Football Hosts No. 6 Ranked Wesley This Saturday
Frostburg State welcomes No. 6 ranked Wesley to Bobcat Stadium for the 14th meeting between the two schools. FSU enters the game 0-3 and looking for its first win of the season while WC enters Saturday’s contest undefeated at 4-0.
Frostburg State leads the all-time series 9-4, but Wesley has captured the last two victories by a combined score of 57-10. FSU’s last win came in 2003, when the Bobcats needed overtime to down the Wolverines 42-39.
Frostburg State had a BYE last week, its first midseason break since the 2003 season. Two weeks ago, FSU was shutout 22-0 by SUNY Brockport, just the second shutout against the Bobcats since 1988. Wesley is coming off a 38-17 victory over Huntingdon (Ala.).
GOING TO THE POLLS
Wesley enters this Saturday’s game ranked fifth in both the American Football Coaches Association and Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette polls. WC is sixth according to d3football.com.
WHERE THEY RANK
Entering this Saturday’s game against the Wolverines, the Bobcats are ranked 39th among NCAA Division III teams in kickoff returns (23.1 ypr) and 78th in rushing offense (154.3).
Junior tailback Shanorm Young ranks 56th in the country in rushing, averaging 89.3 yards per game while freshman Matt Clark is 82nd in the nation in kickoff returns with 22.5 yards per return. Defensively, senior linebacker Lathon Romaine is 39th among Division III players in pass sacks per game (1.0) and 75th in forced fumbles per contest (0.33). Freshman Nicholas Payne is 97th averaging 35.0 yards per punt.
HONORS & AWARDS
Freshman Nicholas Payne was selected as the ACFC Special Teams Player of the Week two weeks ago for his performance against SUNY Brockport. He averaged 41.5 yards per punt (eight punts) including a 46-yarder and two inside the 20.
FSU’s 0-3 start marks the first time since 1983 that the Bobcats have opened the season with three-straight losses. Frostburg State hasn't started a season 0-4 since the 1978 season.
ON THE AIR
Frostburg State fans can hear all nine football games of the 2006 season on the university's own WFWM at 91.9 on the FM dial or by logging on to www.wfwm.org. Join Jeff Krone and Bernie Wynder as they call another year of exciting Bobcat football action.
The pregame show will start 15 minutes prior to kickoff each week. Long time “Voice of the Bobcats,” Jeff Krone, will again handle the play-by-play duties, and former Frostburg State player, Bernard Wynder, will again be alongside, offering analysis of the action on the field.
HOME SWEET HOME
Bobcat Stadium has recently undergone a pair of renovations. In September of 2005, 95 stadium lights were added to the facility, which was built in 1974 and Sprinturf became the new surface of the stadium this past summer. The football team is 89-68 (.574) overall at Bobcat Stadium.
THIS WEEK IN THE ACFC
The Frostburg State/Wesley game is the only conference matchup this weekend, however, four of the five ACFC schools are in action.
Saturday, Oct. 7
St. John Fisher at SUNY Brockport, 1:00 pm
Wesley at Frostburg State, 1:00 pm
Apprentice at SUNY Morrisville, 1:00 pm
The Bobcat coaching staff saw some changes this past offseason with the addition of four coaches and the promotion of another. Fourth-year assistant coach Billy Jackson was promoted to co-offensive coordinator after working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers for the past three seasons.
Bill Minard, who comes to FSU from McPherson College (Kan.), will serve as the other co-offensive coordinator and will also work with the offensive line. Dave Calcutta was hired as FSU’s defensive coordinator after serving as an assistant at Clarion for the last three seasons. The Bobcats also welcome Mike Page and Tyler Martin to the staff. Page served as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at West Virginia last season and Martin joins the staff as a student assistant.
The Bobcats host their fifth-straight game next weekend when they welcome Thomas More to Bobcat Stadium.
WHAT THE COACHES ARE SAYING
Wesley is picked to capture the Atlantic Central Football Conference championship according to the 2006 ACFC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Wolverines earned three first-place votes after coming off a 2005 season where they finished 12-2 and were NCAA semifinalists. SUNY Brockport is second after receiving two first-place votes followed Salisbury in third. Frostburg State was selected fourth and Apprentice was chosen fifth.
2006 ACFC Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Wesley 5 (3)
2. SUNY Brockport 6 (2)
3. Salisbury 10
4. Frostburg State 13
5. Apprentice 16
Frostburg State is coached by Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87), who is in his seventh season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 27-35 in his seven seasons and has led FSU to two ACFC championships (2002 & 2003), three Regents Cup titles (2001, 2002 & 2003 – awarded to the annual winner of the FSU-Salisbury game) and two ECAC Southwest Championship game appearances (2002 & 2005). Stevenson was named the ACFC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was ACFC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003.
Wesley head coach Mike Drass (Mansfield) enters his 14th season at the helm of the Wolverine program. Drass, who guided WC to a 12-2 overall record last fall, was named the South Region and ACFC Coach of the Year in 2005, as the Wolverines won the NCAA South Region Championship over Bridgewater 46-7.
Drass is among the top 15 active coaches in Division III with a winning percentage of .717. He also serves as the Executive Director of Sports and Recreation overseeing the Athletics, Sports Medicine and Recreation departments.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
The No. 6 ranked Wesley Wolverines travel to Frostburg State for the 14th ever meeting between the two schools, Saturday WC has just four wins in the series but has won the last two games.
Wesley enters the game 4-0 and on a roll so far this season, outscoring opponents 166-61. The Wolverines are ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (42.7 ppg), 10th in turnover margin (+2.0), 23rd in pass efficiency defense (79.7), 40th in passing offense (230.3 ypg) and 41st in total offense (380.7 ypg).
WC is coming off an extremely successful 2005 season, where the team finished 12-2 overall and were NCAA semifinalists. The Wolverines lost in the playoffs to eventual national runner-up UW-Whitewater, 58-3.
Last Saturday, WC defeated Huntingdon (Ala.) 38-17. Wolverine running back Aaron Jackson ran the ball 16 times for 147 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Chris Warrick was 19-for-29 for 329 yards and two touchdowns.
With those two scores, Warrick broke the school’s all-time record for career touchdown passes and he now has 78.
Michael Clarke and Jason Schatz were Warrick's favorite targets on the day as both caught six passes for 167 and 100 yards, respectively. Clarke also hauled in one touchdown pass. Both teams combined for 1,042 yards while Wesley accounted for 568 yards of total offense.
Huntingdon quarterback Zach Golson had an impressive performance in the loss, completing 35-of-59 passes for 438 yards and one interception.
Warrick leads the Wesley offense, completing 67-of-104 passes for 1,023 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is ranked sixth in the country with a 185.4 pass efficiency.
Jackson leads the team in rushing, carrying the ball 59 times for 366 yards and one touchdown.
Clarke and Schatz are tied for the team lead with 15 receptions each. Clarke has 335 yards and four scores while Schatz has 230 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, linebacker Brandon Huntbach leads the team with 43 tackles, 26 solo and 17 assisted, including 7.0 tackles for loss, two recovered fumbles, one sack and one interception. Cornerback Mario Harris is second on the Wolverine defense with 30 stops, 19 solo and 11 assisted, including 3.0 tackles for loss and two picks.
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