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Football Rallies for 14-6 Win Over Westminster on Homecoming
10/28/2006

FROSTBURG, Md. - On a cold and rainy afternoon, Frostburg State rallied for a 14-6 win over Westminster on Homecoming, Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

FSU earned its second-straight win and is now 2-5 overall on the season while Westminster falls to 2-6. The win marks the third-straight for the Bobcats on Homecoming and the third over WC in the 11 previous meetings between the schools.

Frostburg State posted season-highs in total offense (361), rushing yards (269) and time of possession (36:58) while the FSU defense continued its stellar play holding the Titan’s to their second-to-lowest offensive output of the season (226 yards).

Senior Antoine Lewis (Baltimore, Md./City College) rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 17 carries including a 35-yarder midway through the third quarter to pace the Bobcat offense.

The ballgame didn’t start well for FSU, as it fumbled the ball on its first two possessions and gained just nine yards on its third. WC capitalized on the second fumble, when Josh Weese returned the loose ball 23 yards for a touchdown just two and half minutes into the opening quarter.

The Frostburg State offense finally got on track on its fourth possession mounting a nine-play 57-yard scoring drive that gave the hosts a 7-6 lead. Freshman running back Matt Clark (Suitland, Md./Crossland) ran five times for 26 yards including a nine-yard score.

Junior quarterback Andre Dixon (Washington, D.C./Eleanor Roosevelt) helped keep the drive going with a 14-yard completion to junior tight end Fred Howze (Upper Marlboro, Md./FTH Catholic). Howze has now caught a pass for the Bobcats in 19-straight contests.

After a failed drive in the beginning of the second quarter, FSU fresman punter Nicholas Payne (Frostburg, Md./Nothern Garrett) pinned the Titan’s on their own one-yard line.

The Bobcat defense then held WC to just two yards on three plays and Titan punter Dusty Rhodes kicked a 29-yarder that gave the FSU offense the ball on the Westminster 32.

Frostburg State would take advantage of the great field position, moving 32-yards on six plays to extend its lead to 14-6. Dixon and senior wideout T.J. Changuris (Frederick, Md./Seneca Valley) connected for a 17-yard pass down to the WC one-yard line and Dixon scored two plays later on a one-yard keeper.

FSU stopped Westminster on its final drive of the opening half as the teams headed for locker rooms.

On their second drive of the third quarter, the Titan’s moved their way down to the Bobcat 24 but junior defensive back Najier Frazer (Bowie, Md./Duval) stripped the ball from running back Nick McKolosky and classmate Lathon Romaine (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) recovered it at the FSU 18 to keep the Bobcats in the lead 14-6.

The Bobcats had their best scoring opportunity of the half midway through the fourth quarter. FSU started a drive on its own 27-yard line and marched 65 yards down to the Westminster eight but a 25-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright to keep the score at 14-6. Dixon and Changuris hooked up for a 23-yard pass and catch to highlight the drive.

On the afternoon, Dixon was 5-of-8 for 92 yards while WC quarterback Kevin Frantz connected on 14-of-33 attempts for 175 yards.

Frazer led the FSU defense with eight tackles, three solo and five assisted, with one forced fumble and one pass breakup. Senior nose guard Justin Bressler (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) had just four stops, but registered two behind the line of scrimmage and including one sack.

Frostburg State returns to action next Saturday, when it travels to Waynesburg for a 1:30 pm kickoff.

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