Sagehens Close Out 2011 Season With Annual "Peace Pipe Game"
Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Football team will make a short road trip across Sixth Street as it closes out the 2011 season with the annual "Peace Pipe Game" against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Sagehens will also be trying to end the season on a high note, as they come into the game with an 0-8 mark on the season, and an 0-4 mark in the SCIAC. Three times over the course of the season, Pomona-Pitzer has been right in the game in the closing minutes only to come up short, including once against Occidental when it led with two minutes to play.
The Stags have won the last four meetings in the Peace Pipe Game, including a 31-30 overtime victory at Merritt Field last year, when the Sagehens went for a two-point conversion in the first overtime to go for the win, but came up short. All-time, CMS holds a narrow 30-23 lead in the series, which started when the two athletic programs split apart in the 1950's.
Junior running back Luke Sweeney (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will also look to finish the 2011 season as the leading rusher in NCAA Division III football. He comes into the final game averaging 182.4 yards per contest, giving him a lead of 20.5 yards per game over the second-place rusher, Chris D'Andrea of Montclair State (161.9 ypg).
Only eight running backs in all of college football (at any level) average at least 150 yards per game, and Sweeney would still finish with 159 yards per game even if he was held to zero yards by the Stags. Jonas Randolph of Division II Mars Hill leads all runners with 193.1 yards per game, after carrying for 373 yards two weeks ago in a win over Tusculum.
Sweeney also already has the single-season rushing record at Pomona-Pitzer with 1,277 yards, which he has accomplished in only seven games played (he missed a road game at Redlands with an injury). He also has 2,177 career yards, putting him within 590 of the career record with one full season left to play.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior safety Andre Shepley (Springfield, Mass.) is closing out his career on a strong note, as he had 15 tackles in last weekend's loss to Whittier to take over the team lead in that category with 69 on the year, five ahead of junior linebacker Jake Rollins (Simi Valley, Calif.), who has 64.
The game will be streamed with live video and audio on CMS' athletic website: www.cmsathletics.org.