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Football Falls to Wesley Despite Strong Start
10/08/2005

DOVER, Del. — Frostburg State jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, but host Wesley rallied with 35 unanswered points to post a 35-10 win in an Atlantic Central Football Conference game on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Wolverine Stadium.

The Wolverines improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the ACFC with their 10th straight win dating back to last season. The Bobcats fell to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the ACFC after its seventh straight road loss.

Things looked good for the Bobcats early, as sophomore Johan Owens (Baltimore, Md./City College) picked off a Chris Warrick pass on Wesley’s first drive and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown.

Warrick was intercepted again on Wesley’s second possession, as senior Jon Menz (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg) grabbed a tipped ball at the Wolverine 47. Freshman Mark Sedlock (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) booted a 35-yard field goal seven plays later to give FSU a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wesley continued to struggle on its next two possessions, missing a field goal and turning the ball over on downs, but the hosts caught a break when Bryan Sorenson knocked the ball from FSU fullback Mike Perlozzo (Sayre, Pa./Athens) at the Bobcat 11 and Chris Knight recovered at the six.

Three plays later, Warrick hit Mike Clarke with a four-yard scoring pass. Chris Carlton’s extra point attempt sailed wide, but the Wolverines had the momentum.

Wesley forced FSU to punt on its ensuing possession, and Kevin Nelson followed with a 45-yard scoring run on the next play from scrimmage. Carlton booted the extra point to put the hosts in front for good at 13-10 lead.

The Wolverines capped their second-quarter outburst with just 22 seconds left in the half, as Alpha Koroma sprinted 20 yards for another touchdown which gave the hosts a 20-10 cushion at the break.

Wesley continued its offensive assault in the second half. Warrick capped an opening 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 25-yard strike to Marcus Lee, and FSU added to its woes with a high punt snap into the end zone that resulted in a safety and a 29-10 Wolverine lead.

Carlton added a pair of 28-yard field goals, the first with 4:54 left in the third and the second with 12:16 remaining in the fourth, to complete the scoring.

Wesley held a commanding 474-163 advantage in total yards as it improved to 4-9 in the all-time series with the Bobcats.

Warrick completed 22-of-37 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while Nelson ran 19 times for 134 yards and a score. Larry Beavers caught seven passes for 66 yards.

Sophomore Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic) led FSU with 94 yards on 19 carries. Redshirt-junior Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) was just 5-of-19 for 84 yards and an interception, with junior T.J. Changuris (Frederick, Md./Seneca Valley) grabbing three passes for 46 yards.

Junior Dan Nice (Mount Joy, Pa./Hempfield) paced the Bobcat defense with a career-high 11 tackles, including nine solo stops. Senior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) added seven tackles, including his ninth sack of the season.

Frostburg State returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Crestview Hills, Ky., for its first-ever meeting with Thomas More College. Kickoff is set for 1 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