September 22, 2018
By: Sean Fritz
The local Division III football programs are back in action this week with Moravian traveling to Ursinus College for a meeting with the undefeated Bears. Ursinus is coming off a 35-14 win over winless Juniata College last week in which their offense put up close to 500 yards of total offense. Leading the way for the Bears was running back Samuel Ragland who carried 26 times for 170 on the ground that included three touchdowns. This week’s matchup will be as tough a bounce back win as any for the Greyhounds after a crushing loss a week ago to Johns Hopkins by a score of 47-3. The Hounds, who were off to a 2-0 start prior to their loss to Hopkins, will try to hit the reset button in every facet of their game for the matchup with Ursinus. Defensively, stopping the run will be a start as this Ursinus offense set the tone last week with a solid run game. On the offensive side of the ball, Moravian will look to get back on track after scoring 38 points in their first two games, compared to just three points last week. Sophomore quarterback Doug Erney will be at the helm as the team will have to focus on its execution to get the offense its confidence back and most importantly back on the scoreboard.
For Muhlenberg, they’re riding high off a thrilling 37-34 overtime win over Susquehanna on the road last week. In their first game of the season, a win over Dickinson, I spoke about the rusty start for a highly explosive Muhlenberg offense from a year ago. Last week’s game however, was quite the opposite as the Mules got into a rhythm quickly finding themselves ahead 24-7 at half time. The defense came out strong but began to struggle in the second half particularly the secondary as Susquehanna found themselves in more passing situations as they trailed by three scores. After talking with coach Nate Milne this week at practice, he said the secondary is an area in which they wanna improve and thinks that Juniata will be a great challenge for them mostly because of how much they like to throw the ball. He was overall pleased with his team’s ability to dig in last week when things got close in the second half and looks as this week as big of an opportunity as any to continue to get better and make positive strides as the team gets more comfortable playing together, since their a game behind most teams in the Centennial Conference in terms of games played. An all-time record of 13-0 against Juniata is something Milne and a few players I talked with were not looking into too much, because they know they’ll get the best shot from a Juniata team who is desperate for a win.