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Preds shutout Spartans

Posted 7/13/2011

By Nick Gourdoux 

Leader-Telegram staff 

Despite not having perhaps their biggest offensive weapon, the Chippewa
Valley Predators dominated the Central Wisconsin Spartans, 42-0, on Saturday
in Northern Elite Football League action at Carson Park.

With running back Vince Furby sidelined with an ankle sprain, the Predators
relied on several different players - none more so than the versatile C.J.
Okogeri.

Okogeri is listed as a linebacker on the Predators' roster, but Saturday he
carried the ball 14 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns  - all while
playing defense on passing downs.

"I was ready for it the whole week," Okogeri said. "(Furby) probably could
have played, but we wanted him to heal real good since we made the playoffs,
so I told him I would take the load. I don't care. I'll play football all
day."

Nick Frase was another player who came up big for the Predators. The
20-year-old receiver entered Saturday with just one catch on the season
before hauling in four receptions for 53 yards and the game's first
touchdown.

"It's guys like Donte Pettis who are averaging like two touchdowns a game
that are getting double coverages, so I was open plenty of times," Frase
said. "L.A. (Anderson) is making good reads and finding open receivers."

Anderson was certainly finding open receivers. The quarterback completed
nine of his 12 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns with no
interceptions.

"Instead of throwing the ball deep, we were looking for the stuff
underneath," Anderson said. "We knew Vince wasn't going to play, so we took
Vince's fast sweeps and counters and did more underneath passes like the
slants and the hitches."

The underneath passes gave the Predators' receivers more opportunities to
make plays after the catch. One such play was Rashem Sharpe's 55-yard
touchdown reception on a pass that traveled fewer than 15 yards through the
air.

Of all the players to take on new roles in Furby's absence, the most
surprising was safety Montae Bailey's two carries. Bailey is a hard-hitting
safety and one of the Predators' best defenders; however, he does have
plenty of ball-handling experience as a punt returner. He even had a 50-yard
return Saturday that set up Ben Yetter's 18-yard touchdown catch on the next
play.

The versatility and athletic abilities displayed by the numerous players who
stepped up to play big roles for the Predators serves as a reminder that
many of the players maintain high aspirations for their football future.

"Everybody comes here to play football and our goal is to go to the next
level - whether that's the NFL or AFL - so I just want to showcase my
talent," Okogeri said.

  _____  

PREDATORS 42, CENTRAL WISCONSIN 0

Central Wis.    0    0    0    0    -    0

Predators    15    7    13    7    -    42

First Quarter

P - Nick Frase 23 pass from L.A. Anderson (pass), 13:16.

P - Ben Yetter 18 pass from Anderson (Jimmie Mattson kick), 1:30.

Second Quarter

P - C.J. Okogeri 10 run (Mattson kick), 7:22.

Third Quarter

P - Rashem Sharpe 55 pass from Anderson (kick fail), 10:06.

P - Okogeri 1 run (Mattson kick), 1:02.

Fourth Quarter

P - Okogeri 18 run (Mattson kick), 12:28.

    CV    CW

Net yards    356    171

 rushing (att-yds)    23-187    23-59

 passing    169    112

Passes (c-a-i)    8-11-0    11-26-3

Punts    0    4

Fumbles-lost    1-0    1-0

Penalties    6    3

Individual Statistics

RUSHING (att-yds) - Spartans: Matt Reissman 7-27. Predators: Okogeri 14-109.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yds) - Spartans: Reissman 7-17-2-68. Anderson:
9-12-0-169.

RECEIVING (rec-yds) - Spartans: Jon Krabowski 4-27, Reissman 1-34.
Predators: Nick Frase 4-53.

INTERCEPTIONS (tot-yds) - Predators: Mitch Sperger 1-13, Montae Bailey 1-20;
Cory Brown 1-0.

SACKS (tot-yds) - Predators: Caleb Trowbridge 1-10.
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