WAYNESBURG, PA —
Waynesburg junior Brian Cence kicked a season-high 35-yard field goal as time expired to lift the host Yellow Jackets to an exciting 24-21 win over Frostburg State Saturday afternoon at Wiley Stadium.
The kick spoiled what could have been an overtime possibility for the Bobcats, who tied the game with just 1:22 left in regulation when junior Anthony Long (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) took a short screen pass and raced 93 yards up the FSU sideline to bring the Bobcats even at 21.
After forcing a Waynesburg punt, FSU regained possession at its 23-yard line with 17 seconds to go. Instead of running out the clock and heading into overtime, the Bobcats looked for the big play and the plan backfired, as a pass by junior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) was intercepted at the FSU 47 with 10 ticks left.
The Bobcats were then whistled for a critical 15-yard facemask penalty on the play, which gave Waynesburg the ball at the FSU 32. Yellow Jacket quarterback Jeff Dumm then hit Paul D'Imperio with a 15-yard pass to the Bobcat 17, and Cence, who hit the crossbar with a 37-yard attempt in the second quarter, drilled his kick as time ran off the clock.
The loss overshadowed a record-shattering day for Burrough, who completed 35-of-64 passes for a school-record 452 yards. However, he was picked off four times, including once in the Yellow Jacket end zone in the second quarter and twice more in the final 9:06.
His 35 completions tied his own single-game school record set earlier this year against Catholic, while his 452 passing yards and 458 total yards shattered his own marks of 391 and 418, respectively, which he also established against Catholic this season.
Furthermore, with today's performance Burrough set FSU single-season records for passing attempts (355), completions (201) and passing yards (2,679) as well as career marks for passing touchdowns (40) and total offense (5,113).
FSU (5-4), whose four losses have all come by six points or less, opened the scoring in the first quarter when sophomore Steven Handshoe (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) blocked a punt and fellow sophomore D.J. Hetrick (Keyser, W.Va./Keyser) landed on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Bobcats were stymied on their next two offensive possessions deep in Waynesburg territory, as the Yellow Jackets held on a fourth-and-four play and then intercepted Burrough at their own 10.
Waynesburg (5-3) scored twice in the second quarter to take a 14-7 halftime lead. Tommy O'Connor returned a punt 50 yards to set up a 24-yard scoring pass from Dumm to D'Imperio, and Monta Sifford ran in from three yards out with just 24 seconds left in the half to give the Yellow Jackets the seven-point advantage at the break.
In the third, FSU sophomore Curan Oatts (Columbia, Md./Atholton) recorded his team-high fifth interception and returned the ball 25 yards to the Waynesburg 25, but the Bobcats couldn't capitalize as sophomore Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was wide right with a 25-yard field goal attempt.
Frostburg State, which outgained Waynesburg, 523-326 in total offense, finally cashed in on its next possession as Burrough passed the team down the field on a seven-play, 56-yard drive. He was 6-of-7 on the scoring march, which he capped with a 17-yard scoring strike to junior Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills). Olson caught the pass over the middle and then carried two defenders into the end zone to pull the Bobcats even at 14.
Waynesburg, which improved to 23-11-1 in the all-time series with FSU, regained the lead with 9:10 remaining in the fourth when Dumm hit Jake Marcoux with a five-yard scoring pass to set up the late-game excitement.
Bobcat senior Ronald Luczak (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) turned in an amazing defensive effort, posting 14 solo tackles, including five for losses and four sacks.
Long grabbed three passes for a game-high 103 yards, while senior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) had a game-high nine receptions for 72 yards.
Frostburg State closes out its regular-season on Saturday when it takes on state rival Salisbury in the Fourth Annual Regents Cup Game at Towson Stadium beginning at 1:30 pm.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303