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The football team plays its second straight home game this Saturday. This is the first time since 1982 that the Mules have opened a season with two home games.

Who: Muhlenberg (7-4 in 2001, 1-0 in 2002) vs. Cal Lutheran (6-3 in 2001)
What: The Lutheran Brotherhood Kickoff Classic
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Scotty Wood Stadium
Radio: Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, click here.

Series History: Muhlenberg flew to California for the first meeting last year. Cal Lutheran amassed 418 yards of total offense and a near 10-minute advantage in time of possession in a 44-20 win. The Lutheran Brotherhood Kickoff Classic previously matched Cal Lutheran against Pacific Lutheran.

Scouting the Kingsmen: Cal Lutheran opens up its 2002 season on Saturday. The Kingsmen return almost all of the starters from last year’s team, which ranked third in Division III in passing offense (348.1 yards per game) and 11th in total offense (481.6). The most glaring exceptions are their quarterback, who was the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, and two first-team All-SCIAC receivers. Junior Jimmy Fox made the All-SCIAC second team as a receiver after catching 45 passes in CLU’s “West Coast” offense and tying for the team lead with six touchdown receptions. Sophomore Tyler Ruiz rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns against Muhlenberg last year in the first game of his career. The defense returns all 11 starters and 11 of its top 12 tacklers from last fall. Seniors Pat Casteel (free safety), David Oviedo (middle linebacker) and Casey O’Brian (end) all were voted to the All-SCIAC second team.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg opened its 2002 season in a big way last week, toppling Kings Point, 54-3. The victory was the largest in a season opener for the Mules since 1924, when they shut out East Stroudsburg Normal, 67-0, and the margin of victory was the greatest since a 67-7 win against Swarthmore in 1947. With four field goals and six extra points, senior Chris Reed set school records for points in a game (18) and a career (123) by a kicker, as well as extra points in a career (81). His four field goals tied a school record. The Muhlenberg defense held the Mariners to 155 total yards – just 57 in the second half – and forced six turnovers. Senior Bo Rodrigues, junior Thanasis Petrakis and sophomore Michael Della Pella each intercepted a pass. Senior Beau Sherry forced two fumbles, and senior Steve Doll forced one in the end zone that was recovered for a touchdown. Six different players scored touchdowns for the Mules. Senior Justin Jones rushed for one score and passed for two; his 181 yards made him the 13th player in team history to pass for 2,000 yards in a career. Junior Matt Bernardo gained 50 yards rushing, moving into fourth place on the Mules’ all-time list with 1,797 for his career.


The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team opened its fall season with an 8-1 win against Elizabethtown.

The Mules play their official season in the spring, while women’s tennis is a fall sport at Elizabethtown.

The four returnees from Muhlenberg’s 2002 Centennial Conference co-championship team who played – juniors Gena Ross, Mackenzie Parke and Megan Schreiber and sophomore Emily Oster – all won at both doubles and singles. Ross and Parke teamed up for an impressive 8-1 win at first doubles, and Ross dropped only three games in her No. 1 singles match.

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Last updated September 12, 2002