Game of the Week Preview: St. Joe's vs. Canisius

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St. Joe's @ Canisius
Saturday, November 2nd at 1:00 pm

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Head Coach: Head Coach:
Dennis Gilbert  Rich Robbins
Key Players: Key Players:
Tyler Hill Qadree Ollison
Anthony Castellani T.J. Wheatley
Cordell Owens David Koeppel
Mike McCarthy Zach Liberatore
Robert Costanzo Mike Tarbutt
Austin Greenwood Josh Huffman
Alimayu Akono Ryan Richards
Mike Sharpe
Brad Zaffram
Stats:
Offense: Offense:
Points Scored: 192 Points Scored: 224
Average: 24 Average: 28
Defense: Defense:
Points Allowed: 165 Points Allowed: 36
Average: 20.6 Average: 4.5
 
Keys to Victory:
Marauders:
Control Clock
Win turnover battle
Minimize impact by Ollison
QB to have solid game
Crusaders:
Control trenches
Minimize impact by Davis
Avoid penalties
Maximize on scoring ops.
Edge:
QB - Even
RB - Canisius
WR - Canisius
K - Even
Defense - Canisius
Poll Rankings:
Canisius: St. Joe's:
WGRZ: #4 WGRZ: #5
Buffalo News: #2 Buffalo News: #4
State: #11 State: #20

Summary:
This rivalry is one of the best in the country. St. Joe's has lost to Aquinas and Cathedral Prep, while the Crusader's have lost to Aquinas and Cardinal Mooney. Strength of Canisius has been their defense, which has limited its opponents to 36 points. Offense has struggled, but expect a big game from Qadree Ollison. The Marauders have been resilient this season, considering the number of injuries. The loss of Rod Payne has been huge as he is a franchise impact player on both side of the ball. Mike McCarthy needs to come up big in this contest; needs to avoid turnovers.

Prediction:
Crusaders should win as a result of their strong defense led by Wheatley, Sharpe and Zaffram.

Canisius: 21, St. Joe's: 13

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