WASHINGTON - The Cards begin to wrap-up the 2013 season with their final home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Cardinal Stadium at 12 p.m. Prior to kick-off head football coach Dave Dunn will honor the 22 senior football players.
Setting the Scene: The Cards return home for their final home contest of 2013 to host the Quakers of Guilford College. CUA returns to Cardinal looking to snap a two-game losing streak, with a most recent 14-10 loss to Washington & Lee. The Generals held Catholic to its lowest rushing outing of the season, holding the Cards to 39 rushing yards. Despite a dominate passing game, 243 yards in the air on 29 completions, 50 attempts and two interceptions, TJ Tutone was able to only construct one in-the-air touchdown connection, completing a 44-yard pass to Tanner Keefe.
With the loss, the Cardinals drop to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Guilford plays their last road game of the season following a 52-0 loss to Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Series: CUA and Guilford are meeting for the 15th time this afternoon the Quakers lead the all-time series, 8-6 after the Quakers defeated the Cardinals in Greensboro, N.C., 24-10 last season. Neither team has won more than two consecutive games in the series with Guilford winning the last two meetings.
The Last Time They Met (11/3/12): The Cardinals dropped their third straight ODAC contest during last season's meeting, falling to Guilford 24-10. The CUA defense held the Quakers to three field goals through 29 minutes of the opening half, but Guilford found the end zone right before halftime to open up a 16-0 lead that it would not relinquish.
Time to Leave the Nest: Prior to today's game, CUA will honor the 26-man senior class.
Conference Categories: Catholic is ranked in the top three of four Old Dominion Athletic Conference team categories. CUA is first in sacks with 18 for146 yards, first in 4th down conversions at 66.7 percent, second in total offense with an average 403.8 yards per game and third in rushing offense with a total 1557 yards.
Individual ODAC Leaders: Among the individual Old Dominion Athletic Conference awards, six Cardinals are in top 10 on both sides of the ball. Anthony Albanese leads the birds in tackles for loss with 14 tackles for 72 yards. Peter Rosa is third in PATs by completing 23 of 26 (88.5%), Mike Pitsenberger is fourth in rushing averaging 97.4 yards per game, Andrew Oullette is fourth in receptions with 42.9 yards per game. Conor Stuckler is seventh in tackles with 63 total tackles, 33 tackles on his own and an average 7.9 tackles per game. TJ Tutone is seventh in total offense with 926 combined yards and an average 115.9 per game.
Good On The Go: Despite last week's season low rushing yards, Mike Pitsenberger and Nick Cortese are still Catholic's running game juggernauts. Pitsenberger is at 779 yards, while Nick Cortese has 456 yards under his cleats.
Double Trouble: On the season, CUA is the only program that boasts two quarterbacks who are closely ranked as the top 10 QBs in the ODAC. EJ Montgomery is seventh in passing with an average 110 per game, as TJ Tutone averages 97.5 yards per game at eighth in the conference.
Up Next: CUA closes out the 2013 season on Saturday, November 16 when the Cardinals head to Bridgewater (Va.). Start time for the final ODAC contest is slated for 1 p.m. CUA looks to defeat the Eagles for the first time since 1999.