Restic Respects Tiger Offense, Views Cornell as Ivy Spoiler
Despite Princeton's unimpressive record in the Ivy League this fall, Harvard expects a tough football game from the Tigers Saturday, Crimson coach Joe Restic said yesterday.
"Their record doesn't say they don't have some good personnel," Restic said. "They are pretty well-balanced on offense and defense but have had some tough breaks."
"Walt Snickenberger is a very good running back, averaging over five yards a carry. They proved they could move the ball in their 33-15 win over Colgate, which is a very good team," Restic added.
Restic said that Princeton traditionally gets tougher as the season reaches its last week. "A win over us could salvage what is left of their season," he said.
Only one Crimson player, defensive back Joe Sciolla, was injured in last Saturday's thrilling win over Penn. Sciolla lightly sprained an ankle and may not play Saturday, Restic said.
Alky Tsitsos, who missed the Penn game due to an ankle injury, will probably return to action against Princeton, while defensive back Mike Page should also be ready after staying on the sidelines last week due to an injury suffered in the loss to Dartmouth.
Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn are tied for first place in the Ivy League with 3-1 records. Restic said that Cornell may turn out to be the spoiler.
"Malone and Fanelli, their star running backs, were out of action in the Yale game, and they're back," Restic said; the duo starred in the Big Red's rout of Columbia Saturday.
Cornell plays at both Penn and Dartmouth in the last two weeks of the season, and if the Big Red could pull off consecutive upsets, the Ivy League crown could belong to Harvard alone.