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The Southwestern College football team looks for back-to-back wins Saturday when it visits the McPherson Bulldogs. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. at McPherson Stadium in McPherson, Kan.
Southwestern (1-1, 1-0 KCAC) at McPherson (1-1, 1-0 KCAC)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 // 7 p.m. // McPherson Stadium (4,000) // McPherson, Kan.
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-Southwestern is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2009 season Saturday when the Moundbuilders travel to McPherson to take on the upstart McPherson Bulldogs.
-Bethel and Tabor were the opponents when Southwestern last posted back-to-back wins. The Moundbuilders picked up a 21-20 win over Bethel on Oct. 31, 2009 before knocking off Tabor, 23-20, one week later. Both games were played in Winfield.
-Southwestern's last 2-0 start in KCAC play came in 2007. The Moundbuilders opened that season with a 12-7 win over Saint Mary, then knocked off McPherson two weeks later for a 34-21 win.
-McPherson Stadium has not been kind to the Moundbuilders recently. Southwestern's last win in McPherson came on Nov. 12, 2005 when the Moundbuilders defeated the Bulldogs, 49-21. Ken Crandall has never left McPherson Stadium as a winner.
-Southwestern owns a 42-14 all-time record against the Bulldogs, but McPherson has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
-McPherson is one of four Southwestern opponents in the latest edition of the NAIA Top-25. The Bulldogs, along with Kansas Wesleyan and Friends, are receiving votes in the poll. Non-conference opponent Northwestern is No. 17.
The Head Coaches...
Southwestern Head Coach Ken Crandall...
-Named head coach of the Moundbuilder football program prior to the 2007 season.
-Is 16-37 in his time at Southwestern
-Is 2-3 all-time against McPherson
-Played four years at Fort Hays State University
McPherson Head Coach Pete Sterbick...
-Joined the Bulldogs after a four-year stint as Offensive Coordinator at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
-Is 1-1 in his short tenure at McPherson, but already has a 14-0 win over (24) Bethany on his resume
-Has never faced Southwestern as a head coach.
Scouting the Bulldogs...
-The McPherson Bulldogs bring a 1-1 record into tonight's contest after shutting out No. 24 Bethany in a 14-0 decision a week ago in Lindsborg. McPherson's only loss of the season came in a 27-13 season-opening loss to No. 5 Missouri Valley College.
-Head coach Pete Sterbick is in his first season with the Bulldogs. He joined McPherson after a four-year stint as Offensive Coordinator at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. The GVC Vikings went 30-19 during Sterbick's four seasons.
-McPherson struggled to a 4-7 overall record last season, and a 4-5 mark in KCAC play.
-Third Down has not been a charm for McPherson opponents this season. Bulldog opponents have converted just 18.2 percent of their third down attempts, a mark that ranks MC No. 5 in the nation.
-Given the choice, McPherson quarterback Jake Snodgrass would prefer to pass the ball, rather than hand it off. Senior wide receiver Julius record ranks No. 2 in the nation with 11 receptions per game, and No. 3 in the nation with 22 total receptions. Record's 169 receiving yards has him ranked No. 28 in the nation.
-Snodgrass, himself, is ranked No. 15 in the nation with 261 total yards per game. Of those yards, Snodgrass averages 209 yards per game, and ranked No. 19 in the nation in that category.
-When McPherson decides to run, the Bulldogs feature a pair of backs that are very different. Sophomore Terrance Jones (5-9, 195 lbs) can wreak havoc with his speed, while junior Havelock Pomele (5-8, 265 lbs) is the equivalent of a human bowling ball, and has proven difficult for opponents to take down.
The Moundbuilders will return home on Sept. 22, hosting Sterling College in a 6 p.m. contest at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.