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Cardinal Football eNewsletter 2011 Season / Volume 4

Late Defensive Stop Clinches Axe Bowl Win There has been no shortage of drama in the 37-year-old Axe Bowl rivalry between SVSU and Northwood, with five of the last eight games being decided by five points or less. On Saturday night, the drama continued. With 44 seconds remaining, Northwood faced a fourth and one situation on SVSU’s eight-yard line down by eight points. The Cardinals’ defense, which allowed less than 200 yards on the night, made one last stand, stuffing Northwood’s Brandon Jackson at the line of scrimmage and clinching the 28-20 win. “You couldn’t have written a better script,” said head coach Jim Collins. The Cardinals didn’t allow an offensive touchdown all game, giving up only two field goals to the Northwood offense. “For [our defense] to get that stop there at the end was huge, but they played like that all day,” Collins said. “To only give up six points against an offense like this was a heck of an effort.” Northwood scored its first non-offensive touchdown off a 46-yard interception return that was bobbled by an SVSU receiver. The Cardinals took their first lead early in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Jonathon Jennings found senior receiver Nick Gallina for a 22-yard touchdown. Jennings found Gallina once again on SVSU’s next drive when Gallina made a juggling circus catch, catching a ball that popped out of his hands when he hit the turf in the end zone.

“I’m glad that the officials saw it and were able to realize that that ball never hit the ground,” Collins said. “[Gallina] keeps making big plays for us.” Gallina finished the game with 88 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. “He’s been four years in this program, three years as a starter,” Collins said. “ We need him to make those plays.” Northwood tied the game at 14 after forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half, returning it for a touchdown and successfully converting the two-point try. The Cardinals kept their composure, driving 56 yards on the following possession, with Jennings hitting freshman running back junior back David Pardun for a one-yard touchdown pass. With the game tied 21-21 remaining, Jennings led the Cardinals on yet another fourthquarter drive. On fourth and one at Northwood’s 36-yard line, Jennings broke through Northwood’s defensive front and raced 36 yards to score what would turn out to be the game-winning touchdown with 4:50 left on the clock. “We just wanted to gain two yards, to be honest with you,” Collins said. “They came out in their goal line defense, and once we got to that second level, there was nobody there.“ Jennings finished with 235 yards on 19 for 29 passing. He also led the team with 89 rushing yards in junior running back Ronnie Lark’s absence. Collins said that Lark, who missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, should be back for next weekend’s game. The Cardinals’ were three for four on fourth-down conversions on the game, totaling 372 total yards of offense. 7,726 fans were in attendance to watch the game; the Cardinals are 3-0 in night games this season. With the win, SVSU improves to 3-0 on the season and sits on top of the GLIAC North division. The Cardinals return to action next Saturday, Oct. 1, when they host Hillsdale for the annual homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Source:


Recap of Week #3: Northwood University SVSU vs. Northwood Cardinals 28 Timberwolves 20 Box Score Northwood Saginaw Valley

Q1 6 0

Q2 0 14

Q3 11 7

Q4 3 7

Final 20 28

Scoring Summary: Prd


















Scoring Summary Northwood (Mich.) - Ryan Whittum 46 yd interception return. (Alex Faust kick blocked). Saginaw Valley - Nick Gallina 22 yd pass from J. Jennings. (Scott Stanford kick is good). Drive: 5 plays, 73 yards in 1:47. Saginaw Valley - Nick Gallina 34 yd pass from J. Jennings. (Scott Stanford kick is good). Drive: 10 plays, 84 yards in 4:18. Northwood (Mich.) - Carlos Love 25 yd fumble return. (2pt conversion pass by Quillan Mathis is good). Saginaw Valley - David Pardun 2 yd pass from J. Jennings. (Scott Stanford kick is good). Drive: 11 plays, 56 yards in 4:48. Northwood (Mich.) - Alex Faust 36 yd field goal. Northwood (Mich.) - Alex Faust 30 yd field goal. Saginaw Valley - J. Jennings 36 yd run. (Scott Stanford kick is good). Drive: 11 plays, 90 yards in 6:09.



Captains Frank Toarmina (OL, SR, #60, son of Lou and Gina), David Pardun (RB, JR, #31, son of Dave and Robyn), and Grant Caserta (LB, JR, #47, son of Jim and Deb) head to midfield for the coin toss


6 - 14

14 - 14

14 - 21 17 - 21

Brian Johnson (LB, SO, #41, son of Brian and Karen) makes the tackle on the ball carrier.

20 - 21

20 - 28

Mike Petersen (WR, SR, #9, son of Matt and Mary Ann) lines up for the next play on offense.


Team Statistics: Northwood 14 7 6 1 36% (5 of 14) 67% (2 of 3) 194 58 3.3 125 10-17 7.4 4 for 27 0 69 41 1.7 4 for 134 33.5 194 0 for 0 5 for 148 1 for 46 1 for 5 2-1 1 for 8 1 for 46 30:49:00

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: Number-Yards Average TOTAL RETURN YARDS Punt Returns:#-Yards Kickof Returns:#-Yards Int. Returns:#-Yards PENALTIES: #-Yards FUMBLES: #-Lost SACKS: #-Yards INTERCEPTIONS: #-Yards TIME OF POSSESSION

Saginaw Valley 21 11 9 1 36% (5 of 14) 75% (3 of 4) 372 65 5.7 235 19-29 8.1 1 for 8 1 137 36 3.8 3 for 78 26 111 1 for 0 5 for 111 0 for 0 4 for 40 2-1 4 for 27 0 for 0 28:56:00

Alec Smith (P, FR, #84 son of Ed and Kari) punts the ball.

Brandon Hayes (RB, SR, #6, son of Clark and Kerry) rushes the ball for a Cardinal first down.

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Scott Stanford (K, FR, #38, son of Steve and Kris) nails the extra point attempt. Holding the snap is Mike Peterson (WR, SR, #9, son of Matt and Mary Ann). Also pictured is Ryan Busch (DL, SO, #98, son of Jim and Kelly).


Individual Statistics: Passing J. Jennings

CP-AT 19-29

YDS 235

TD 3


Rushing J. Jennings Tim Hogue Brandon Hayes Team

ATT 16 10 7 3

YDS 89 33 19 -4

AVG 5.6 3.3 2.7 -1.3

LG 36 13 12 0

TD 1 0 0 0

Receiving Nick Gallina Mike Peterson Jeff Janis Zach Cecich Tim Hogue Mark Thrash David Pardun

NO 5 4 4 2 2 1 1

YDS 88 48 40 27 20 10 2

AVG 17.6 12 10 13.5 10 10 2

LG 34 16 20 25 13 10 2

TD 2 0 0 0 0 0 1

Kicking Scott Stanford



XP 4-4


Punting Alec Smith

NO 3

YDS 78

AVG 26

LG 29

TB 0

Kickoffs Scott Stanford

NO 5

YDS 294

AVG 58.8

TB 0

OB 0

Kickoff Returns Tim Hogue

NO 5

YDS 111

AVG 22.2

LG 38

TD 0

Punt Returns Vai Peko

NO 1



LG 0

TD 0

Fumbles Brandon Hayes Tim Hogue

NO 1 1

LOST 0 1

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Defensive Statistics SacksTFLSaginaw Valley Solo Ast Total # Yds Yds 5 Jeff Heath 7 5 12 1-5 4.5 - 19 47 Grant Caserta 4 5 9 1-9 1.5 - 10 41 Brian Johnson 2 6 8 21 Jon Bryant 4 3 7 98 Ryan Busch 2 4 6 1-8 1-8 8 B. Williams 2 3 5 1.5 - 3 20 D. Middlebrooks 4 1 5 1-3 42 Adrian Baker 1 4 5 1-2 94 Nate Snyder 2 2 4 1-5 1-5 4 DeAngelo Parris 2 1 3 24 Isaac Zimmer 0 2 2 58 Paul Webb 0 2 2 0.5 - 1 10 Noah Sumpter 1 0 1 15 Jesse Siwek 0 1 1 27 Dex Teen 1 0 1 38 Scott Stanford 1 0 1 44 Esham Farha 0 1 1 93 Tony Iacovoni 0 1 1 96 Tom Goodroe 0 1 1 TM Team 2 David Toussaint TOTALS 33 42 75 4-27 12-51







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GLIAC Standings GLIAC North Division Standings Conf All School Games Games Saginaw Valley 3-0 3-0 Ferris State 2-1 3-1 Michigan Tech 2-1 3-1 Northern Michigan 2-1 3-1 Indianapolis 1-2 2-2 Grand Valley 0-3 1-3 Northwood 0-3 1-3

GLIAC South Division Standings Conf All School Games Games Wayne State 3-0 4-0 Hillsdale 3-0 3-1 Ashland 2-1 2-2 Findlay 2-1 2-2 Ohio Dominican 1-2 2-2 Lake Erie 0-3 1-3 Tiffin 0-3 0-4

GLIAC Scoreboard - September 24th

GLIAC Schedule – October 1st

Saginaw Valley 28, Northwood 20 Michigan Tech 28, Indianapolis 16 Ashland 45, Northern Michigan 16 Findlay 26, Grand Valley 20 Hillsdale 35, Lake Erie 26 Ferris State 48, Tiffin 13 Wayne State 31, Ohio Dominican 24

Hillsdale at Saginaw Valley Michigan Tech at Ohio Dominican Ashland at Northwood Wayne State at Northern Michigan Findlay at Indianapolis Lake Erie at Ferris State Tiffin at Grand Valley 6

Photo Recap of the Northwood Game

Above: The Cardinals rush the field <<<Nate Snyder (DE, JR, #94, son of Jack and Leslie) knocks the ball loose from the Northwood ball carrier. Brian Johnson (LB, SO, #41, son of Brian and Karen) is ready to make the fumble recovery for the Cardinals.

Above: Jonathon Jennings (QB, SO, #11, son of Calvin and Brenda) runs wild. <<<Grant Caserta (LB, JR, #47, son of Jim and Deb) makes the tackle.


<<<Defense is Set (Photo courtesy of Dave and Mary Ann Gallina, parents of Nick Gallina).

Turnover on Downs! Cardinals Win!


Is that Paul Bunyan?

Noâ&#x20AC;ŚIt is Paul Webb (DL, SR, #58, son of David and Vicki).


Upcoming Game of the Week: Hillsdale College Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals 2011 Ranking: Not Ranked 2011 Record: 3-0-0 2010 Record: 4-7-0 Conference: GLIAC Head Coach: Jim Collins


Hillsdale College Chargers 2011 Ranking: 24th AFCA 20th 2011 Record: 3-1-0 2010 Record: 9-3-0 Conference: GLIAC Head Coach: Keith Otterbein

2010 Game Score: Hillsdale 30, Saginaw Valley 26 (September 25th) SVSU holds a 17-14-0 all-time record against Hillsdale Lou’s Prediction: SVSU 35 – Hillsdale 31; Lou says “35 to 31 Saginaw. I think we will get better every week. We don't lose at home under the lights.” (By Lou Toarmina father of Frank Toarmina, OL, SR, #60).

Delli-Pizzi Hired As SVSU Strength and Conditioning Coach UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Anthony Delli-Pizzi as the schools first Strength and Conditioning Coach. Delli-Pizzi will be involved in strength and conditioning regimens with Cardinal student-athletes designed to decrease injury potential while optimizing sports performance. "Bringing a strength and conditioning coach such as Anthony Delli-Pizzi to the program has been a departmental goal since the day I was hired," said SVSU Athletic Director Mike Watson. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to create this position at SVSU as it is key to the successful development of our student-athletes as we prepare them to compete in one of the strongest conferences in Division II." Delli-Pizzi has a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), having served as the strength and conditioning coach at Lake Superior State University for the previous two years and also at Wayne State University from 2007 to 2009. Anthony has also had recent exposure at the Division I level having interned at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. 10

"I am extremely excited and look forward to the challenge and opportunity to build a strength and conditioning program for the student athletes," said Anthony Delli-Pizzi. "SVSU is an athletic department that has made great strides the last few years and to be part of that strong upside is truly a privilege and honor." With the addition of Delli-Pizzi as head strength and conditioning coach, SVSU kinesiology students will also gain a valuable academic resource, which will allow them to obtain knowledge and experience by working with Delli-Pizzi and the athletic programs at SVSU. "The hiring of the strength and conditioning coach will have a positive impact on SVSU student athletes and provide unique educational opportunities for undergraduate kinesiology students pursuing a career in sport performance," stated Dr. Joshua Ode, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. "The collaborative approach between the Department of Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology will result in a variety of practical academic experiences for kinesiology students focusing on the scientific principles of strength and conditioning program design." Delli-Pizzi graduated from City University of New York in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in computer information technology. The Bronx, New York native earned his master's in exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation from Brooklyn College in 2007. Source:

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