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SETTING THE STAGE

The Bears of Ursinus come to Biddle Field for the regular season finale with playoff implications on the line. Both teams are in contention for a bowl game but both need a win on Saturday to keep their hopes alive.

The Bears will also need some help as they enter Saturday's game at 3-5 in the conference while the Red Devils stand at 4-4 along with Franklin & Marshall and Moravian. Ursinus went into the final quarter tied with F&M last week, but the Diplomats put up four touchdowns to run away with the game 44-16.

The Red Devils suffered a 24-6 setback at Moravian last week as turnovers proved to be the Devils' achilles heel. They will need to regroup and rely on a complete team effort as injuries have plagued the roster for the past few weeks. The Red Devils will also celebrate Senior Day.


SCOUTING THE BEARS
 
The big question on the Ursinus sideline is who will be under center on Saturday afternoon. The Bears hope to have All-CC QB Tom Garlick running the offense. The senior has thrown for just under 1,300 yards and rushed for 400 this season. First-year Jack Psenicska has been a solid back-up, averaging 158 yards per game with a 51 percent completion rating. Matt Gallagher leads the Bears in receiving at just over 51 yards per game.

Jacob McCain is out with an injury after leading the Bears with 8.7 tackles per game and 4.5 sacks. Marcus Weathers is among the conference leaders with 8.5 sacks for 56 yards.
 
Brendan Shadle is one of the leaders in the secondary, recording three interceptions to go with 23 tackles.

 


SCOUTING THE RED DEVILS

Daniel Salamone and Christopher Longo are now second and third in the CC in receiving, averaging over 85 and 69 yards per game, respectively.

Junior linebacker Brian Snow remains the leader in the Centennial Conference in tackles, averaging 9.4 per game this season, adding three sacks. Senior James Turner ranks sixth in the CC with 8.7 tackles per game and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Senior Jordan Hollander leads the conference in punting, averaging 39.7 yards per punt and is one of the leaders with three interceptions, adding 52 tackles.

First-year Anthony Cicini has had a strong rookie campaign, recording 53 tackles and forcing a conference leading four fumbles.