The Matchup: Denison and Allegheny will meet on Saturday, September 15 at 1 p.m. at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. This is the 2018 home opener for the Big Red and their first game since a season-opening loss to Southwestern (Texas) on Sept. 1. This is the 32nd meeting between Denison and Allegheny. The Gators lead the all-time series 22-9 but Denison has had the upper hand lately, winning the last four games by a combined score of 206-89. The first game between the two schools occurred in 1984, which also happened to be the first year of the North Coast Athletic Conference.
How to Watch: The Denison Sports Network will provide a live video stream of the game beginning at 12:45 p.m. Joey Semel '21 (play-by-play) and Patrick Mullinger '20 (color commentary) will bring you all the action from Piper Stadium. Fans can watch on their computers, tablets or mobile devices here. The game can also be viewed on your TV through the Denison Sports Network app available on Roku, AppleTV, Android T, and Fire TV streaming devices. You can watch the game live at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens and are available at the gate, on gameday.
Scouting the Big Red: Denison is fresh and ready to go after a week two bye. The season-opener in Georgetown, Texas versus Southwestern did not go as planned but the team has returned to Granville healthy and ready to make a run at an NCAC championship. Last year against Allegheny, Canaan Gebele passed for a career-high 407 yards and three touchdowns. Three different DU receivers posted 100-yard receiving days as Malik Webster led the way with 157 yards followed by Charlie Mueller (133 yards) and David Weimar (120 yards). The 746 yards of total offense shattered the previous single-game high of 653 yards set in 2004 against Kenyon.
Winning Ways: Over the last three seasons (2015-17), Denison has gone 22-8 with at least seven wins each season. That is tied for the second-most successful three-year stretch in the 127-year history of the program. The best three-year stretch was 27 victories from 1984-86.
American Made: Denison's roster is comprised of student-athletes from 26 different states, accurately representing Denison's diverse student body. The Big Red's successes on the football field have been mirrored in the admissions office as well. Applications to Denison have increased 64 percent over the past four years and 2018 marked the most selective year in Denison's history with an admission rate of 34 percent. It's a great time to be a Denisonian.
Scouting the Gators: Allegheny is coming off a 27-20 road win over the College of Wooster last Saturday. Logan Lee connected with Ben Bachik on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 left in the fourth quarter, breaking a 20-20 tie. On the next possession, Allegheny DE Seth Warburton forced a fumble that was recovered by Terran Moore with just under one minute to play, sealing the win for Allegheny. The Gators suffered a 40-19 loss to RPI in week one.
The Coaches: Denison head coach Jack Hatem is in his ninth year leading the Big Red program. He ranks third in all-time wins at Denison with a record of 48-33 (.595). Hatem was the 2016 NCAC Coach of the Year and is a two-time Ohio High School Coach of the Year. Allegheny head coach B.J. Hammer returns for his third season as the head coach of the Gators. Hammer was a two-time All-American at Wabash College. He is 5-17 in two-plus seasons as the head coach in Meadville.
Smitten with Minton: Senior tailback Alex Minton became the 15th player in Big Red history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season last year. He opened with 100 yards on 20 carries against Southwestern. Minton had eight carries for 50 yards last year against the Gators.
To the Victor Go the Spoils: Allegheny junior wide receiver Alex Victor leads the nation in receiving yards (444) and receiving yards per game (222.0). Last week he became Allegheny's career leader in receiving with 2,035 yards. Victor was held to one catch for 45 yards last season against the Big Red. Dating back to last season, Victor has posted five consecutive 100-yard receiving games.
The Band Played On: The Johnstown-Monroe High School Marching Band will be special guests at the game on Saturday afternoon. Senior tailback Cody Farley and Big Red Offensive Coordinator Austin Holter are both Johnstown-Monroe alumni. Last year against Allegheny, Farley rushed for 113 yards on only five carries.