AU at Hartwick Game Notes
Alfred University at Hartwick College
Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
Last meeting: 2011, Alfred win, 32-29 (OT), at Alfred
Last week: AU: Win, 40-14, vs. Frostburg State; Hartwick, Loss, 27-8, at Ithaca
Saxons Offense: 24.9 points per game
Saxon Defense: 17.1 points per game
Hawk Offense: 25.3 points per game
Hawk Defense: 29.8 points per game
Players to watch: Alfred University — Joe Enslin, JR, QB; Malcolm Downey, FR, TB; Demetrious Houanche, FR, TB; Adam Schutz, SR, TE; Maleke Fuentes, FR, WR; Mike Raplee, SR, NG; Chris Steeves, SR, DE; Reggie Pressley, SR, SS; Jon Jackson, SR, FS.
Hartwick College — Andrew Bashford, SO, QB; Kurtis Ahart, JR, TB; Joseph Rosiecki, FR, TB; Tanner Williams, FR, WR; Frankie Molina, JR, WR; Bryan Schweitzer, JR, LB; Joe Seney, JR, DE; Jim DeRosa, JR, DT; Dante Crump, FR, CB.
Key matchup: Alfred’s pass defense (allows 197 yards per game) against a Hartwick passing attack that averages 221 yards…AU pass rush, led by nose guard Mike Raplee and end Chris Steeves, that has 19 sacks (17 by Raplee and Steeves combined) against a Hartwick O-line that has allowed 24…Hartwick rushing attack (132 yards per game) against AU run defense that holds opponents to 103 yards per game on the ground…AU ground game -- top two rushers out with injury; two freshmen tailbacks are atop the depth chart – against Hartwick rush defense that allows 130 yards per game on the ground…The Saxons ran a Wildcat formation on offense for much of last weekend’s game vs. Frostburg, and the Saxons produced 253 rushing yards. Key for Hartwick defense will be Hawks’ ability to contain AU wideout Maleke Fuentes (109 yards on 16 carries running the Wildcat vs. Frostburg) and senior free safety Jon Jackson (73 rushing yards, two TDs on six carries out of the Wildcat)… Alfred passing attack (166-yard average) vs. Hartwick defense that allows 203 yards passing per contest…Hartwick pass rush that has 31 sacks on the year, vs. AU O-line that has allowed only 15 sacks in eight games.
Game notes: Saturday’s game is the 29th between AU and Hartwick, with Alfred leading the all-time series, 20-7-1. The last time these two teams met, in 2011, host Alfred prevailed, 32-29, in overtime. The last time the two teams met in Oneonta, in 2010, Alfred won, 35-14. Hartwick’s last win in the series came in 2008, when the host Hawks prevailed, 24-19.
About the Saxons: Alfred is 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8 (tied for second with Utica) following a 40-14 conference win vs. Frostburg State in the Saxons’s regular season home finale last weekend.
The Saxons are averaging 353 yards of offense per game (166 passing; 187 rushing). With its top two runners (junior tailbacks Chuck Beckwith and Austin Dwyer) lost to season-ending injuries, two freshmen – Malcolm Downey and Demetrious Houanche – sit atop the depth chart at tailback for a second straight week. Much of Alfred’s run production could come out of the Wildcat formation the Saxons used much of the game last weekend against Frostburg, when Alfred ran for 253 yards. While Downey and Houanche were held to a combined 58 yards on 16 carries, freshman wide receiver Maleke Fuentes, taking the direct snap in the Wildcat, rushed for 109 yards on 16 carries (one TD), while senior free safety Jon Jackson ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
QB Joe Enslin, who replaced junior starter Josh Sopak when Sopak was hurt in a loss at Utica Oct. 27, made his first career start last weekend and will start again vs. Hartwick. Against Frostburg, Enslin completed 18 of 32 passes for 302 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. On the year, Fuentes has 30 catches for 391 yards and two TDs (252 yards rushing, three TDs). Senior tight end Adam Schutz shares the team lead in catches with 30 for 278 yards and a team-best four touchdowns. Junior wideout Jonathan Ruffin, starting in place of the injured Josh Phillips last weekend, caught four passes for 93 yards and a TD.
The Saxons are allowing 300 yards (103 rushing; 197 passing) per contest. Senior tackle Mike Raplee leads the team in tackles (63), tackles for loss (17) and sacks (9 ½) and has two forced fumbles. Senior strong safety Reggie Pressley, who sat out last weekend’s game, has 56 tackles (four for loss) and two fumble recoveries. Junior Linebacker D.J. Welch has 52 tackles; senior free safety Jon Jackson (50 tackles) leads the team in interceptions with six; and senior end Chris Steeves has 48 tackles (nine for loss, 7 ½ sacks).
Fuentes averages 25.7 yards on kick returns and 4.5 yards on punt returns. Junior Zach Tavalaro has made 17 of 22 PATs and senior Matt Girolmo averages 33.9 yard per punt.
About the Hawks: Hartwick is 3-6 overall and is coming off a 27-8 loss at Ithaca. After opening the season with three non-league wins, the Hawks have dropped six straight, all in Empire 8 Conference play.
The Hawks average 353 yards of offense (221 passing, 132 rushing). Andrew Bashford gets the start at quarterback against AU, seeing action in just his fourth game this season. He has completed 22 of 49 passes for 327 yards (two TDs, four INTs) on the year; starting against Ithaca last weekend, he threw for 112 yards with one TD and three interceptions. Freshman wide receiver Tanner Williams has 38 catches for 800 yards and seven touchdowns, while wideout Frankie Molina has 22 receptions for 417 yards and five TDs. Tailback Kurtis Ahart has 434 yards rushing (two TDs) and his backup, Joseph Rosiecki, has 398 yards rushing and a team-best eight TDs.
Hartwick’s defense allows 333 yards per game (203 passing; 130 rushing). Linebacker Bryan Schweitzer has a team-best 49 tackles to go with two INTs. End Joe Seney has 47 stops (team-high 12 ½ for loss along with 4 ½ sacks); tackle Jim DeRosa has 40 tackles (eight for loss; team-high five sacks); and cornerback Dante Crump has 40 tackles and team-leading three interceptions.
Williams averages 20.2 yards per kick return and Ryan Manning 14.1 yards per punt return. Placekicker Alex Tesoriero has made 25 of 31 extra point tries and three of six field goals, and Jared Morrow averages 36.5 yards on punts.
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