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October 29, 2009

Bishop McDevitt looks for perfection

The Bishop McDevitt Crusaders are one win away from a perfect regular season.

Their march towards perfection has been met with little resistance and even less adversity.

That will all likely change Friday night when the RivalsHigh 100 No. 53 Crusaders (8-0, 4-0) travel to State College to face the Little Lions (7-1, 3-1) at Memorial Field, in what very well may be a playoff preview.

"Part of the problem is we've just been blowing people out," said Bishop McDevitt head coach Jeff Weachter. "I expect a close game and facing some adversity will be good for us."

For a Bishop McDevitt team that has outscored its opponents 181-19 in its past four games, facing an opponent the caliber of State College will be a telling experience for a team that has its eyes set on a state title.

"It's more of a measuring stick game than a roadblock (to a perfect regular season)," said Weachter. "I think it will be beneficial to play State College. It's a good situation for us."

The Little Lions are no strangers to perfection. After an undefeated regular season last year, State College is a two-point loss away from having an unblemished record of its own. Since the defeat at the hands of Central Dauphin on Sept. 18, State College has reeled off an impressive five-game winning streak and has not lost a home game since the 2007 season.

Following its victory over Altoona last Friday night, the focus of the team and quarterback Matt Mazzara immediately shifted to Bishop McDevitt.

"We've got to start getting ready for McDevitt," Mazzara told the Centre Daily Times. "I was thinking before this, 'When the clock hits zero against Altoona, I'm thinking about McDevitt.' It's going to be fun. I can't wait."

And for good reason.

Since 2004, every game played between the rival schools has been decided by less than one score, with the past two meetings resulting in one point victories for the road team.

For Bishop McDevitt to continue the trend of road success, they will have stop Little Lions star receiver Alex Kenney.

Kenney, who will play for Penn State next fall, has accumulated over 1,000 yards in total yardage and has scored 17 touchdowns in eight games this season.

Weachter knows exactly what Kenney is capable of.

"Kenney's best thing is his speed," Weachter said. "He had an 80-yarder against us last year and returned a kickoff down to our eight-yard line so we know all about him."

Despite the threat Kenney poses, Weachter knows his team will be ready for the challenge.

"It's a quiet confidence we have," Weachter said. "Our guys expect to win."

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