WASHINGTON - Catholic concludes the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Bridgewater (Va.) College at 1 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE: Catholic closed the home portion of the regular season with an impressive 38-29 win over Guilford on Saturday, Nov. 9. E.J. Montgomery, who was named offensive player of the week on Sunday, Nov. 10, led the Cards' offensive by throwing 180 yards, while leading in rushing with 129 yards and another score on the ground.
The win takes CUA back over .500 at 5-4 overall and 2-4 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action.
Bridgewater hosts Catholic as both their final home game of the regular season and the final regular season ODAC contest. Bridgewater enters the grid iron matchup 4-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference with a Saturday, Nov. 9 35-34 loss to Randolph-Macon on their shoulders. Jacob Wright guided the offense with 74 yards rushed and a long 72 yards.
THE SERIES: CUA looks to snap a 13-game losing streak against the Eagles that includes a last season's 42-14 loss during Catholic's senior day game.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET (11/1012): CUA ended 2012 with its fourth straight loss during last season's loss to Bridgewater (Va.). The Cards committed six turnovers, which the Eagles converted into 21 points. Bridgewater jumped to a 28-0 lead early. Pitsenberger finished with 56 yards on 15 carries for CUA, while Conor Stueckler added 10 stops.
GROUND GAME: Mike Pitsenberger is close to breaking the 1,000 yard milestone with 923 yards rushed on the season as the team ground game commander. Nick Cortese, who has also started in nine games this season, has collected 516 yards on the season. TJ Tutone is double offensive threat as the quarterback and ranked third in the rushing category with 156 yards.
CONFERENCE CATEGORIES: Catholic is ranked in the top three of five Old Dominion Athletic Conference team categories. CUA is second in total offense with 3758 total yards and 34 touchdowns, in rushing offense the Cards are third with 1891 yards and an average 222.9 yards per game, and Catholic is second in red zone offense with 32 points on 39 opportunities at 82 percent. The Cards in first downs with a total 231 on the season. Defensively, CUA leads in sacks by with 22 on the season for 165 yards.
INDIVIDUAL ODAC LEADERS: Among the individual Old Dominion Athletic Conference awards, seven 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 and sacks with six on his own for 57 yards. Andrew Ouellette is second in receptions with 57 catches for 460 yards, he averages 51.1 yards per game. Mike Pitsenberger is third in rushing with 923 on the season and averaging 102.6 per game. Mike Skehill and Ralph Martello are in a six way tie for fifth in forced fumbles with two apiece and an average 0.22 per game.
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. E.J. Montgomery is sixth in passing with an average 117.8 per game, as TJ Tutone averages 97.5 yards per game at eighth in the conference.