Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pac Title on Line between Close Rivals

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pac Title on Line between Close Rivals

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Washington and Jefferson and Waynesburg are rivals geographically and also because they play in the same conference.

But the two schools will take their rivalry to another level Saturday when they meet at Waynesburg's John F. Wiley Stadium. The Presidents' Athletic Conference championship is on the line, and the winner will earn the conference's automatic bid into the Division III playoffs.

The Presidents (7-2, 6-1) have stumbled several times this season but have maintained pace with the Yellow Jackets (9-0, 7-0), and, with a victory, would force a tie for first place and claim the tiebreaker.

If recent history serves as any indication, the Presidents should be favored despite being the second-place team because they have won eight consecutive games against the Yellow Jackets. A year ago, they escaped with a 31-30 overtime victory.

But the Yellow Jackets have been on a roll this year and have relied on a stingy defense that will need to play well to slow down the Presidents offense.

Waynesburg leads the PAC in scoring defense (16 ppg), but the Presidents defense also has been stout and has given up only 20 per game.

But not only have the Presidents dominated the series recently, they have dominated it overall and own a 36-3 record against the Yellow Jackets, who have not won a PAC title since 2003.


Something has to give in the PSAC championship Saturday between East Division champion Shippensburg (10-0) and host West Division champion IUP (9-1).

That's because the Red Raiders feature the top-ranked scoring offense in NCAA Division II while IUP's defense is Division II's top- ranked defense (total yards) and is among the top 10 in scoring as well.

Shippensburg is averaging 566.5 yards of total offense (411 through the air) and 52.7 points per game while the Crimson Hawks have given up only 239.9 total yards and 11.4 points per game.

Much like the PAC championship-game matchup, this has been a lopsided series as IUP owns a 44-17-4 edge and has won 20 in a row against the Red Raiders. …

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