Struthers at Campbell Preview

Football MatchUp-Struthers-Campbell

Week 1 – Struthers at Campbell
Thursday, August 29, 2013

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: John Knapick Stadium

LAST 5 MEETINGS
Aug. 23, 2012 – Struthers, 27-20
Oct. 28, 2011 – Struthers, 22-3
Oct. 29, 2010 – Campbell, 51-35
Oct. 30, 2009 – Campbell, 14-7
Oct. 29, 2008 – Struthers, 28-13

NOTEWORTHY
-The Wildcats’ have won 7 of their last 9 meetings against Campbell.

-The Red Devils scored first in their 2012 match up with the Wildcats. Brandon Reyes crossed the goal line from six yards out to give Campbell a 6-0 advantage. After four consecutive scores by Struthers (Gary Muntean pass play to Tommy Kimbrough, Tameko Holness and David Stewart runs and a pick six by Frankie Serrano), the Devils found themselves down 27-6. However, the Wildcat defense held off a late rally to preserve a 27-21 season opening victory. The contest was Curt Kuntz’ first as Struthers’ head coach.

-Three years ago, Campbell stunned the Wildcat faithful at Laddie Fedor Field with a 24-7 fourth quarter to break open a game which saw Struthers hold a 28-27 advantage entering the final frame. The Red Devils’ running back Ja’les Hughes scored three times from 54, 49, and 44 yards away in the final twelve minutes to complete Campbell’s 51-35 victory.

-The Red Devils finished 2012 by winning five of their last seven contests.

-Campbell has won sixteen of their last eighteen home games since October 9, 2009.

-Struthers has posted a record of 5-1 on the road since October 28, 2011.

2012 RANKINGS
POINTS SCORED: Campbell, 27th in Area (25.9); Struthers, 28th in Area (25.7)

POINTS ALLOWED: Struthers, 28th in Area (22.5); Campbell, 31st in Area (23.4)

PASSING YARDS: Campbell, 156.3; Struthers, 121.3

RUSHING YARDS: Struthers, 190.9; Campbell, 149.2

COACHES
Struthers: Curt Kuntz, 2nd Season (6-4)

Campbell: Mikey Sikora, 4th Season (23-15)

BETWEEN THE HASH MARKS
-3-0, Struthers’ last three games in the month of August
-4-1, Campbell’s record in the month of August over their last five outings
-2-0, Struthers’ last two season openers
-4-1, Campbell’s last five season openers
-24.6, Jayle’ll Shorter of Campbell booted 36 punts for an average of 24.6 yards in 2012
-66.9, Wildcats’ quarterback Gary Muntean led the American Division with his completion percentage last fall (93-139)

by Vince Pellegrini

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