CHESTER, PA —
Senior Mike Lomas completed 21-of-25 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns to lead Widener to a 54-19 Homecoming victory over Frostburg State Saturday afternoon at Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Stadium.
The Pioneers, who knocked off No. 24 Albright 52-35 last week, improved to 3-3 overall. The Bobcats lost their fifth straight to fall to 1-5 on the season. It was FSU’s worst loss since a 41-7 defeat to Kean November 19, 1994.
Lomas began the scoring by hitting senior Tyreak Saviour for a 43-yard scoring strike with 4:12 left in the first quarter, but Frostburg State answered with a three-yard run by senior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) with 43 seconds remaining in the period.
The Pioneers didn’t need long to regain the lead, however, as freshman Mike Schmidt returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to put Widener in front 14-7.
The hosts extended their advantage to 20-7 on a one-yard touchdown run by freshman Dominic Rock with 5:23 left in the half. The score was set up by freshman Drew Gardner, who recovered a high Bobcat punt snap at the FSU one.
The Bobcats had a chance to cut into their deficit with 27 seconds left in the half, but senior Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) had a 31-yard field goal try blocked.
The Pioneers scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter thanks to the arm of Lomas. He hit senior Clayton Devine with a five-yard scoring pass and then found freshman Elliott White with a three-yard toss.
After Bobcat sophomore quarterback Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) was sacked and fumbled the ball away at the FSU 31, Lomas found junior Jeff Chick for a touchdown strike on the next play to give Widener a commanding 40-7 lead.
FSU put together a solid scoring drive on its ensuing possession, marching 61 yards in eight plays. Kitchen capped the drive with a one-yard run, but the two-point conversion was stopped and the Bobcats trailed 40-13.
Widener pushed its lead to 47-13 on a 22-yard pass from Lomas to Chick with 9:21 left, but FSU followed suit, using its passing game to spark a 65-yard scoring march.
Ward found sophomore Fred Howze (Upper Marlboro, Md./From the Heart Catholic) for 17 yards and then hit junior Gil Bolden (Middleburg, Va./Loudoun Valley) for a 24-yard gain to the Widener 11. Three plays later, Ward hit Howze again from five yards out, but the two-point pass failed.
The Pioneers capped the scoring with another big play, as freshman backup quarterback Matt Campbell hooked up with Schmidt for a 70-yard scoring pass with 4:41 remaining.
Kitchen ran 34 times for a game-high 121 yards and his first two scores of the season. His 34 carries were three shy of both his career high mark and the Quick Stadium record.
Ward finished 13-of-22 for 147 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats set season-highs with 19 points and 273 total yards.
Chick caught 10 passes for 158 yards and two scores, while Rock led the Widener ground attack with 89 yards.
Junior Jon Menz (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg) had seven tackles and a 22-yard interception return for FSU. Widener senior Fran Golden had a game-high 10 stops.
Frostburg State returns home to Bobcat Stadium Saturday when it hosts Maryville (Tenn.) for Homecoming beginning at 1:00 pm.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303