Statesmen look to remain unbeaten against Warriors
William Penn University
The Statesmen football team will look to begin its rise back into the playoff race as it hosts Waldorf in Midwest League play Saturday.
William Penn (2-3, 0-1 MWL) will meet the Warriors (1-4, 0-0 MWL) at 1 p.m. in Lacey Complex Stadium. The Statesmen have fallen out of the top 25 (also not receiving votes) for the first time since early 2010, a run of 42-straight ratings receiving at least one vote.
Saturday is also Fill the Stadium Day as well as Coaches vs. Cancer Day. All proceeds made will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Mahaska Health Partnership. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.
Saturday’s game can be followed on the radio (740 AM) as well as two different internet sites:
William Penn is 6-0 all-time in its series against Waldorf, including winning last year’s meeting 48-14.
The Statesmen gained 459 of their 469 yards on the ground, while the defense bent a bit in giving up 343 yards. Five turnovers were forced, though, including two in their red zone. One of those takeaways was returned 96 yards for a touchdown by Brock Peery.
Perry King also had two interceptions, returning one of those 39 yards for a score. Offensively, Sam Tvedt rushed for a career-high 133 yards, while Evan Ressler hit paydirt twice.
William Penn failed to keep pace with a high-powered St. Ambrose offense in a 53-34 Midwest League loss last Saturday.
The 11th-ranked Fighting Bees, who outgained the Statesmen 582-448, only led 21-14 at the break. William Penn had a difficult third quarter and could not rally in losing its first Homecoming game since 2003.
Shawn Davis rushed for 106 yards and three scores, while Tyler Hafner rushed for 90 yards and passed for 110.
Jacob Batterson led the defense with 15 tackles.
“It was a hard-fought game that we just did not finish," Statesmen coach Todd Hafner said. "We had a bad stretch at the start of the third quarter and they took over the game from there.”
Thus far in 2013, William Penn is averaging 25.0 points and 343.0 yards per game, including 293.0 rushing and 50.0 passing. The Statesmen are third in the NAIA in rushing average and fourth in total rushing (1,465).
Davis leads the team with 407 rushing yards and seven TDs, while Ressler is next with 397 yards and two scores. Two others have eclipsed the century mark as well.
Hafner has led the passing game by going 18-for-47 for 171 yards. Aaron Broyles is pacing the receiving corps with 11 catches (81 yards), while Chris Crawford is tops in yards (85).
William Penn has committed nine turnovers so far this fall.
Defensively, the Statesmen are giving up an average of 25.2 points and 343.0 yards, including 191.6 passing and 151.4 rushing..
Isaac Samek tops William Penn with 39 tackles, while Nick DiMarco has a team-best six sacks (10 tackles for loss). The junior is fourth nationally in sacks per game, sixth in total sacks and 10th in total tackles for loss.
The Statesmen have forced four turnovers this year.
Marcus Kerrigan is 10-for-11 in extra points and 3-for-10 in field goals. The senior is again pairing up with Jason Johnson to make a strong punting duo. Johnson has punted 10 times for a 37.1-yard clip, while Kerrigan has seven attempts for a 38.9 mark.
Batterson is tops in the kick return game with a 24.3-yard average.
The Warriors broke through in the win column with a 13-2 non-conference decision over Trinity Bible (N.D.) last Saturday.
The defensive battle witnessed Waldorf actually get outgained by Trinity Bible 155-77. The teams combined for seven turnovers, including four takeaways by the Warriors.
Timothy Teran rushed for 60 yards and Oscar Robles completed seven passes for 49 yards. The game’s lone offensive touchdown came in the second quarter when Robles hooked up with Cordell Black on a 29-yard pass play. Chris Oliver also recovered a fumble in the endzone with one second left in regulation.
Thus far in 2013, Waldorf is averaging 12.6 points and 280.0 yards per game, including 183.2 passing and 96.8 rushing.
Quarterback Sam Fish leads the team by going 87-of-144 for 831 yards and six touchdowns. HIs top receiver is James Loydd with 25 grabs for 288 yards and three scores. Three other players are also over the century mark in receiving yards.
Emmanuel Osuchukwu is leading the ground attack with 287 yards. Darion Neal is also over the century mark at 100 yards.
Waldorf has committed 19 turnovers so far this fall.
Defensively, the Warriors are giving up an average of 37.2 points and 368.0 yards, including 186.2 rushing and 181.8 passing.
Kenny Brown leads Waldorf with 34 tackles and the lone interception, while Oliver has 2.5 sacks.
The Warriors have forced four turnovers this year.
Brennan Stack is 6-for-8 in extra points and 1-for-2 in field goals. Nathan Sahr is averaging 37.5 yards per punt.
Loydd guides the return game with a 14.7-yard kick average, while Chris Salinas owns a 7.6-yard punt average.
“This is another opportunity for our players to compete," Hafner said. "We have decided that there is no more looking ahead. We are focused on one practice, one play, and one game at a time. We will focus on the things we can control, which is ourselves and playing our best on every play. We will be getting back to some old-school ways of treating and playing the game the way it is supposed to be play — fast and physical.”