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Football to Battle Rival Salisbury for Regents, ACFC Titles
11/13/2003

View the FSU-Salisbury Game Notes

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State (3-5, 2-0 ACFC) and Salisbury (7-1, 2-0) conclude their regular seasons Saturday when they square off in the Fifth Annual Regents Cup Game at Towson University's Unitas Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.

The winner will also capture the 2003 Atlantic Central Football Conference championship.

The Bobcats, who have 12 of the last 14 meetings with the Sea Gulls, look to win a second consecutive ACFC title and a third straight Regents Cup crown.

Frostburg State dropped a 28-7 home contest to nationally ranked Waynesburg last Saturday, while Salisbury was upset by Shenandoah 23-22.

The Sea Gulls, who were ranked No. 15 in last week’s American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll, had their 10-game home winning streak snapped.

Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson and Salisbury head coach Sherman Wood are no strangers to one another.

The two were teammates — and roomates — at Salisbury (then Salisbury State) in 1982-83. Stevenson, a linebacker, and Wood, a defensive back, helped the Sea Gulls reach the NCAA III national semifinals in 1983, while Stevenson was a member of the 1986 SU squad that advanced to the national championship game.

Frostburg State may follow Shenandoah's lead and try to pound the ball against the Sea Gulls. Junior Mike Kitchen leads the Bobcats with 613 yards (76.6 ypg) and three touchdowns and has the ability to take over a game (evident by his 37 carries and 209 yards against Westminster two weeks ago).

Senior Ed Kearney has added 325 yards and three scores, while sophomore Matt Swanke has 190 yards and two more touchdowns.

Senior Grant Burrough has completed 134-of-231 passes for 1,416 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he has also been picked off 10 times this season.

Junior Adam J. Snyder (31 catches for 324 yards and four touchdowns), sophomore Jason McLaughlin (29-287-3) and senior Roy Olson (25-403-3) lead the receiving corps.

Junior defensive end Kevin Culbert paces the Bobcat defense with 71 tackles, including 17 for losses and 9.0 sacks, while sophomore linebacker Chris Lentz has 68 stops, including six for losses.

Salisbury looks to rebound from its first loss of the season and just its third defeat in its last 19 games.

The Sea Gulls boast one of the nation’s top defensive units, holding opponents to 12.6 points, 70.5 rushing yards and 226.8 total yards per game.

Offensively, Salisbury is averaging 33.9 points, 216.1 rushing yards and 346.9 total yards per contest.

Sophomore quarterback Dustin Johnson and senior running back Rishawd Watson lead a potent ground attack that has accounted for 22 of the team’s 26 touchdowns. Johnson has a team-high 576 rushing yards (72.0 rypg) and seven scores, while Watson has rushed for 573 rushing (71.6 rypg) and team-best nine scores. Junior running back Robbie Pashkevich is adding 353 yards (44.1 rypg) and five touchdowns.

The Sea Gulls don’t throw much, but they’re very effective when they do. Johnson has completed 38-of-103 passes for 574 yards and seven touchdowns against five interceptions, while fellow sophomore Shai Warsaw is 30-of-61 for 398 yards and four scores to just one interception.

Senior tight end and NFL prospect Kyle Acker leads the team with 16 catches for 177 and two touchdowns, while junior wide receiver Lesley Wills has made the most of his opportunities (15 rec., 273 yds., 18.2 avg., three TDs).

Junior linebacker Brad DeHaven leads the Sea Gull defense with 62 tackles, including 20 for losses and 7.0 sacks. Freshman linebacker Billy Leinemann has 54 stops.

As a team, Salisbury has a whopping 105 tackles for losses, including 28 sacks, and 11 interceptions.

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