B Page -- Oct. 27, 2010

Parma High alum Tim Miker had a big game against
Muskingum last year

B-W Football Game Preview 

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The Baldwin-Wallace Versus Muskingum Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and the Fighting Muskies have previously met 53 times on the gridiron with B-W holding an 38-13-2 series lead, including a four straight victories and a 27-14 victory a year ago in Berea. The series began in 1917 with the Muskies defeating the Jackets, 25-7. The last Muskingum win came in 2005 when it beat B-W, 16-10, in New Concord.

In the Last Meeting Between B-W and Muskingum: Saturday, October 17, 2009 in Berea -- Baldwin Wallace -- 27, Muskingum-- 14 -- A year ago in Berea on October 17, B-W beat Muskingum, 27-14. B-W led 7-0 after one quarter, 20-0 at halftime and 27-7 after three quarters. B-W outgained Muskingum, 390-265, and was led offensively by current junior running back Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior) who rushed for 107 yards in 24 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 9 and 3 yards. Senior RB Kyrell Crook (Columbus/ St. Francis DeSales) also rushed the ball 17 times for 89 yards and had TD runs of 27 and 2 yards. Graduated quarterback Anthony Gardner completed 17-of-29 passes for 169 yards. Defensively, B-W was led by current senior All-OAC middle linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Marion Steele) with seven tackles. Muskingum was led offensively by current senior QB Jake Burns, former RB Palmer Smith and current senior wide receiver Ben Smith. Burns completed 19-of-45 passes for 220 yards with two TD and two interceptions and rushed the ball 13 times for 20 yards. Palmer Smith led all Muskie runners with 40 yards on nine attempts.
Amherst alum Ryan Kish

Ben Smith led all Muskingum receivers with seven catches for 84 yards, including a 31-yard TD aerial from Burns. The Muskie defense was led by current junior strong safety Anthony Zarcone wih 11 tackles and current junior LB Ethan Wetzal with 10 stops.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace College -- Baldwin-Wallace is 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the OAC. Offensively, B-W is averaging 30.9 points and 311.1 yards of offense per game, including 155.9 rushing and 155.3 passing yards per game. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 17.9 points and 276.4 yards per game, including 96.4 rushing and 180.0 passing yards per game. The defense has created 17 turnovers and the offense has made seven for a +10 in the giveaway/ takeaway catagory. In addition, the defense has sacked opposing QBs 27 times (3.9 per game) compared with its offensive line allowing six (0.9 per game).

Offensively, B-W utilizes a two-QB rotation of sophomores Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua). O'Rourke has completed 81-of-146 passes for 55.5 percent for 1,039 yards with 11 TD and five interceptions. He also has rushed for two TD. Dziak is two-of-four for 21 yards with a TD, and has rushed for 148 yards in 33 attempts with two TD. 

Tim Miker tops the running game and combines with seniors John McGraw (North Ridgeville) and Kyrell Crook to form a solid trio. Miker has a team-leading 425 yards in 88 attempts with five TD. McGraw is second with 276 yards in 75 carries with one TD. Crook has 146 yards in 42 attempts with two TD. 

The receiving corps are led by junior TE Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) with a team-leading 17 catches for 188 yards. Sophomore Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) is tied for second with 10 grabs for 145 yards and and a team leading two TD. Freshman WR Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) also had 10 catches for 79 yards and junior Troy Van Meter (Gahanna/ Westerville North) has 10 grabs for 111 yards and a score. The offensive line is anchored by senior Danny Paterline (Reynoldsburg) and juniors Jimmy Basar (Parma/ Senior) and Travis Barnhill (Findlay/ Senior).
Massillon High alum Corey Hidlreth

On defense, B-W is led on the line by senior end Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla./ Palmetto Senior) and senior tackle Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/ Watkins Memorial), at linebacker by Ryan Kish and in the secondary by senior All-OAC safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor). Kish leads the team in tackles with 57, in is second on the team in QB sacks with 4.5 and leads the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 for minus 37 yards. In addition to Kish, junior LBers J.J. Laseak (Mentor) and Brett Thompson (Shelby) rank second and third on the team in tackles with 53 and 45, respectively. Darbut has recorded 28 tackles, is second with 9.5 tackles for loss and leads the team in QB sacks with 5.5. Phipps supports Darbut on the line and has 32 stops to rank fifth. Junior cornerback Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian) leads the secondary with 39 stops and has run back two interceptions for TD. Junior safety Corey Hildreth (Massillon/ Washington) is sixth with 31 tackles and and is tied for the team lead with two pickoffs.Dugan has 20 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

On special teams, B-W is blessed with a solid placekicker in senior Brad Pollock (Brecksville/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.). He has connected on 28-of-29 PAT kicks and four-of-five field goals for 40 total points to lead the team in scoring. Senor punter/ WR Kareem Ibrahim (North Olmsted) is averaging 35.1 yards per kick in 41 attempts with nine placed inside the 20. The return squad is led by freshman kick return specialist Kevin Johnson (Garfield Hts./ Cleveland St. Ignatius), who averages 31.4 yards per return, and Holt, who averages 30.8 yards on 11 kick returns. Each have one return TD.
Iggy alum Kevin Johnson

In B-W's Last Game versus Wilmington College on Oct. 23 in Berea, Baldwin-Wallace -- 38, Wilmington -- 0, In B-W's last game, a 38-0 shutout victory against Wilmington College at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea before 2,997 fans, the Yellow Jackets were led offensively by QB Ryan O’Rourke, who completed 19-of-26 passes for 259 yards and four TD, RB John McGraw, who rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries, and WR Troy Van Meter, who caught a career-high nine passes for a game-high 113 yards including a 21-yard TD pass from O'Rourke. B-W led 14-0 after one quarter, 24-0 at halftime and 38-0 after three stanzas. In addition, TE Matt Hurd caught six passes for 57 yards with a 14-yard TD grab to open the scoring. O'Rourke's other TD tosses were of 28 yards to freshman WR Devin Woods (Naples, Fla./ Golden Gate) and 23 yards to junior WR Dan Turner (Youngstown/ Ursuline). Junior RB Tim Miker also scored on a 12-yard run and senior PK Brad Pollock was a perfect 5-of-5 on PAT kicks and booted a 27-yard field goals. On defense, B-W sacked the Wilmington QB six times forced three fumbles and created three turnovers. Junior outside linebacker John Harysyn (Mentor) led the way with nine tackles and a QB sack.

Scouting the Fighin' Muskies of Muskingum University -- Muskingum University enter this game at 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the OAC. The Muskingum offense averages 15.0 points and 263.4 yards of total offense per game, including 94.6 rushing and 168.9 passing yards per contest. Defensively, Muskingum allows 25.4 points and 309.4 yards of total offense per game, including 160.4 rushing and 149.0 passing yards per game. Muskingum is a minus 7 (-7) in the giveaway/ takeaway catagory (13 takeaways compared to 20 giveaways) and has allowed 25 QB sacks (3.6 per game).

Offensively, the Muskies are led by QB Jake Burns, who has completed 89-of-155 passes for 1,030 yards with two TD and 10 interceptions. On the ground, Burns leads the team with 109 rushes for 255 yards and five TD. At RB, look for junior Demetrius Bailey to make some noise as he is second on the team in rushing with 60 carries for218 yards and one TD. At WR, Ben Smith leads the team with 23 grabs for 329 yards and a TD, and junior WR Antowan Logan is second with 19 catches for 179 yards and one TD.

On defense, Muskingum is led by junior LB Alex Thomas with 56 tackles, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries. In addition, DB Anthony Zarcone is second with 42 tackles, junior LB James Beatty is third with 39 tackles and junior LB Ethan Wetzal has 38 tackles and is second with three QB Sacks.

The special teams are led by sophomore punter Danny Sniveley, who is averaging 36.2 yards per punt, including a season-best 60-yard effort, and he has placed eight inside the 20-yard line. Senior PK Aaron Pohly is five-of-seven in field goal attempts and 10-of-11 in PAT boots for 25 points. Return specialist senior cornerback Dennis Hicks is averaging 18.3 yards per kick return and sophomore WR Andrew Davis is averaging 19.8 yards per return.

In Muskingum's Last Game versus Otterbein University on Oct. 23 in Westerville, Ohio: Otterbein-- 49, Muskingum -- 14 -- In Muskingum's last game, a 49-14 loss to OAC rival Otterbein University in New Concord, the Fighting Muskies dropped their third straight game. After the score was tied 7-7 after one quarter, Otterbein led 14-7 at halftime and 28-7 after three stanzas. Despite the loss, the offense was led by QB Jake Burns who completed 12-of-27 passes for 176 yards, but was intercepted three times. Freshman WR James Washington and Antowan Logan led the recieving core with four catches each. Demetrius Bailey led the running game with 25 yards in six attempts, including a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter that tied the score at 7-7. Defensively, the Muskies were led by Anthony Zarcone with eight tackles and sophomore DE Steve Stooksbury added four tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack.


Case Reserve Grid Game Preview 

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The Spartans and Maroons have a young history on the gridiron which dates back to the 1990season. Chicago holds the all-time series lead, 11-9, but Case has won the last four meetings, including a 38-24 win in Chicago last season. The last Maroon victory in the series came by a score of 23-7 at home in 2005. The first-ever meeting between the two resulted in a 25-0 Spartan victory at home in 1990.


Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his seventh season in 2010 with a 51-20 (.718) record. Debeljak has led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons, NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 37-3, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons. In addition, Case has finished the last three seasons ranked in the top 25 in the nation according to the AFCA. Chicago is coached by Dick Maloney, who is in his 17th season with an overall mark of 82-71. Maloney began his tenure in 1994 and is a four-time UAA Coach of the Year with three conference championships. His .537 winning percentage is the second-best in Chicago history, behind only the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg.


The No. 8-ranked Spartans earned a second consecutive 38-24 victory versus Chicago on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Case rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns on a windy afternoon with then senior Greg Meyer leading the attack with 141 yards. Current senior Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) made six receptions for 74 yards and a score


Case Western Reserve is 7-0 following its 28-14 victory versus the College of Wooster on Saturday, October 16. Senior quarterback Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) completed 22-of-32 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) totaled nine receptions for 100 yards and two scores and senior wide out Shaun Nicely (Willoughby, OH/Willoughby South) grabbed a pair of TDs to go along with six receptions for 49 yards. Tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, OH/Holy Name) led the Spartan defense with 10 tackles and one sack and sophomore nose guard Michael Harris (Shaker Heights, OH/ Shaker Heights) recorded six tackles, including 2.5 for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.


To date, Case Western Reserve owns victories versus John Carroll University (home/30-13), the University of Rochester (away/14-10), Denison University (home/37-7), Allegheny College (home/24-23 OT), Oberlin College (away/48-36), Hiram College (away/41-0) and the College of Wooster (home/28-14).

Mount Football Game Preview 

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Otterbein ended a two-game losing streak with a 49-14 win at home against Muskingum. Leading just 14-7 at the half, the Cardinals scored touchdowns on five of its six second-half possessions to finish with 274 yards rushing and 485 total yards. Senior running back Colton Coy led the ground attack with a career-high 179 yards.


All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on

WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker athttp://athletics.mountunion.edu.

Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM. You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900. The final regular season home game (Nov. 13) will be shown on television via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County).


Hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait, who enters his 39th and final season as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has done Mount Union games on TV since 1986. He was in Oshkosh and did the Ohio Northern games for the Raiders, but on a recent road trip with the Cavs, Joe took ill and returned home to Cleveland to find out he needs heart surgery. Jeff Shreve '87 will fill in for the remainder of the 2010 Mount Union football season and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and we look forward to seeing him 2011.


This is the 43rd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 38-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Raiders have won 32 straight meetings going back to a 24-17 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 296-22-3 (.925) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Joe Loth (Otterbein '91) is 44-34 (.564) in his 8th season at his Alma mater. He led the Cardinals to a 9-2 record and first-ever NCAA postseason appearance on his way to OAC Coach of the Year honors two seasons ago. Loth, also the 2005 OAC Coach of the Year, has a combined coaching record is 51-54 as he was the head coach at Kean (NJ) prior to Otterbein. He had assistant coaching stints at Southern Methodist, Western Connecticut, Capital and Rhode Island.


Otterbein has led in the fourth quarter of each of its last two losses (35-34 loss at B-W and 23-13 loss at Capital). The Cardinals feature the OAC's second highest scoring team (33.6 ppg) along with fourth rated offense (358.1 yards per game) and defense (298.7 yards per game).

On offense, two-time All-OAC senior running back Colton Coy is third in the OAC in rushing (113.9 yards per game) and coming off a career-high 179 yard performance last week against Muskingum. Coy is 635 yards away from becoming Otterbein's all-time leading rusher. Junior quarterback Austin Schlosser has thrown for 1,373 yards, completed 58-percent of his passes with 13 TD's and nine interceptions. His top targets are senior Steve Kuzyk (38 rec., 435 yds., 3 TD's) and junior Trey Fairchild (31 rec., 419 yds., 4 TD's).

Junior defensive back Dominic Jones, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, leads the defense with 54 tackles (8.5 for loss), 2.0 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He also has 555 kickoff return yards and has brought three back for touchdowns. Other key players on the unit include senior linebacker Will Longsdorf (50 tackles) and junior linebacker Shane Centers (41 tackles).

Mount Soccer/Kolesar 

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The Fighting Muskies battled back with the next two goals -- one by Noelle Kleppel in the 49th minute and the second by Kaitlyn Matz in the 61st -- before Mount Union put in three unanswered scored.


Kolesar put the Raiders up in the 63rd minute before Etling scored in the 74th.

Kolesar added her final goal in the 81st minute with Dick's second assist.

Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) started in net for Mount Union, making two saves, before Aubree Lieberman(Cleveland Heights/Cleveland Heights) finished the contest in relief. Lieberman did not make a save, but was credited with the win.

For Muskingum (2-16-0, 1-7-0), Sara Poling made three stops.

The Purple Raiders are currently tied for the sixth and final OAC Tournament spot with Heidelberg, but the Student Prince holds a head-to-head tiebreaker.

Mount Union (4-10-4, 2-5-1) will wrap up its regular season with Saturday's 1 p.m. home match against fourth-ranked Otterbein (15-0-1, 8-0-0).  The Purple Raiders need to win or tie and then benefit from other results within the conference.

If the Raiders win, they will need Heidelberg to tie or lose against Wilmington (Saturday, 5 p.m.). Mount Union could also qualify for OACs with a tie, a Heidelberg loss and a Baldwin-Wallace tie or loss against Muskingum (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.).


 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  2  3 -  5
 Muskingum University  0  2 -  2
  1.   6:49 MTU Kylee Kolesar (Deirdre Dick)
  2.   8:45 MTU Jackie Lowdermilk (Katie Etling)
  3.  48:09 MUSK Noelle Kleppel (unassisted)
  4.  60:24 MUSK Kaitlyn Matz (Noelle Kleppel)
  5.  62:56 MTU Kylee Kolesar (unassisted)
  6.  73:54 MTU Katie Etling (unassisted)
  7.  80:52 MTU Kylee Kolesar (Deirdre Dick)

 Shots: Mount Union 29, Muskingum University 10
 Saves: Mount Union 2 (Taryn Vespoint 2), Muskingum University 3 (Sara
 Poling 3)

B-W/Carroll Soccer 

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In the second stanza, senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) broke the tie with a low liner from 18 yards to the far post at the 62:19 mark. The goal was Leister’s team-leading ninth of the season and put him in a tie for second place all-time for career goals in B-W men’s soccer history with 31. In addition, Leister now stands third in career points with 75.

The B-W defense preserved the 2-1 margin over the final 28 minutes.

Overall, JCU outshot B-W, 13-12, and out cornered the Yellow Jackets, 4-3.

In goal, sophomore Ryan Hulings (Centerville) played all 90 minutes and made three saves.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, October 30 when they host Muskingum University in a men’s and women’s soccer doubleheader on Seniors’ and Parents’ Night.  The women’s match is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s match to follow at 7:00 p.m.

The Oct. 30 doubleheader between B-W and Muskingum will be taped and then shown on a delay basis by regional cable network SportsTime Ohio (www.sportstimeohio.com). The women’s game begins at 4:30 p.m. and men play at 7:00 p.m.  The women’s game will be shown on October 30 at 9:00 p.m. and again on Monday, November 1 at 5:00 a.m.  The men’s game will be aired on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. and on Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

Mount men earn spot in OAC tourney

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Joey Merlo (Niles/Cardinal Mooney) scored two goals and the Mount Union men's soccer team clinched a berth to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament with a 2-0 win over Muskingum on Wednesday. The Purple Raiders have not competed in the OAC Tournament since 2003.

Merlo gave Mount Union the lead with a goal in the 40th minute and then added an insurance tally during the 61st.Leo Hicks assisted the second goal.

Alex Bable (Columbiana/Columbiana) started in net for the Raiders, finishing with a four-save shutout.

For the Fighting Muskies (8-7-3, 2-4-2), goalies Hunter Huffman and Andrew Miller combined for four saves.

Mount Union (9-6-2, 4-3-1) will finish its regular season on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. home match against Otterbein. With help from other conference games, the Raiders could place as high as fourth in the OAC regular season standings.

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  1  1 -  2
 Muskingum University  0  0 -  0
  1.  39:54 MTU Joey Merlo (unassisted)
  2.  60:42 MTU Joey Merlo (Leo Hicks)

 Shots: Mount Union 11, Muskingum University 9
 Saves: Mount Union 4 (Alex Bable 4), Muskingum University 4 (Hunter
 Huffman 3; Andrew Miller 1)