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Football Handles Wesley in ACFC Showdown
10/12/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Junior Edward Kearney (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) ran for 122 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Frostburg State to a convincing 37-18 win over two-time defending Atlantic Central Football Conference champion Wesley Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

The Bobcats (3-2, 2-0 ACFC), who snapped a two-game losing skid to the Wolverines and improved to 8-2 in the all-time series, took control with a strong first half.

FSU opened the scoring when sophomore Jarred Boehner (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) kicked a 28-yard field goal to give FSU a 3-0 lead with 1:04 left in the first quarter.

Wesley (3-2, 0-1), which had its nine-game league winning streak snapped, looked to counter in the early moments of the second, moving to the FSU 11, but Bobcat freshman Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) blocked Tad Howell's 28-yard field goal attempt to keep the Wolverines off the board.

FSU needed just nine plays to drive 84 yards and capitalize on the miscue. Kearney capped with march with the first of his two rushing touchdowns on the afternoon, scampering 29 yards into the endzone. Boehner nailed the extra point to give the Bobcats a 10-0 lead.

The FSU defense then turned in a big play to set up another score, as senior Allen Jordan (Edgewood, Md./Edgewood) tipped a Curtis Long pass attempt and fellow senior George O'Brien (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) grabbed the jump ball to give the Bobcats possession at the Wolverine 13.

Three plays later, Kearney took a short pass from junior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and raced 11 yards to give the Bobcats a 17-0 advantage with 1:06 left in the half.

The Wolverines got on the board in the final moments of the half, driving 73 yards in just 1:06. Long finished the march with a 17-yard scoring strike to senior Joe Able as time expired, but the two-point attempt failed and FSU took a 17-6 lead into the intermission.

The Bobcats continued to control the flow of the game in the third, with Kearney's five-yard touchdown run the only points of the stanza.

Leading 23-6, FSU gave the Wolverines several chances at the beginning of the fourth quarter but the visitors couldn't take advantage of a fourth-down stop at the FSU 40, an inteception at the FSU 36 and a Burrough fumble at midfield.

Sophomore defensive end Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) gave the Bobcats some breathing room when he snared a Long pass out of the air and rumbled 42 yards into the end zone to give FSU a commanding 30-6 lead with 6:27 left.

Wesley pulled to within 30-12 with 5:02 to go on a 38-yard touchdown pass from red-shirt freshman back-up Mike Lemon to senior Marques Cosby, but the Bobcats ran off the next 3:59 behind junior Tim Pearson (Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton), who gained 48 of his 95 rushing yards on FSU's final scoring drive.

Junior fullback Jack Walsh (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) capped the march with a one-yard scoring plunge — the first touchdown of his career — with exactly 1:00 to go to seal the victory.

Lemon completed the scoring with a 50-yard strike to Able with 40 seconds to play. Able snared seven passes for a game-high 116 yards and two scores, while Cosby had eight receptions for 106 yards.

FSU gained 228 of its 379 yards on the ground against a Wesley defense that entered the contest allowing just 101.5 rushing yards per game.

The Bobcat defense was equally impressive, holding the Wolverines to just 36 rushing yards on 26 attempts and picking off three passes. Wesley senior Fred Edwards, who came into the game ranked among the nation's top runners at 139.5 yards per game, managed just 46 yards on 19 carries.

Bobcat junior A.B. Wilson (LaVale, Md./Allegany) led FSU with 10 tackles, while O'Brien added nine stops, including 1.5 sacks, and an inteception.

Wesley sophomore Rocky Myers made a game-high 20 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Frostburg State will visit Catholic on Saturday at 1:00, while Wesley hosts ACFC opponent Apprentice.

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