Truman State football looks to continue its winning ways in the GLVC
Week two of the conference football season see the 1-0 Truman Bulldogs heading west to face the 0-1 William Jewell (Mo.) Cardinals in Liberty, Mo. on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Truman comes into Saturday's contest after posting a 33-0 shutout victory in the GLVC opener over Quincy (Ill.) University last week.
The Bulldogs used a 23-point second quarter barrage and nine quarterback sacks en route to the convincing win.
Senior quarterback Conrad Schottel was named the GLVC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 20-of-28 passing attempts for 197 yards.
Schottel completed 16-of-19 after missing the first two passes in the the first half, including a stretch of 10-of-11 while throwing and rushing for scores. For the season, has completed 59% of his passes for 726 yards and six touchdowns.
Junior running back Garrett White is second in the GLVC in rushing yards per game at 101.6 per contest and is third in all-purpose yardage at 143.8 per game.
He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and has scored 14 career rushing touchdowns.
The Bulldogs are first in the conference in some special teams' categories with a 31.1 yards per kick returns and a 41.8 yards per punt average.
Junior punter Jacob Lamp paces the league with a 43.3 punt average with just two returns out of 18 punts this season.
The Cardinals have struggled to a 1-4 overall record and were winless in their GLVC opener against McKendree (Ill.) a few weeks ago. William Jewell played a non-conference road game at Fort Hays (Kan.) State last week falling to the Tigers 34-17.
William Jewell led 10-7 early in the second quarter but three straight TDs broke the game open midway through the contest.
Thomas Cook Jr. had 51 yards rushing on 14 carries with quarterbacks Sean Shelton and DJ Balazs combining for 18-of-39 for just 115 yards and three interceptions.
Cook is first in the GLVC in points scored with 48 on eight touchdowns and is a returning first-team all-GLVC performer as a kick and punt returner.
Jimmy DeStefano was a second team defensive selection last season and is tied for fourth this year in tackles per game at 9.0.
The Cardinals are last in the league in third down conversions allowed with opponents being successful 47% of the time but the team is also first in the conference in fourth down conversions at 66% (10-of-15).
William Jewell and Truman are 1-2 in kickoff coverage with the Cardinals netting 41.8 yards with eight touchbacks per kickoff and the Bulldogs averaging 40.9 and five touchbacks.
It's been 52 years since the Cardinals and Bulldogs tangled on the gridiron in a series that has been played 13 times with 10 of the games resulting in one of the team's being shutout.
William Jewell was a staple on the Truman schedule in the first decade of football.
The two met first in 1903 with the 'Dogs prevailing 12-6 then the schools played twice in 1904 and twice again in 1909.
The teams "played" consecutive games during the 1909 season with the Cardinals winning the first game 49-0 and the Bulldogs walked off the field in the second game allowing William Jewell to win by the odd score of 1-0.
Overall, William Jewell leads the series 6-5-1 with Truman's taking the last meeting in 1961 by a 19-0 score.
Courtesy Truman State University