Falcons host tradition-rich Bethel in non-conference football opener
Tradition-rich Bethel University travels to Mequon to test the 2009 Falcons in a season-opening non-conference matchup this Saturday at 1:00pm. Beset by injuries and a lack of offensive production in 2008, the visitors were an uncharacteristic 5-5 overall- their first .500 season in a decade. After cruising past the Falcons 38-10 in their season opener at home, they dropped a 10-7 decision at Wheaton. That began a sequence of tight low-scoring losses for a program that is annually near the top of the Nation in defensive statistics and boasts a concensus All American in their secondary.
Falcon Offensive Preview
The CUW backfield is blessed to have quality leadership provided by speedsters Kasiem Duran and Marquise Evans. Lying in the wings is an exciting group of freshmen with strong credentials. Running CUW's offense will be senior veteran signal caller Thomas Pacchioli who has battled injuries, starting 18 games over the past three seasons.
The Falcon tight ends for the 2009 season remain a question mark, but several newcomers did " a decent job" in CUW's scrimmage against Carthage this past weekend according to Head Coach Greg Etter.
The wide receivers are a young talented group with the ability to make big plays led by lone senior Aaron Siekmann. CUW also added many new faces to this skilled position this year with lots of speed in the mix.
Etter's offensive line will be led by senior center Thad Woltring and junior tackle Jesse Huff. With many new talented faces arriving this fall, the level of play will become increasingly more competitive from within the "Hogs" group.
CUW Defensive Preview
Dontrel Hall, an all conference performer who missed last season, will handle one corner while proven returnees Xavier Dyer and Paul Metcalfe will also start in the CUW secondary. This year's defensive backfield welcomes 3 seniors, 1 junior, 3 sophomores and 12 incoming freshmen into the mix.
Concordia's LB corps is again laden with upper classmen leadership returning solid veterans that all contributed significantly last season. Andrew Hobus, Ryan Bott, and David Wieland were alll starters and Coach Etter is enthusiastic about a solid recruiting class. The defensive line returns zero starters from last year. Seven upperclassmen will vye with close a dozen interior recruits for starting spots.
Falcon Special Teams look to impress again with the return of two time All-Conference kicker Dan Winsey. Graduation has opened up competition at the punter position. Etter believes that several strong candidates should ensure a smooth transition.