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Cardinal Football eNewsletter 2011 Season / Volume 3

Potent Offense Delivers in 35-20 Win In their season-opener against Ferris State, the Cardinals fed off an electrifying homefield atmosphere to edge out a win late in the game. On Saturday, they proved that they can do the same on the road. SVSU beat Lake Erie by a score of 35-20, holding off a second-half surge by the Storm to clinch the win. For the second straight game, sophomore quarterback Jonathon Jennings led the team on a long drive to clinch a win in the game’s final six minutes. They started coming back toward the end of the game, and we knew we needed to put them away,” Jennings said. “It was a really good drive for us, and we really need that to close the door on them.” SVSU drove the ball 70 yards in seven plays to eat three minutes off the clock and put away a game that saw a 21-point third quarter lead slip to only eight late in the fourth quarter – a situation that last year’s team might have struggled in. “We’re a lot more composed and a lot more determined [this year],” junior running back Ronnie Lark said. “Because we’ve been here so many times last year, we know how it feels to have the game and lose the game. “ After SVSU and Lake Erie traded off punts on their opening drives, Lark broke the ice for the Cardinals by finding the end zone for an eight-yard score, accounting for 30 yards on the team’s 44-yard scoring drive. Lark had 43 yards and one touchdown on nine carries in the first half before leaving the game early with an ankle injury. Sophomore running back Tim Hogue took over for Lark in the second quarter, finishing with 132 yards and a touchdown on the day. “Tim is pretty quick, and I’m more of a power back,” Lark said. “It’s a pretty good one-two punch because we don’t really give the defense a break.” SVSU extended its lead early in the second quarter when Jennings found sophomore wide receiver Jeff Janis on a 76-yard strike. Jennings was nine for 19 on the game with 314 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, connecting with 10 different SVSU receivers.

“There are a lot of big playmakers that we have (on offense),” Jennings said. “There are a lot of people that can do a lot of big things for us.” The Cardinals found the end zone once more in the second half, this time on the ground as sophomore running back Tim Hogue punched the ball in from 13 yards out to open up a 14-0 lead. Hogue combined with Jennings, Lark, senior running back Brandon Hayes and junior running back David Pardun to put up 199 yards rushing on the night. As a team, the Cardinals averaged 5.1 yards per carry – nearly one yard more than they did in the team’s first win over Ferris State. “We’re really balanced right now,” Lark said. “We’re passing the ball and running the ball just as much. “We’re keeping the defense honest and making them respect the run.” Lake Erie scored to cut the Cardinals’ lead to seven at the half, but Jennings responded on the team’s first drive of the third quarter with another long bomb, a 59yarder to senior wide receiver Nick Gallina. After that, things got difficult for the Cardinals. The Lake Erie offense began to find their rhythm, scoring first on a touchdown run and then recovering the ensuing onside kick. The Storm turned the kick recovery into a field goal to make the score 28-17. Jennings would throw two interceptions on the team’s next two drives, but the Cardinals’ defense was solid, allowing only two field goals in the fourth quarter. “As a defense, we pride ourselves on getting stops when there’s an interception or fumble,” junior linebacker Grant Caserta said. “The offense was struggling a little bit, and it was just our turn to carry the load.” Caserta finished the games with eight tackles, behind junior safety Jeff Heath’s team-leading total of 10. “Nobody was panicking when the game started to get close,” Caserta said. “We had confidence that we were going to pull it out.” With 8:15 remaining, Jennings took the field at his own 30-yard line with only an eightpoint lead, once again charged with the task of putting together a late-game drive to clinch the win. Once again, he didn’t disappoint. Jennings went four for four with 70 total yards on the drive, connecting with Janis once again on a 34-yard strike to cap off the win. Janis finished with 144 yards on only four catches in the game. The Cardinals offense racked up 514 total yards in the game, punting only once and converting 64 percent of their third down attempts. “A lot of things are just clicking for us right now,” Jennings said. In two games, SVSU has put up 65 points and nearly 1,000 yards in total offense. “Everybody is just making the plays we didn’t make last year,” Lark said. With the win, SVSU improves to 2-0 on the year. Lake Erie falls to 12. The Cardinals host Northwood for the Axe Bowl trophy at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Source: By: Justin Brouckaert, Vanguard Sports Editor


Recap of Week #3: Lake Erie College SVSU vs. Lake Erie Cardinals 35 Storm 20 Box Score Saginaw Valley Lake Erie

Q1 7 0

Q2 14 7

Q3 7 7

Q4 7 6

Final 35 20

Scoring Summary: Qtr












3 4 4

5:04 14:56 8:19



Scoring Summary Saginaw Valley - Lark,Ronnie 8 yd run. (Stanford,Scott kick is good). Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards in 3:24. Saginaw Valley - Janis,Jeff 76 yd pass from Jennings,J.. (Stanford,Scott kick is good). Drive: 6 plays, 96 yards in 2:49. Saginaw Valley - Hogue,Tim 13 yd run. (Stanford,Scott kick is good). Drive: 7 plays, 54 yards in 2:27. Lake Erie - Brandon James 11 yd pass from Sean Bedevelsky. (Sam Marcotte kick is good). Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards in 3:16. Saginaw Valley - Gallina,Nick 59 yd pass from Jennings,J.. (Stanford,Scott kick is good). Drive: 6 plays, 89 yards in 3:05. Lake Erie - Sean Bedevelsky 2 yd run. (Sam Marcotte kick is good). Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 4:05. Lake Erie - Sam Marcotte 30 yd field goal. Lake Erie - Sam Marcotte 35 yd field goal. Saginaw Valley - Janis,Jeff 34 yd pass from Jennings,J.. (Stanford,Scott kick is good). Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards in 2:59.



Captains Isaac Zimmer (DB, JR, #24, son of Rick and Renee), Nathan Snyder (DE, JR, #94), and Nick DiPalma (OL, SR, #74) walk to the coin toss before the game.

14 - 0

21 - 0

21 - 7

28 - 7

Major Metcalf (DB, RFR, #26, son of Major and JoAnn) returns a kick for positive yardage.

28 - 14 28 - 17 28 - 20

35 - 20

Mike Peterson (WR, SR, #9, son of Matt and Mary Ann) and Frankie Roller (MGR, SR, #00, son of Frank and Kristie) are on the sidelines watching the action. Source:


Team Statistics: Saginaw Valley 23 12 11 0 64% (9 of 14) 100% (1 of 1) 513 68 7.5 314 19-29 10.8 0 for 0 2 199 39 5.1 1 for 34 34 201 3 for 74 4 for 127 0 for 0 4 for 30 2-1 3 for 15 0 for 0 30:46:00

STATISTICS FIRST DOWNS Passing Rushing Penalty THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY TOTAL NET YARDS Total Offensive Plays Average gain per play NET YARDS PASSING Completions-Attempts Net yards per pass play Sacked:Number-Yards Had intercepted NET YARDS RUSHING Rushing Attempts Average gain per rush PUNTS: #-Yards Average TOTAL RETURN YARDS Punt Returns:No-Yards Kickof Returns:No-Yards Int. Returns:No-Yards PENALTIES: #-Yards FUMBLES: #-Lost SACKS: #-Yards INTERCEPTIONS: #-Yards TIME OF POSSESSION

Lake Erie 15 10 5 0 40% (6 of 15) 0% (0 of 1) 313 65 4.8 200 18-30 6.7 3 for 15 0 113 35 3.2 6 for 248 41.3 166 1 for 36 5 for 93 2 for 37 4 for 24 1-1 0 for 0 2 for 37 29:14:00

Nick Gallina (WR, SR, #17, son of Dave and Mary Ann), Tim Hogue (WR, SO, #7), and Michael Albrecht (WR, SO, #3, son of Steve and Ellen) look to the sideline for the next play.

Scott Stanford (K, FR, #38, son of Steve and Kris) gets ready to kick off. Also pictured is Isaac Zimmer (DB, JR, #24, son of Rick and Renee).

Individual Statistics: Passing J. Jennings Rushing Brandon Hayes Tim Hogue J. Jennings Ronnie Lark David Pardun Team

CP-AT 19-29

YDS 314

TD 3


ATT 5 17 4 9 2 2

YDS 9 132 16 43 4 -5

AVG 1.8 7.8 4 4.8 2 -2.5

LG 4 34 9 11 4 0

TD 0 1 0 1 0 0

Quarterback Protection Jonathon Jennings (QB, SO, #11, son of Calvin and Brenda) drops back to pass while Zach Cecich (TE, JR, #89, son of David and Elizabeth), Kaleb Forr (OL, SO, #62, son of Kirk and Charlotte), Frank Toarmina (OL, SR, #60, son of Lou and Gina) block.

Go Cardinals! 4

TD 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0

Receiving Mark Thrash M. Albrecht Brandon Hayes Tim Hogue Mike Peterson Nick Gallina Ronnie Lark Nathan Hoyle Jeff Janis Zach Cecich

NO 1 1 3 1 4 2 1 1 4 1

YDS 5 10 19 9 34 73 3 8 144 9

AVG 5 10 6.3 9 8.5 36.5 3 8 36 9

LG 5 10 9 9 12 59 3 8 76 9

Kicking Scott Stanford



XP 5-5


Punting Alec Smith

NO 1

YDS 34

AVG 34

LG 34

TB 0

Kickoffs Scott Stanford

NO 6

YDS 391

AVG 65.2

TB 1

OB 0

Kickoff Returns Tim Hogue Nathan Hoyle

NO 3 1

YDS 124 3

AVG 41.3 3

LG 76 0

TD 0 0

Punt Returns Vai Peko Major Metcalf

NO 1 2

YDS 17 57

AVG 17 28.5

LG 17 46

TD 0 0

Fumbles J. Jennings Nathan Hoyle

NO 1 1

LOST 1 0

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Northwood Game Tailgate Update: All Parent Club members are invited to tailgate prior to Saturday’s game. We can meet in the North Ryder Center parking lot (E Lot on the map below) for great conversation and camaraderie. Hope to see you there! North


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Saginaw Valley


David Toussaint DeAngelo Parris Jeff Heath Brandon Hayes B. Williams Noah Sumpter D. Middlebrooks Jon Bryant Isaac Zimmer Dex Teen Ronnie Lark Rodney Gallon Brian Johnson Adrian Baker Grant Caserta Paul Webb Frank Toarmina Tony Iacovoni Nate Snyder Ryan Busch TOTALS

2 10 0 3 2 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 1 1 1 3 1 42

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS SacksAst Total Yds 0 2 0 10 1 1 4 7 1-6 2 4 1 5 3 6 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 4 0 2 1 1 0.5 - 2 4 8 0.5 - 3 2 3 0 1 1 2 1 4 1-4 1 2 24 66 3-15

TFLYds 1-1 1-6 0.5 - 2 0.5 - 3 1-4 1-1 5-17



Jan-00 Jan-00


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GLIAC Scoreboard Saginaw Valley 35, Lake Erie 20 Wayne State 27, Michigan Tech 10 Indianapolis 34, Grand Valley 33 Hillsdale 40, Ashland 34 (2OT)

Findlay 50, Tiffin 27 Northern Michigan 38, Northwood 17 Ferris State 35, Ohio Dominican 13

GLIAC Schedule for September 24th Northwood at Saginaw Valley Indianapolis at Michigan Tech Northern Michigan at Ashland Findlay at Grand Valley

Hillsdale at Lake Erie Ferris State at Tiffin Wayne State at Ohio Dominican


Photo Recap of the Lake Erie Game

Brandon Williams (DE, SR, #8, son of Karen), Paul Webb (DL, SR, #58, son of David and Vicki), Jeff Heath (DB, JR, #5, son of Mike and Dianne), and Tony Iacovoni (DL, JR, #93, son of Rick and Lisa) rush the field. <<<Zach Cecich (TE, JR, #89, son of David and Elizabeth) gains yardage after the catch. Pictured below is Grant Caserta (LB, JR, #47, son of Jim and Deb) gets ready for the next play. Also pictured is Nate Snyder (DE, JR, #94).

<<<Nick Winkler (OL, SR, #64, son of Rudy and Bo) and Kevin Dexter (OL, JR, #71, son of Mike and Cindy) take in the action.



Upcoming Game of the Week: Northwood University Saginaw Valley State University


Northwood University

Cardinals 2011 Ranking: Not Ranked

Timberwolves 2011 Ranking: Not Ranked

2011 Record: 2-0-0 2010 Record: 4-7-0 Conference: GLIAC Head Coach: Jim Collins

2011 Record: 1-2-0 2010 Record: 5-6-0 Conference: GLIAC Head Coach: Mike Sullivan

2010 Game Score: Northwood 30, SVSU 26 (September 25th) Lou’s Prediction: SVSU 41 – Northwood 27; Lou says “I think Northwood is going to be tough and is a better team than their record indicates. Still our guys are starting to come together and won’t make as many mistakes as they did against Ohio. I think 41 SVSU to 27 NORTHWOOD!” (By Lou Toarmina - father of Frank Toarmina, OL, SR, #60).

SVSU Football Team Fundraiser Come out and join Coach Todd Stepsis (SVSU’s Defensive Coordinator) this weekend after the Northwood game. We are encouraging everyone we know who is involved with, or a fan of the SVSU Football Team, to come out to the Saginaw Bennigan's. With either a copy of your game ticket or the fundraiser coupon, (which we are going to pass out at the game) Bennigan's is going to donate 20% of the sales to our program. Please come out and support Cardinal Football!

Questions: contact Coach Stepsis at


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SVSU Cardinal Football Parents Club 1950 Worcester Drive Oxford, MI 48371 Susie Lixey Frank Roller

 If you would be interested in joining our Board please send us an email.  If you checked that you would be interested in joining the Board or the Social Committee on your 2011 Membership Information sheet we will be contacting you.

Upcoming Events SVSU Cardinal Football Parents Club Jersey We are looking at selling custom jerseys or t-shirts for a fundraiser to fund our equipment purchase and donation to the Football Program at the end of the season. We hope to have an order form in next week’s edition of the eNewsletter. Stay tuned for more information.

2011 Commemorative Cardinal Football eNewsletter - Bound Edition

The SVSU Cardinal Football Parents Club is offering Cardinal fans a limited edition printing of all of the 2011 Cardinal Football eNewsletters. The eNewsletters will be merged into one bound edition coffee-table book. This special bound edition booklet will include bonus photos from each game and it will be a great way to keep the memories of the 2011 season alive for years to come. We will have more information available soon. 10

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