Tuesday, September 3, 2002
MORAVIAN COLLEGE GREYHOUNDS, 0-0 (0-0 MAC)
p.m.; Saturday, September 7, 2002
Steel Field (c. 2,500); Bethlehem, PA
THE GAME: Moravian opens the 2002 season in search of its third straight victory
dating back to last season, hosting FDU-Florham in a Middle Atlantic Conference home game. Kickoff
is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Steel Field.
THE COACHES: Scot Dapp (West Chester '73) is in his 16th season at Moravian, with
a career record of 93-59-1 (.611). He entered the season 45th in winning percentage
among NCAA Division III active coaches. Dapp has earned Coach-of-the-Year
accolades from the MAC three times including Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and has
led the 'Hounds to two appearances in the NCAA playoffs.
FDU-Florham coach Rich Mosca
(West Liberty '70) is in his first season at the
school and he makes his head coaching debut this Saturday.
THE SERIES: Saturday's meeting will be the eighth in the series with the Greyhounds
owning a 6-1 lead. Moravian won last season's meeting, 27-0, and the Greyhounds won
the first four meetings in the series. FDU-Florham's only victory came in 1999 with
a 13-10 win. Last year's game was originally scheduled for September 15th but wasn't played
until November 17th. The school changed its name from FDU-Madison to FDU-Florham
LAST TIME THEY MET: In Madison, NJ last fall, tailback Cody Hendershot (Bangor,
PA/Bangor HS) ran for 72 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown in his first career
start to lead Moravian team to a 27-0 victory over FDU-Madison in Middle Atlantic Conference
game. The game was a make-up game that was originally scheduled for September 15th. Moravian
took the opening kickoff, after a 31-yard kickoff return by Eric Gustafson (Collingswood,
NJ/ Collingswood HS), and drove 49 yards for the score. Hendershot finished
off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Jim McIntyre made the extra-point
for a 7-0 lead. Hendershot started the game for Moravian due to injuries
to tailbacks Josh Fick (Emmaus, PA/Emmaus HS) and Tim Barlok (Bethlehem, PA/Bethlehem
Catholic HS) and David Darmofal (Clarks Summit, PA/Abington Heights HS). The
Greyhounds took over on their second possession with just 27 yards to the end zone after
a bad snap on the Devils punt attempt. Wide receiver Michael Abbate capped off
the seven-play drive with a two-yard touchdown run. McIntyre's kick gave the Greyhounds
a 14-0 lead with 6:59 remaining in the first quarter. Moravian made its lead 21-0
with a one-yard touchdown run by tailback William Carasia (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair
Haven HS) with 12:17 left in the third quarter. McIntyre added his third extra-point
of the game. The Greyhounds final score came with 40 seconds left in the third quarter
when quarterback Charlie Bowden (Parlin, NJ/Sayreville War Memorial HS) picked
up a fumble by tailback Ray Burgan (Egg Harbor, NJ/ Oakcrest HS) at the four yard
line and ran into the end zone. Marc Roesch (Egg Harbor City, NJ/St. Augustine HS) missed
the extra-point to set the final score 27-0. The touchdown capped a 15-play, 92-yard
drive that took 9:28 of the third quarter. Burgan finished the game with 46 yards
on 12 carries while Gustafson had 42 yards on seven carries. Moravian had
229 yards on 56 carries in the game. Bowden ran for 33 yards on five carries and
he was not sacked while completing 11 of 17 passes for 146 yards. Abbate had three
receptions for 30 yards and 15 yards on five carries. Tight end Rick Kulp (Walnutport,
PA/Northampton HS) led the Greyhounds with three receptions for 37 yards while wideout Jarod
Rhinehart (Washington, NJ/Warren Hills Regional HS) had three receptions for 31 yards.
Safety John Panikiewsky (Carteret, NJ/Carteret HS) led the Moravian defense with
nine tackles with three tackles for loss and a half a sack. Defensive lineman Tom
Blackledge (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge HS) had five tackles with one and a half sacks. McIntyre stop
the final FDU-Madison drive with 2:55 to play with an interception in the end zone.
SEASON OPENING GAMES: The Greyhounds will be looking for their second season
opening victory in the last three years. The Greyhounds defeated Delaware Valley College,
19-10, in Doylestown to open the 2000 season. Moravian's last season-opening win at home
was in 1995 versus King's, 31-0.
SCOUTING FDU-FLORHAM: The Devils are
under the direction of a new head coach this season in Rich Mosca. FDU-Florham,
which was formerly known as FDU-Madison, has 52 letterman returning this fall including
13 starters. Leading the team offensively will be senior running back Ed Cracchiolo,
who was a MAC Second Team All-Star last season. Cracchiolo had 1,095 yards and he
has 2,338 yards in his career. Also back to guide the offense will be sophomore quarterback Mike
Passero, who completed 63 of 190 passes last fall for 762 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior Patrick O'Neill will also challenge for playing time at quarterack. The duo
has three experienced wide receivers to pass to in Quadir Muhammed, Tim Carlock and Mike
Daly. Muhammed led the team in receptions in 2001 with 23 and in yards with
322. Carlock had nine catched for 179 yards while Daly added seven grabs
for 59 yards. Brian McCall returns at tight end and starting tackle Dave Hoffman anchors
the offensive line. On defense, FDU-Florham is led by senior defensive back Frank Nolasco,
the team's top returning tackler. Nolasco, who was a MAC All-Star Second Team honoree,
made 80 tackles with 42 solo stops, two interceptions and three pass break-ups. Senior
linebacker Mike Biancella returns after making 69 takles last fall with 11 for loss.
Junior defensive tackle Mike Filosa had 24 tackles a year ago with a sack and four
tackles for loss while sophomore Mike McDonaugh returns after making 18 tackles
as a freshman. Senior cornerback Eric Eickhorst made 30 tackles last season with
two interceptions and four pass breakups. Eickhorst is also the Devils kicker. He
had one field goal and he was nine for 12 on extra-points in 2001.
YOUNG, BALANCED & EXPERIENCED 'HOUNDS: Of the 105 players on the Moravian roster,
47 are freshmen, 17 are sophomores and 18 are juniors. There are 23 seniors on this
season's squad, the lasrgest number in years, and the Greyhounds return 44 letterwinners
and 19 starters.
GREYHOUNDS IN THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC CONFERENCE: Beginning last season, the Middle
Atlantic Conference became an 11-team conference instead of two separate leagues. Moravian
was selected to finish sixth in the MAC Preseason Coaches Poll this season while FDU-Florham
was picked tenth in the MAC poll. Widener University, which reached the NCAA quarterfinals
last season, was again selected as the top team in the MAC.
BOWDEN LEADING THE 'HOUNDS OFFENSE: Senior quarterback Charlie Bowden, who
has been the Greyhounds' starter for the last two seasons, completed 117 of 243 passes
last fall for 1,413 yards with ten touchdowns and ten interceptions. Bowden will
be looking to regain the form from his sophomore year when he completed 167 of 299 pass
attempts for 2,237 yards with 14 scores and 11 interceptions. Also back at the quarterback
position is junior Will Seng (Allentown, PA/William Allen HS), who completed 21
of 35 passes in 2001 for 294 yards with three touchdown throws and three interceptions. Also
backing up will be sophomore Mario Bevilaqua (Scranton, PA/West Scranton HS).
IN THE BACKFIELD: Senior
tailback Josh Fick leads a backfield that returns six of the seven top rushers on
the team last season. Fick played in just five games last season but led the
team with 468 yards and eight touchdowns on 79 carries. Fick's career numbers
include 910 yards and 16 touchdowns on 149 carries. Junior tailback David Darmofal gained
339 yards on 76 carries with two touchdowns while junior tailback Tim Barlok had
308 yards and two scores on 85 attempts. Barlok needs just 27 yards to join Moravian's
1,000-yard club after gaining 973 yards on 207 carries with ten touchdowns in his first
two seasons. Also back in the backfield will be senior fullback Eric Gustafson,
who had 288 yards and two touchdowns on 61 carries, sophomore tailback Cody Hendershot,
who gained 72 yards on 17 carries, and junior fullback Ray Burgan, who had 60 yards
on 18 rushing attempts.
THE WIDE RECEIVERS: Senior wide receiver Jarod Rhinehart leads a talented
group of receivers for Bowden and Seng to throw to. Rhinehart was
second on the Greyhound squad last season with 27 receptions for 321 yards and two touchdowns. In
his career, Rhinehart, who needs 14 receptions to become the sixth player in Moravian
history with 100 career receptions, has caught 86 passes for 1,122 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior
wide receiver Jeff Lowry (Catawissa, PA/Southern Columbia HS) returns after grabbing
25 aerials for 281 yards and two scores. Junior wideout Kevin Miltenberger (Carlisle,
PA/Carlisle HS), who has been bothered by injuries the last two seasons, is also back
after grabbing seven passes for 45 yards last fall. The Greyhounds will be looking
for a replacement of Michael Abbate, who graduated as one of the top three receivers
in Moravian history and the Greyhounds' most dependable receiver last year, catching 39
passes for 543 yards and five touchdowns. At the tight end spot, senior Rick Kulp returns
for a third season as the team's starter. Last fall, Kulp caught 11 passes
for 144 yards and two touchdowns and he will be backed up by junior Chad Opdyke (Bath,
PA/Northampton HS) and senior Tom Lonergan (Schuylkill Haven, PA/Nativity B.V.M.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Senior Josh Zagorski, a 2001 Middle Atlantic Conference
All-Star and center, will anchor the offensive line which returns four of five members
from last season. Zagorski was also named to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division
III Preseason All-American Third Team. Also back on the front line will be seniors John
Giacchi (Franklin, NJ/Pope John XXIII HS) and Jeff Andruczyk (Hampton, NJ/Voorhees
HS) and sophomore Andrew Leska (Coopersburg, PA/Southern Lehigh HS). Senior Marc
Zimmerman (Macungie, PA/Emmaus HS) will fill the open positions in the line. The returning
quintet gives the Greyhounds a formidable line, averaging 5'11" and 260 pounds.
DEFENSIVE FRONT: Senior defensive end Tom Blackledge anchors the defensive
front three after making 45 tackles last season with 17 for loss including five and a half
sacks. Joining Blackledge up front will be senior nose tackle Pat Mancini
(Milford, NJ/Delaware Valley Regional HS), who had 37 stops last fall with six for
loss and three sacks. Mancini also forced two fumbles. Senior lineman Brian
Cascioli (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh HS) will have a chance to move into the
open line spot. He made nine tackles a year ago with one sack. Sophomore Shawn
Nelson (Bethlehem, PA/Bethlehem Catholic HS) will also see some playing time after
making 27 tackles, three for loss, in his debut for the Greyhounds last fall.
THE LINEBACKER CORPS: Moravian moved to a 3-4 defense last season because of the
talent in its linebacker corps and the Greyhounds will use the same formation with all
four back. Senior John Cupples (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic HS), a
MAC All-Star last season, led Moravian with 79 tackles from his inside position. He
also made 17 tackles for loss with four sacks and Cupples had one interception,
four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. Joining Cupples on the inside is senior Bill
Engler (Coopersburg, PA/Southern Lehigh HS), who had 69 tackles with ten for loss and
three sacks. On the outside, junior Steve Maslanek (Stockholm, NJ/Vernon Township HS) and
senior Vince Cowlishaw (Chatham, NJ/Chatham HS) return to their starting positions. Maslanek made
57 tackles with nine for loss and five and a half sacks while Cowlishaw contributed
45 stops with eight for loss and two sacks. Junior Josh DiGiacomo (Zionsville, PA/Emmaus
HS), who had 16 tackles, can play any of the positions.
THE DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD: Senior cornerback Jarrod Pence (Livingston, NJ/Livingston
HS), who was a MAC All-Star last fall and has been named a D3Football.com First Team
Preseason All-American for 2002, led the nation in pass break-ups last season with 3.6
per game. He had 31 pass break-ups and five interceptions from his cornerback position. Pence also
contributed 51 tackles, including two for loss. Junior cornerback Nate Pogue
(Bethlehem, PA/Liberty HS), who did not play last season, will get a chance to start
at the other corner position. In 2000, Pogue made 62 tackles and added three
interceptions and 19 pass breakups. Junior John Panikiewsky and sophomore Bill
Skriletz (Coopersburg, PA/Southern Lehigh HS) will return to the safety positions. Panikiewsky was
a starter last season and contributed 39 tackles with seven stops for loss while Skriletz served
as a reserve and still made 35 tackles and two interceptions.
KICKING GAME: The biggest question mark for coach Dapp and the Greyhounds
will come in the kicking game. Moravian had both of its kickers graduate and the only player
returning is Skriletz, who punted eight times for an average of 29.9 yards per kick.
Moravian will likely fill the kicking void with freshman Nate Strohl (Coplay, PA/Whitehall
HS) while junior John McLain (Belvidere, NJ/Belvidere HS) returns from an illness
that kept him out the entire 2001 season to handle the punting duties.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Moravian will look to junior Kevin Miltenberger and junior
transfer Jed Warsager (Andover, NJ/Newton HS) to handle kickoff and punt returns
OVERTIME 'HOUNDS: Moravian has played
a total of seven overtime games since the NCAA instituted the rule for the 1996 season
and is 5-2 all-time in the extra-session. Last year was the second time since 1996
that the Greyhounds did not play at least one overtime game.
WINNING WAYS: Moravian had 11 consecutive winning seasons-all under Coach Scot
Dapp, from 1987 to 1997 and has had 12 winning seasons in Dapp's 15 years.
The 11-straight winning seasons is the longest in school history. Dapp ranks third
among Greyhound coaches in winning percentage.
ON THE AIRWAVES: For the sixth straight year, the Greyhounds football game will be
aired on WGPA, Sunny 1100 AM. Phil May calls the play-by-play call with color
commentary from Jim Wills. Fred Harris will be filling in for Phil May this