Back in August, it was the Thomas More College Saints who were the top team in the President’s Athletic Conference preseason poll. However, four weeks into the season, it is the Saint Vincent College Bearcats who are in first place with a 4-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the league. Both are in action this week as the one squad with a bye is the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes (2-2 / 1-1).
Thomas More (3-1 / 2-0 PAC) comes to the Keystone State to visit Memorial Field at Burry Stadium and clash with the Westminster College Titans (3-0 / 1-0). The first matchup on the PAC schedule gets underway at 1:00 p.m. Last week against Carnegie Mellon, TMC senior linebacker Austin Copeland claimed a career-best two interceptions in helping the Saints defeat the Tartans 20-16. Sophomore wide receiver Bryson Paulinellie recorded 132 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Westminster to a 38-9 victory over Bethany College. My prediction is a 37-13 win for TMC.
The second contest on the docket will see a team collect their first victory as the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets (0-4 / 0-2) go on the road to battle the Grove City College Wolverines (0-4 / 0-2). Kickoff at Robert E. Thorn Field is 2:00 p.m. In their 35-7 loss at home to Case Western Reserve, Waynesburg, senior wide receiver Tim Cooper, had a game-high eight receptions for a team-best 91-yards. Grove City freshman running back Wesley Schools rushed for 236 yards and a trio of touchdowns in the Wolverines 57-32 setback to Saint Vincent. My prediction is the Wolverines break through this week with a 31-21 victory.
The next afternoon kickoff is 3:00 p.m. when the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents (2-1 / 0-1) pull into Greenville, Pennsylvania to confront the Thiel College Tomcats (2-2 / 1-1). W&J, who was idle last week, is 19-0 following a regular-season loss under head coach Mike Sirianni. Thiel senior quarterback Ryan Radke threw a pair of touchdowns in the Tomcats 35-27 loss on the road against Geneva. My prediction is the Presidents rebound with a 28-14 win.
When the sun sets, the first of two evening encounters has the Bethany College Bison (1-3 / 0-2) traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans (1-2 / 1-1). Bethany freshman linebacker Stef’an Simmons recorded two solo sacks in his team’s 38-9 defeat to Westminster. During CMU’s 20-16 loss to Thomas More, junior wide receiver Tommy Mansfield put up career highs with 73-yards receiving on five receptions. My prediction is the Tartans assemble a 24-10 victory.
Saturday’s last meeting is our spotlight game as Saint Vincent heads across the turnpike to Cleveland for a 6:00 p.m. conflict with the Case Western Reserve University Spartans (3-0 / 2-0). Bearcats senior quarterback Derek Stewart was the toast of Homecoming in Latrobe when he threw for 442 yards and seven touchdowns as Saint Vincent blasted Grove City 57-32. CWR junior fullback Jacob Burke had four rushing touchdowns in the Spartans 35-7 win against Waynesburg. He was the first member of the Blue, Grey, and Black to run for four scores in a contest since Brandon McDowell in 2003. My prediction in this showdown of unbeaten’s has Case Western coming out on top 42-20.