The biggest weekend in Misericordia football history will get underway Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars will host second-year program Stevenson in the school's first homecoming to include football. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Mangelsdorf Field, pitting the two most recent teams entering the MAC.
It's also the second straight week that the Cougars (0-4 overall, 0-3 MAC) will face a winless team with the hopes of claiming the first win in school history.
Last week, Misericordia fell to King's, but put up its largest point total with 17 and could've pulled out a victory if some things – like three turnovers – were avoided. The Cougars earned praise from King's coach Jeff Knarr.
"When you're told that here's a brand new football team they're going to have all freshman and didn't play a JV season the year before, you think they're going to be really overmatched," the King's coach said. "But they played hard and battled the whole game and they execute fairly well."
Stevenson (0-4 overall, 0-3 MAC) was in the same position as Misericordia a year ago. The Mustangs entered their first season in 2011 without a JV season and won their first game in the second week of the season before finishing the campaign with a 2-8 overall record. The Cougars have also begun play without a preliminary season and are still looking for their first victory.
Also a part of the homecoming festivities are the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony and home games for the Cougars' field hockey, women's soccer and men's soccer teams.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Mangelsdorf Field, Dallas
Last Meeting: This is the first meeting.
Last week: Stevenson lost to Lebanon Valley 31-28, while the Cougars fell to King's 55-17.
About the Mustangs: They are 0-4 and have been outscored 120-76, but one game was decided in overtime and another by just three points.
About the Cougars: Quarterback Jeffrey Puckett had a big game last week against King's, going 17-of-34 for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
Stevenson will win if it continues to grind out the rushing yards led by MAC leading rusher K.K. Smith.
Misericordia will win if it can grow on last week's outing and start to score more while not committing any turnovers.
Cougars Team Leaders
Passing: Jeffrey Puckett 52-of-100, 484 yards, 3 TDs, 4 ints.
Rushing: Cody Lamoreaux 180 yards
Receiving: Paul Brace 21 rec., 208 yards
Defense: Brandon Salazar 20 tackles; Juwan Petties-Jackson, Ben Camacho 1 int.
Mustangs Team Leaders
Passing: Anthony Reid 35-of-67 357 yards, 2 TD, 3 ints.
Rushing: K.K. Smith 510 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Jeromie Miller 11 rec., 196 yards, 1TD
Defense: Antonio Lyles 33 tackles; Mike Sheehan 2 sacks; Emmanuel Paul 2 ints.