BY JEREMY SCHILLING
Monmouth University (4-5, 3-3 in the Northeast Conference) at Robert Morris University (3-6, 2-4 in the Northeast Conference)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
Noon – Joe Walton Stadium, Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Radio: 1160AM, 1310AM, shoresportsnetwork.com
THE LAST WHISTLE: Monmouth looks to end their season on a winning note, after falling to St. Francis last week on Senior Day 45-31. In what may be a surprising response to some, head coach Kevin Callahan, sounded really upbeat this week.
“We’re ready to go,” Callahan said. “I’m excited to play this game, to finish the year at 5-5, to send our seniors out with a win and to finish the season with a win.”
Robert Morris is coming off a 21-17 win last week over Sacred Heart. Nolan Nearhoof leads a potent pass rush on the defensive side of the football.
THE HISTORY: This will be the 18th all-time meeting, with Robert Morris having a 10-7 lifetime edge.
THE MATCHUP: Keys for Monmouth:
1) Start fast. Starting fast has been the number one key to victory this season for the Hawks. They failed to do it last week, and that angered everyone involved. They will have to do it this week to get a win.
2) Go out on top. For the seniors, they REALLY want to win this game. Going out on top would mean a ton to them. Look for the seniors, led by quarterback Kyle Frazier, to play really inspired football on Saturday.
Keys for Robert Morris:
1) Get up early. If Robert Morris can get up early and make the Hawks frustrated and deflated, they could go on to win their final game of the year as well.
THE QUOTE: At practice this week, Frazier, offensive lineman Mike Murphy, backup quarterback Craig Peterson and all seniors gathered together. We asked them what they were feeling as they were going through one of their last practices together as teammates:
Frazier: “It’s tough, definitely, just because we know it’s our last time. We’ve been here for five years together and it’s just something tough that you know you have to deal with. We’ve had a lot of good memories here and [are] kind of happy with the way we spent it together.”
Murphy: “I feel the same way. I just like to remember a lot of the good memories we’ve had. We’ve done a lot over the past five years, and I just want to remember what was good about it.”
Peterson: “It went way too quick. But we definitely had a lot of fun – all of us together. Just meeting each other day one – I came in a little later than these guys – but we’ve had a lot of fun throughout the years. I’m going to miss them.”