October 11, 2013
by Doug Aiken
Chapman Football Pregame Notes (10/12/13)
- It’s been awhile since the Panthers enjoyed three straight wins to begin the year - 16 seasons to be exact. The 1996 Chapman team was the only other team in school history to do it and it began 5-0 before finishing 7-2 overall.
- Much like that ‘96 team, the Panthers have won with lots of offense, averaging 55.7 points which ranks No. 3 in Division III currently. In ‘96, Chapman averaged 44.4 points in its first five games.
- Once again, Chapman’s rushing attack has been its calling card, racking up 268.3 yards per game - ranking 20th in the nation. However, the passing game has been noticably efficient through three games. The Panthers rank No. 3 in DIII in pass efficiency with junior QB Michael Lahey ranking No. 8 among individuals. Lahey is also fifth in the nation in completion percentage (73.1 percent) and has thrown just one interception, versus five touchdowns.
- A look at some of the Panthers other NCAA national rankings:
Total Offense 21st
478.7/g Kick Returns 9th
28.3/ret. Pass Sacks 9th 4.0/g Punt Return Def. t-3rd 0.0/ret. INTs against t-6th 1.0 Red Zone Offense t-1st 1.000
- Chapman owns its highest winning percentage against any SCIAC team vs. Pomona-Pitzer (.900) at 9-1 all-time. The Panthers have never lost to Pomona under head coach Bob Owens and have won seven straight, including last year’s 24-7 win over the Sagehens in Orange.
- Pomona-Pitzer has lost three in a row and is 1-32 in its past 33 games. The Sagehens snapped a 32-game losing streak with a win over rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the final game of the 2012 season.
by Doug Aiken
Sports Information Director