FROSTBURG, Md. -
Sophomore Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic)
ran 18 times for 127 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead Frostburg State to a 45-9 Homecoming win over Seton Hill Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 4-3 with their third win in four weeks, while the Griffins dropped their fifth in a row to fall to 1-7.
Frostburg State did all of its damage in the first half, scoring on all five of its offensive possessions and using a 75-yard punt return for touchdown by freshman Brandon Tann (Accokeek, Md./Gwynn Park) to build a commanding 42-7 lead at intermission.
Young began the outburst with a two-yard run with 7:26 left in the first quarter to cap a 13-play, 69-yard opening march. Tann then ignited the crowd when he took a punt at his own 25, moved through traffic and got free down the home sideline for the score which pushed FSU’s lead to 14-0 with 3:35 left in the quarter.
The Bobcats then exploded for 28 second-quarter points to take control. Young ran in from five yards out, junior Antoine Lewis (Baltimore, Md./City College) followed with a six-yard scoring run and Young added an 18-yard touchdown scamper to give FSU a 35-0 cushion.
Seton Hill got on the board with 1:47 left in the half when freshman Jordan Thomas found classmate Derek Thompson for a 60-yard scoring strike. Thompson hauled in the pass down the middle of the field and bounced off a Bobcat tackler around the 20-yard line before racing in for the score.
Freshman Makiha Cooper (Baltimore, Md./Forest Park) returned the ensuing kickoff 25 yards to give the Bobcats great field position at their 46, and redshirt-junior Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) hit junior Derrick Frank (Bel Camp, Md./Harford Tech) with a 26-yard touchdowns pass with just 31 seconds remaining before the intermission to give FSU a comfortable 35-point lead at the break.
Neither team mustered much offense in a scoreless third quarter. Sophomore Johan Owens (Baltimore, Md./City College) intercepted Thomas at the FSU 43 and returned the ball 11 yards to the Griffin 46, but the Bobcats were later forced to punt.
Tann added a 20-yard punt return to set FSU up at the Seton Hill 25 with 2:45 left, but Young fumbled at the Griffin seven-yard line and Mychal Butler recovered for the visitors.
Seton Hill followed with its best drive of the day in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, marching 82 yards to the Bobcat three. However, the FSU defense held and the Griffins turned the ball over on downs.
A high toss from freshman Kevin Wolpert (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) to classmate Ferris Bruton (Bowie, Md./High Point) on the next play ended up going out of the end zone for a Griffin safety.
FSU closed out the scoring when freshman Mark Sedlock (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) booted a 22-yard field goal with 5:50 remaining.
FSU held a 364-254 advantage in total yards despite trailing Seton Hill in time of possession by over three minutes.
Ward finished 12-of-19 for 175 yards and a touchdown, while Frank grabbed five passes for 75 yards and a score.
Redshirt-senior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) paced the FSU defense with 11 tackles, including seven for losses of 40 yards and a career-best 4.5 sacks for 39 yards.
Thomas was 7-of-13 for 104 yards and was sacked seven times. Freshman E.J. Werner gained 46 yards on three late carries, and freshman Calvin Stephens caught three passes for 25 yards.
Sophomore Zach Talkovic led the Griffin defense with 10 tackles, including three for loss.
Frostburg State returns to action next Saturday when it visits Westminster (Pa.) for 1:00 pm contest.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303