Alfred State vs. Southern Virginia Football Preview

Alfred State (3-3) vs. Southern Virginia University (2-6)

Saturday, October 27, 2012 1 p.m. * Pioneer Stadium * Alfred, NY

Last meeting:

First Meeting

Last week:

Alfred State lost 35-21 at Apprentice School

Southern Virginia lost 20-14 vs. Concordia-Selma

Pioneers Offense: 21 ppg, 252.3 yards per game

Pioneers Defense:  19.2 ppg, 274 yards per game

Knights Offense: 16.9 ppg, 248.8 yards per game

Knights Defense: 28.75 ppg, 436.5 yards per game

Players to watch:

Alfred State:

Mikel Demonte Fr. WR, 5-10/170 - Brockport, NY

Thomas Daniels So. DE, 6-1/205 - Bronx, NY

Dileel Bartley Fr. RB, 5-11/195 - Rochester, NY

Collin Frazer Fr. CB/KR, 5-11/180 - Woodbridge, VA

Carl Williams So. LB, 6-2/175 - Rochester, NY

Cody Bradbury Fr. LB, 6-2/210 - Norwich, NY

Southern Virginia:

Jerry Washington So. RB, 5-7/175 - Gloucester, VA

Andy Jones Fr. QB, 6-0/190 - Salt Lake City, UT

Cameron Williams Sr. WR, 6-1/185 - Sacramento, CA

Robert Robbins So. LB, 5-11/215 - Glendale, AZ

Matt Gregory So. DB, 5-10/170 - Staunton, VA

Key matchup: The Pioneers look to snap a two-game losing streak as they open up their season ending three-game homestand with a contest vs. Southern Virginia University.

The Pioneers have turned the ball over ten times in their last two games.  They will have to hang on to the ball this week.  The Pioneers have turned the ball over 19 times on the season (7 fumbles & 12 interceptions).

The Knights defeated Apprentice School 20-14 earlier in the season, Alfred’s opponent from last week.  There only other victory on the year came early in the season 24-14 over NC Wesleyan.

The Knights offense has struggled on 3rd downs converting just 38 of 113 chances while the team is 6 for 17 on 4th downs.  The team has thrown 15 interceptions on the year and lost six fumbles.

The Pioneers special teams forced a safety on a blocked punt last week and set up another TD with a long kickoff return.  The special teams also had a return for a touchdown that was called back by a penalty.

The Pioneer rushing offense never got started last week vs. Apprentice.  The team did find a new target in the passing game with Mikel Demonte catching seven passes for over 100 yards and a score.

Game notes:

  • Southern Virginia University is a NCAA DIII institution and the two teams will meet again in 2013 as Alfred State plays their first year of NCAA football. 
  • The WCKR radio feed for the game is available at: http://www.teamline.cc/sportpage?teamcode=1480&eventcode=20
  • Pioneers take on the Onondaga Ogres Football Club next Saturday at 1 p.m.