A Page -- Oct. 1, 2011

Mags moves along on the state team tennis tourney trail; blanks Hoover to advance in Coaches’ Cup

Magnificat tennis advanced to the next round of the state team championship with a 3-0 win over Hoover Thursday, the Coaches’ Cup district tournament.

Two of the matches were suspended because of darkness but they became moot after the Blue Streaks had already won three positions.

The Blue Streaks are going after their third state team championship under Coach Chris Johnson.

OTCA coaches cup district quarterfinal match

Magnificat 3 North Canton Hoover 0.  

Singles: Witt d Daugherty 6-1,6-2;O'Malley v. Warburton 7-6,2-1 suspended;Lugli v. Kennelly 3-6,6-3 0-1 suspended.        Doubles:Foliano/Plagens d. Nic. Bourlas/Nat Bourlas 6-0,6-2;Lawless/Hollis d. Devore/Moldovan 6-3,6-4. 

Our Lady of the Elms volleyball cruises by Lake Center Christian School in three games

Our Lady of the Elms volleyball defeated Lake Center Christian High School, 3-0, on Thursday by scores of  25-19, 25-20, and 25-21.

Mara Esber led the way with 30 assists while Gabby Charley put things in motion for her with 14 digs.

    Leaders from Elms

    Aces - Kuzmushin  (2)

    Kills - Kozer (10), Metz (10)

    Assists - Esber (30)

    Blocks - Scroggins (2)

    Digs - Charley (14)

Bay gets by Ridgeville in boys’ soccer play

In West Shore Conference boys’ soccer, Bay was a 3-1 winner over North Ridgeville Thursday.

Overall, the Rangers drop to 2-6-1 with the loss

NR 1; Bay 3

Scorers:  NR –Coffey

Bay – Creech, Tepper, Barnes

Saves:  NR – Sismour 12

Bay –Souterington -5


Gilmour hosting Paul Primeau Cross Country InvitationalThis weekend 

Gilmour Academy is hosting the Paul Primeau Cross Country Invitational. It is the 52nd installment of this event.

The  meet includes 33 teams competing this year with more than 1,000 runners expected to run the course.

The first race begins at 4 p.m. Friday (Boys Blue Division) and the final race is at 6:30 p.m. (JV/Open Girls) with four other races in between the others

Lake Ridge Academy slams shut Open Door, 3-0, on soccer pitch

Lake Ridge Academy visited the west side of Elyria Thursday evening and came away with a 3-0 victory over the host Open Door Christian Academy Patriots.  

Under overcast skies and on a wet turf, Lake Ridge controlled the play and took numerous shots on Patriot goalie Allison Courtney, but it wasn't until there was only 5:11 left in the half before the Lions finally found a way to put the ball behind her. 

 A shot on goal deflected out to senior Vicky Hahl in front of goal, and her pass found Sydney Clark to the goalie's right for the initial score of the game and Clark's team-leading eighth goal of the season.  As the half wound down, the Patriot defense kicked a ball out of their end of the field. 

 The Lions' Sam Potoczak, with 14 seconds left, launched a corner kick that dropped in front of the Open Door net and caromed off a defender past Courtney for Lake Ridge's second goal of the half.  
The second half was more of the same; Lake Ridge controlling the ball but Open Door's goalie tenaciously denying the ball to get past her.  

With the game winding down, a foul aginst the Patriots resulted in a penalty kick by Potoczak.  Courtney proved unflappable as she blocked the shot and then beat Potoczak to the rebound.  At the 2:33 mark, just as the threatning skies began to shower the field, Lake Ridge added its final score on their tenth corner kick of the game.  

Senior defender Marlena D'Amico's kick was converted by Kayla Daniel for her fifth goal of the year and the final 3-0 Lake Ridge victory went in the record books.
Allison Courtney officially faced 21 shots and made 18 saves, but there were many more plays she was required to make to allow her team to regain temporary control of the ball. 

Kyndall Wellons played the entire game in goal for Lake Ridge and made one save in the first half for her second shutout of the year. 

Lake Ridge (5-4-1) will host Elyria Catholic October 1st at 8:00 pm in their next game.  Open Door will host Trinity at 5:00 the same day.   

Yellow Jackets to go Pioneering this weekend at the state/Mason-Dixon lines

 THE BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE Yellow Jacket football team travels to Marietta, Ohio on Saturday, October 1, 2011 to play Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College in Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta at 1:30 p.m. This is the fourth game of the regular season for each team. This is the 108th season of football at the College.

RADIO -- B-W Campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, broadcasts all home and away Yellow Jacket football games. You also can listen to the games live via the WBWC Internet Web site at www.wbwc.com. Sports Directors Alex Hooper and Chris Schmid are on the call. The pregame show generally starts 20 minutes prior to kickoff. For more information, please call the station offices at (440) 826-2145 or its listening line at (440) 826-2187,

The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football will look to get back on the winning track when it travels to Marietta, Ohio to play Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College in its first OAC "road" game.

The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAC following a 14-11 upset loss to Capital University last Saturday in Berea. B-W opened its season with a 23-0 shutout of The College of Wooster in Wooster on Sept. 1 and then beat Heidelberg University, 35-20, at home on Sept. 17. The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish third by both the OAC Coaches and the Media that cover the league at the annual OAC Media Day in Canton on August 9.

The Pioneers enter this game at 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the OAC following a 37-35 loss to John Carroll University last Saturday in Marietta. Marietta opened the season by beating Thiel (Pa.) College, 28-7, but has since lost to rival Muskingum University, 34-14, on Sept. 17 and then to JCU. The Pioneers were tabbed ninth in both OAC preseason polls.


The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football will look to get back on the winning track when it travels to Marietta, Ohio to play Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College in its first OAC "road" game.

The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAC following a 14-11 upset loss to Capital University last Saturday in Berea. B-W opened its season with a 23-0 shutout of The College of Wooster in Wooster on Sept. 1 and then beat Heidelberg University, 35-20, at home on Sept. 17. The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish third by both the OAC Coaches and the Media that cover the league at the annual OAC Media Day in Canton on August 9.

The Pioneers enter this game at 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the OAC following a 37-35 loss to John Carroll University last Saturday in Marietta. Marietta opened the season by beating Thiel (Pa.) College, 28-7, but has since lost to rival Muskingum University, 34-14, on Sept. 17 and then to JCU. The Pioneers were tabbed ninth in both OAC preseason polls.

The Baldwin-Wallace Versus Marietta Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and Pioneers have previously met 33 times on the gridiron with Baldwin-Wallace holding a 28-5 series lead, including four straight victories and a 39-9 victory last season in Berea. The series began in 1974 when the Yellow Jackets defeated Marietta, 73-0.

Last Year's Game in Berea: Baldwin-Wallace -- 39, Marietta -- 9 -- A year ago in Berea, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Pioneers, 39-9, on October 2, 2010 on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium. B-W led 7-3 after one quarter, 16-3 at halftime and 19-9 after three periods. A 20-point Yellow Jacket scoring spree in the final stanza ended all matters.

Midview product Josiah Holt

Offensively, B-W was led by junior quarterbacks Ryan O'Rourke (Avon/ Senior) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua Fransiscan), senior All-OAC tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) and sophomore wide receiver Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview). O'Rourke completed 20-of-29 passes for 223 yards with a touchdown and scored on a one-yard run. Dziak led all runners with 71 yards in 10 attempts with an 11-yard TD jaunt. Hurd and Holt each caught six O'Rourke passes to lead all B-W receivers. On defense, senior All-OAC cornerback

Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian) return an interception for a TD for the second consecutive game and graduated 2-time All-OAC linebacker Ryan Kish had the most tackles with eight.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace College -- Baldwin-Wallace is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAC and returned 43 lettermen and 18 starters.

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets average 390.0 yards of total offense, including 167.0 rushing and 223.0 passing yards. Junior QBs Ryan O'Rourke, last week's OAC Offensive Player of the Week, and Andrew Dziak run the offense. O'Rourke starts and has completed 57-of-82 passes for 652 yards with five TD and three interceptions. Dziak enters the game in "wild cat" situations and has completed one-of-one passes for 17 yards. He also has run 11 times for 37 more yards. In the backfield, junior Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) and freshman Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla./ Crystal River) carry the load and are replac­ing injured senior RB Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior), who is out for the season.

Lohr starts and has a team-leading 269 rushing yards in 58 attempts with two TD's. Jackson is second with 186 yards in 35 trips (5.3 yards per carry) with one TD. He also has five catches for 76 yards and another score. Josiah Holt leads the receiving corps with 13 catches for 129 yards and one TD. Eight separate receivers have each caught four or more passes with Holt, Aaron Hurd, Jackson, junior Troy VanMeter (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) and sophimore WR/DB Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) each catching one TD pass. The offensive line returns four starters, including senior guard Rudy Ackerman (Sheffield Village/ Brookside), senior tackle Travis Barnhill (Findlay/ Senior), senior center Jimmy Basar (Parma/Senior) and sophomore guard Jason Cook (Streetsboro). 

Berg seeks to capsize Capital in OAC grid tilt this weekend

Fresh off a 41-20 win at Otterbein University last weekend, the Heidelberg
University football team will return to Tiffin to play its first home game
in nearly a month when it hosts Capital University in an Ohio Athletic
Conference game Saturday, Oct. 1 during its annual Homecoming and Fellows
Day.  Kickoff from Mayer Field is slated for 2 p.m.  Following the game,
five former Heidelberg student-athletes will be inducted into the H
Association Hall of Fame.  Michael James '73 (football), Paul Ward '89
(football, wrestling), Aaron Koch '98 (tennis), Kelly (Gregg) Perez '00
(cross country/track & field) and Ryan Wise '03 (soccer) will be enshrined
in the hall of fame.


The Student Princes enter the game 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAC following
a 41-20 win over Otterbein University last Saturday in Westerville in the
20th edition of the Rhine River Classic.  In that game, the Berg racked up
496 total yards of offense, including 303 rushing yards.  Sophomore
second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St.
Edward), who averages 119.3 rushing yards per game to rank 25th in the
nation, gained 101 rushing yards, his second 100-yard performance of 2011.

Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) completed 14-of-25
passes to 10 different receivers and totaled 187 yards and three touchdowns.
Several members of the defense came up with big plays that thwarted
potential Otterbein scores, including a fumble recovery by sophomore
linebacker Dawson Gore (Bellevue) and interceptions by junior defensive back
Tyler Levanduski (Elyria/Amherst Steele), senior defensive back Tony Gordon
(Euclid) and sophomore defensive back Chase Bauer (Amelia/McNicholas).
The Berg averages 31.7 points and nearly 430 yards of total offense per
game, including 215.0 rushing yards and 214.7 passing yards.  The defensive
unit allows 27.7 points and 431 yards per game, including 151.0 rushing
yards and 279.7 passing yards.
Amherst's Tyler Levanduski 

Capital comes to Tiffin sporting a 2-1 overall and 2-0 OAC record after
scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to edge Baldwin-Wallace College,
14-11, last week in Berea.  The Crusaders score 22.7 points and total 349.7
yards of offense per game, including 76.7 rushing and 273.0 passing yards
per contest.  The defense gives up 22.7 points and nearly 400 yards per
game, including 58.3 rushing and 339.3 passing.  Its 58.3 rushing yards
allowed per game is 11th in NCAA Division III.

Against the Yellow Jackets, quarterback Chase Carris ran for a touchdown and
passed for another to carry the Crusaders.  Carris, who is 10th in the
nation with a 180.26 passing efficiency rating, is 38-of-49 passing this
season for 442 yards and four TDs.  The ground attack is led by Josh
Anderson, who averages 45.0 yards per game and has scored one TD in 2011.
Matt White leads all receivers with 21 receptions, 315 yards and four TDs.
The defense is anchored by Troy Spiker, who has team-highs of 29 tackles,
3.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, and has forced and recovered a fumble.

Junior kicker Dan Kilger (Novi, Mich./Novi) was named the Ohio Athletic
Conference special teams player of the week by the OAC office for his
efforts in Heidelberg University's 41-20 win against conference foe
Otterbein University in the 20th Rhine River Classic on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Kilger connected on both of his field goal attempts-from 29 yards in the
second quarter and 30 yards in the fourth quarter-and converted all five of
his point-after-touchdown tries.  The field goals were the first two of his

Additionally, Kilger totaled 338 yards on seven kickoffs for a 48.3
yards-per-kick average.

Senior cornerback and team captain Tony Gordon (Euclid) was named to
D3Football.com's team of the week for games of Sept. 22-24.  Gordon recorded
four tackles and made an interception that set up a Student Prince touchdown
in Heidelberg's 41-20 victory against Otterbein University (Sept. 24) in

With 26 seconds remaining in the first half and the Berg leading, 24-7,
Gordon intercepted Austin Schlosser's pass and returned it 37 yards to the
Otterbein three-yard line.  With 12 seconds to play and after two
incompletions, a fake field goal turned into a touchdown to give the Student
Princes a 31-7 halftime lead.

Heidelberg returns three players to its roster in 2011 that earned All-Ohio
Athletic Conference honors last season, including senior offensive tackle
Derek Arbogast (Tiffin/Calvert), who also earned Academic All-OAC accolades.

Name    2010 All-OAC    
Germany Woods    second team
Derek Arbogast        honorable mention
Andy Fadenholz        honorable mention

Four former Student Prince football student-athletes will serve in a
coaching capacity at their alma mater in 2011.  Linebackers coach Brandon
Jakubcin and graduate assistants Andrew Miller, Jemar Lewis and Matt Grieves
will stalk the sidelines this season.  Miller was a first-team All-Ohio
Athletic Conference quarterback a season ago, in addition to winning the
OAC's Bob Packard Most Outstanding Offensive Back award.  Lewis is a former
first-team All-OAC runing back, while Grieves was a three-time
all-conference and All-America defensive lineman.

Shaker's Cabrera Win’s DIII Title as Spartan Women Place Fourth at All-Ohio

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) placed first of 150 Division III runners as the Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team finished fourth of 22 DIII teams competing on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championship at Elvin R. King Cross Country Course.


Oberlin College won the team title with 64 points, while Ohio Northern University (80) and John Carroll University (124) placed second and third, respectively. Case (150) had won the previous five All-Ohio titles.

Cabrera's 5k time of 18:26.88 was also good for 11th place out of the 311 competitors from Divisions I, II and III and NAIA.

Junior Corin Bowen (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) was second for the Spartans with a ninth-place DIII time of 19:01.06. Freshman Erica Bauerbach (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) crossed the line third in 37th place (19:34.96) and sophomore Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) was right behind in 38th (19:37.90). FreshmanKristen Ruckstuhl (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) rounded out the Spartan scoring in 65th place (20:19.97).



Rain moves tennis sectionals inside in Oberlin; doubles makes it to quarterfinals with all four seeded couplets still alive

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – Eight doubles teams advanced to the Monday’s big-school sectional tennis quarterfinals through preliminary play yesterday (Friday) here in the Fieldhouse at the College.

Because of rain, all matches had to be moved inside, where The College has only four courts instead of 12 on the outdoor Don Hunsinger Courts behind the campus’s other athletic facilities.

All singles play will begin Monday at 1 instead of today because of the rain. The weather forecast has it such that 12 matches will begin at that time.

Everything in first and second-round doubles play went according to Hoyle, as No. 1 seed Julie Dunbar and Michelle Djohan of Westlake advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Amherst’s Elizabeth Sturges and Brandi Nowlin, No. 2 seed Annie Foliano and Kelly Plagens of Magnificat advanced to the quarters with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Avon Lake' s Mary Kate Maloney and Briana  Makadia, No. 3 seed Jessica Hollis and Lawless of Magnificat advanced with a with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Avon’s Annie DeLuca and Melissa Cirilo and and No. 4 seed Bhargavi Maheshwer and Dana Miller of Westlake to the quarters with a win over Normandy’s Lexi Eging and Sam Marflak.

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A partnership that rhymes -- Lawless (left), and Hollis (right)

Miller Maheshwer advanced through the first round with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Midview’s Sarah Ruffner and Rachel Wynne, while Hollis and Lawless advanced to the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 win ove Olmsted Falls’ Megan Barrett and Kristin Allan.

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In other first round doubles play, advancing to the match to get to the quarterfinals were Westlake’s Dunbar and Djohan with a 6-0, 6-0 win over North Ridgeville’s Danielle Ozello and Alyse Fuller 6-0, 6-0; Amherst’s Elizabeth Sturges and Brandi Nowlin with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over St. Joseph’s Emily DeGidio and Rachel Paponetti 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Elyria’s Emily Henceroth and India Fields, over Parma’s Lea Breedlove and Abby Steiber 6-1, 6-0; in an all Parma-school match, Normandy’s Kaitlyn Goodrich and Niki Fillipis over Valley Forge’s Rachel Ward and Kim Gale, 6-2, 6-1; Avon Lake’s Jamie Carpenter and Amanda Harley over Midview’s Danielle Smith and Rebecca Bucholz 6-2, 6-1; and Avon’s Annie DeLuca and Melissa Cirilo over John Marshall’s Francheska Rodridguez and Ida Reiter 6-1, 6-0.

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In  “rat tail” games to get to the first full-bracket round, Midview’s Sarah Ruffner and Rachel Wynne defeated Rhodes’ Laura Hruska and Aled Kiousis 6-0, 6-0; Olmsted Falls’ Maureen Schnindler and Ashley Raffay defeated Forge’s Sarah Mohammed and Brittany Buettner 6-2, 6-1, and Ozello and Fulleroer Lorain’s Angelica Washington and Diseree Thompson 6-1, 6-1.

Lakewood’s Nina Pizzo and Rachel Eldir eliminated North Olmsted’s Asimina Diamantis 7-6, 6-3; the Rangers’ Kelly McKee and Erin Hoffert ousted Amherst’s Ashley’s Falencik and Sarah Souders, 7-5, 6-1; St. Joseph’s Claire Violand and Brooke Kahl served early walking papers to Elyria’s Holly Howser and Marie Masters, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4; Ridgeville’ Elisabeth Alter and Alex Ferrara clubbed Parma’s Sarah Keeler and Kaitlynn Hale 6-3, 6-4; Avon’s Megan Monroe and Hallie Mentler dropped Lorain’s Alicia Washington and Leasia Gaines, 6-0, 6-0; and Avon Lake’s Mary Kate Maloney and Briana Makadia sent North Olmsted’s Sarah Moell and Rachel Moell home early 6-1, 6-1.

Also advancing to the quarters were Elyria’s Henceroth and Fields with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Normandy’s Goodrich and Fillipis, Avon Lake’s Carpenter and Harley with a 6-3, 6-1 win over the ‘Wood’s Pizzo and Eldir, the ‘Wood’s Kelly McKee and Erin Hoffert with a win over Kahl and Violand, and Monroe-Mentler with a win over Alter-Ferrara. 

Lake Erie College football to take on Ferris State today

The Lake Erie Storm is looking to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up its first conference win of the season.

Lake Erie led #24 Hillsdale 26-21 into the fourth quarter of its last game, but the Chargers rallied for a 35-26 victory to spoil Homecoming/Alumni Weekend in Painesville… LEc rushed for a season-high 213 yards against Hillsdale, with senior Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) picking up his second career 100-yard rushing game, going for 102 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown… senior QB  Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) added 69 yards on the ground and ran for a tD for the third straight week.


Brunswick's Bedevelsky

He also completed a school-record 81% of his passes in the game, going 17-of-21 for 183 yards…  Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) caught a game-high seven passes for 87 yards to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark for his career while Bedevelsky also passed a couple of milestone, surpassing 7,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards… junior Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) booted two field goals for the second straight week and is a perfect five-of-five on three-pointers this year… Ferris State has piled up more than 1,000 yards of offense the past two weeks in wins over Ohio Dominican and Tiffin… the Bulldogs defeated LEC 22-12 at Britt Stadium last season.  

St. Ed to travel to Stambaugh for matchup against three-time defending state champion Ursuline team with deceptive 1-4 record

St. Edward will put its school-record 20-game winning streak on the line this weekend when it takes on Ursuline, out of the Youngstown area.

This will be the fifth meeting between the Eagles and the Fighting Irish.  This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2003.   

In that game St. Edward defeated Ursuline, 37-28, in YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium.

The series started in 1975 with St. Ed’s leading the series 3-1. The Eagles have won the last two meetings.

This is 2nd of three opponents St. Ed’s will face that won state championships in 2010.

Ursuline is 1-4 on the season after losing last week to the Big Red of Steubenville, 22-17, in Stambaugh Stadium. The Irish are defending back-to-back-to-back Ohio D5 champions. Head coach Dan Reardon returns 16 seniors and 11 starters (5 offense/6 defense).


This week is a must-win game for the Irish as they face not making the state playoffs for the first time since 2006.     

Ursuline which is playing another tough schedule has its lone victory against Zanesville. 

The team is led by Jesse Curry, who has rushed the ball for 761 yards and scored 5 touchdowns this year. The Irish use 2 quarterbacks, Jermaine Williams and Chris Durkin.  St. Ed’s is 5-0 on the season and riding a 20 game winning streak after beating Jefferson 52-13. 

Kickoff is set for 7:00 P.M. from Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium.

St. Ed represented Ohio in a big way last week as they defeated Tampa Jefferson 54-13 in Lakewood Stadium.  
The Eagles scored on five of their first six possessions to take a 31-6 halftime lead. Running back Dwayne Aaron (Jr) rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and watched the remainder of the game for the sidelines.

St. Edward racked up close to 500 total yards in offense with 416 yards coming on the ground. 

The defense came up big holding defending Florida Class 3a champs to 22 yards rushing and 184 yards in total offense.  


The Eagles forced three Jefferson turnovers. Eddie Bierne picked off a Jefferson pass while Tom Lally and DJ Thomas recovered fumbles.  

The 20th straight victory by St. Ed set a school record

Before the 2011 season, Ursuline had won 41 of its last 44 games, including 3 state championships.

The Irish are 1-4 on the year and are on the ropes for not making the state playoffs. The last time it failed to make the playoffs was in 2006 when it went 5-5 on the year. 

Since 2000 Ursuline is 98-42 with 4 State Championships and 1 runners-up trophy. In that time they have made 7 playoff appearances. The first time the Irish won a state title was in 2000.

Boston College recruit TE Sam Grant made the most of his pass catching opportunities vs Jefferson last week. 

Grant who is considered one of the top tight ends in the state caught 2 touchdown passes against Jefferson. His first touchdown reception was for 26yards and came on the first drive of the game.

Grant earlier this year was moved to tackle when Kyle Kalis was out with an injured knee.

St. Edward  continues to be recognized in the national polls.

The Eagles are 6th in the ESPN/ RISE FAB 50, The latest USA Today Top 25 poll has  St. Ed’s 6th in the country. 

The Associated Press statewide poll has St. Ed’s ranked number 1.  Cincinnati Moeller is second with Mentor rounding out the top 3. 

The Eagles continue to be rated the top squad in the PC PD Top 25 area poll. 


The University of Dayton football team returns in earnest to Pioneer Football League action when the Butler Bulldogs visit Welcome Stadium on Saturday. The Flyers are coming off a 17-7 non-conference road win against Central State, and are 3-1 on the year.  UD beat Marist 24-10 two weeks ago in its PFL opener, while Butler dropped its first league game of the season at home to Drake 24-14 at home last week.  BU is 2-2 overall in 2011.

 Saturday’s game time at Welcome Stadium is 1:00 p.m. ET.

Former Flyer football coach Mike Kelly will be honored at halftime with a National Football Foundation “Campus Salute.”  Kelly, who was inducted into the NFF’s College Football Hall of Fame on July 16, is the winningest coach (by virtue of his .819 winning percentage) in FCS football history.\ 

UD Athletics is also welcoming back all former Dayton student-athletes to Saturday’s game and saluting three prominent Flyer football teams -- the 1951 team that played in UD’s first bowl game, and the 1981 and 1991 teams that played in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.


Head Coach Rick Chamberlin is back for his fourth season at the helm for the Flyers. He entered the year with the best three-year start in program history (28-6).

The Flyers return 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.

Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team and was First Team All-Pioneer Football League. He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77.  He is also UD’s 2011 nominee for the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.


The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS                         

Butler coach Jeff Vorhis’ team is led by senior wideout Zach Watkins who is the top  ‘Dog in career catches (204) and career receiving yardage (2,308).  Senior two-year starter Andrew Huck is the team’s top passer. Huck is 101 of 154 (.656) for 1,065 yards and eight touchdowns. Sophomore running back Trae Heeter leads Butler and is second in the PFL in rushing with 65 carries for 346 yards (5.3 yards a carry, 86.5 yards a game). Up front, senior guard Pete Mattingly has started 32 straight games.  Defensively, junior Linebacker Jordan Ridley leads the team in tackles (46) and has led the team in hits in 14 of the last 15 games.  He also has one fumble recovery and an interception this season.  Senior defensive end Grant Hunter has 27.5 career sacks, the most of any active player in FCS football.


The Butler series is the longest current series for UD.  This will be the 37th meeting between the two schools.  Dayton leads 26-9-1 and has won 14 of the last 16 contests. 

The Flyers won last year’s game 33-13 at the Butler Bowl on Oct. 16.  Steve Valentino led Dayton with 74 rushing yards and 208 passing yards with two passing touchdowns. All-American James Vercammen had 12 tackles, (8 solo), two sacks and a spectacular pass broken up when he jumped over the running back trying to pick him up on a blitz.  Butler QB Andrew Huck ran 12 times for 81 yards and completed 19 of 38 passes for 175 yards.

When the two teams last played at Welcome Stadium, Butler handed UD what is probably its “closest” loss in its 104 years of football when JMichael Jonard was downed inches from the goal line after hauling in a Hail Mary pass in a 31-28 Butler win.  That game caused the Flyers and Bulldogs to share the 2009 PFL title.

THE EYES OF THE NATION                                                         

After finishing a season nationally ranked (25th in both the Sports Network and AFCA polls) for the first time in school history as a Division I team, UD received 21 votes (48th) in the preseason Sports Network/FCS Poll.  The Flyers are receiving five and two votes respectively in the latest Sports Network and AFCA Coaches Polls.


UD has not been shut out in a school-record 390 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record.  

THE MAN AT THE TOP                                                                

Head coach Rick Chamberlin has guided UD to 28 wins in his first three seasons, going 9-3 in 2008, 9-2 in 2009 and 10-1 last year. That’s the best three-year start by any Flyer football coach. Dayton has won a share of PFL championships in two of his three years, and missed the third by just five points at Jacksonville in the final game of 2008.


Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 325 of UD’s 625wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 31 as a head coach.


Rick Chamberlin’s career .815 (31-7) winning percentage is the best among PFL coaches.  Drake’s Chris Creighton is next (.761, 118-37).

LEADING FROM THE FRONT                                                                    

You will find the Flyers’ 2011 captains in the trenches.  DE Devon Langhorst and OT Dan Prindle are UD’s co-captains this season.  Both are redshirt seniors and part of three PFL title teams in their careers.

LONG TIME STARTERS                                                                

Nine Flyers own double-digit start totals.  Justin Griffis leads with 26 (although 22 were at center and he is now a guard).  Right behind is Dan Prindle with 25.  Brian Mack has 17, Zach Weber, Tyler Hujik, Devon Langhorst, Matt Pfleger each have 15. Kyle Sebetic and Eric Robbe have 14.

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FIRST TIME STARTERS                                                                

Redshirt sophomore LB Colin Monnier made his first career start at Central State where he led the team in tackles. Twelve Flyers started for the first time at Robert Morris.  They were QB Will Bardo, RB Taylor Harris, WR Jordan Boykin, FL Branden Johnson, OT Tom Corcoran, C Bill Petraiuolo, DT Phil DeBoer, DE Anthony Sadler, LB Sean Belanger, and Flyer Andre Crawford.  OT’s Jamie Mewhinney (Duquesne) and Chris Cortopassi (CSU), DT Brannon Dunn (CSU) and CB Howard Savage (Marist) have also started for the first time this season.

FIRST TIME QB                                                                             

Redshirt freshman Will Bardo took over at quarterback for Dayton at Robert Morris, following two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve Valentino.  This was the first game that Bardo played in (that counts, at least) since he led Ft. Thomas Highlands High School to the 2009 Kentucky 5A Championship.  In his debut, Bardo was 14 of 24 for 180 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Against Duquesne, he was just 13 of 31 for 124 yards, but ran for 95 yards.

NOT HIS FIRST RODEO                                                               

Having an inexperienced quarterback step into the starting lineup is nothing new for Dayton offensive coordinator Dave Whilding.  Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller).  Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN                                                                

Backup quarterback Zach Splain has played in all four games.  With starter Will Bardo cramping up in the heat at Robert Morris, Splain came in and completed all five of his pass attempts for 32 yards and gained two first downs.  Against Marist, Splain entered the game late in the first half and guided UD to four scoring drives in the next five possessions.  He was 11 of 18 for 161 yards and two TD’s.

GOOD HANDS PEOPLE                                                                

Four Flyer receivers have combined for 50 of UD’s 60 receptions this season.  Luke Bellman leads in catches (17), yards (285) and average per game (71.2).  He had six for 121 in the Marist win.  Tyler Hujik has 14 receptions for 69 yards, Jordan Boykin has 11 for 129 yards (11.7 avg.) and Branden Johnson has eight for 85.  Oddly, three of UD’s scoring passes are among the remaining ten catches (TD’s by Brian Mack, Jordan Elmore and Tyler Schutz).

WIRKUS UP                                                                                   

Safety Steve Wirkus is tied for second in FCS football in interceptions (1.00 per game) four weeks into the season.  He was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions, two pass break ups and six tackles (4 solo) in the Marist win.  Against Robert Morris in Week One, he was CollegeSportsMadness.com’s PFL Player of the Week after leading UD with nine tackles (7 solo), getting the interception that set up Dayton’s go-ahead touchdown and diving to bat away a pass at the goal line.  He added another INT and shared team honors with eight hits vs. Duquesne.

SACK RACE                                                                                    

Dayton had eight sacks in the RMU win.  Seven different Flyers got into the sack act.  UD also had two QB hurries and forced four holding penalties at RMU.  UD is fourth nationally in per game average (3.75).

DEFINTELY DEVON                                                                      

Defensive end Devon Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team Associated Press Championship Subdivision All-American team and was First Team All-PFL.  He was second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. Langhorst has been nationally recognized as a Preseason Third Team All-American by College Sporting News.   Langhorst had 2.5 sacks at RMU.  He is also UD’s 2011 nominee for the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award.


Redshirt sophomore DT Brannon Dunn leads UD, is second in the PFL and is tied for seventh nationally in sacks per game (1.12).


Sophomore cornerback Howard Savage led UD with two “Hammer Hit of the Week” awards to his credit last season.  Fittingly, he got the first one of 2011 at Robert Morris.  He led UD in tackles (8, tied with four other Flyers) and passes broken up (3) against Duquesne and started for the first time against Marist.