Sagehens Host Home Finale Saturday Against La Verne

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Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Football team will host its final home game of the 2011 season when it entertains La Verne on Saturday evening for a 7 p.m. contest.

The game will also mark Senior Day for the program's five seniors, all of whom are starters this season, including offensive linemen Tim Stapenhorst (Fremont, Calif.) and co-captain James Lambert (Mercer Island, Wash. - pictured), fullback Zack Tannous (Millbrae, Calif.), wide receiver Kareem Smedley (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and safety Andre Shepley (Springfield, Mass.).

The Sagehens will be trying to pick up their first win of the season against La Verne, which it defeated 28-26 in overtime last season. Pomona-Pitzer had the ball first in overtime and current junior Luke Sweeney (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was able to score on a two-yard touchdown run. Pomona-Pitzer converted a two-point conversion, and after La Verne scored a touchdown to answer, the Sagehens stopped the ensuing pass attempt on the two-point attempt to seal the win.

Sweeney comes into this weekend's game against La Verne within striking distance of the Pomona-Pitzer single-season rushing record. He enters the game with 1,115 yards on the season, just 145 shy of the single-season record of 1,260 set by Jonathan Samples in 2005. Sweeney currently leads all of NCAA Division III in rushing with 185.8 yards per game, 17.5 yards ahead of the runner in second place, Chris D'Andrea of Montclair State.

For four straight weeks, Sweeney led the entire nation in rushing in all divisions, but was passed last weekend despite running for 246 yards at Whittier, the second-highest total of his career. Jonas Randolph of Division II Mars Hill ran for 373 yards on the same day and now averages 193.1 yards per game, tops in all divisions. However, Randolph, Sweeney and D'Andrea are the only three running backs at any level who are averaging over 160 yards per game, making Sweeney's 185.8-yard average a particularly impressive figure.

A year ago, La Verne was able to shut Sweeney down for the most part (36 yards on 22 carries), as it was quarterback (and current assistant coach) Jake Caron who had the big day instead, throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third.  

After facing La Verne, the Sagehens will close out their regular season with a road game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the annual Peace Pipe game next Saturday at 1 p.m.