Oskaloosa--The NAIA Game of the Week will be at Lacey Complex Stadium this Saturday as #5 William Penn looks to remain perfect AND exact a bit of revenge against #15 St. Francis (Ill.).
The Statesmen (5-0, 2-0 MWL) will host the Fighting Saints (4-2, 2-0 MWL) in Midwest League play. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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SERIES HISTORY: William Penn is 9-1 all-time in its series against St. Francis (Ill.).
The Statesmen let a huge halftime lead slip away in falling 36-35 to the Fighting Saints last year. It ruined the program's perfect mark versus USF and also broke up its perfect campaign (6-0 entering the day).
The Statesmen pulled out to a 27-0 advantage, but could not hold on. A 53-yard field goal by Marcus Kerrigan (Jr., Cary, Ill., Sociology) fell short as time expired.
Taylor Parsons(Jr., The Woodlands, Texas, Sociology) passed for 149 yards and a score and also rushed for a touchdown. Shawn Davis (So., Hamersville, Ohio, Physical Education) paced the team with 92 yards on the ground.
It was the first time all year that the navy and gold had been outgained, 434-345, and also the first time it had more passing yardage than rushing, 184-161.
WILLIAM PENN PROFILE:Todd Hafner is in his ninth year as head football coach at William Penn, entering the campaign with a 52-37 career record.
Hafner guided William Penn to a 9-2 record last year and the team again led the NAIA in rushing with 3,634 yards. He was also at the helm in 2010 when the navy and gold won their fifth league crown (first since 1976). The team finished 10-1, tying the school record for wins, and also broke NAIA single-season marks for total rushing yards and yards per attempt. Numerous other school marks were set in 2010.
The 2008 and 2010 Midwest League Coach of the Year, Hafner was also the recipient of the VSN NAIA Coach of the Year and the NFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year honors. As skipper, he has produced 119 all-conference players and 14 All-Americans.
Prior to his career at William Penn, Hafner had coaching stops at Carl Junction HS, Southwest Baptist University, Emporia State University, and Pittsburg State University (student coach).
Hafner graduated from Pittsburg State in 1994 with a degree in mathematics.
A slow first half only primed the proverbial pump for William Penn as it kept Olivet Nazarene winless with a 27-3 Homecoming victory last week.
The teams went into the half tied at 3-3, but the second half belonged to the Statesmen, who possessed the ball for nearly 40 minutes overall (26 minutes after intermission).
Davis rushed for 79 yards and a score, while Parsons tallied 77 rushing yards and a score. He also tied a season high with 109 passing yards.
The defense limited the Tigers to only 57 yards in the second half (185 total).
For the year, William Penn is averaging 39.8 points and 394.6 yards per game, including 346.0 rushing and 48.6 passing.
The squad leads the NAIA in total rushing yards (1,730) and rushing yards per game. The Statesmen are also eighth in total scoring (199) and ninth in scoring per game.
Evan Ressler (So., Cascade, Iowa, Biology) leads the Statesmen offense with 369 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Five other players, including Parsons with 339 yards and four scores, are also over the century mark.
After a solid game against Olivet Nazarene, Parsons is now 17-of-42 in the passing game, accounting for 243 yards and one TD. Aaron Broyles (Jr., Escondido, Calif., Physical Education) has five receptions, while Ed Cazenave (Jr., Marietta, Ga., Communications) has collected 96 yards through the air.
William Penn has only committed six turnovers this year.
Defensively, the Statesmen are giving up an average of 8.0 points and 229.0 yards, including 119.0 passing and 110.0 rushing.
William Penn is strong nationally in passing yards allowed per game (second), points allowed per game (third), and total yards allowed per game (third).
Brock Peery (Jr., Payson, Utah, Secondary Education) tops William Penn with 42 stops. Nick DiMarco (So., St. Charles, Mo., Physical Education) has a team-best 3.5 sacks, while Perry King (Jr., Valdosta, Ga., Physical Education) and Jacob Batterson (Jr., Eddyville, Iowa, Physical Education) each have recorded two interceptions. The Statesmen have forced 15 turnovers.
Marcus Kerrigan (Jr., Cary, Ill., Sociology) is nearly perfect this year, going 19-of-20 in point-after-attempts and 5-of-6 in field goals.
The team is again utilizing a two-punter formation with Kerrigan and Jason Johnson (Jr., Geneseo, Ill., Industrial Technology). Johnson has kicked seven times for a clip of 35.6 yards, while Kerrigan has nine punts for a 34.4 yard average.
Cazenave is now the main kickoff returner, taking four back for an average of 12.0 yards (long of 21 yards), while Joel Medina (Sr., Palmdale, Calif., Sociology) has taken five punts back for a clip of 15.8 yards (long of 40 yards).
William Penn was picked to finish second in the Midwest League.
St. Francis (Ill.) PROFILE: Joe Curry is in his first season as head football coach at St. Francis (Ill.), moving up from defensive coordinator the past seven years.
He was named MWL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008 and led the defense to being ranked eighth in 2011.
A strong player, Curry received All-State honors in high school and all-conference honors twice in college. A 2001 graduate of USF with a degree in history, he gained his Master's of Education Administration from Ferris State (Mich.).
The Fighting Saints dominated Waldorf 52-6 in MWL play last week.
USF outgained its foe 488-161, including 301 yards through the air by quarterback E.J. White. Desmond Page (94 yards, one TD) and John Magee (84 yards, one TD) each hauled in six of White's tosses.
Malik Norman (one TD) and Anthony Hubert (two TDs) both managed 74 yards rushing.
The defense forced four turnovers.
For the year, St. Francis (Ill.) is averaging 32.3 points and 432.7 yards per game, including 278.2 passing and 154.5 rushing.
The Fighting Saints rank fifth in total passing yards (1,669) and ninth in both passing yards per game and scoring (194).
White is the top individual on the high-powered offense, leading the nation with 2,036 total yards (1,669 passing, 367 rushing). He has completed 138 of his 222 passes for 14 touchdowns and has rushed for three more scores. White is also second nationally in total yards per game and total passing yards, and sixth in passing yards per game.
Page leads the receiving corps with 39 catches for 579 yards and five scores. Both of those numbers rank fourth in the NAIA. Three other players are over the century mark receiving.
St. Francis (Ill.) has committed nine turnovers this year.
Defensively, the Fighting Saints are giving up an average of 19.2 points and 311.7 yards, including 157.2 passing and 154.5 passing.
Jamal Graham has a squad-best 61 tackles and two interceptions, while Jeff Cascella and Albert Cruse have two sacks each. The team has forced 14 turnovers.
Sean Murray is the primary kicker, making 16-of-19 extra points and 6-of-9 field goals (sixth nationally in field goals made). He has also punted 15 times for a 39.7 average.
Sheldon Magee is the top returner, taking eight kickoffs back for an average of 18.8 yards and five punts for an average of 5.8 yards.
St. Francis (Ill.) was picked to win the seven-team Midwest League.
COACH HAFNER SAYS:On the Olivet Nazarene game: "That was a very good football team. Our defense was outstanding all day and our offensive line took over the line of scrimmage in the second half."
On St. Francis (Ill.): "This will be one of the most explosive offensive teams we will face all season. Their quarterback has been a first-team all-conference player since his freshman year. Defensively, they have always created problems for us with their scheme and the type of players they put on the field. We will have to be much better in the special teams area than we have been the last couple of weeks. This will be a very physical game and both teams have a lot to play for."
On being NAIA Game of the Week: "Being the NAIA Game of the Week means a lot to everyone in this program, including our fans. We will have our hands full, but we are very appreciative that the NAIA considers this game as its profiled game."