PARKERSBURG - Walsh University just might be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Glenville State College football team.
Senior day for the Pioneers of head coach David Hutchison will get underway at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Cavaliers of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference invade Morris Stadium.
GSC, now 4-5 overall and 4-4 in the Mountain East Conference, is coming off a lopsided loss to nationally-ranked Shepherd (45-19), but Walsh had it much worse last week. That's because the Cavaliers fell behind Lake Erie College 35-3 and suffered a 63-41 setback as the Storm rolled up 771 yards of total offense.
Jason Fracassa is expected to see his fifth game of action for WU at quarterback. Fracassa has thrown for 1,621 yards to go with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
A spread attack, the Cavaliers' top running threat is Aaron Male, who is 16 stripes shy of 400 ground yards.
The Pioneer defense could have its hands full and the top WU wideout this season has been Jerald Robinson, who has snagged six touchdown catches of his 32 receptions that have covered 429 yards.
(3-6, 3-5 GLIAC)
at Glenville State
(4-5, 4-4 MEC)
Game Time: 1 p.m. Saturday
Place: at Morris Stadium
Although the GSC defense features Darren Elliott with his six picks and 19 pass breakups, the Cavaliers' Jamaris Brown has five interceptions. Cameron Trudell (71) and Cody Farcas (68) lead WU in tackles.
Despite things not going the way the G-men wanted last Saturday in falling to Shepherd for a third straight season, GSC did manage a couple of firsts. Pioneer tailback Rahman Lee became the first player to rush for more than 100 yards against the Rams, who had not allowed a rush of more than 20 yards all season. Lee finished with 148 yards on 22 carries and also broke off a 49-yard romp. However, the Rams kept their streak of allowing no rushing touchdowns.
Sean Steele will try and get the offense going under center as the top GSC wideouts this year have been Delvon Purvis (32-373), Seth Jordan (29-190) and Lee (19-273). Lee is averaging 5.5 yards per carry, has nine rushing TDs and is 41 yards short of 1,100.
Walsh, 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the GLIAC, will have to contend with the likes of James Johnson (78), Devin Cain (59), Terry Reese (56) and Gary Henderson (55) - GSC's top four tacklers. Henderson paces the team in tackles for loss with eight and in sacks at 4.5. Demetrius Lofton (7.0) and Ian Andrews (5.5) rank behind Henderson in stops behind the line of scrimmage.
If the Pioneers can win on Saturday, it will give coach Hutchison's program a chance at a winning record as GSC concludes its season next week at W.Va. State.