FROSTBURG, Md. — Sophomore Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic)
scored on a four-yard run in the first overtime and classmate Johan Owens (Baltimore, Md./City College)
batted down a fourth-down pass in the end zone to preserve the 17-10 Bobcat overtime victory.
Frostburg State improved to 6-3 with its fourth straight win, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 3-6.
FSU jumped on the board early as sophomore Gabe Ellis (Laurel, Del./Delmar) blocked a Waynesburg punt on the opening drive and the Bobcats recovered on the WC 6. Four Young runs later and the Bobcats were ahead, 7-0.
The rest of the first quarter saw the Yellow Jackets run 11 plays and eat up over seven minutes, but managedonly a punt for their efforts.
Frostburg State started its second drive of the game at the FSU 4. Junior quarterback Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) hit junior receiver T.J. Changuris (Frederick, Md./Seneca Valley) for a 26-yard completion on a long third-down to get them some breathing room.
After a Bobcat punt, Waynesburg drove down to the Bobcat 33 before failing to convert on fourth down and giving the ball back to FSU with just over five minutes to play in the half.
After a Waynesburg drive into FSU territory the Frostburg State defense was up to the task again as they held WC on a fourth down and one, when junior linebacker Dan Nice (Mount Joy, Pa./Hempfield) tackled Dominick Hunter for no gain, to get the ball back with one minute remaining in the half.
Waynesburg controlled much of the first-half outgaining FSU, 143-69.
The second-half started out well for the Bobcats as three straight passes from Ward to junior Bobby Alkire (Lonaconing, Md./Westmar) moved the ball to midfield. A couple of plays later, Ward connected on a 29-yard pass play to freshman Desmond Wars (New Windsor, Md./C.H. Flowers) to give the Bobcats a first down on the WC 3.
The Yellow Jacket defense held FSU on three plays and freshman kicker Mark Sedlock (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) kicked a 26-yard field goal to give the Bobcats a 10-0 lead.
After a couple of failed drives by both teams, the game would turn when freshman punt returner Brandon Tann (Accokeek, Md./Gwynn Park) muffed a punt that Waynesburg would fall on at the FSU 10. One play later Yellow Jacket junior running back Ryan Abels would score a touchdown to make the score 10-7 Frostburg State.
After the ensuing kickoff, Ward scrambled for nine yards before being intercepted at the FSU 37 by Yellow Jacket Dan Andreassi, who returned the ball to the FSU 34. The Frostburg State defense would hold again as quarterback Tres Cobb fumbled the snap on fourth and one at the Bobcat 16 to turn the ball over on downs.
The fourth-quarter was back and forth as neither offense could get going before Waynesburg took advantage of a kick-catchers interference call to get the ball in FSU terroritory at the 48 with 3:30 remaining. The Yellow Jackets would then drive down the field for a Ben Popson game-tying 33-yard field goal with 2:17 on the clock.
Waynesburg had a chance to win the game at the end, but time ran out as they were lining up to kick a 49-yard game winning field goal.
Young led Frostburg State on the day gaining 55 yards on 23 carries, adding two touchdowns. Ward was 22-30 passing for 190 yards and one interception. Alkire led with seven receptions for 43 yards.
On the defensive side junior Lathon Romaine (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) led the team with 12 tackles including two for loss, while senior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) returned from injury to get 11 tackles on the day.
Abels led the WC offense scoring a touchdown and adding 84 yards on 20 carries. Cobb finished 26-42 passing for 216 yards.
Frostburg State returns to action next Saturday for the Regent’s Cup game versus Salisbury in Towson, Md. at 7:00 p.m. For further details of this game please check out our website at http://sports.frostburg.edu/.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303