Spartans Return to UAA Action at Washington U. on Saturday

The Spartans play their second of their consecutive games on the road. (photo by Lynne Browske)
The Spartans play their second of their consecutive games on the road. (photo by Lynne Browske)

Case Western Reserve Spartans (3-4, 3-4 PAC, 1-0 UAA)
Washington University in St. Louis (2-5, 0-1 UAA)
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Francis Field - St. Louis, Mo.



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The Case Western Reserve University football team gets back into University Athletic Association action and continues a stretch of three in a row on the road when it faces Washington University in St. Louis on Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 p.m. (CT) at Francis Field. The Spartans are 3-4 overall after a 34-24 loss at No. 16/18 nationally ranked Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.). The Bears are 2-5 following a 44-23 road loss at the University of Chicago.

Washington U. holds a 19-9 lead in the all-time gridiron series with Case Western Reserve. The Bears have also won the last two meetings with one victory in Cleveland (2012) and one in St. Louis (2013). Prior to CWRU winning four of five in the series from 2007-11, Washington U. captured 15 in a row from 1992-2006. CWRU won the first three matchups (1985-88) between the two schools, including a 17-10 victory at home in the inaugural game of the series.

The Bears controlled the pace from start to finish in a 29-0 victory versus the Spartans on November 9, 2013 at Francis Field. Then senior quarterback Eric Daginella threw for 171 yards and added another 66 on the ground for the hosts.

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his 11th season in 2014 with a 75-35 (.682) record. Debeljak has led the Spartans to four UAA Championships in the last seven years with three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons and NCAA Playoff berths from 2007-09. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 62-18, earning Debeljak and his assistants the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award four times (2007-09, '11). In addition, CWRU has been ranked in the AFCA Top 25 in four of the past seven seasons (2007-10).

Washington is coached by Larry Kindbom, who is in his 26th season with the Bears in 2014 with an overall record of 158-100 (.621). Under Kindbom's leadership, the Bears have captured 10 UAA Championships and appeared in the NCAA Division III Playoffs twice. Entering the season, Kindbom was ranked 18th all-time in Division III for career coaching victories.

Through seven games, the Spartans have averaged 22.7 points, 116.1 yards rushing, 209.3 yards passing and 325.4 total yards per game. CWRU opponents have averaged 21.7 points, 112.9 yards rushing, 240.1 yards passing and 353.0 total yards per game. The Spartans have a -5 turnover ratio.

Senior QB Billy Beecher (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra Area) has completed 139-of-240 passes (57.9%) for 1,347 yards with 12 TDs and six INTs. Beecher has also rushed for 107 yards and two TDs. Freshman RB Anthony Canganelli (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) has rushed for 202 yards on 47 carries (4.3 ypc) with one TD, while sophomore RB Anthony Bianco (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) has 202 yards rushing on 63 carries (3.2 ypc) with one TD. Junior FB Adam Hochman (Austin, Texas/Anderson) has 165 yards rushing on 24 carries (6.9 ypc) with a team-best five total TDs (three rushing/two receiving). Sophomore WR Brendan Lynch (Sarver, Pa./Freeport Area) has a team-high 31 receptions for 278 yards (9.0 ypc) and a pair of TDs. Freshman WR Luke DiFrancesco (Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort) has 20 receptions for 197 yards (9.9 ypc) with one TD, while junior TE Ethan Albers (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty) has hauled in 17 catches for 209 yards (12.3 ypc) and four scores.

Defensively, junior OLB KJ Pederson (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) leads the team with 63 tackles, including two sacks, to go along with a forced fumble and two pass break-ups. In less than four full games, fellow junior OLB Everett Dishong (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) has 42 tackles with team bests of 10.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. Junior CB Mike O'Donnell (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) has 29 tackles and a team-best two interceptions.

Through seven games, the Bears have averaged 27.9 points, 102.4 yards rushing, 253.9 yards passing and 356.3 total yards per game. Washington U. opponents have averaged 34.0 points, 187.6 yards rushing, 232.0 yards passing and 419.6 total yards per game. The Bears have a -4 turnover ratio.

Offensively, sophomore QB J.J. Tomlin has completed 114-of-182 passes (62.6%) for 1,165 yards with 11 TDs and four INTs. Sophomore RB Austin Smestad has rushed for 319 yards on 75 carries (4.3 ypc) with three TDs, while junior RB Cody Ratermann has 189 yards rushing on 39 carries (4.8 ypc) with two scores. Sophomore WR Kevin Hammarlund has team bests of 38 receptions for 462 yards (12.2 ypc) and four TDs.

Defensively, senior DB Patrick Cantwell has a team-high 62 tackles to go along with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Senior LB Fade Oluokun has 57 tackles, including four TFL and two sacks, to go along with a pair of forced fumbles. Junior DB Quincy Marting has 34 tackles and a team-best two INTs. Sophomore DL Danny Nowak has 25 tackles and team bests of 9.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.

CWRU's offense opened the game at W&J with five freshmen on the field. Three of the starters were on the line; center Gage Blair (Elyria, Ohio/St. Edward), left guard Ryan DeMarinis (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Westwood, Mass.) and left tackle Ryan Merlau (Arcade, N.Y./Pioneer). Rookie running back Anthony Canganelli (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Mayfield) and first-year wide out Luke DiFrancesco (Johnstown, Pa /Bishop McCort) were also on the field for the team's first play from scrimmage.

Junior linebacker Gavin Sandidge (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) blocked a field goal at W&J which led to a two-point return by fellow junior backer Aaron Weisberg (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage). Sandidge has a team-best two blocks this season and three for his career. The CWRU record for blocked kicks in a game is three, set last season at Oberlin College by current junior tight end Ethan Albers (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty). Albers also returned one of his own blocks for two points against Oberlin.

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With his career-long 39-yard run to "pay dirt" at W&J, junior fullback Adam Hochman (Austin, Texas/Anderson) has 10 total touchdowns on just 57 career touches. Three of Hochman's TDs have come on the ground and seven have come in the air.

For his performance at W&J, junior linebacker Everett Dishong (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was named UAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Dishong, who has played less than four full games because of injury, ranks amongst the leaders in Division III in sacks per game (1.5) and tackles for loss per game (2.6). In just 13 career games, Dishong has 117 tackles, 22.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks and 12 pass break-ups.

During its past 38 road games dating back to 2007, CWRU has compiled an overall record of 30-8.

CWRU is 62-18 overall since the beginning of the 2007 season.