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Almost a thousand miles east, ADAMS STATE and COLORADO WESTERN will walk each other down for the Rocky Mountain championship. Adams has the big-bore gun in Halfback Ron Wieser. Fullback Vince Wasia (404) and End Don Alley, who gained 272 yards on receptions as a freshman, are firecrackers. Western's RMC champions, nationally ranked in 1963, retain Halfback Clyde Wilson (550 yards on the ground) and End Tom Popadak.
West Chester, which makes a profession of being bad news for adversaries, should merit red headlines for its 1964 edition. The monsters from west of Media are adding breakaway scatbacks to an offense already advertising (colorfully) Terry Eberly's Golden Arm and power Fullback John Florence's uncanny knack of finding holes to enlarge. The jitter-bugging defense, led by Center Mike Mokriski, and the offensive line are strong, too.
Although Otto Graham's COAST GUARD Cadets cannot better last year's 8-0 regular-season record, they probably won't have a much worse one, either. Ed Barrett, the quarterback who completed 72 of 146 passes for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore, will be back for another tour of duty this fall, and so will his favorite gunnery target, Bill Peterman, stationed either at flanker or split end. Winner of eight games over two years with placements, Cecil Allison will double his depredations as starting fullback. The line, which passes muster all around, is proudest of Center-Linebacker Ron Gipson and Tackle Tom Omri.
Joe Zabilski for politician of the year! "We definitely do not have the all-round manpower we had on last year's undefeated team," says the NORTHEASTERN coach, "but if successful experimenting in the line brings out unknown talent plus a strong backfield we feel Northeastern will be a major threat." Bob Cappadona makes Zabilski feel good. Cappadona, the fullback, bucked for 625 yards last year. He can expect holes to run through from 260-pound sophomore Tackles Sack and Asack, Alan and Bill.
Other contending eastern independents are TUFTS—behind punishing backs Jeff Griffin and John Cluney—and TRINITY, buoyed by Quarterback Merrill Yavinsky's passing (995 yards and eight touchdowns in 1963). Then there is MERCHANT MARINE. The Kings Point team has hired an habitually winning coach, Chuck Mills. Mills has two good halfbacks, Steve Koehler and Frank Menser, who can do a lot of things well. He also has a quarterback in Bob Post and entirely adequate linemen in Guard Mike Popura, Tackle Joe English and End Bill Nakos.
In West Chester's Pennsylvania conference, SLIPPERY ROCK has fast halfbacks, a deep line and Quarterback Stan Truskowski. EAST STROUDSBURG, only threat in the Eastern Division, lost all four starting backs and must rely on an even-front, wide-tackle six defense featuring Tackle Bob Ruckdeshel and Linebacker Jerry Wasilchak.
In the Northern Division of the Middle Atlantic Conference, UPSALA, JUNIATA, WAGNER and SUSQUEHANNA are as alike as four boxes of Rival Dog Food. Defending Upsala wants another trophy, a goal from which the East Orangemen will be as hard to divert as they are to spell. Interior Linemen George Hettesheimer, Dick Giessuebel and Frank DeFilippis, assisted by Len Pierson and Doug Bartell, are formidable indeed.
Coach Jim Garrett of Susquehanna read last June's commencement program and wept. Four men who had accounted for exactly 1,800 yards graduated. Fortunately, the Crusaders have Halfbacks John Vignone (515 yards rushing), Larry Erdman (306), and Tom Rutishauser (205), as well as almost all of a line that held opponents to one-third of Susquehanna's ground yardage.
Juniata returns 15 of 21 lettermen, one of whom is Quarterback Jim Sutton, Indian total-offense leader as a freshman last year with 519 yards passing and 106 rushing, and Wagner has even more lettermen. Of 29 Seahawks, 26 are back, among them Halfbacks Cliff Lish (seven touchdowns, 295 yards) and Chuck DiStaulo (242 yards rushing, 113 receiving). It will be a spirited dog fight. Competition in the MAC Northern Division, in fact, is so fierce that MORAVIAN and ALBRIGHT also figure.