Look at the stats for today's matchup between Wilkes and Stevenson and the numbers heavily favor the Colonels.
Wilkes leads the MAC in rushing offense, while the Mustangs are eighth out of 10 teams in rushing defense.
Wilkes is a program that's been around for more than 60 years and Stevenson is in its second year of existence.
But if things were that easy, the Colonels would have more than three wins this season because they have piled up yardage all season without accruing the points or wins to show for it.
Just last week, the Colonels (3-3, 2-3 MAC) had five trips to the red zone against Lebanon Valley and didn't score until two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. In four of Wilkes' six games, the team has scored in just two quarters. That's 14 quarters where the Colonels haven't scored in those games and both of those quarters have been the fourth.
Meanwhile, Stevenson (1-5, 1-4) has just one win, but took Albright to overtime and lost by three to Lebanon Valley.
We have all kinds of offensive numbers right now…and I'm preaching to my staff and players that stats are for losers, said Colonels coach Frank Sheptock. We're in a bad cycle there right now and came out of it a little bit against FDU and Misericordia, but that reared its ugly head again last week.
Wilkes has more to deal with than scoring issues as the team is traveling more than three hours to Maryland for today's showdown in unfamiliar territory having not been there before. Wilkes is also dealing with a bunch of injuries as running back Aux Wogou is out for the season, P.J. Incremona and Andrew Regan are also dealing with injuries leaving quarterbacks Tyler Berntsen and Alex George, and tailbacks Calvin Garvin and Pat Inguilli to see the bulk of the carries. On defense, Jason Ugwu, who is third in the MAC with 4.5 sacks is also hurt. George and Berntsen are third and fourth, respectively on the team in rushing yards behind Wogou and Garvin. George has 214 rushing yards and Berntsen has gone for 212 and three touchdowns.
Both of those guys are still our big back and with our injuries we're going to have to depend on them this week as well, Sheptock said about his two quarterbacks.
When: noon today at Mustangs Stadium, Owings Mills, Md.
Last Meeting: The Colonels won last year at home 43-34.
Last week: Wilkes fell to Lebanon Valley 21-13, while the Mustangs lost to Widener 56-20.
About the Colonels: They lead the MAC in rushing offense averaging 249.5 yards per game on the ground, but have troubles scoring being eighth out of 10 teams in scoring offense in the conference.
About the Mustangs: Tailback K.K. Smith leads the conference with 859 rushing yards, but the team's passing offense is second-to-last in the MAC.
Wilkes will win if the offense can finish drives and not have to settle for field goal tries inside the red zone.
Stevenson will win if its passing attack, which has struggled this season, can execute against the Colonels' pass defense, which is last in the MAC.
Colonels Team Leaders
Passing: Alex George 62-of-112, 655 yards, 2 TDs, 3ints.
Rushing: Calvin Garvin 226 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving: Drew Devitt 14 receptions, 162 yards, 1 TD
Defense: Tate Moore-Jacobs 62 tackles; Jason Ugwu 4.5 sacks; Marcus Leaf, Paul Gaffney 2 ints.
Mustangs Team Leaders
Passing: Anthony Reid 37-of-74, 380 yards, 2 TDs, 4 ints.
Rushing: K.K. Smith 859 yards, 4 TDs.
Receiving: Jeromie Miller 17 receptions, 253 yards, 1 TD
Defense: Tim Campbell 44 tackles; Mike Sheehan 2 sacks; TyRen Pinkett, Emmanuel Paul 2 ints.