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Glenville State to face Notre Dame for homecoming

GLENVILLE — No one ever said Mike Kellar wasn’t a realist.

“You win a ball game and your reward is you got to get ready for Notre Dame,” said the Glenville State College gridiron boss, whose squad plays host to the No. 9 Falcons in a 1:30 p.m. Saturday Mountain East Conference homecoming affair.

The Pioneers (2-4, 2-4) snapped a four-game skid with a 38-21 win at Alderson Broaddus last week, mainly thanks to the defense and a three-TD, near 200-yard rushing performance from Alfred Menjor.

“They are a really good football team,” Kellar stated. “Experienced quarterback (Chris Brimm), a three-year starter for them. Their skill is excellent, couple really good tight ends, and the heart of their club is the O-line. It’s been the same four starters for four years it seems like. They are senior laden.”

The Falcons (6-1, 6-1) are led defensively by Guam Lee (312 career tackles; tied for school record) and Noah Harris-Lyles. The duo of Lee (4) and Harris-Lyles (3) have forced a combined seven fumbles.

“A lot of problems,” Kellar said of the NDC defense. “The whole defense is really good. The weakside defense being Harris-Lyles. He’s one of the best pure pass rushers that we’ve seen since I’ve been in this league. Maybe the best.

“Guam is probably the most decorated linebacker this year. I voted for him first team all league two years ago. He’s really a fast kid, plays their inside linebacker. He’s good coming off the edge and he’s fast in the run game. Two of the better players in the league, for sure.”

Expect the hosts to see plenty of Falcon tailback Tyris Dickerson, who is fourth in the MEC with a 95.3 yards per game average. Brimm has connected on 118 of 193 attempts for 1,690 yards with 14 TDs against four picks.

Pioneer kicker Josh Jones has hit 9 of 11 field goals and leads the league in makes. G-men punter Avery Book is tied for first in the MEC with a 40.7 punting average, but the visitors boast kicker Tanner Harding. He is the current all-time MEC career scoring leader with 375 points.

Aside from the ranks of Guam (8th) and Lyles-Harris (10th), Glenville State’s Jonathan St. Jacque is fourth in the MEC in sacks per game.

NDC’s Devanaire Conliffe (27-495-6) and GSC’s Javon Butler (26-360-1) are ranked sixth and tied for ninth, respectively, in conference receiving yards per contest.

“We are going to need to be able to throw the ball,” coach Kellar stressed. “I really like our wide receivers. We aren’t going to turn into the 1982 San Diego Chargers.

“We’re going to have to throw it some to maintain that success in the run game. We look forward to the challenge. We know how good they are. We just got to take care of Glenville.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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