Frostburg State senior defensive end Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley)
blocked a 31-yard field goal try by Montclair State’s Vin Doffont with five seconds left as the Bobcats held on for a thrilling 17-14 win over the visiting Red Hawks Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.
Frostburg State evened its record at 1-1 with its first win over Montclair State in five tries. The Red Hawks fell to 0-2 on the year.
FSU, which trailed 14-0 midway through the second quarter, rallied to take a 17-14 lead on a seven-yard scoring run by sophomore Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic) with 12:26 left in the game.
The Bobcats quickly regained possession as senior Mike Davis (Chesapeake, Md./Bohemia Manor) intercepted a pass by MSU senior Eric Ferriol at the Red Hawk 39 with 11:53 remaining, but FSU could not cash in as freshman Mark Sedlock (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) was wide left on a 40-yard field goal try.
Montclair State had a chance to tie the game with 4:44 left but Doffont came up short on his own 40-yard field goal try. The Red Hawks regained possession at their own 24 with 2:18 to play and moved to the Bobcat 13 with seven seconds left. With no timeouts and facing a third-and-one, MSU went for the game-tying kick, and FSU tried to ice Doffont by calling two straight timeouts.
Culbert, who also had eight tackles, including four for loss and two sacks, then came through with the game-saving play, as he blocked Doffont’s low kick and FSU recovered as time ran out.
The teams battled through a scoreless opening quarter which Montclair State dominated statistically, as the Red Hawks gained 113 yards on 25 plays while the Bobcats managed just 20 yards on eight plays.
Both squads hurt themselves with mistakes. FSU redshirt-junior Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) threw an interception at the Montclair State 22 and junior Derrick Frank (Bel Camp, Md./Harford Tech) fumbled a punt return that MSU recovered at the Bobcat 24.
The Red Hawks gave the ball right back to FSU just two plays later as Ferriol coughed up the ball at the Bobcat nine. Ferriol also had a 74-yard touchdown run nullified by a holding penalty with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
MSU finally got on the board with 7:08 left in the first half with the use of some trickery. Running back Ryan McCoach took a toss, rolled to his right and lobbed a 16-yard touchdown pass back across the field to Ferriol just over the reach of Bobcat junior defensive end Ryan Cutsail (Middletown, Md./Middletown).
MSU caught another break on the ensuing kickoff, as freshman Makiha Cooper (Baltimore, Md./Forest Park) was blasted on the return by MSU’s Ashley Furman at the FSU 15. Morgan Burklow recovered the fumble for MSU at the Bobcat 12 and handed it to Dan Krainski, who advanced the ball to the FSU three.
Two plays later, Ferriol hit Vin Varcadipane with a two-yard pass just inside the far pylon to give the visitors a 14-0 lead.
FSU put together a solid drive on its next possession, marching from its 35 to the MSU 19 before settling for a 36-yard field goal by Sedlock. Young led the drive, gaining 24 yards on five plays.
The Red Hawks had a chance to add to its lead just before halftime, but Doffont’s 21-yard field goal try was blocked by junior Mike Gray (Baltimore, Md./City College). FSU recovered and ran out the clock to go into the locker room trailing 14-3.
Coming out with renewed energy to start the second half, the Bobcats took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in nine plays for their first touchdown of the season. Ward capped the drive by hitting freshman Desmond Wars (New Windsor, Md./ Westminster) with a beautifully lofted 35-yard strike, and Sedlock booted the extra point to bring FSU to within 14-10 with 10:33 left in the period.
The Bobcats then put together another impressive drive to open the fourth quarter, taking just 2:50 to march 78 yards in nine plays for another score. Ward was 5-of-6 for 54 yards on the go-ahead drive, which Young capped with his seven-yard scamper.
Ward finished 13-of 28 for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Young carried 27 times for a career-high 111 yards and a score, while Wars grabbed four passes for a career-best 90 yards and a touchdown.
Ferriol completed 22-of-41 passes for 287 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he also ran 14 times for 58 yards. He was sacked three times and pressured numerous other times by the FSU defensive front.
Sophomore Najier Frazer (Bowie, Md./Duval) led the Bobcat defense with a career-high 12 tackles, while senior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) added 10 stops.
Frostburg State returns to action next Saturday when it visits SUNY-Brockport in an Atlantic Central Conference Football contest beginning at 1 pm.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303