FOOTBALL
Record: 5-2 Home: 2-1 Away: 3-1 Heart: 1-0
 
 
The Homecoming matchup starts at 1 p.m.
The Homecoming matchup starts at 1 p.m.
Football - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017

Oskaloosa--The Statesmen football team looks to impress its Homecoming crowd with a big win as it wraps up Heart of America Athletic Conference North-South Crossover action against Avila Saturday.

William Penn (3-2) hosts the Eagles at 1 p.m. in Lacey Complex Stadium.  In addition to the many Homecoming activities going on during the weekend, the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame class will be inducted at halftime of the football game.

FULL GAME NOTES (PDF)

FOLLOW THE STATESMEN: Saturday's game can also be followed at:
-- (RADIO) KMZN 99.5 FM and 740 AM
--(TELEVISION) MCG Channel 7
-- (WEB AUDIO & VIDEO) https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wpu/
-- (STATS) https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wpu/
-- (TWITTER) @WPUAthletics

SERIES HISTORY: William Penn is 2-0 all-time in its series against Avila, including winning 65-30 last year.

The squad was outgained 481-474, but scored early and often in the win. Winston Green took back two INTs for scores and the offense ran the ball in seven other times. Dajon Shaw also blocked an extra point and took it all the way back for two points.

Eric Cooper led the way with 115 rushing yards and two scores, while seven players had at least 35 yards on the ground.

2015--William Penn, 51-29
2016--William Penn, 65-30

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 used an air attack to defeat Evangel 25-20 last Saturday.

William Penn outgained the Crusaders 407-276, including 218 yards passing.  Tyler Wood completed just six throws, but did so for 172 yards and a score.  Jeremiah Benson hauled in three balls for 105 yards and a TD.

Resean Coleman had two sacks and Anthony Jackson returned a fumble 48 yards for a score.

WPU BY THE NUMBERS:
Offense (Team):
Points/Game--25.6
Yards/Game--316.2
Rushing Yards/Game--216.4 (10th in NAIA with 1,082 total rushing yards)
Passing Yards/Game--99.8

Offense (Individual):
Rushing Yards--Amos Johnson (265)
Passing Yards--Tyler Wood (312)
Receiving Yards--Jeremiah Benson (274)

Defense (Team):
Points/Game--22.0
Yards/Game--295.4 (9th in NAIA)
Rushing Yards/Game--102.4
Passing Yards/Game--193.0

Defense (Individual):
Tackles--Mason Wisse (35)
Sacks--Resean Coleman (6) (2nd in NAIA)
Interceptions--Two players (1)

Special Teams (Individual):
Punting Avg.--Aaron Allen (38.1)
Kicking--Tyler Hefflefinger (10-14 XP, 0-1 FG) (10 pts)
Return Yards--Jeremiah Benson (126)

AVILA HEAD COACH PROFILE: Eric Hicks is in his first year at Avila.

Hicks was promoted to head coach after spending one year as defensive line coach.

Prior to Avila, Hicks was the outside linebacker coach at Lamar University for two years.

He played collegiately at the University of Maryland, and then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.  He played 10 years in the NFL, including nine with the Chiefs.

Hicks graduated from Maryland in 2012 and earned his Master's degree from Lamar in 2014.

AVILA LAST TIME OUT: The Eagles went wire-to-wire to defeat Culver-Stockton 31-23 last Saturday.

Avila was outgained 463-432, but took the ball away from the Wildcats three times.

Asante Anthony rushed for 110 yards and Spenser Lewis threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns.  His top target was Theo Berry, who tallied 12 receptions for 167 yards and both scores.

Zeff Lewey finished with six tackles and an interception.

AVILA BY THE NUMBERS:
Offense (Team):
Points/Game--22.0
Yards/Game--297.2
Rushing Yards/Game--139.0
Passing Yards/Game--158.2

Offense (Individual):
Rushing Yards--Demonte McClary (290)
Passing Yards--Spenser Lewis (590)
Receiving Yards--Theo Berry (221)

Defense (Team):
Points/Game--42.8
Yards/Game--490.0
Rushing Yards/Game--212.0
Passing Yards/Game--278.0

Defense (Individual):
Tackles--Jamad Thomas (43)
Sacks--Josh Thomas (3)
Interceptions--Numerous (1)

Special Teams (Individual):
Punting Avg.--Landen Nealy (32.0 avg.)
Kicking--Landen Nealy (12-14 XP, 2-4 FG) (18 pts)
Return Yards--Matt Simpson (214)

SATURDAY'S TWO-DEEPS:

WILLIAM PENN OFFENSE
QB

7-Tyler Wood, 6-0, 180, So.
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
89-Trey Bennett, 5-11, 240, Jr.
87-Cory Fitzjarrell, 5-10, 235, Sr.
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.
5-Grant Smallwood, 5-9, 165, Jr.
PR
11-Jeremiah Benson, 6-0, 180, So.
5-Grant Smallwood, 5-9, 165, Jr.

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
31-Mason Wisse, 5-11, 220, Jr.
37-Graham Carnahan, 6-0, 200, Fr.
LB
41-Jake Baptiste, 6-0, 205, Sr.
13-Ben Jones, 5-10, 230, Jr.
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
12-Detorien Rawlinson, 5-9, 155, Fr.
14-Donovan Tucker, 5-11, 185, 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.

AVILA OFFENSE
QB
6-Spenser Lewis, 6-1, 210, Fr.
12-Trenton Thornton, 5-10, 210, Jr.
RB
25-Asante Anthony, 5-10, 215, Jr.
26-DeMonte McClary, 5-10, 220, Sr.
FB
31-DeAnthony Blakey, 5-10, 240, Jr.
47-Drake Brady, 5-10, 250, Fr.
WR
2-Theo Berry, 5-10, 170, Sr.
89-Ike Adigwu, 6-0, 185, So.
WR
8-Malik Dungee-Ali, 5-10, 170, Jr.
83-Terrell Abernathy, 6-0, 180, So.
WR
3-Malik Richards, 5-9, 175, Sr.
13-Kelvin Edwards, 5-10, 185, So.
LT
79-Chijoke Eguzo, 6-4, 260, So.
60-Chris McDonald, 6-2, 250, Fr.
LG
70-Brandon Harper, 6-5, 325, Fr.
73-Nick Williams, 6-3, 275, Fr.
C
62-Chris Hernandez, 6-1, 275, Jr.
76-Brian McClennan, 6-3, 320, So.
RG
77-Ryan Kelley, 6-4, 320, Jr.
73-Nick Williams, 6-3, 275, Fr.
RT
74-Shabari Jones, 6-2, 300, Jr.
72-Jacob Gamboa, 6-2, 260, Fr.
PK
42-Landon Nealy, 5-10, 200, So.
8-Malik Dungee-Ali, 5-10, 170, Jr.
HOLDER
12-Trenton Thornton, 5-10, 210, Jr.
8-Malik Dungee-Ali, 5-10, 170, Jr.
KR
3-Malik Richards, 5-9, 175, Sr.
9-Naeem Moore, 6-0, 190, So.
PR
3-Malik Richards, 5-9, 175, Sr.
8-Malik Dungee-Ali, 5-10, 170, Jr.

AVILA DEFENSE
DE

99-Josh West, 6-0, 250, So.
97-Malik Abdullah, 6-2, 260, So.
DT
93-Josh Thomas-Hernandez, 6-0, 265, Fr.
95-Mario Bailey, 6-3, 325, Sr.
DT
92-Exavior Lowe-Bohannon, 6-0, 265, Fr.
96-Larry Rice, 5-10, 250, Fr.
DT
55-David Crowhurst, 6-2, 250, Fr.
58-Marcos Aguirre, 5-10, 235, Fr.
LB
43-Josh Thomas, 5-10, 245, So.
4-James Morrison, 6-0, 215, Sr.
LB
32-Jordan Campbell, 5-10, 235, Fr.
44-Jordan Forsythe, 6-2, 215, Fr.
LB
11-Ty Larsen, 5-9, 215, Sr.
37-James Richards, 6-1, 175, Fr.
S
1-Yves Nguessan, 5-9, 170, Sr.
37-James Richards, 6-1, 175, Fr.
S
27-Zeff Lewey, 6-0, 180, Sr.
17-Chris Grissom, 6-0, 180, Jr.
CB
20-Aaron Rogers, 5-9, 170, Jr.
14-Danny Johnson, 5-10, 170, Sr.
CB
7-Ryon Holmes, 6-2, 185, So.
36-Lance Lewis, 5-9, 175, Jr.
PUNTER
42-Landon Nealy, 5-10, 200, So.
8-Malik Dungee-Ali, 5-10, 170, Jr.
LONGSNAPPER
24-Joey Stark, 5-9, 165, Fr.
93-Josh Thomas-Hernandez, 6-0, 265, Fr.