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Football Gameday

Zac Ruetz

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Sports
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The Spartans topped the Big Red 45-17 in last year's matchup.
The Spartans topped the Big Red 45-17 in last year's matchup.
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In the fourth week of the regular season, the Spartans football will travel to Deeds Field-Piper Stadium to face the 1-2 Denison Big Red with hopes of an easy win to bring the No. 9 Spartans to 4-0. The Big Red, coming off a 27-6 loss to Wooster, will be looking to rebound against a tested and true Spartan football team who crushed Oberlin College 41-6 two weeks ago.
The Denison Big Red offense has been struggling early this season, only putting up 51 points so far, compared to the Spartans' 119. The same story goes for the Big Red passing game, which has managed a mere 335 yards and two touchdowns, a number that is close to the combined total of Case Western University's opponents for the past three weeks. Sophomore quarterback Braden Layer has been the crux of this problem, completing just 48 percent of his passes for a lowly 112 yards-per-game. Senior Nick Krempasky and freshman Yandy Plasencia have basically carried the Big Red offense, putting up a combined 400 yards so far this season. Against Wabash in week 2, however, Krempasky was only able to rush for a net 44 yards, while quarterback Layer rushed for 43 yards but netted a lowly 9 yards due to losses and four sacks, along with 84 yards passing against the Little Giants. This comparison is analogous to what we should expect from the Big Red offense against the Spartans, considering they are fairly even teams in terms of talent, discipline, and organization on the defensive side of the ball.
The wildly successful Spartan offense, on the other hand, has been able to put up an impressive 1100 passing yards and a whopping 119 points. Quarterback Dan Whalen, who leads the Division III in passing efficiency at 229, has been playing at his very best so far this season, managing 352 yards-per-game and 15 touchdowns with 79 percent completion. This would be impossible, of course, without wideouts Tim Cowdrick, Zach Homyk, Shaun Nicely, and Ryan Kolesar, who have all averaged over 13 yards for every pass thrown their way.
For an offense that has been plagued early with penalties and minor mistakes, these numbers are incomparable, besting every team they have faced yet. The rushing offense, featuring senior running backs Greg Meyer and Corey Checkan, has put up a modest 131 yards per game, taking every opportunity to open up the passing game and hit their opponents between the tackles. The story should go a similar way this weekend, with the Spartan offense on top of their game and fully prepared for the defensive fronts that Denison will throw at them.
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