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MULES AMONG BEST IN NINE CATEGORIES

The Muhlenberg football team appears nine times among the Division III statistical leaders through games of Nov. 2.

Senior Chris Reed is now tied for the Division III lead in field goals (14) with Ben Lambert of Washington (Mo.). Reed’s have come in eight games, however, while Lambert has played in nine games, so Reed is ranked first.

Following are the categories in which the Mules are ranked:

Team
• Second in turnover margin (plus-22)
• 15th in scoring (38.9 points per game)
• 32nd in pass defense (93.3 rating points)
• 38th in scoring defense (15.4 points per game)

Matt Bernardo
• Ninth (tied) in scoring (11.3 points per game)
• 15th in all-purpose yards (178.1 per game)
• 30th in rushing yards (116.3 per game)

Chris Reed
• First in field goals (1.8 per game)
• 29th in scoring (9.6 points per game)

Jordan Wright

Senior cornerback Jordan Wright has contributed to the Mules’s turnover margin by intercepting a pass in each of the last two games.

FOOTBALL PLAYS HOME FINALE SATURDAY

The Muhlenberg football team welcomes traditional Upstate New York power Union for its final scheduled home game of the season. The Mules won their first four home games by an average margin of 36.5 points.

Who: Union (5-3) at Muhlenberg (7-1)
What: A meeting between two recent ECAC champions: Union won the Northwest title in 1999 and 2001 and Muhlenberg captured the Southwest crown in 2000.
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Scotty Wood Stadium
Radio: Jon Eddy and Mike Loughlin will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM.

Series History: These two schools met only twice previously, in 1994 and 1995. Union won both meetings, 50-0 and 33-14, respectively.

Scouting the Dutchmen: Union’s hopes for a postseason berth were damaged with a 42-0 loss to Hartwick last week. The Dutchmen were held to just 135 total yards, with 134 of those coming through the air. Freshman Ryan Perry suffered his first loss as starting quarterback after winning his previous three starts. Two weeks ago, in a 17-12 win against Coast Guard, senior George Beebe became Union’s all-time rushing leader, with 3,485 yards. He has 805 yards and six 100-yard games this season. Senior Ryan Gallo leads the receiving corps with 39 catches. Junior Cliff Eisenhut ranks among the Division III leaders in field goals with 11 and kicked four apiece in back-to-back games against Alfred and Rensselaer. Sophomore Chris Nappi averages 27.6 yards on kickoff returns and 10.5 yards on punt returns.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg improved to 7-1 for the first time since 1980 with a 43-0 shutout at Ursinus last week. Coming on the heels of a 41-0 win against Gettysburg, it marks the first time since 1986 that the Mules have recorded back-to-back shutouts (they haven’t had three in a row since 1942). The defense held Ursinus to 3 rushing yards, recorded six sacks and forced five turnovers. Senior defensive linemen Mike Koth had 1.5 of the sacks and added a forced fumble, fumble recovery and blocked field goal. He leads the team with nine tackles for loss. Offensively, junior Matt Bernardo tied a school record for the third time by rushing for four touchdowns, giving him an even 50 for his career. Bernardo needs 8 yards to become Muhlenberg’s all-time leading rusher and 70 to record his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. Senior Justin Jones completed only eight passes but threw for 232 yards, setting a school record of 29.0 yards per completion. He has completed 56.1 percent of his passes and has an outstanding efficiency rating of 133.94. Senior Alfredo Mercuri has caught a touchdown pass in four straight games.


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Last updated November 7, 2002