College Football: William Penn at St. Xavier
October 24, 2013 10:16PM
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:31AM
When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, Chicago.
Coaches: Mike Feminis, St. Xavier; Todd Hafner, William Penn
Last meeting: St. Xavier won 31-0 in a NAIA Championship Series first-round game on Nov. 17, 2012.
William Penn preview: The Statesmen fell 31-21 at home Saturday to Marian (Ind.), which St. Xavier topped in its season opener. Both teams have wins over Waldorf and losses to St. Francis (Ind.). ... William Penn runs the triple-option and has four players with at least 346 yards rushing, led by Evan Ressler (105 carries, 523 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Shawn Davis (105, 477, 9). ... The Statesmen are averaging 321 yards rushing and just 43 passing per game. ... Eddie Offutt, a Crete-Monee product, is a freshman defensive lineman for William Penn. Fellow Crete-Monee alum Leonard Despenza and Evergreen Park product DaQua Gatewood also are on the roster but are redshirting this season.
St. Xavier preview: The Cougars got victory No. 1 in what likely will need to be a five-game winning streak to end the regular season if they want a shot at the playoffs by topping Waldorf (Iowa) 37-21 on the road Saturday. ... St. Xavier now returns home for this Mid-States Football Association Midwest League game. It’ll be the Cougars’ first home contest since a 48-21 loss to Grand View (Iowa) on Oct. 5. St. Xavier hasn’t lost two home games in a season since 2008. ... LB Zach Dolph continues to have a huge season, recording eight tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in Saturday’s win.
What Feminis said: “William Penn is a very dangerous team who has a misleading record. Their offense scares the heck out of me because to prepare for a triple-option team in a week is extremely difficult. Our guys know what’s at stake.”
Next week: St. Xavier visits
No. 8 St. Ambrose (Iowa). William Penn hosts Olivet Nazarene.