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Football Falls to Randolph Macon
09/16/2006

FROSTBURG, Md. -- Randolph Macon scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 5:01 left in the third quarter as it downed Frostburg State, 10-7, Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

FSU falls to 0-2 on the season while RMC improves to 2-1.

On its third possession, RMC managed a nine-play 43-yard drive down to the Bobcat 31. The drive failed when junior quarterback Kevin Allen’s pass on fourth down fell incomplete.

On the ensuing Yellow Jacket drive, the team moved to the Frostburg State 38 after a nine-play 37-yard drive. The Bobcat defense again stopped the visitors, forcing a punt.

The Bobcat offense finally got going when junior quarterback Andre Dixon (Washington, D.C./Eleanor Roosevelt) rushed for 34-yards on the first play of the second quarter.

Three plays later, Dixon ran for four yards to pickup a Bobcat first down at the RMC 39. The drive ended at the RMC 29, when FSU failed to convert on fourth down.

With 5:01 left in the second quarter, Randolph Macon took a 3-0 lead when senior kicker Reggie Moore booted a 42-yard field goal. The drive was setup when a Bobcat punt was blocked at their 42-yard line.

On the second play of the drive, Kevin Allen broke off a 21-yard run down to the FSU 13. The FSU defense then came up big with back-to-back sacks to push the Yellow Jackets back to the 25. Allen’s third-down pass was incomplete forcing the field goal attempt.

Frostburg State mounted a solid drive on its next possession starting on the Randolph Macon 29-yard line. Dixon and junior tailback Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic) accounted for every yard during the possession.

Dixon ran for 19 yards and Young scampered for 23 yards. The duo also connected on a three-yard pass play. However, the Bobcats turned the ball over on downs when the team couldn’t convert on fourth down and the teams entered halftime with Randolph Macon leading 3-0.

The first drive of the second half for the Yellow Jackets resulted in a touchdown as they took a 10-0 lead. Freshman running back Zak Thornton rushed for 30 yards during the drive and Allen connected with senior wide receiver Khalil Shareef for 39-yards down to the Frostburg State one-yard line. Three plays later, Thornton found the endzone for the game’s first touchdown.

Freshman Arien Heggs (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) gave the Bobcats a lift returning the ensuing kickoff 52 yards to the Randolph Macon 35-yard line. After being sacked and shaken up on first down, Dixon re-entered on third down and threw a 19-yard touchdown to junior tight end Fred Howze (Upper Marlboro, Md./FTH Catholic) to cut the Randolph Macon lead to 10-7.

The fourth quarter proved to be difficult for the Bobcats as both drives resulted in fumbles. On its first drive, Dixon totaled 23 yards and Young ran for 20 as FSU made its way down to the RMC 35. On second and 10, Dixon fumbled and Kyle Wiggins recovered for the Yellow Jackets.

Randolph Macon took over with 7:57 remaining. After a personal foul penalty on the first play, Allen hooked up with sophomore wideout Joe Page for 25 yards and a first down at the FSU 42.

After forcing Randolph Macon into a fourth-and-one situation, Thornton ran for three yards and a fresh set of downs. However, the Yellow Jacket drive would stall thanks to an illegal blocking penalty and they would be forced to punt

The Bobcats got the ball back on their 20-yard line and Dixon passed to Howze for 23-yards on the second play to put the hosts on their own 43-yard line. Two plays later, senior linebacker Chris Collins recovered a Dixon fumble with 54 seconds left to seal the win.

Young led the team in rushing, carrying the ball 19 times for 85 yards and Howze had a solid performance catching three passes for 42 yards and one score.

Junior defensive end Gabe Ellis (Laurel, Del./Delmar) led the Bobcats with 10 tackles including one sack for seven yards. Senior Vincent Thomas (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) registered nine tackles including one pass break up from his defensive back position.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday when they host Atlantic Central Conference opponent SUNY Brockport at 1:00 pm.

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