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Stedsmen set to face Vermin

Pete Cracchiolo, Kyle Cassily and John Everett | Friday, October 1, 2004

A rocky 0-2 start is hounding St. Edward’s.Despite loses to Knott and Zahm, captain Matt Weber isn’t worried.”We’re not going to really change anything, just go out and play hard,” Weber said.Carroll, on the other hand, is off to a rip-roaring start this season, defeating the defending champion Siegfried last week 7-0. “We were really strong on defense,” captain Kory Wilmot said.Carroll’s strategy for this Sunday’s game is to adapt its offense slightly. St. Edward’s defense is slightly different compared to other teams, but Carroll will be ready. According to Weber, a key player to look for is St. Edward’s running back, Chris Wagner. On the other side, the Vermin are on top of the world. Shocking Siegfried last week may be just what Carroll needed to turn around its season. “The biggest thing is getting everyone healthy,” Wilmot said.Carroll suffered some injuries during its game last week, but Wilmot is confident everyone will be suited up and ready for action Sunday.Despite being the smallest hall on campus, the Vermin have shown they can compete this year. They’ve bounced with the best and are determined to walk over St. Edward’s on Sunday.Knott vs. FisherReminiscent of last year’s AFC Championship Game in which a highly-touted Indianapolis Colt offense took on a similarly-esteemed New England Patriot defense, so will be this week’s interhall match-up between offensive Knott and the tough defense of Fisher. The undefeated Green Wave will take on a Juggs team that put 28 points on the board in its previous game against St. Edward’s.Fisher’s defense hopes to be up to the challenge, as it has allowed only seven points in the past two games. Green Wave captain Jerremy Moreno is confident that his linemen and linebackers are ready for what the Juggs’ offense brings. “Whoever controls the line this weekend will win the game,” Moreno said. The Knott offense is led by freshman quarterback Justin Gillett, who got the start last week against St. Edward’s. “Our offense is really coming together and clicking as a unit,” Knott captain Drew Donovan said.On the offensive side of the ball for Fisher the unit will be led by quarterback Pat Gotebeski. The Juggs’ defense is by no means weak, as it has only let up 13 points in the past two games. Sorin vs. ZahmIn an interesting twist, this game turns out to be a match of two teams both coming off a loss to the Green Wave of Fisher Hall. Sorin went first, losing its opener before a bye last week. Zahm suffered a disappointing turnabout from its opening rout of St. Edward’s, and was shut out by Fisher in week 2. Sorin is 0-1 and looking to get back to the .500 level. The Otters, if they expect to win, must do a better job of protecting their quarterback. In their last game, Collin O’Keefe was sacked twice and pressured on nearly every play. In addition, Sorin must hold on to the football.Fans of the Rabid Bats presumably held high hopes for their team’s offense after Zahm poured it on against St. Edward’s. Zahm cruised to a two-touchdown win, putting up 20 points utilizing their veer-option offense. These hopes were tempered by last week’s inefficient performance against Fisher. Zahm, like Sorin, has also struggled to keep its quarterback standing upright. Wieland was sacked four times last week, losing precious yardage each time.