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The Southwestern College football team looks to get back on track Saturday when it hosts the Warriors of Sterling College. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium in Winfield.
Sterling (0-3, 0-2 KCAC) at Southwestern (1-2, 1-1 KCAC)
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 // 6 p.m. // Richard L. Jantz Stadium (3,600) // Winfield, 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 host the Sterling College Warriors.
-A win Saturday would mark the first time Southwestern has posted back-to-back home wins in the three-year history of Richard L. Jantz Stadium. It would also be the first time since 2009 that Southwestern has won back-to-back home games.
-Southwestern features multiple options at both of its key skill positions. Anthony Sims and Jacobi Johnson have split time at halfback, while Jordan Barrett and Brady May have shared time at quarterback. May engineered two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at McPherson.
-Sterling has not been kind to Southwestern Head Coach Ken Crandall. His only win against Sterling came last season when Sterling was forced to forfeit the game late in the season due to the use of an illegal player. Crandall is now 1-5 against the Warriors
-Southwestern owns a 52-22-2 all-time record against the Warriors, but Sterling has dominated the series as of late. Last season's forfeit was the first Soutwestern win since 2003.
-One of Southwestern's own student-athletes will find themselves with a torn allegiance in Saturday's game. Sterling-native Hannah Dierksen plays volleyball for Southwestern. Her brother, Gabe Dierksen, is an outside linebacker for Sterling.
The Head Coaches...
Southwestern Head Coach Ken Crandall...
-Named head coach of the Moundbuilder football program prior to the 2007 season.
-Is 17-37 in his time at Southwestern
-Is 1-5 all-time against Sterling
-Played four years at Fort Hays State University
Sterling Head Coach Andy Lambert...
-Is in his ninth season at the helm of the Sterling football program. He joined the Warriors after a seven-year stint as head coach at Trinity International University in Illinois.
-Is 46-37 in his tenure at Sterling, and 76-80 all-time as a head coach.
-Played high school football under legendary head coach Roger Barta at Smith Center High School in Smith Center, Kan.
Scouting the Warriors...
-The Sterling Warriors bring a deceiving 0-3 overall record, and an 0-2 mark in KCAC play into tonight's contest after dropping a 14-10 decision to Kansas Wesleyan a week ago in Sterling. The Warriors opened a season with a 59-6 loss at No. 13 Benedictine, then gave up four field goals in a 12-7 loss at Tabor leading up to last week's loss.
-Head coach Andy Lambert is in his ninth season with the Warriors, and is the second-winningest head coach in the history of the Sterling football program. He joined Sterling after a seven-year stint as Head Coach at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill.
-Sterling struggled to a 1-10 overall record last season, a mark that broke a streak of seven-straight years finishing at or above the .500 mark. The Warriors were forced to forfeit three games due to their use of an ineligible player.
-Long-regarded as a rush-heavy offense, the Warriors have decided to spread things out a bit this season. Sterling has racked up 438 yards through the air this season, while rushing for 413 yards.
-The first item of business for any opposing defense is to figure out how to stop quarterback John Cardona. The sophomore is not-only the Warriors' starting quarterback, but also leads the team in rushing yards as well. Cardona completes right at 50 percent of his passes, and has rushed for 221 yards on 44 attempts through three games this season.
-The Warriors have struggled to find the end zone this season. Sterling has not scored more than one touchdown all season, and its only double-digit scoring total came last week when the Warriors scored 10 points in a loss to Kansas Wesleyan.
-Sterling quarterback John Cardona is one of the best-protected quarterbacks in the nation. The Warrior offensive line has allowed just one sack this season, and is the top-ranked line in that category.
-Cardona has developed a favorite target in freshman Dentton Hudspeth. Hudspeth ranks No. 22 in the nation in pass receptions per game (5.3). Hudspeth is listed as the top halfback on the Warriors' two-deep, and spends his share of time at Split Back as well.
-Sophomore cornerback Aric Hook forces opposing offenses to think twice about throwing to his area of the field. With an average of two passes defended per game, Hook ranks No. 5 in the nation in that category.
The Moundbuilders will return to the road on Sept. 29 for the first of three trips to northeast Kansas. Southwestern will travel to Lawrence to take on the Indians of Haskell Indian Nations University. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Haskell Memorial Stadium.