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Wheeling, West Liberty Both At Home Saturday

Photo by Terry Hancock The Wheeling Cardinals will stay at home this week, hosting Alderon Broaddus at Bishop Schmitt Field Saturday.

Alderson Broaddus at Wheeling

Each team is looking for its first win of the season. Wheeling (0-2, 0-1 MEC) has forced six turnovers this season, but has turned the ball over eight times. The Cardinals are last in the league in time of possession (22:07 per game). WU’s Rich White is ninth in the country in passes defended per game. AB (0-2, 0-1) has managed just three points in two games. The Battlers haven’t scored more than 10 points in a game since the final game of the 2019 regular season. AB was shutout last week for the first time since 2014.

Notre Dame College at West Liberty

Notre Dame (2-0, 1-0 MEC) is one of just two teams to have multiple defensive touchdowns so far this season. The Falcons have yet to lose a fumble this year and are first in the country in turnover margin (+4). NDC QB Chris Brimm is completing 67 percent of his passes this season. West Liberty (1-1, 1-0) posted its first shutout since 2013 last week against Alderson Broaddus. The ‘Toppers had 13 tackles for a loss in the game. WLU QB Jamie Diven played in place of injured Jack Allison and accounted for three touchdowns (two throwing and one rushing). West Liberty ranks ninth in the country in net punting at 41.60 yards. WLU comes into Saturday’s game ranked second in the conference in total defense at 223.5 yards per game.

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