Cal U closes at Millersville
It's not the game that California University would like to be playing in, but the Vulcans will close out the 2013 campaign Saturday at Millersville on Championship Saturday in the PSAC.
The Vulcans player their way out of the PSAC title tilt by losing their last two contests
Cal U (6-4) will be hoping to end a two-game losing streak against the Marauders (1-9), who have lost their last three contests.
The teams are coming into the game off contrasting losses.
While Cal U was a hard-luck 23-20 loser to Mercyhurst on a last-minute field goal, Millersville was busy giving up seven touchdown passes in a 66-7 debacle loss to East Stroudsburg.
Several seniors will play their final game for Cal U, including wide receiver Mike Williams, who leads the team with 50 receptions for 781 yards and five touchdowns.
In two seasons, Williams has become one of the most prolific receivers in Vulcan history, having become just the third player in the school's history to catch 150 career passes last week.
On defense, senior defensive lineman Noah Taylor is coming off a career-high 11 tackles against Mercyhurst while fellow senior B. J. Stevens, a linebacker, had six tackles and two sacks to raise his all-time school record in that department to 28.
Millersville is ranked in the bottom of Division II offensively, averaging just 10.6 points and 237 yards a game.
That should play right into the strength of the Vulcans, whose defense gives up just 17. 3 points per game and 322.3 yards.
To make matters worse, the Marauders have a minus-20 turnover margin, which is third-worst in all NCAA divisions.
For Cal U, sophomore Cody Schroeder is expected to make his second straight start at quarterback. Schroeder, who has thrown for 1,262 yards and 10 TDs this season, lost his starting job to James Harris earlier in the season.
Other seniors who will start their final games for Cal U include receivers Trey Johnson and Nadir Brown on offense and end Jalen Fields, linebacker Jeff Parrish, and safeties Dewey McDonald, C.J. Townes and Ja'wan Bryant.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.