Notebook: California (Pa.) to host Fayetteville State
• California (Pa.), a Division II semifinalist the past two seasons, will try to shake off a 42-35 loss to Shippensburg in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship with a first-round Division II playoff game at home today against Fayetteville State (8-3). Cal QB Josh Portis leads the PSAC in touchdown passes (26) and WR A.J. Jackson, a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate for top player in Division II, is first in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,027) and receiving touchdowns (13). Cal (8-3), the top team in the PSAC Western Division, will be making its third consecutive NCAA playoff appearance.
• With or without injured QB Trevor Harris (knee), visiting Edinboro (8-3) figures to be in for a high-scoring affair against East Stroudsburg (8-3) in another first-round Division II playoff game. Both teams, members of the PSAC, average roughly 30 points per game and yield an average of more than 20. Harris, also a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate, sat out last week's 28-25 regular-season victory over Millersville with a knee injury and was listed as questionable for today.
• Washington & Jefferson (8-1) plays host to Waynesburg (5-4) in its regular-season finale with a sense of urgency in advance of the Division III playoffs. The Presidents might be a longshot to reach the playoffs after suffering their only loss two weeks ago to Thomas More, which clinched its second consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championship.
• Carnegie Mellon wraps up its season today at Chicago in a Division III University Athletic Association game, assured of its 35th consecutive non-losing season. The Tartans (5-4) can post a winning record with a victory.
• Wagner (6-3) makes its second trip to Pittsburgh in three weeks, co-leading the Northeast Conference heading into its game at Robert Morris (3-6). The Seahawks can win their first NEC title with victories over the Colonials, and Albany (N.Y.) next week. Robert Morris is coming off an impressive 13-10 victory over Albany. The Colonials are limiting opponents to an average of 169.3 yards in their past three games.
• Duquesne (2-7) will attempt to end a four-game skid today with a trip to Sacred Heart (2-7) in a Northeast Conference game. The Dukes have been hit by injuries, most notably at receiver, where preseason all-NEC TE Sean Bunevich, Michigan State transfer Dave Williams and promising sophomore Akeem Moore have been lost for the year. QB Connor Dixon recently was moved to receiver, where he has made 11 catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns.