Fitch at Harding Preview

Week 1 – Fitch at Harding
Friday, August 30, 2013

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Mollenkopf Stadium

LAST 5 MEETINGS
Aug. 24, 2012 – Fitch, 24-10
Aug. 26, 2011 – Fitch, 28-7
Oct. 24, 2003 – Harding, 26-14
Oct. 25, 2002 – Harding, 10-0
Sept. 28, 2001 – Harding, 21-13

NOTEWORTHY
-Thanks to a late 14-play time consuming drive by the Falcons which resulted in a 5-yard touchdown run by their senior quarterback Matt Futkos, Fitch won the 2012 season opener – 24-10 – over Harding. Tyreke Anderson compiled 146 yards on the ground and a score for the Falcons. The game was Steve Arnold’s first as Harding’s head coach.

-In 2003, Jon Richardson led Harding’s rushing attack with 134 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Raiders rallied to score the game’s final 13 points to win, 26-14. Richardson replaced the injured Delbert Ferguson and Richard Davis in Harding’s backfield. Harding’s defense held Fitch to just 167 total yards of offense.

-The Falcons have allowed just two of their last fourteen regular season opponents to score more than 10 points in a contest.

-SVC History: Fitch won 11 conference championships while Harding claimed the title 7 times.

-In Fitch’s last regular season game of the 2012 season, the Falcons defeated Cardinal Mooney (49-7). The win marked Phil Annarella’s 200th during his 32 years of coaching.

2012 RANKINGS
POINTS SCORED: Fitch, 3rd in Area (40.5); Harding, 17th in Area (29.7)

POINTS ALLOWED: Fitch, 1st in Area (11.7); Harding, 11th in Area (16.5)

PASSING YARDS: Harding, 99.3; Fitch, 97.0

RUSHING YARDS: Fitch, 291.1; Harding, 199.6

COACHES
Fitch: Phil Annarella, 33rd Season overall (200-126-3)

Harding: Steve Arnold, 2nd Season (9-2)

BETWEEN THE HASH MARKS
-7-0, Harding’s home record since October 28, 2011
-7-0, Fitch’s record in their last seven games in the month of August
-1-2-1, Harding’s last four season openers
-10-0, Fitch’s opening night record over the last decade
-138, difference in total yards per game between Fitch and their opposition in 2012
-1, Harding’s signal callers were intercepted just once last season
-1, Fitch ranked #1 in points allowed a season ago amongst area teams
-60.3, Raiders’ Lamar Carmichael’s completion percentage in 2012 (79-131)

by Vince Pellegrini

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