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Football Gameday: Case vs. University of Chicago

Zac Ruetz

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Sports
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Last week, fans witnessed the Spartans in top form, crushing the Hiram College Terriers 63-14, a season high. Actively working out the kinks in this year's team, coach Greg Debeljak finds his team constantly evolving, with each week's game as an indicator of their progress. This week, the Spartans travel to the University of Chicago Maroons, a fellow UAA school, with hopes of making the game their 29th consecutive regular-season win. The Spartans are facing what debatably may be the strongest Chicago team in several years.

The Maroons' offensive attack is mainly based around Californian junior quarterback Marshall Oium, who has set school records with a stellar performance versus Denison, where Chicago won, 38-7, away from home. Freshman wide receiver Dee Brizzolara and junior receiver Clay Wolff hooked up with Oium all day, and together totaled over 300 yards in that game.

Other stars on the defensive side of the ball are junior cornerback Steve Tsilimos and sophomore defensive end Matt Sargent, who had pairs of interceptions and sacks, respectively. Chicago's defense will be no match for CWRU's stellar offense, however, as they've given up big points against teams that Case has destroyed in recent weeks, including Kenyon.

That being said, the highly successful offensive arsenal of the Spartans has yet to meet a team to rival its scoring abilities so far this season. That offensive is led by two-time UAA Offensive Player of the Year, senior quarterback Dan Whalen. Whalen has managed a completion percentage of 72 with 2200 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Furthermore, senior Tim Cowdrick and juniors Zach Homyk and Shaun Nicely have been open downfield for Whalen all season. The rushing game hasn't exactly suffered, either, effectively opening up Whalen's passing game while senior Greg Meyer plows down the field for 348 yards and two touchdowns as of yet.

Defensively, Case has dominated every team it has faced, yielding 15 points per game, most of which were scored later in the second half, when those teams were already down multiple scores. The defensive line has found two stars in sophomores Dale English and Rich Doolin, who each have 4.5 sacks and an average of around 30 tackles in the games they've played.

This will be the 20th meeting of the two teams since 1990. Chicago holds an 11-8 series advantage, although the Spartans have won the last three years, including a 38-24 victory in 2008 and 35-3 win in 2007. Chicago will be coming off of a three-game winning streak, while the No. 12 d3football.com-ranked Spartans will be strutting in with their 28-game regular season winning streak.

This clash of UAA Conference members may be indicative of both the current progress of the Chicago Maroons so far this year and the evolution of the Spartans' younger, more disciplined team.

Prediction:

Case 38 University of Chicago 17
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