September 11, 2013

New Coach, High-Powered Offense Leads Oxy Football

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LOS ANGELES — Senior captain and offensive lineman Dalton Spinas knows what it's going to take for the Occidental College football team to make a jump in the SCIAC standings.

 "Last year we were really good at moving the ball, we just lacked the discipline to finish drives and get in the end zone," said Spinas.

Photos of Oxy's Intrasquad Scrimmage

The Tigers had the most prolific passing offense, but finished 2-7 and left two wins on the table at La Verne and Chapman. Oxy was inside the La Verne five-yard-line with less than 2 minutes left, but failed to convert on 4th and 1. Against Chapman, the Tigers would have had a 2-minute drill to win if their defense hadn't allowed a conversion on 3rd and 15 late in the fourth quarter.

"I think that discipline will come with the new coaching staff this year," said Spinas, who's moving from right guard to left tackle this year. "We're still going to be productive we're just going to get more points on the board."

First-year head coach Doug Semones' contagious enthusiasm is the catalyst.

"The morale of the team is higher than I've ever seen at Occidental," Spinas said. "Coach Semones is a real high-energy guy, which we haven't really had in the past. He's really a players coach so all the younger guys are buying into that."

Semones was an assistant at Yale from 2009-11 and has had successful stops as a high school head coach and assistant in the Arena Football League. He is new to the SCIAC, but he doesn't have to see much to recognize attitude and ability.

"We're practicing well, the effort is there, the guys have bought in and we have some guys that can do some things," Semones said.

All-SCIAC Senior QB Tommy Edwards His Tigers will be among the best in the SCIAC at a handful of skill positions. Oxy returns Second Team All-SCIAC quarterback Tommy Edwards, who led the SCIAC with 340.3 passing yards per game and became just the fourth SCIAC quarterback to throw for more than 2,900 yards in a season.

Edwards' primary target will be junior wide receiver Samuel Stekol, who caught 50 passes for 715 yards as Oxy's No. 2 target last season. This year, with First Team All-SCIAC wide receiver Matthew Tuckness graduated, he'll be the focal point.

In the backfield, sophomore Kwame Do and senior Austin Cheadle will split carries.

On the other side of the ball, Oxy's defensive line will be its strength. The Tigers return Second Team All-SCIAC senior defensive endMichael Gilliam and standout junior defensive tackle Dallas Gosselin.

The difficulty for the Tigers on defense will be stopping the run, a challenge senior captain and inside linebacker Matt Matulaitis says Oxy's ready for.

 "We expect to be a lot better than we were last year. Defensively our strength will be our speed," said Matulaitis, who led Oxy with 64 tackles in 2012. "We're going to stop the run. We're another year older and we're going to stay gap sound."

Oxy returns a total of 17 of 23 starters, including kicker and punter Marc Kuzbari.

Oxy opens the season at Pacific this Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Hobart 28, at Endicott 18
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Buffalo State 60, at Manchester 32
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Montclair State 7, at Salve Regina 6
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at Western Connecticut 58, Nichols 0
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Alfred 34, at RPI 31
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Brockport State 17, at Cortland State 14
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at Plymouth State 30, Mount Ida 24
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Bridgewater State 29, at William Paterson 20
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Rowan 31, at Framingham State 21
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at MIT 38, Becker 14
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at Western New England 17, Westfield State 14
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Stevenson 7, at King's 0
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Lycoming 26, at Albright 0
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at Muhlenberg 42, Franklin and Marshall 7
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at Moravian 28, McDaniel 7
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Norwich 10, at St. Lawrence 7
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Elmhurst 33, at Olivet 27
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Illinois Wesleyan 35, at Albion 28
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at Hampden-Sydney 35, Christopher Newport 30
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Wheaton (Ill.) 26, at Kalamazoo 12
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Widener 45, at Lebanon Valley 3
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at Adrian 40, Carthage 14
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at Juniata 38, Dickinson 35
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at Randolph-Macon 48, Averett 16
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at Trine 28, Millikin 14
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at Wilkes 41, Misericordia 7
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at Ursinus 31, Gettysburg 14
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Utica 23, at Union 16
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at Concordia (Mich.) 23, Anderson 18
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Morrisville State 43, at Hartwick 40
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N.C. Wesleyan 27, at Lincoln (Pa.) 0
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Greenville 44, at Minnesota-Morris 9
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Johns Hopkins 27, at Susquehanna 20
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Capital 54, at Earlham 20
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Emory and Henry 14, at Maryville (Tenn.) 13
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UW-Whitewater 42, at Franklin 13
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Centre 34, at Defiance 7
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Thomas More 45, at Hanover 16
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at Hope 37, Augustana 27
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at Waynesburg 35, St. Vincent 24
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Millsaps 30, at Mount St. Joseph 22
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Oberlin 47, at Kenyon 28
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at Baldwin Wallace 32, Bluffton 20
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at Simpson 22, UW-River Falls 6
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St. Scholastica 41, at Iowa Wesleyan 14
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at UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
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at Trinity International 49, Wisconsin Lutheran 22
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Augsburg 55, at Concordia (Wis.) 45
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at Sewanee 21, Washington and Lee 19
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at Wartburg 31, Bethel 14
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at Carleton 40, Knox 14
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Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Lake Forest 9
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Luther 20, at St. Olaf 3
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at Concordia-Moorhead 30, Buena Vista 9
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at St. Norbert 17
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Texas Lutheran 37, at Hardin-Simmons 14
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at Ripon 24, Rockford 14
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at Beloit 27, Grinnell 23
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at Carroll 34, Benedictine 6
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at Southwestern 27, Sul Ross State 20
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at MacMurray 42, Martin Luther 36
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Westminster (Mo.) 34, at Crown 13
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Northwestern (Minn.) 48, at Eureka 16
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Marian (Ind.) 24, at UW-Oshkosh 20
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at Occidental 34, Puget Sound 32
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at St. Thomas 46, UW-La Crosse 0
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at Coast Guard 42, Merchant Marine 31
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Maine Maritime 42, at Anna Maria 12
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Howard Payne 27, at Wayland Baptist 21
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at UW-Stout 21, Loras 17
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at Alcorn St. 52, Louisiana College 10
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Rochester 35, at Alfred State 21
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at Pacific Lutheran 35, Cal Lutheran 28
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Whitworth 30, at Whittier 17
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at Willamette 34, Trinity (Texas) 10
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at LaGrange 28, Berry 27
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Wesley 43, at Salisbury 5
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at Geneva 42, Grove City 0
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Washington and Jefferson 56, at Westminster (Pa.) 21
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at Alma 31, North Park 7
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Frostburg State 20, at Shenandoah 10
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at Bridgewater (Va.) 43, Greensboro 14
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at Guilford 52, Methodist 20
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at Rose-Hulman 74, Illinois College 68
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Bethany 45, at Thiel 24
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at Hiram 37, Denison 26
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St. John's 31, at UW-Eau Claire 7
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at Huntingdon 29, Birmingham-Southern 12
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at Rhodes 46, Washington U. 22
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at Chicago 38, Concordia-Chicago 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 36, Redlands 0
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Monmouth 28, at Central 21
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at Hendrix 24, Bacone 14
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at East Texas Baptist 43, Austin 27
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at Hamline 23, Macalester 13
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Coe 50, at Cornell 21
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at Lawrence 59, Maranatha Baptist 0
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La Verne 47, at George Fox 33
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at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 36, Lewis and Clark 14
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Linfield 21, at Chapman 14
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Christopher Newport at N.C. Wesleyan
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Framingham State at Fitchburg State
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St. John Fisher at Brockport State
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DePauw at Wittenberg
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UW-Stout at Wartburg
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UW-Oshkosh at South Dakota State
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UW-Platteville at North Central (Ill.)
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at UW-La Crosse
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Linfield at Redlands
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UW-Whitewater at TCNJ
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Mount Union at Muskingum
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Heidelberg at John Carroll
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King's at Lycoming
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Rowan at Wesley
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Coast Guard at Hampden-Sydney
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Wabash at Denison
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Thomas More at Thiel
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Hartwick at Ithaca
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Hobart at Curry
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Moravian at Johns Hopkins
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St. Olaf at Bethel
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UW-Eau Claire at Wheaton (Ill.)
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Illinois Wesleyan at Simpson
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Wesley 43, at Salisbury 5
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 36, Redlands 0
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Linfield 21, at Chapman 14
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Thomas More 45, at Hanover 16
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UW-Whitewater 42, at Franklin 13
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Johns Hopkins 27, at Susquehanna 20
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at Hampden-Sydney 35, Christopher Newport 30
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Wheaton (Ill.) 26, at Kalamazoo 12
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Illinois Wesleyan 35, at Albion 28
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Lycoming 26, at Albright 0
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at St. Thomas 46, UW-La Crosse 0
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Hobart 28, at Endicott 18
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at Wartburg 31, Bethel 14
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Marian (Ind.) 24, at UW-Oshkosh 20
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at UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at St. Norbert 17
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at Pacific Lutheran 35, Cal Lutheran 28
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