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Football Blanks Maryville on Homecoming
10/23/2004

FROSTBURG, MD — Senior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) carried 35 times for 142 yards and a touchdown, and Frostburg State held Maryville to just 150 total yards in a 22-0 shutout on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

Frostburg State snapped a five-game losing skid and improved to 2-5 overall, while Maryville had its three-game winning streak come to an end and fell to 3-4.

Kitchen, who was just two attempts shy of tying his career-high of 37 carries set against Westminster last year, opened the scoring on a nine-yard touchdown run, capping an 11-play, 74-yard drive to open the game. Kitchen carried seven times for 49 yards on the march.

The Bobcats continued to move the ball well on their next two possessions but came away empty. They turned the ball over on downs at the Maryville 13 late in the first quarter and missed a 36-yard field goal early in the second.

FSU had another solid chance midway through the second when senior Dan Ruppert (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) recovered a Scots fumble at the Maryville 35. However, the visitors snuffed out a Bobcat fake punt to end the threat.

Maryville seemed to gain some momentum from the stop and drove from its 33 to the Bobcat 35, but a fourth-and-seven pass fell incomplete with 25 seconds left in the half. FSU took its 7-0 lead into the break.

After forcing a three-and-out to start the second half, the Bobcats went back to their ground game, rushing 10 times in an impressive 11-play, 84-yard scoring march.

Kitchen gained 45 yards on six straight carries to begin the drive, and sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) hit classmate Fred Howze (Upper Marlboro, Md./From the Heart Catholic) with a 20-yard pass to the Maryville 29.

Kitchen ripped off an 18-yard run on the next play, and sophomore fullback Josh Keeney (Smithsburg, Md./ Middletown) rumbled in from four yards out to give the Bobcats a 14-0 advantage.

Maryville threatened on its ensuing possession, moving from its 37 to the FSU 15, but Bobcat freshman Mo Fokou (Rockville, Md./Bullis) sacked MC quarterback Erik Hardison for an 11-yard loss, and back-to-back penalties pushed the visitors back to the 35.

The Scots caught a break when FSU was whistled for a personal foul on third-and-30, giving MC a first down at the Bobcat 21. However, Maryville came up a yard short on a fourth-and-18 play in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter and turned the ball over on downs.

FSU gained some breathing room midway through the final stanza when sophomore Lathon Romaine (Chantilly, Va./Lake Braddock) and freshman Taylor Davis (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle Antrim) tackled MC quarterback Kevin McKeethan in the end zone for a safety.

The Bobcats regained possession at their 31 after the free kick, and five plays later Ward tossed a short pass along the near sideline to Bolden, who maneuvered through several defenders and raced into the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown to complete the scoring. The extra point attempt was blocked.

Ward finished 11-of-16 for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Maryville had a final chance to avoid the shutout, passing its way from its 18 to the Bobcat three with 4:22 left, but McKeethan’s fourth-down toss fell incomplete.

FSU ran out the clock and earned its first shutout since blanking New Jersey City 13-0 October 28, 2000.

Junior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) had a season-high 14 tackles for the Bobcats, who held Maryville to just 36 rushing yards on 40 attempts. The Scots entered the day averaging 216.7 yards per game on the ground.

Frostburg State will host Westminster next Saturday at 1:00 pm on Senior Day.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu