College Football: Grand View at St. Xavier
October 3, 2013 9:30PM
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:17AM
When: 5 p.m. Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, Mount Greenwood.
Coaches: Mike Feminis, St. Xavier; Mike Woodley, Grand View.
Previous meeting: This is the first meeting between the teams, who are conference foes for the first time this season in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League
St. Xavier preview: This is the MSFA Midwest League opener for the Cougars, who are coming off a 37-25 win over St. Francis in which St. Xavier’s defense kept the Fighting Saints’ powerful offense mostly in check. DB Tyler Hoeg led the defense with nine tackles against St. Francis while DB Jacob Ghinazzi had eight tackles and a forced fumble. ... Freshman WR Stephen Simms had a breakout game with seven catches for 119 yards. ... Redshirt freshman QB John Rhode continues to impress with his arm and his legs, leading an offense that’s averaging 32.2 points per game. ... This will be the Cougars’ fourth game against a ranked NAIA opponent. They also played the University of Indianapolis, ranked in NCAA Division II. ... It’s Homecoming at St. Xavier.
Grand View preview: The Pirates, out of Des Moines, Iowa, began the year ranked No. 19 in NAIA and quickly have climbed the ladder with a series of impressive wins. The latest was Saturday’s thumping of then-No. 2 St. Francis (Ind.), which the Grand View defense held to 193 yards of total offense. LB Dudley Bickham had six tackles and two sacks. ... Grand View had a season-opening win over NCAA FCS program Drake and rolled past defending NAIA national champion Marian — which the Cougars beat in overtime in their season opener — 30-7. ... Grand View QB Derek Fulton has passed for 913 yards and six TDs and has run for 232 yards and a score.
What Feminis said: “In some ways, we’ll be playing a mirror image of ourselves. They’re committed to the spread and have a great quarterback who is a legitimate dual threat. Grand View is a veteran-laden team, and they are definitely on the verge of becoming a top NAIA program so this will be a great challenge for us.”
Next week: St. Xavier visits No. 6 St. Francis (Ind.). Grand View visits Olivet Nazarene.