Cal U to open PSAC West slate at home
The California University football team aims to prove the pundits wrong who selected the Vulcans to finish fourth in the PSAC West this season. The first chance will come Saturday when Cal U opens division play against Edinboro.
The Vulcans (2-0) and Scots (1-1) will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Adamson Stadium.
The teams come into the PSAC West opener off contrasting games as Cal rolled over visiting Kutztown last week, 45-10, while Edinboro was a 47-35 loser to Bloomsburg.
In one of the longest running rivalries in the PSAC, the Vulcans and Scots are meeting for the 80th time with Cal holding a 42-35-2 edge that includes wins in the last eight games. Cal beat Edinboro, 24-14, a year ago.
The Scots come into the contest with a potent passing attack, led by quarterback Cody Harris, who has hit on 61 of 75 passes for 671 yards and eight touchdowns. He has only been picked off twice.
Harris, a two-time All-PSAC West selection, is ranked 11th in the country in passing.
A dual threat, Harris leads all PSAC quarterbacks in rushing with 118 yards.
His top targets are Ben Eisel (19 receptions, 143 yards, 1 TD) and Marcus Johnson (12 rec., 217 yds., 1 TD). Johnson, a senior, was named all PSAC-West a year ago.
Defensively, Edinboro returns seven starters from last season's squad that lost four of its last five games to finish under .500 (4-6) for the first time since 2002.
Headlining the defense is senior defensive back James Jackson, a preseason All-American.
The Vulcans, meanwhile, will not only be trying to beat the Scots for a ninth straight time, but will be looking for their ninth straight PSAC West opening game win.
Quarterback Cody Schroeder leads the offense with 537 yards passing (46-of-65) and seven TDs. His top receiver, Mike Williams, has hauled in 14 passes for 180 yards and two TDs.
Last week, Schroeder and Williams hooked up eight times for 132 yards and a TD.
Cal's defense is spearheaded by senior linebacker B.J. Stevens, who broke the school's all-time record for sacks when he had a career-high 3.5 against Kutztown giving him 24 for his career.
CAL CLIPS: Belle Vernon Area products Tyler Sellew and Spencer Lynn are listed as second team at left guard and linebacker, respectively. California Area's Skyler Dickinson is listed as the No. 2 defensive end ... Ringgold grad Derrick Fiore has 11 carries for 23 yards and three receptions for six yards on the season.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.