Warhawks back on home turf
What: Campbellsville, Ky,. University (2-0) at Whitewater (2-0) in nonconference football.
When: Noon, Saturday.
Where: Perkins Stadium.
Series: Whitewater won the only meeting between the schools, 37-7, in 2010.
Coaches: Lance Leipold is 59-3 in four years at Whitewater; Perry Thomas is 19-17 in his fourth year at Campbellsville.
WHITEWATER The good times continue for UW-Whitewater's football program.
The two-time defending NCAA Division III champion and top-ranked Warhawks are in the midst of 32-game winning streak—the longest of any NCAA team in any division—and have started the 2011 season with two dominating road wins.
Whitewater opens the home portion of its schedule Saturday with a nonconference game against an NAIA school, Campbellsville University of Kentucky. Kickoff is set for noon at Perkins Stadium.
The Warhawks defeated the Tigers, 37-7, last season in the only meeting ever between the schools.
"Not many people know about Campbellsville," Whitewater coach Lance Leipold said. "But from what I've seen on film, they're very athletic and have good team speed."
Campbellsville, ranked 17th in the NAIA poll, opened the season with a come-from-behind win over Union College (Ky.) before upsetting Cumberland University, 30-27, last Saturday.
The Tigers are led by quarterback Nathan Cooper, who sat out last season with a shoulder injury. Cooper is only the second quarterback in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a career.
Whitewater dismantled Franklin College of Indiana, 45-0, last Saturday to improve to 2-0. All-America running back Levell Coppage rushed for over 100 yards, despite sitting out the second half as Leipold was able to empty his bench early. Quarterback Matt Blanchard was 13-for-18 passing, including two touchdowns.
"Most people believe that the biggest improvement for a team happens between week one and week two," Leipold said. "I thought we took a positive step in a lot of directions."
Former Warhawk player and coach Bob Berezowitz, along with Jefferson native Ross Gordon, will serve as honorary captains for Saturday's game. Berezowitz and Gordon played on the Whitewater's 1966 team that lost the NAIA title game to Waynesburg College (Penn.).