ryan Brucker ranks third in the PAC with 5.5 sacks.
Geneva (3-6, 3-4 PAC) looks to finish with a .500 conference record in its first season of eligibility for the PAC title. Geneva ranks fifth in the PAC in offense (330.3) and eighth in defense (389.8). Geneva is being outscored by an average of 22.2-33.1 this year. Junior QB Rocco Collavecchia ranks fourth in the PAC with 60.6 rushing yards per game (105 for 545 yards, 6 TDs) and 10th in passing (38-74 for 638 yards, 5 TDs), while Geneva's other QB, sophomore Zack Hayward, ranks sixth in the league in passing (124-222 for 1343, 10 TDs). Sophomore LB Dillon Goodell ranks ninth in the PAC with 66 tackles (7.3 per game).
TITANS' LAST GAME
Westminster lost at Saint Vincent, 21-9, Saturday. With the exception of Westminster scoring a safety late in the third quarter, all of the scoring took place in the first half. Saint Vincent took a 14-0, first-quarter lead that Westminster chopped in half in the second quarter, but the Bearcats went up 21-7 before halftime on Aaron Smetanka's second touchdown pass of the game. Saint Vincent amassed 369 total yards while limiting the Titans to just 153 total yards. Westminster's most productive drive was its 15-play, 65-yard touchdown march that spanned 7:08 of the first and second quarters and concluded with senior QB Shawn Lehocky throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to junior WR Geno Pasquinelli. Lehocky finished the game 7-for-21 passing for 54 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and three sacks. Pasquinelli snared six passes for 72 yards. Freshman DB Korrtezz Martin led all tacklers with a game-high 12 stops. Martin also had an interception, his second of the season.
Westminster seventh-year head coach Jeff Hand is 27-42 (.391) as the Titans' coach and 64-66 (.492) for his 13-year career, which includes two other head-coaching jobs (Benedictine (Ill.), Waynesburg). A 1992 Clarion graduate, Hand's best season was in 2003 when he guided Waynesburg to the PAC championship and an NCAA playoff appearance with a 9-2 record. Geneva coach Geno DeMarco is 124-76 (.620) in 19 years and exactly 200 games as head coach and he's the winningest coach in school history. A 1983 Geneva graduate who played at Geneva, DeMarco returned to his alma mater after coaching at Georgia Tech and WVU.
Geneva is Westminster's most common and first-ever opponent as the rivals have met 112 times since Westminster's first football game in 1891 with the Titans leading the series 62-42-8. Since the two teams began playing the last game of the season during PAC Rivalry Week, the home team has won each game including Geneva winning 29-26 in 2008 and 30-24 in triple overtime last year, while Westminster won 31-28 in 2009. Geneva has outscored the Titans by an average of 29-27 in the last three meetings.
Series Started: 1891 (Geneva won 42-0)
Series Record: Westminster leads 62-42-8
Current Win Streak: Geneva 1
Longest WC Win Streak: 30 (1958-87)
Longest Geneva Win Streak: 7 (1930-36)
Largest Margin WC win: 60-0 in 1899
Largest Margin Geneva win: 51-0 in 1936
Last Five Meetings: Geneva 3-2
2010: at Geneva 30, Westminster 24 (3OT)
2009: at Westminster 31, Geneva 28
2008: at Geneva 29, Westminster 26
2007: Geneva 37, at Westminster 14
2001: Westminster 12, at Geneva 7
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (Nov. 13) -- Westminster's 2010 season came to a dramatic conclusion with a roller-coaster game at Geneva that included three overtimes, four ties and five lead changes. The Titans lost 30-24 in triple overtime after Geneva scored on a 17-yard touchdown run by Gerard Muschette on Geneva's second play in the third overtime. Geneva blocked Westminster's field goal attempt on the Titans' possession in the third overtime. Muschette rushed 33 times for 190 yards. Geneva QB David Girardi threw for 147 yards and 2 TDs including 7 of 94 and a score to Corey O'Patchen. Junior QB Shawn Lehocky led the Titans with 152 passing yards on 16-32 passing with one TD. Sophomore WR Geno Pasquinelli had five catches for 28 yards, while Collin Wallace caught four balls for 74 yards. Sophomore RB John Proano led the Titans on the ground with 32 rushes for 125 yards. Freshman RB Tyler Banks also rushed 14 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore OLB Aaron Nauer posted eight tackles to go with his career-high three sacks and one forced fumble.
Westminster has 13 returning starters, not including senior WR John Baummer who started two years ago. Of those 14 players, one is a fourth-year starter in senior P Andrew Clark and two are third-year starters in junior S Kyle Allen and senior CB Jordon Rooney. The other 11 are second-year starters but there are also five additional players who have started at least one game entering the 2011 season. Rooney, Allen, senior QB Shawn Lehocky and senior RT Adam Fueller are the only returners who started all 10 games last year. Allen holds the team's longest start streak at 21 games. Rooney's 28 career starts leads the team.
PASSING TO PASQUINELLI
Junior WR Geno Pasquinelli, a second team all-PAC pick last year, ranks second in the PAC with 5.6 receptions and 63.4 receiving yards per game (50 for 571 yards). He leads the PAC with nine receiving touchdowns. Pasquinelli is tied for sixth at Westminster with 16 career touchdowns with Chad Rosatelli (2006-09) and his nine touchdown catches this year is four away for the school single-season record and two away from the school record for a 10-game season. His 50 receptions this year are five away from entering the top five in team history for a single season (14 away from the record). Pasquinelli tied a career high with eight receptions (for 65 yards) vs. Lycoming and three times this year he tied a career high with two touchdown receptions (Grove City, Bethany, Thiel). Last year, he ranked second in the PAC with 5.3 receptions per game and fifth with 57.1 receiving yards per game despite not starting until the fifth game of the season because of an injury. His career high for receiving yards is 129 (on 6 catches) vs. Bethany last year. Twice during his career Pasquinelli (2010, 2011) tied the school record with five-game touchdown reception streaks, equalling streaks held by Chad Rosatelli (2008) and Roger Price (1971).
Making all eight of his field goal attempts this year, sophomore K Zac Henry is the only perfect field goal kicker in the PAC with more than one attempt, including two at Grove City and a season-long 38-yarder at Bethany. He ranks second in the PAC with 0.89 field goals per game. A first-year starter, Henry is 9-for-13 for his career including a 44-yarder at Geneva last year.
ALL IN WITH ALLEN
Junior S Kyle Allen ranks fourth in the PAC with four interceptions (for 72 yards). Allen also ranks fifth in the PAC in kick return average (14.5), seventh on the team with 45 tackles and he's fourth on the team with three pass break-ups. Allen, a second-team all-PAC pick as a return specialist last year, led the PAC and ranked 42nd in the nation with a 24.7 kickoff return average last year. He has nine career interceptions. He has scored three career touchdowns: 33-yard interception return vs. Hiram (2010), a 90-yard kickoff return vs. Grove City (2010) and a 36-yard fumble return while covering a kickoff at Thiel this year.
LEHOCKY THE LEADER
Senior QB Shawn Lehocky ranks sixth in team history with 3,848 career passing yards. He is 152 yards from 4,000 and 226 from tying Todd Huda (1994-97) for fifth place. In eight games this year (he missed one with an injury), Lehocky has thrown for 1,082 yards on 111-195 passing (56.9%, 9 TDs, 7 INTs) and his 135.2 passing yards per game ranks seventh in the PAC. Lehocky ranked fifth in the PAC last year with 172.6 passing yards per game (155-293 for 1,726, 14 TDs, 16 INTs). He's also a rushing threat. As a platoon quarterback in 2009, he rushed for 446 yards and seven TDs including a career-high 112 yards and a career-high two rushing scores vs. Waynesburg to become the team's first-ever quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game. Lehocky's other career highs are 256 passing yards (Saint Vincent, 2010), 25 completions and 48 pass attempts (vs. Thomas More, 2011), 3 passing touchdowns (3 occasions), 3 interceptions (twice) and 19 rushing attempts (Waynesburg, 2010). Lehocky also excels in the classroom. He is the PAC SAAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for October 2011 and he is a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's National Scholar-Athlete Award.
SAINT VINCENT GAME AWARD-WINNERS
Westminster's coaches released the awards for the Saint Vincent week: Scout Team Players of the Week went to junior OL Matt Lawless (offense) and freshman DB Gino Mariano (defense).
Westminster has a 71% winning percentage since 1952 (403-161-10), including 47 winning seasons, 11 undefeated regular seasons, and six national championships (NAIA Division II 1970, '76, '77, '88, '89, and '94). Westminster has an all-time record of 577-405-54 (.584) and its 577 wins rank ninth with amongst current NCAA Division III programs. Westminster also has four representatives enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. They include QB Harold Davis (1953-56) in the Class of 2004, coach Joe Fusco (1972-90) in the Class of 2001, OG/LB Larry Pugh (1961-64) in the Class of 1998, and coach Harold Burry (1952-71) in the inaugural non-NCAA Division I Class of 1996.
- Westminster seeks its first winning record since 2002 when the Titans finished 6-4.
- The Titans had four 5-5 seasons since 2002 and every one included a season-ending loss.
- Westminster is 1-7 in its last eight season finales; however, the Titans are 9-3 in their last 12 senior recognition games, which are the last home games of the season.
- Westminster's current 4-3 PAC record ties the 2002 team's second-place 4-1 PAC finish for the most conference wins since the Titans became eligible for the PAC title in 2002.
- Westminster has clinched its 53rd non-losing season in the past 61 years and with its next win the Titans would have 48 winning seasons in the last 61 years.
- Westminster is 12-9 in its last 21 home games and 6-15 in its last 21 road games.
- The Titans are 4-0 this year when Shawn Lehocky completes at least 58 percent of his passes and 0-4 when he doesn't.
- Senior punter Andrew Clark is ranked second in the PAC with 38.3 yards per punt and he had a career-long 60-yarder at Saint Vincent last week.
- Senior DE Ryan Brucker's 5.5 sacks are tied for third in the PAC and his 11.0 tackles for loss are tied with junior OLB Aaron Nauer for fifth in the league.
- Despite being a edge-rushing outside linebacker and not a defensive back, junior Aaron Nauer is tied for second in the PAC with nine pass break-ups, mostly on batted down passes near the line of scrimmage.
- Westminster's leading tackler, sophomore ILB Nate Moot, ranks 10th in the PAC with 7.2 stops per game (65 total).
- Junior ILB Alex Kernicky's career-high 15 tackles vs. W&J and 14 at Bethany gave him 29 stops for the most tackles by a Titan in consecutive games since All-American LB Craig Mills posted 32 tackles in consecutive games in 1996.
- Junior RB John Proano rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 24 carries at Bethany to become the sixth Titan since 1992 with at least four career 100-yard rushing games.
- Westminster's 296 rushing yards vs. Bethany were its most since it had 306 in a 41-22 win over Hiram in 2004 and the Titans' 54 passing yards vs. Bethany were the fewest since the Titans threw for 34 in a 12-7 win at Geneva in 2001.
- Westminster is 12-4 since 2007 when it has a player rush for 100 yards or more in a game.
- Since 2004, the Titans are 11-1 when they rush for 200 yards (only loss was last year's season finale at Geneva).
- Westminster's four captains as voted by the players for the 2011 season are senior DL Ryan Budziszewski, senior OL Adam Fueller, senior QB Shawn Lehocky, a second year captain, and senior CB Jordon Rooney.
- Since Westminster beat Geneva, 12-7, in 2001 with 53 total yards, three of the Titans' four lowest offensive games have occurred this season (176 vs. Hiram 9/3/11; 153 vs. Thiel 10/22/05; 153 at Saint Vincent 11/5/11; and 89 vs. Lycoming 9/10/11).
- In this year's season opener vs. Hiram, Westminster tied a school record with five fumble recoveries, equalling two other five-fumble recovery games in 1986 and 1989.
- The Titans held Hiram to just 188 total yards, the fewest against any team since they held Hiram to 107 yards in a 38-7 win in 2005.
- Westminster was picked eighth in the 2011 PAC preseason poll and three-time defending champion Thomas More is once again the favorite.
- Westminster's returning all-PAC players from 2010 are junior WR Geno Pasquinelli, junior S Kyle Allen (as a returner specialist) and junior OLB Aaron Nauer, all of which earned second-team honors.
TITANS ON THE RADIO
All Westminster football games, home and away, are carried live on WWNW 88.9 FM throughout Lawrence County at 4,000 watts and live and archived on the Internet at titanradio.net and westminster.edu/athletics. Calling the action will be Dr. Dave Barner on play-by-play, along with Westminster senior Marshall Cupelli as color analyst. New for the 2011 season, fans can listen to broadcasts on their smart phones or mobile devices by downloading a free application online at tunein.com/mobile. Once linked, listeners can access Titan Radio by typing "WWNW" or "Titan Radio" in the application search box and those who live locally can already see the station under the local radio tab.
TITANS ON TV
The Westminster Cable Network (WCN) will telecast all home games live on television and on an online video stream at wcnlive.com with archived games available online. All games, home and away, will be televised on a tape-delay basis on Mondays at 7 p.m. Games can be seen on Armstrong Cable (Channel 72 (basic) in New Wilmington; Channel 204 in Grove City, Mercer and Slippery Rock -- basic-only users in that area tune to 92-12), and on Comcast Cable (Channel 183 in Lawrence County). Westminster senior Bradford Arick will call the play-by-play with former Titan football coach Scott Renninger for home games. Head coach Jeff Hand also appears on the WCN show "Coaches Corner" that airs Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m.
TITANS ON THE BLOG
Senior QB Shawn Lehocky writes a weekly diary that can be found on the Titan Sports Blog at westminster.edu/athletics/blog.cfm.