Alfred State - Stevens Tech Preview

Alfred State (1-1) at Stevens Tech (1-1)

Saturday, September 22, 2012 3 p.m.

Lancaster, PA

Last meeting:

Alfred State defeated Stevens Tech 49-27 during Homecoming 2011 at Alfred State

Last week:

Stevens Tech defeated Williamson Trade 49-12

Alfred State lost to Erie CC 30-7

Pioneers Offense: 17 ppg, 131 yards per game (5 rush, 126 pass)

Pioneers Defense: 16.5 ppg, 310 yards per game (149 rush, 161 pass)

Bulldogs Offense: NA

Bulldogs Defense: NA

Players to watch:

Alfred State

Erik Simmons (WR/Elmira, NY) made his debut last week after missing the season opener.  The big target caught five passes for 28 yards last week

Pioneer offensive line – The offensive line struggled last weekend vs. Erie CC allowing nine sacks.  The lines success will be a key to getting a struggling offense going.

Alonzo Joyner (S/Queens, NY) has recorded 22 tackles during the first two games.

Keegan Phalen (LB/East Aurora, NY) has two interceptions and two sacks in the team’s first two games.  He is also handling the punting duties – averaging 37.5 yards in ten attempts.

Shawn Charles (DB/Rochester, NY) accounted for the only score last week when he returned a kickoff 90-yards for a score.  The NJCAA DIII 100 m champion is a threat to outrun opponents every time he touches the ball.

Stevens Tech

Kahlil Brewer (LB) intercepted two passes vs. Williamson Trade last week.  He returned one for a score

Austin Cseh (RB/WR) rushed for 141 yards and 23 carries last week.  He scored three times.

The Bulldog Defense – forced five turnovers last weekend

Key matchup:

  • The Bulldog defense was key in their victory last week while the Pioneer offense struggled gaining just 44 yards of offense vs. Erie last week. 
  • Turnovers have been the turning point in both games thus far for Alfred.  Alfred was a +2 in their victory at Hartwick and a -2 in the loss to Erie.
  • Special team returns by Shawn Charles and Collin Frazer have accounted for two of the Pioneers five touchdowns on the season

Game notes:

  • Alfred leads all-time series 9-1
  • Stevens has won back-to-back Seaboard Conference Championships and have won eight titles since 2000.
  • The Bulldogs had a coaching change prior to their game last week.  Assistant Coach Joe Ganse is now the head coach while Doug Kopp has returned to being an assistant coach.