Frostburg State looks to end its season on a winning note when it hosts Moravian for the first-ever meeting between the two schools Saturday afternoon in the 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Championship Bowl game at noon.
Frostburg State dropped its final regular-season game to Salisbury last Saturday 30-24, while Moravian defeated Muhlenberg 24-19. Both teams enter Saturday’s match with identical 6-4 overall records.
Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 27-32 overall 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 one ECAC Southwest Championship game appearance (2002). Stevenson was named the ACFC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was ACFC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003.
Moravian is led by 18-year veteran coach Scot Dapp (West Chester ‘73). Dapp, the 2005 American Football Coaches Association President, has led the football program to two trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a berth in the 1988 South Region title game. He has also led the Greyhounds to a MAC championship in 1988 and a Commonwealth championship in 1993 ... the school's first two berths in the ECAC Championship games, playing in the Southeast Game in 2002 and the Southwest game in 2004 ... a string of 11 consecutive winning seasons—the longest streak in school history—in his first 11 years. He has also won MAC Coach of the Year honors three times.
NO STRANGERS HERE
Both Frostburg State and Moravian are no strangers to ECAC Championship games. FSU will be making it’s seventh overall appearence and second in the last four years after suffering a 24-21 loss to Johns Hopkins in 2002. Moravian appears in an ECAC Championship game for the second straight season and third in the last four years. MC fell to Franklin & Marshall, 37-20, in the 2004 ECAC Southwest Bowl game.
AMONG THE ELITE
In this week’s NCAA Division III statistics, redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert for the seventh straight week leads the country in both tackles for loss (3.3 per game) and sacks (1.7 per game). He is also 43rd in the nation with 5.9 solo stops per contest. Freshman kicker Mark Sedlock ranks fifth in the country with 1.2 field goals made per game and freshman punt returner Brandon Tann ranks 24th in the college ranks with a 12.9 yards per return average.
Mark Sedlock has kicked at least one field goal in seven straight games and nine out of the ten games for FSU this season.
LESS THAN 20
The Bobcats are 17-2 since the 2001 season when holding opponents to less than 20 points.
I’LL TAKE THAT
FSU is averaging just over two takeaways per game this season, 14 interceptions and eight fumbles.
Five of FSU's last nine wins dating back to October 11, 2003 have come by three points or less. Three weeks ago, the Bobcats needed a last-second field goal from freshman Mark Sedlock to down Westminster 16-13. In a 17-14 win over Montclair State earlier this season, redshirt-senior Kevin Culbert blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt on the game's final play to preserve the victory. Against Buffalo State, the Bobcat defensive unit stuffed Bengal quarterback Mike Mikolaichik on fourth-and-one at the FSU 42 with just 22 seconds remaining. In 2003, the Bobcats kicked a 22-yard field goal on their first possession of overtime to down Wesley 42-39. In the Regents Cup Game that same year, FSU stopped Salisbury on a fourth-and-four with just 55 seconds left in regulation to hold on to a tight 15-14 victory.
Frostburg State placed nine players on this years All-ACFC Team including senior Kevin Culbert honored as the Defensive Player of the Year. Culbert is joined by junior offensive lineman Frank Boka as the only Bobcats selected to the first team. Sophomore running back Shanorm Young, junior offensive lineman Pete Wilson and sophomore tight end Fred Howze were selected to the second team offense. Senior defensive back Jon Menz, junior defensive lineman Justin Bressler, junior linebacker Lathon Romaine and sophomore defensive back Johan Owens highlighted the second team defense. Junior defensive lineman Ryan Cutsail and junior defensive back Vincent Thomas were both honored as honorable mention selections.
ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can hear all 10 Frostburg State football games of the 2005 season on the internet this year. All 10 games will be broadcast live at www.futuremediaworld.com, while FSU’s six road contests, including the Seventh Annual Regents Cup Game versus Salisbury to be played Saturday, November 12 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, will also be carried on Frostburg State radio station 91.9 WFWM and on the internet at 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.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Moravian travels to Frostburg State for the ECAC Southwest Bowl Championship for the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Moravian is coming off a 24-19 win over Muhlenberg last Saturday.
The Greyhounds were led by senior quarterback Jerry Venturino who completed 12-of-21 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown while also carrying the ball nine times for 38 yards.
Moravian got on the board first when kicker Brian Reckenbeil booted a 37-yard field goal at the 11:04 mark in the second quarter taking an early 3-0 lead. However, Muhlenberg returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown moving ahead 7-3. Moravian retook the lead at 10-7, when running back Chris Jacoubs scored a three-yard touchdown with 8:22 remaining in the first half.
After halftime, the Greyhounds' Ben Hawkins hauled in a 64-yard scoring strike from quarterback Jerry Venturino in the third stanza to take a 10-point lead, 17-7. Just under nine minutes later, MC extended its lead to 24-7 when fullback Kevin Lukich busted up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown run.
Muhlenberg narrowed the deficit to 24-13 early in the fourth when Eric Santagato crossed the goal on a four-yard run. At 7:16, the Mules closed to within in six points at 24-19 when Santagato connected with Kyle Douglass for a 45-yard touchdown. Down the stretch, Moravian forced a fumble and a turnover on downs to seal the victory.
Jacoubs leads the ground attack with 954 yards on 200 carries adding 10 touchdowns. Marc Panepinto is second on the squad with 81 touches for 439 yards and three scored.
Through the air, Venturino is 100-of-205 passing with 1,555 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is also a threat with his legs running for 259 yards and five touchdowns on the season.
His favorite targets are Hawkins and Shawn Martell. Hawkins leads the receiving corps with 25 catches for 579 yards and seven touchdowns followed by Martell with 22 grabs for 360 yards and three scores.
Defensively, the Greyhounds are led by a solid group of linebackers. Senior Chad DiFelice leads the Greyhounds with 81 total tackles including 12.0 TFL, six sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovered. Freshman Andrew Morrissey has added 80 tackles to go along with 2.5 TFL, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovered while Cliff Garr is third on the team with 59 tackles.
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Frostburg State University
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