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Western Pennsylvania Small College Preview: RMU Facing Worst Start in Program History



Bernard Clark’s fifth year at the helm of the Robert Morris program has been dreadful up until this point. Still, the Colonials have an opportunity to avoid their worst start in program history when North Carolina A&T visits Joe Walton Stadium.

The quarterback situation continues to be the top storyline surrounding the program. Last week against Campbell, starting quarterback Zach Tanner only completed five passes for 66 yards while throwing two interceptions and being sacked three times.

As for their matchup against the Aggies, the Colonials will return to junior Anthony Chickett (Bethel Park) as the starter. Chiccitt missed some time this season with an injury, but in two games played he has thrown for 327 yards and a touchdown, along with three interceptions.

Another problem area for the Colonials that has plagued them all season long is the running game. The ground unit sits last in FCS football with 50.8 yards per game. RMU will look for fifth-year running back Alijah Jackson to step up down the stretch of the season.

Cal U Seeks First Win Against Slippery Rock Since 2016

No.17 Slippery Rock has handed California (Pa.) four straight losses dating back to 2016 and The Rock will look to keep that streak alive on the road.

The Rock is coming off an impressive win over Gannon, a team looking to move ahead of Slippery Rock in the standings, to improve to 3-1 in the PSAC.

Redshirt senior quarterback Noah Grover continued his strong season with 202 passing yards and two touchdowns. With Grover guiding The Rock’s offense, they are scoring 33.6 points per game.

As for the Vulcans, they were able to fend off a late comeback last week from Seton Hill, winning 21-14. 

Undefeated IUP Faces Winless Seton Hill

No. 13 Indiana (Pa.) dominated last week on both sides of the ball, shutting out Edinboro as the Crimson Hawks look for a similar performance against winless Seton Hill.

The PSAC’s top rushing unit moved the ball for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the win for the Crimson Hawks. Dayjure Stewart and JD Younger (Central Catholic) both surpassed 80 yards last week.

Seton Hill scored two late touchdowns against Cal U last week but it was not enough as the Griffins fell to 0-7.

Gannon, Mercyhurst Battle for Niagra Cup

For the 26th time, rivals Gannon and Mercyhurst will meet at McConnell Mill Stadium.

Gannon was off to one of its best starts in program history before hitting a road bump with a 40-14 loss to Slippery Rock. The Golden Knights will look to bounce back while trying to win only their second game against Mercyhurst in seven years.

As for Mercyhurst, the Lakers continue to stumble as they extended their losing streak to four games after falling by two points to Clarion.

Clarion Looks for First Home Win of Season

After back-to-back road wins, Clarion returns to Memorial Stadium, looking for its first home win of the season against Edinboro.

Clarion is coming off a walk-off victory against Mercyhurst as kicker Jarrett Esposito hit a 30-yard field goal for the win to move the Golden Eagles to 2-2 in the PSAC.

Clarion will meet Edinboro for the 92nd time on Saturday as the Golden Eagles aim to snap a five-game losing skid to the Fighting Scots.

No. 17 Carnegie Mellon Hopes to Extend 14-Game Win Streak

No. 17 Carnegie Mellon continues its dominant streak, extending its win streak to 14 games last week. The Tartans have the chance to push it to 15 games when they meet Geneva.

The Tartans will also look to add to another streak on Saturday as they have beaten Geneva in 12-straight contests. 

All season long, the Tartans’ defense has played at a high level, currently holding opponents to 12.9 points per game. Carnegie Mellon also boasts the President Athletic Conference’s top rush defense as well.

Rivals Grove City and Westminster Meet for 104th Time

For the 104th time in the series’ history, Grove City and Westminster will battle on the gridiron, this season at Robert E. Thorn Field.

The two programs have played each other closely over the past four years, with a combined 13 points being the difference in those games.

Grove City enters the matchup with four consecutive wins following a 44-17 victory over Allegheny last week. It was the running attack that got the job done for the Wolverines as they ran for 297 yards and five scores. On the flip side, Westminster boasts the best defense in the PAC, limiting teams to 196.5 yards per game.

Waynesburg Looks to Continue Dominance Against Thiel

Since 2006, Waynesburg has only lost to Thiel once as the Yellow Jackets look to continue that dominance on Saturday.

Waynesburg evened its record last week with a 34-17 win over Bethany as running backs Hunter Cameron and Nick Hall (Belle Vernon) surpassed 100 yards on the ground. As for Thiel, the Tomcats returned to the loss column against Westminster after snapping its 41-game losing streak.

Saint Vincent Travels to Allegheny for First Time

Saint Vincent will head to Meadville, Pa. to take on Allegheny for the first time in program history.

The Bearcats snapped a two-game skid last week with a win over Geneva that saw the offense put together 410 yards. Allegheny searches for its first win in nearly a month as the Gators have allowed at least 35 points in their last three games.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Section 122
1 year ago

Is anyone really surprised by RMU? They could barely compete in the NEC and went to a conference that is probably a slight bit tougher.

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