The Western Maryland College football team closes out its home schedule Saturday with a key Centennial Football Conference game against Swarthmore.
The Green Terrors (5-3 overall, 4-1 in CFC play) control their own destiny in attempting to win their first-ever CFC title. They close out their season at Johns Hopkins next week.
Western Maryland enters this week with a half-game lead over Dickinson (3-1-1 in CFC), a team it defeated earlier in the season. Hopkins and Gettysburg are both 3-2.
Swarthmore (4-3-1, 3-2-1) rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit against Franklin & Marshall to come away with a 28-21 win.
Senior quarterback Chip Chevalier leads a potent passing game with 2,056 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. Last week, he set CFC single-season records in yards passing (1,569) and touchdowns (16) in conference games.
His primary target is senior wide receiver Josh Drake, who has 56 catches for 912 yards this season with nine touchdowns.
In Western Maryland's 22-20 loss to Lebanon Valley Saturday, the Green Terrors' defense sacked quarterback Erik Orndorff six times.
Swarthmore leads the CFC in total offense, averaging 365 yards in six CFC games. Of those 365 yards, 265 have come through the air -- tops in the conference.
Western Maryland's defense is fourth in the CFC, yielding 315 yards a contest of which 163 come through the air.
Junior tailback Rob Johnson (North Carroll) was limited to under 100 yards rushing for the first time this season last week, gaining 98 on 32 carries. Look for a big day from him as the Swarthmore defense is giving up 205 yards on the ground.
The Green Terrors (33-5) enter the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs as the fifth seed and will travel to MAC Southeast-section champ Muhlenberg, seeded fourth with an overall record of 27-5, tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Other quarterfinal-round matches have Juniata (No. 1 seed) playing host to Moravian (8); Elizabethtown (7) at Upsala (2) and Franklin & Marshall (6) traveling to Gettysburg (3). Semifinals will take place Saturday.
The MAC Championships will take place Saturday at Rose Tree Park in Media, Pa. The women will get started at 11 a.m., followed by the men at noon.
Last year, Kendra Weible finished fourth out of a field of 128 runners, covering the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 43 seconds.
Derek Johnston was the top WMC finisher last year in the men's race -- placing 29th out of 151 runners in an 8,000-meter time of 27:37.
Both the WMC men and the women teams placed 16th out of 21 squads.