PARKERSBURG - A battle of 3-4 programs in the Mountain East Conference will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday when visiting Glenville State invades Mueller Field to take on the Notre Dame College Falcons.
Notre Dame, which sits at 2-3 in MEC play while the G-men are 3-3 in conference action, are coming off a lopsided 57-17 loss at Shepherd. The Falcons actually had the game tied 10-10 late in the first half, but the Rams scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes before intermission and never looked back.
Glenville State got back to its winning ways with a 49-7 demolishing of Virginia-Wise last weekend at Morris Stadium. GSC head coach David Hutchison's squad will try to stay focused this week as current No. 9 Shepherd will take on the Pioneers in Gilmer County next weekend.
The Falcons, who have not been very good at all on defense this season, are allowing more than 38 points a game and rank 144th in total defense. Opponents are averaging more than 466 yards a game and Notre Dame also has one of the worst net punting averages in all of Division II at just 26.5 yards a boot.
However, the Pioneers will have to watch out for tailback Pedro Powell, who was limited to his second lowest rushing effort of the season last week versus Shepherd when he went for just 74 yards on 18 carries. In his previous four games, Powell had went for 102, 214, 200 and 173 rushing yards.
Ray Russ, who hit 21 of 40 passes for 175 yards versus Shepherd, is the signal-caller and his favorite target to date has been Jack Foy. Foy has 60 catches for 555 yards, but Russ had most of his success against the Rams by finding Mitchel Shegos, who had 11 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
(3-4, 3-3 MEC)
at Notre Dame (3-4, 2-3)
Game time: 1 p.m.
Glenville State will bring with it the No. 8 ranked total defense when it arrives in South Euclid, Ohio, on Saturday. The Pioneers are also only giving up 18.9 points a contest.
During last week's game against Virginia-Wise, senior defensive back Darren Elliott blocked a field goal and then returned it 66 yards for a touchdown at 9:57 of the first quarter as the G-men never trailed. Elliott also snagged his fifth interception of the season and registered a game-high four pass breakups. Fellow defensive backs Terry Reese and Demetrius Quarles had six solo tackles apiece and combined for five pass breakups. Keith Mayes also had an interception.
Pioneer sophomore tailback Rahman Lee got back on track last Saturday when he raced for 173 yards and a pair of scores. Emmanuel Smith also found the end zone and added 40 yards rushing.
Sean Steele and Steffen Colon both saw action last week and combined to hit 15 of 20 passes for 218 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Tight end Jake Harper and wideout Tyler Gardiner combined for six receptions and 105 yards. Harper joined Delvon Purvis and DeShaun Sands in adding a receiving touchdown apiece.