Friday, October 09, 2015

FOUR-DOWN FRIDAY: Yale at Dartmouth

It's time for four-down Friday. Here are four things to look for when Yale travels to face Dartmouth on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in a matchup of two 3-0 teams.

Pressure: It’s no secret. Dalyn Williams is a very good quarterback. He has picked apart opposing defenses all season with both his arm and legs. If Yale can get good push up front, pressure Williams and make him get rid of the ball quickly, the Bulldogs could slow that offense. Yale sacked Williams seven times and forced an interception last year.

Tough test: Yale’s secondary will be challenged with two talented wide receivers in Victor Williams and Ryan McManus. Williams is a speedy receiver who stretches the field. McManus, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, is expected back. He is a strong, physical receiver. Expect Dale Harris to match up with Williams and Rymiszewski to match up with McManus.

Run game: It’s uncertain who will be Yale’s main ball carrier on Saturday. If Candler Rich still can’t go, Deshawn Salter will get plenty of work. Don’t expect another 233 yards on the ground from the sophomore, but establishing the run game and getting balance will be key.

History: Dartmouth has had Yale’s number in recent years, winning the last three meetings. This is perhaps a must-win game for the Bulldogs if they are going to have a chance at their first Ivy title since 2006.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

What's YOUR prediction?

Yale travels to face Dartmouth on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. What's your predicted score for the game? List below...

Portal 31 pick: Dartmouth 35, Yale 24

Wednesday leftovers

First, check out a feature on RB Deshawn Salter coming off an impressive performance in his first start in Yale’s win over Lehigh.

And here are some more notes for the week…

Scouting Dartmouth

Led by QB Dalyn Williams, the Big Green’s offense is averaging over 40 ppg. Williams is likely the best QB in the Ivy League. He is averaging 262.3 passing yards per game and 50 rushing yards per game with a combined 10 TDs.

Ryan McManus, one of the top WRs in the league, missed the last two games with an ankle injury. He’s expected to play against Yale. He’s a physical receiver. On the other side, Victor Williams is a speedy playmaker who can stretch the field. He caught 12 passes for 213 yards and two TDs in a 41-20 win over Penn last week. 

Dartmouth (3-0) came from behind to beat Yale in the final minutes last season. The Bulldogs defense did sack Williams seven times in that game. Yale will need to pressure the star QB plenty on Saturday. Dartmouth’s defense is allowing just 77.3 rushing yards per game and has given up just 37 points over its three games.

Bone marrow drive 

Junior DT Jack Rushin became the 32nd donor from the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Drive. Rushin donated marrow to a recipient at Boston Hospital on Monday. The drive takes place each spring on the Yale campus and honors former Yale women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz.

Varga update

Tyler Varga suffered a concussion late in the game on an onside kick against the Titans on Sept. 27. He missed last week’s game and is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Texans.

This week’s schedule

Harvard at Cornell, Noon [ASN/ILDN]
Brown at Holy Cross, 1 pm
Fordham at Penn, 1 pm [ILDN]
Colgate at Princeton, 1 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm [FCS]
Wagner at Columbia, 6 pm [ILDN]

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Tuesday news and notes

Yale improved to 3-0 with a 27-12 win over Lehigh on Saturday.

Here are some notes on the victory, the upcoming game against Dartmouth and more from Tuesday’s media luncheon…

Reno on Lehigh game

“Start fast and finish strong,” he said. “We talked about it all week. Playing through whistles, being physically and mentally aware every single snap. Guys took that challenge. We had large improvements from game two to game three in all areas. I was happy with play up front. We got great contributions from our LB core. We controlled the run game. Our OL and RBs had a great game. We’re nowhere near where we want to be but definitely better than where we were after second game.”

Oplinger on the defense

LB Matt Oplinger had two sacks against Lehigh.

“We showed improvement,” he said. “We stopped them early. Unfortunately, we didn’t play a complete game. We started slow after halftime. The DL was physical and played really well. On the back end, the DBs were great in pass coverage. But we have so much room to get better. But there’s improvement. Seeing growth and we’re excited about that, and want to keep getting better.”


Yale has 49 penalties through its first three games. Yale has been able to overcome that issue so far, but when playing teams like Dartmouth, that margin for error is much smaller.

“We need to improve on that area immensely,” Reno said. “That and turnovers can directly affect the outcome of game. We need to get better on that for sure.”

Spreading the ball around

QB Morgan Roberts has completed passes to at least seven different players in each of his first three game.

JV game

Yale fell 24-6 to Brown on Saturday at Clint Frank Field. Some players that played well were QB Tre Moore, TE John Lager, along with DEs Ian Baker and Bronson Krull. I will try and get some more info on this.

Defensive effort

The 12 points Yale gave up to Lehigh were the fewest the Bulldogs allowed in a non-league road game since a 24-10 win over Cal-Poly in 2013.

Monday, October 05, 2015

UP NEXT: Dartmouth

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Field in Hanover, New Hampshire 

Record: 3-0

All-time series: Yale leads 53-39-6

Last week: QB Dalyn Williams has been tough to stop. He set a school record by completing 92 percent of his passes in a 41-20 win over Penn last week. Williams completed 23-of-25 passes for 336 yards and four TDs. He also ran for 73 yards and two more scores. It was Dartmouth's first win at Penn since 1997. WR Victor Williams caught 12 passes for 213 yards and two TDs. Dartmouth's offense produced 506 yards and held Penn to 263. The Big Green scored on each of their first four possessions. 

Top players: QB Dalyn Williams (262.3 ypg, 6 TDs (passing) and 50 ypg, 4 TDs (rushing)), WR Victor Williams (28 receptions, 135.3 ypg,  3 TDs), DB Vernon Harris (team-high 20 tackles), LB Folarin Orimolade (16 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks)

Ivy League weekly awards

From the Ivy League...

Dartmouth senior quarterback Dalyn Williams (Corinth, Texas) started off the Ivy League slate in record-breaking fashion in the Big Green's 41-20 win at Penn, completing 92 percent of his passes (23-of-25) to top a school mark that had stood for 53 years. Williams threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns, the latter matching a personal best. He also ran the ball 13 times for 73 yards and Dartmouth's other two scores. Each of Williams' touchdown tosses came from further out, starting with eight yards, then 22, 30 and finally 43. His 409 total yards mark the third time he has topped 400 yards in a game, as many as all other players in school history.
Williams' Statistics for the Week
23-25-0, 336 yds., 4 TDs, 13 car. for 73 yds., 2 TDs

Yale sophomore tailback Deshawn Salter (Constantia, N.Y.) shined in his debut as the Bulldogs' starter in the backfield with a record performance in a 27-12 victory at Lehigh. With help from an outstanding push from the offensive line, Salter rambled, juked, sprinted, dove and plowed his way to 233 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged eight yards per attempt, registering the fifth-best day for a Yale running back while scoring from two and 42 yards. The later was the back breaker that put the game away late in the third quarter.
Salter's Statistics for the Week
29 car. for 233 yds., 2 TDs, 3 rec. for 28 yds.

Yale sophomore linebacker Matthew Oplinger (Summit, N.J.) led the Bulldogs' defensive attack with 11 solo tackles and a pair of ferocious sacks in the road win at Lehigh. Oplinger also knocked down a pass and tried to run for a two-point conversion. He guided a Yale defensive unit that blanked Lehigh in the first half and registered four sacks and racked up six tackles for lost yardage. Oplinger helped the Bulldogs to their best non-conference road defensive effort since beating Cal Poly in 2013.
Oplinger's Statistics for the Week
11 tkls. (11 solo), 2.0 Sacks, 1 BrUp

Columbia senior linebacker Max Keefe (Shalimar, Fla.) got the Lions to within a touchdown of Princeton in the third quarter with a punt block that resulted in a safety in the 10-5 setback to the Tigers. Keefe got his hand on the punt, sending it into the end zone for two points for Columbia. He also tallied three tackles, with two of those coming on defense and one on special teams.

Keefe's Statistics for the Week
3 tkls. (1 solo), 1 Block

Harvard freshman running back Noah Reimers (Leesburg, Va.) rushed for three touchdowns in the Crimson's 45-0 win over Georgetown in just his third collegiate game. Reimers carried the ball 15 times for 64 yards with scoring runs of scores of 2, 1 and 1 yards, respectively. His leap over a defender on a third-quarter run was the No. 5 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day  on Oct. 3. He became the first Harvard running back with three rushing touchdowns in a game since Clifton Dawson had four touchdowns against Lafayette on Oct. 18, 2003.

Reimers' Statistics for the Week
15 car. for 64 yds., 3 TDs, 12 rec. yds..

Nolan Bieck, Princeton (Sr., PK - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
45-yd. FG, 1 PAT

Tyler Drake, Penn (Sr., LB - Plantation, Fla.)
15 tkls. (6 solo), 1 BrUp

Jordan Ferguson, Brown (Jr., DB - Ladera Heights, Calif.)
1 tkl. (1 solo), 34-yd. INT for TD

Marcus Fuller, Brown (Sr., QB - Ashland, Ohio)
41-58-0, 438 yds., 4 TDs, 5 rush yds.

Luke Hagy, Cornell (Sr., RB - Pittsburgh)
11 car. for 121 yds., 2 TDs

Bryan Holmes, Yale (Jr., PK/P - Holland, Mich.)
2 FGs (44, 20), 41.6 yds./punt

Rohan Hylton, Princeton (Jr., LB - Orlando, Fla.)
12 tkls. (5 solo), 1 BrUp

Folarin Orimolade, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Burtonsville, Md.)
7 tkls. (3 solo), 2.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack, 1 FF

Cameron Molina, Columbia (Sr., RB - Broadlands, Va.)
27 car. for 106 yds., 34 rec. yds.

Dominic Perkovic, Columbia (So., DL - Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
6 tkls. (4 solo), 1.0 Sack

Paul Stanton, Jr., Harvard (Sr., RB - Kenner, La.)
15 car. for 113 yds., 2 TDs, 4 rec. yds.

Brian Strachan, Brown (Sr., WR - Wellesley, Mass.)
15 rec. for 135 yds.

Victor Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., WR - Muskogee, Okla.)
12 rec. for 213 yds., 2 TDs

Saturday, October 03, 2015

LIVE: Yale at Lehigh

Friday, October 02, 2015

FOUR-DOWN FRIDAY: Yale at Lehigh

It's time for four-down Friday. Here are four things to look for when Yale travels to face Lehigh on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. 

Ground attack: Yale will only get by for so long without a solid rushing attack. The Bulldogs are averaging just 90 yards per game and 2.7 yards per carry. This OL hasn't had much experience playing together, so it should improve. Look for Deshawn Salter to take over as the main ball carrier if Candler Rich can't go. Regardless who is in the backfield, Yale needs to establish some balance offensively.

Busy Saturday for Goose: With Yale's talented group of WRs taking a hit from injuries, look for Mike Siragusa to get plenty of targets against Lehigh. He had a team-high seven receptions for 82 yards and two TDs in the season opener. Expect similar numbers against Lehigh.

Weather factor: Heavy rain and wind are expected in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Saturday. That should make for a messy grass field at Goodman Stadium. Yale has been practicing with wet footballs throughout the week to prepare. 

Tough matchup: Look out for Lehigh WR Troy Pelletier. He's got 25 receptions for 267 yards and three TDs over his last two games against Ivy League opponents in Penn and Princeton. Tony Reno says he's gotten bigger and stronger. He had five catches for 113 yards and a TD against the Bulldogs last season. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Cheshire's Little a big catch for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN >> More times than not growing up, a teacher would ask a question during class and Sebastian Little would raise his hand and be ready to respond with the correct answer.
And when he did, his classmates joked.
“You’re smart,” they said. “You’re going to go to Yale or Harvard.”
Read the rest of the story about Little here

What's YOUR prediction?

Yale travels to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Saturday to face Lehigh. What's your predicted score for the game? List your prediction below...

Portal 31 pick: Yale 28, Lehigh 24