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SETTING THE STAGE
The River Hawks are off to a strong start as we approach the midpoint of the season, moving up two spots in the D3football.com national poll to #22, improving to 3-1 last week. SU posted a win over nationally ranked Johns Hopkins and took #8-ranked Muhlenberg to overtime before suffering its lone setback, 37-34.
The Red Devils are right there in the mix at 2-2 overall with both losses coming to ranked teams in Muhlenberg and Johns Hopkins.
The Red Devils rank third in the CC in total offense, averaging 419 yards through the first four games. Defensively, they are among the leaders as well, forcing 11 turnovers behind seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries, adding seven sacks on the year.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
The #22-ranked River Hawks lead the Centennial Conference in offense, covering over 450 yards per game. A relatively balanced offensive attack has led to 1,145 yards passing and over 600 yards on the ground this season.
Defensively, Susquehanna leads the CC in yards per game, allowing just 281.5 while holding opponents to just 79.3 yards rushing.
Junior running back Da'Avian Ellington leads the conference in rushing at just over 100 yards per game while ranking second with four touchdowns.
Sophomore QB Michael Ruisch ranks second in both passing yards per game and touchdowns, throwing for 273.5 ypg and 10 scores. Sophomore Mikah Christian is among the leaders in the CC, averaging 76.8 receiving yards and catching four TD passes.
Senior LB Cole Dixon leads a ballanced defensive unit and ranks third in the CC with 8.8 tackles per game.
SCOUTING THE RED DEVILS
Junior linebacker Brian Snow leads the Centennial Conference in tackles, averaging 11.5 per game this season. Senior Jordan Hollander has had a productive year as well, ranking as one of the conference leaders with three interceptions and leading the CC in punting, averaging 39.8 yards per kick.
Offensively, Daniel Salamone and Christoper Longo are currently third and fourth in the CC in receiving, averaging over 90 and 85 yards per game, respectively.