FOOTBALL
Record: 2-2 Home: 1-1 Away: 1-1 Heart: 0-0
 
 
Kickoff is set for noon
Kickoff is set for noon
Football - Thu, Sep. 7, 2017

Oskaloosa--Fresh of its win over a ranked foe, the William Penn football team will be vying to knock MidAmerica Nazarene from the ranks of the unbeatens as the programs meet in WPU's home opener Saturday.

The 23rd-ranked Statesmen (1-1) will host the Pioneers (2-0) at noon in Lacey Complex Stadium in a Heart of America Athletic Conference North-South crossover matchup.

FULL GAME NOTES (PDF)

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SERIES HISTORY: William Penn is 1-1 all-time in its series against MidAmerica Nazarene, including falling 22-21 last year.

William Penn led 21-10 late in the game, but allowed two Pioneer touchdowns. The team owned a 431-261 edge in yardage, including 431 on the ground.

Carl Sivels rushed for 110 yards and a score, while Nate Van Veldhuizen picked up another 93 yards. Desmond Douglas opened the day's scoring with a 64-yard TD scramble.

Defensively, Walter Eastwood and Kyle Baldassarre both had interceptions.

2015--William Penn, 51-48 (3OT)
2016--MidAmerica Nazarene, 22-21

WPU HEAD COACH PROFILE: Todd Hafner is in his 14th year as head football coach.

Hafner, who owns an 87-58 career record entering this fall, guided William Penn to its seventh league crown in school history last year.

He also led WPU to a trip to the NAIA Football Championship Series in 2012, its first playoff appearance since 1976 and second all-time.

The squad went 10-1 in 2010 as well to win its first conference title since 1976.  William Penn tied the school record for wins and also broke the NAIA's single-season marks for total rushing yards and yards per attempt.  Numerous other school marks were set in 2010.  The Statesmen again paced the NAIA in rushing in 2011.

A three-time Conference 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 in 2010.  As skipper, he has produced 193 all-conference players and 22 All-Americans.

Hafner graduated from Pittsburg State in 1994.

WPU LAST TIME OUT: The Statesmen took down #12 Missouri Valley 27-21 last Saturday.

In a game in which it never trailed, WPU was able to run out the clock to hold off the Vikings' late charge.

WPU outgained the MVC 372-366, including 82 rushing yards by Amos Johnson and 81 passing yards by Tyler Wood.

Kyle Baldassarre paced the defense with seven tackles, while the crew managed four sacks and an interception.

WPU BY THE NUMBERS:
Offense (Team):
Points/Game--27.0
Yards/Game--276.5
Rushing Yards/Game--209.5
Passing Yards/Game--67.0

Offense (Individual):
Rushing Yards--Amos Johnson (99)
Passing Yards--Tyler Wood (111)
Receiving Yards--Jeremiah Benson (98)

Defense (Team):
Points/Game--26.0
Yards/Game--376.5
Rushing Yards/Game--126.0
Passing Yards/Game--250.5

Defense (Individual):
Tackles--Rashaad Ollie (13)
Sacks--Resean Coleman (3) (1st in NAIA)
Interceptions--Two players (1)

Special Teams (Individual):
Punting Avg.--Aaron Allen (36.1)
Kicking--Tyler Hefflefinger (4-5 XP, 0-0 FG) (4 pts)
Return Yards--Brandon Davis (80)

MIDAMERICA NAZARENE HEAD COACH PROFILE: Brian Willmer is in his fourth season at MidAmerica Nazarene, owning a 21-12 record entering this fall.

In his first campaign, he led the Pioneers to a share of the Heart title as well as an NAIA playoff appearance. He was named Region 3 AFCA Coach of the Year that season.

He previously coached at Azusa Pacific University. Willmer earned his Bachelor's (1997) and Master's (1998) degrees from UCLA.

MIDAMERICA NAZARENE LAST TIME OUT: The Pioneers powered past Culver-Stockton 52-13 last Saturday.

MNU scored the game's first 52 points as it rolled up 476 yards, while limiting the Wildcats to 246 yards.  Turnovers were not a factor as both teams committed two.

Quarterback Trey Cooper was 19-for-30 for 331 yards and four touchdowns, while seven different players hauled in a reception.

MIDAMERICA NAZARENE BY THE NUMBERS:
Offense (Team):
Points/Game--50.0 (9th in NAIA)
Yards/Game--523.0
Rushing Yards/Game--194.0
Passing Yards/Game--329.0 (10th in NAIA)

Offense (Individual):
Rushing Yards--Donald Garcia (188)
Passing Yards--Trey Cooper (615) (9th in NAIA)
Receiving Yards--Sam Van Dyk (148)

Defense (Team):
Points/Game--19.0
Yards/Game--329.0
Rushing Yards/Game--93.0
Passing Yards/Game--236.0

Defense (Individual):
Tackles--Ryan Huerta (15)
Sacks--Numerous (2)
Interceptions--Isaiah Robinson (2) (2nd in NAIA)

Special Teams (Individual):
Punting Avg.--Cristian Casillas (42.6 avg.) (7th in NAIA)
Kicking--Cristian Casillas (13-14 XP, 1-2 FG) (16 pts) (5th in NAIA in scoring)
Return Yards--Dalton Inlow (96) (8th in NAIA in kickoff return yards)

SATURDAY'S TWO-DEEPS:

WILLIAM PENN OFFENSE
QB

4-Jonathan Thomas, 5-11, 185, Jr.
17-Eric Cooper, 6-2, 205, Sr.
RB
5-Grant Smallwood, 5-9, 165, Jr.
2-Christian Williams, 5-8, 170, Sr.
RB
26-Carl Sivels, 6-0, 175, Sr.
23-Jesse Bade, 5-11, 190, Jr.
FB
47-Nate Van Veldhuizen, 5-11, 220, Jr.
49-Amos Johnson, 5-10, 205, Jr.
WR
11-Jeremiah Benson, 6-0, 180, So.
18-Hunter Anfinsen, 6-2, 200, Jr.
WR
80-Tyler Phillips, 5-10, 190, Jr..
81-Jordan Cousert, 6-0, 190, Fr.
TE
87-Cory Fitzjarrell, 5-10, 235, Sr.
89-Trey Bennett, 5-11, 240, Jr.
LT
70-Nick Jackson, 6-2, 260, Jr.
73-Zach Tracy, 5-11, 235, Fr.
LG
53-Hunter Dailey, 6-0, 235, Jr.
66-Charles Nelson, 6-1, 255, So.
C
54-Sione Mafua, 5-9, 255, So.
64-Jason Castano, 5-11, 240, So.
RG
65-Haydn Stender, 6-0, 245, So.
57-Leonard Grillo, 6-1, 260, Sr.
RT
60-Joe Reschman, 5-10, 280, Jr.
61-Malik Williams, 6-2, 240, Fr.
PK
94-Tyler Hefflefinger, 6-1, 200, Fr.
36-Aaron Allen, 5-10, 215, Sr.
HOLDER
7-Tyler Wood, 6-0, 180, So.
18-Hunter Anfinsen, 6-2, 200, Jr.
KR
11-Jeremiah Benson, 6-0, 180, So.
21-Brandon Davis, 5-10, 155, So.
PR
11-Jeremiah Benson, 6-0, 180, So.
21-Brandon Davis, 5-10, 155, So.

WILLIAM PENN DEFENSE
DE

55-Cooper Gosch, 6-2, 245, Jr.
58-Dalton Haddock, 6-2, 240, Jr.
N
1-Anthony Jackson, 6-3, 245, Jr.
75-Marcus Bell, 6-3, 285, Sr.
DE
10-Resean Coleman, 6-4, 230, So.
45-Darrick Harris, 6-1, 230, Jr.
LB
41-Jake Baptiste, 6-0, 205, Sr.
13-Ben Jones, 5-10, 230, Jr.
LB
31-Mason Wisse, 5-11, 220, Jr.
37-Graham Carnahan, 6-0, 200, Fr.
LB
6-Clive Manuao, 5-11, 225, So.
36-Aaron Allen, 5-10, 215, Sr.
LB
19-Winston Green, 6-0, 215, Sr.
25-Corey Johnson Jr., 6-0, 210, Jr.
CB
3-Dajon Shaw, 6-1, 180, Jr.
8-Jabari Simpson, 6-1, 190, Fr.
CB
21-Brandon Davis, 5-10, 155, So.
12-Detorien Rawlinson, 5-9, 155, Fr.
FS
38-Rashaad Ollie, 6-1, 185, Fr.
35-Keimun Daniels, 5-11, 180, Fr.
SS
27-Kyle Baldassarre, 5-11, 185, Sr.
3-Dajon Shaw, 6-1, 180, Jr.
PUNTER
36-Aaron Allen, 5-10, 215, Sr.
7-Tyler Wood, 6-0, 180, So.
LONGSNAPPER
43-Ben Sherman, 6-0, 220, Fr.
53-Hunter Dailey, 6-0, 235, Jr.

MIDAMERICA NAZARENE OFFENSE
QB
4-Trey Cooper, 6-2, 220, Sr.
16-Christian Bates, 6-4, 200, Fr.
RB
30-Dahmir Pross, 5-7, 170, Fr.
3-Marquise McGuire, 5-8, 165, Jr.
FB
29-Kobe Hardin, 5-11, 205, So.
23-Nick Mora, 6-0, 225, Jr.
WR
1-Dalton Inlow, 5-11, 160, Jr.
7-Sam Van Dyk, 6-3, 195, Jr.
WR
15-Austin Blackston, 6-2, 195, So.
80-Marcus Moody, 6-0, 175, Fr.
TE
85-Jordan Samson, 6-1, 225, Sr.
10-Kelvin Jones, 6-2, 220, Sr.
LT
51-Ezekiel MacPherson, 6-3, 300, So.
60-Caleb Locke, 6-1, 290, Fr.
LG
52-Dallas Newlun, 6-0, 270, Sr.
58-Christopher Bower, 6-0, 270, Jr.
C
53-Devonte Lewis, 5-11, 330, So.
64-Adam Swearengin, 6-1, 250, Sr.
RG
65-Eric Shaw, 6-1, 305, Sr.
61-Louie Zele, Jr., 6-0, 265, Fr.
RT
77-Jalen McQueen, 6-4, 250, Fr.
67-Matt Nunez, 6-3, 300, Jr.
PK
36-Cristian Casillas, 6-0, 175, Sr.
37-Pablo Pierrz, 5-10, 180, So.
HOLDER
1-Dalton Inlow, 5-11, 160, Jr.
15-Austin Blackston, 6-2, 195, So.
KR
1-Dalton Inlow, 5-11, 160, Jr.
3-Marquise McGuire, 5-8, 165, Jr.
PR
1-Dalton Inlow, 5-11, 160, Jr.
3-Marquise McGuire, 5-8, 165, Jr.

MIDAMERICA NAZARENE DEFENSE
DL

50-Justin Jardine, 5-11, 240, So.
91-Denzel Mena, 6-3, 225, Fr.
DL
57-CJ Dia, 5-11, 240, Sr.
54-Jordan Reed, 6-2, 260, Jr.
DL
90-Alex Reeves, 5-11, 255, Jr.
99-Jimmy Parison, 6-2, 250, Jr.
DL
22-Isaiah Robinson, 6-1, 220, Jr.
8-Marquis Jones, 6-0, 225, Jr.
LB
44-Ryan Huertz, 6-0, 220, So.
23-Nick Mora, 6-0, 225, Jr.
LB
41-Dominic Swillum, 5-10, 215, Jr.
46-Jonas Pippitt, 5-8, 195, Fr.
LB
26-Dean Clemons, 5-10, 200, Fr.
8-Marquis Jones, 6-0, 225, Jr.
DB
25-Malique Taylor, 5-9, 180, Jr.
47-O'Neill Williams, 5-10, 180, Fr.
DB
27-Josh Guerrero, 5-10, 170, Fr.
DB
9-Armani Willie, 6-1, 195, Sr.
32-Keith Austin, 5-10, 160, Fr.
DB
6-Daris Dallas, 5-8, 175, Sr.
3-Marquise McGuire, 5-8, 165, Jr.
PUNTER
36-Cristian Casillas, 6-0, 175, Sr.
87-Kelvin Jones, 6-2, 220, Sr.
LONGSNAPPER
44-Ryan Huerta, 6-0, 220, So.
64-Adam Swearengin, 6-1, 250, Sr.