Pioneers Head to Southern Virginia to Battle Knights

Alfred State (4-4) vs. Southern Virginia (6-2)

Saturday, November 9, 2013       1 p.m.

Buena Vista, VA * Robert E Williams Field

Last meeting:    2012: Southern Virginia 21 Alfred State 6

Last Week:         Alfred State 41 Hudson Valley CC 14

                            Southern Virginia 38 Apprentice 6

Averages: Alfred Offense:  26.6 points per game, 319.5 ypg (186 rushing & 133.5 passing)

                 Alfred Defense:  28.8 points per game, 316.6 ypg (113.5 rushing & 203.1 passing)

                 SVU Offense: 28.8 points per game, 295 ypg (170.8 rushing & 124.2 passing)

                 SVU Defense: 17.8 points per game, 326.9 ypg (109.4 rushing & 202.2 passing)

Players to watch:

Alfred State:

#5 Rasheed Williams: Sr. RB

#48 Nick DePofi: Jr. LB

#21 Keegan Phalen: Jr. S/K/P

#6 Danny Napolionello: So. WR

#56 Daniel Monachino: Fr. DE

Southern Virginia:

#12 Andy Jones: So. QB

#80 Dee Sanford: Sr. WR

#47 Dakoda Winsor: Sr. LB

#64 Sam Mellor: So. DT

#21 Robert Crews: Fr. LB

Key matchup:

  • The Pioneers and Knights battle for the second straight season.  The teams are slated to continue the series in 2014.
  • The Pioneers have won two straight games while the Knights have won four straight.
  • The Pioneers got contributions from all aspects of the team last week scoring points offensively, defensively, and with the special teams.
  • SVU has a +2 for their turnover ratio.  The team has intercepted seven passes and recovered 10 fumbles.
  • The Knights has allowed 202.2 yards per game in the air and have allowed 15 passing touchdowns compared to just five rushing scores.HVCC is converting just 29% of 3rd downs and 33% of 4th down chances.
  • Alfred State has converted 33% of 3rd downs and just 19% of 4th downs.  Southern Virginia has converted 38% of 3rd downs and 50% of 4th downs.
  • Nick DePofi had a game changing 80-yard interception return for a score last week marking the 2nd defensive score of the year for the Pioneers.
  • Keegan Phalen had an impact on aspects of the game last week.  He led the team with 13 tackles, forced a fumble, connected on two field goals (42 & 23 yards), completed a pass for 19 yards and caught a pass for 26 yards.
  • Rasheed Williams needs 102 yards to reach the 1,000 yard plateau on the year.

Game notes:

  • Live video of the contest:
  • Alfred State is currently 6th in the USCAA Week #5 standings while Southern Virginia is #2
  • The Pioneers wrap up the 2013 season with a contest at Wesley College next week.