CHEYNEY (0-1, 1-3) AT EAST STROUDS­BURG (0-1, 2-2)

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

6:05 p.m. at Eiler-Martin Sta­dium Ra­dio: none.

What’s at Stake: The Wolves have been outscored 184-17in the last three games fol­low­ing a sea­son-open­ing vic­tory against Lin­coln, but the sched­ule has been bru­tally tough. His­tory tells us that CU doesn’t have much of a chance, but the War­riors are shaky de­fen­sively, sur­ren­der­ing 37.3points per out­ing. The Cheyney of­fense perked up a bit in a 54-14set­back to Blooms­burg last week­end, and this is an op­por­tune time for a break­out.

His­tory: ESU leads 59-1all-time, and has won 36in a row, which is an NCAA all-di­vi­sion record for con­sec­u­tive wins in an un­in­ter­rupted series.

Keys to the Game: The Wolves will stack the line of scrim­mage in an ef­fort to con­tain ESU’s run­ning at­tack, and RB Robert Healy, who leads the PSAC in rush­ing (157 yard av­er­age per game). Ship­pens­burg pro­vided a blueprint in last week’s 31-14 win over the War­riors, but the Cheyney de­fense – which is sur­ren­der­ing 52 points a game -- sim­ply doesn’t have enough tal­ent or depth. The Wolves have a nice sta­ble of run­ners, and Erik Heller, James Med­lock and Bran­don French com­bine to av­er­age 111 yards per game. But QB Do­minick Trautz con­tin­ues to strug­gle (1 TD, 7 Ints) and WR Mar­cus Lyles is the only player on the ros­ter with more than seven re­cep­tions. As a re­sult, CU’s run­ning game has to be pro­duc­tive in or­der to win the time of pos­ses­sion bat­tle and keep ESU’s of­fense off the field.

Pre­dic­tion: East Strouds­burg 48, Cheyney 20.

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