Truman State and Kentucky Wesleyan football meet for the first time Saturday
The Truman Bulldogs will square off against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers on Saturday afternoon in Owensboro, Ky. in the first meeting between the two programs. Saturday marks the 113th anniversary of the first Bulldog Football game ever played.
The Bulldogs have won four straight to open GLVC and enter the week with a 6-2 record as they scored 21 points in the second half to down Missouri S&T 27-7 on Saturday. Dahn Kemp caught his first career touchdown pass and Garrett White reeled off a 79-yard touchdown run over a two minute span in the third quarter to propel the Bulldogs to victory.
The defense forced a season-high four turnovers, all coming in the second half and limited the Miners to just 222 yards of total offense with 83 coming on Missouri S&T's lone scoring drive in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs are second in conference statistics in scoring offense (33.2/g) and scoring defense (8.8/g). The team is third in total offense (389.5/g) and second in total defense (216.0/g). Truman has had 21 redzone chances in the four conference games while only allowing opponents two redzone appearances during that same span.
Quarterback Conrad Schottel is first the GLVC stats in total offense at 228.8 per game and second in passing yards per contest 216.5. Schottel has completed 65% of his passing the last four weeks and has thrown six touchdowns to one interception. For the season, he has thrown for 1395 yards and 11 TDs. He is 30 yards shy of 4000 for his career.
Garrett White had his third 100-yard rushing day against the Miners and is up to 645 yards this season on 104 carries. White is averaging 92.1 yards per game with six touchdowns and a 6.2 yards per carry average. A.J. Hartfield is second with 292 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
Dallas Grier and Jared Haferbier have both caught 30 passes this season with Grier's 32 going for 394 yards while Haferbier's 31 accumulating 249 yards. Chico Orlando leads the team with four touchdown receptions and 13 different Bulldogs have a catch this season.
Matthew Bell and Austin Zoda led the defense with over 50 tackles through eight games. Bell has 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks while Zoda had two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Nic Abbate leads the team with 13.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks.
The Bulldogs have one of the best special team units in all of college football. Jacob Lamp is averaging 41.2 yards per punt with a long of 74 and 19 inside the opponents 20. Just six punts have been returned for a -17 yards and a long of four and two others have been muffed and turned back over to the Bulldogs.
Truman has blocked two punts, average 28.5 per kick return and have returned five kickoffs over 50 yards.
Derek Koon is tied for third among active Division II field goal kickers with 48 for his career and has scored 245 points in his four years as a Bulldog.
Kentucky Wesleyan (0-8/0-4 GLVC) is led by returning all-conference Jeff Ward, who is second this season in the GLVC in all-purpose yardage with 138.5 per game.
Ward has averaged 24.5 yards on four punt returns and 19.0 on 14 kick returns this season. He has caught 40 passes for 618 yards and carried the ball 41 times for 100 yards.
Dalton Oliver has completed 80 of his 145 passes for 968 yards and Devin LeGall has 369 yards on 65 carries for a 5.7 yards per rush average. Kevin Farris leads the GLVC in tackles per game at 10.8.
The Panthers have not won a game since a non-conference game against Lindenwood-Belleville last year.
They have allowed 52.0 in their four league games with 171.8 yards of total offense and giving up 539.5 yards of total defense.
For the season, they have converted on just 20-of-103 (19.4%) third down attempts and have had just 13 redzone trips resulting in nine touchdowns and a field goal.
Courtesy Truman State University