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Football Hosts Westminster This Saturday on Homecoming

Frostburg State hosts Westminster for the 12th-ever meeting this Saturday at Bobcat Stadium on Homecoming. FSU enters the contest with a 1-5 overall record while WC has just a 2-5 slate.

Frostburg State earned its first first win of the season last Saturday with a 7-3 win over Union (Ky.). After trailing 3-0 late in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats returned a blocked punt 15 yards for the go ahead score with just two minutes left in the contest. The Titans routed Bethany last Saturday on Homecoming, 49-13, for WC’s largest margin of victory since 1997.

Frostburg State looks for its third-straight Homecoming win on Saturday. The Bobcats have won four out of their last five HC games, including the last two by a combined 67-9. Last season FSU downed Seton Hill, 45-9 and in 2004, Frostburg State shutout Maryville, 22-0.

Entering this Saturday’s game against the Titans, FSU is ranked 32nd in team kickoff returns averaging 22.6 yards per return. The Bobcats also rank 52nd in pass efficiency defense (97.1), 71st in total defense (272.8) and 72nd in scoring defense (16.7).

The Bobcat defense has come alive over the last few weeks, allowing a season low 175 yards of total offense against Union last Saturday. In the last three weeks, the Bobcats have held opponents to 233 yards of offense a game and just 71 yards a contest through the air.

Frostburg State juniors Gabe Ellis and Jim Robertson were named the Atlantic Central Football Conference Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday. Ellis made 11 tackles and had one sack in the win over Union.

He also blocked a punt with 2:03 left in the game that was recovered for the game-winning score. Ellis has now blocked a punt in the fourth quarter in two-straight games. Robertson earned special teams honors after returning the blocked punt 15-yards for the touchdown to lift FSU to the victory.

Freshman Arien Heggs is 63rd among NCAA Division III players averaging 23.5 yards per return while freshman punter Nicholas Payne is 77th with 35.9 yards per punt. Junior running back Shanorm Young is 85th in the country with 77.0 yards rushing per game.

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 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.

Redshirt-junior tight end Fred Howze has caught a pass in 18 consecutive games for FSU. During that stretch, he has caught 49 balls for 649 yards and one touchdown. He started the streak in the second to last game of the 2004 season.

Frostburg State travels to Waynesburg for just its second road game of the 2006 season. FSU won last years contest, 17-10 in overtime, but WC holds the all-time series edge, 25-12-1.

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 27-38 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.

Jefff Hand (Clarion, ‘92) is in his second season as head coach of the Westminster football program after suffering a 4-6 mark in his first year at the helm. Prior to WC, he served as the head coach at Waynesburg for four seasons.

In his second season with the Yellow Jackets, Hand led them to their first outright Presidents’ Athletic Conference title and NCAA Playoff appearance. The two coaches are no strangers to one another, having faced five times with Hand holding the edge 3-2.

Westminster travels to Frostburg State for the 12th-ever meeting between the two schools. The Titans lost last season’s game, 16-13, but hold the all-time series lead, 8-2-1.

WC enters this afternoon with a 2-5 overall record. Last Saturday, the Titans routed Bethany 49-13 on Homecoming. The 36-point margin of victory is the largest win for the Titans since joining NCAA Division III in 2000. The Titans' previous win by 36 points or more was a 55-7 win over Urbana in 1997 when Westminster was a member of the NAIA.

Westminster recorded a season-high 508 yards of total offense while limiting Bethany to just 209, a season low for WC as the Titans were giving up an average of 404.8 yards per game entering the game.

Seven different players scored touchdowns for the Titans. Three of the scores came via the passing game, three were rushing touchdowns, and one was the team's first defensive touchdown of the season.

Freshman Kevin Franz had a solid effort completing 18-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 25 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown from one yard out.

His favorite target was Jordan Belosh, who hauled in five passes for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Josh Kutzner and Nick McKolosky each ran for 61 yards and one touchdown while Kutzner averaged 10.1 yards per carry.

On the season, Frantz has completed 141-of-201 pass attempts for 1,338 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 191.1 yards per game.

Brett Ziegler leads the Titans with 37 receptions for 338 yards and four touchdowns while McKolosky has carried the ball 71 times for 306 yards and two scores.

The Westminster defense is led by Jordan Blinn with 52 tackles, 34 solo and 36 assisted, with two tackles for loss, one sack and three forced fumbles. Jason Fridley has 32.5 tackles, 21 solo and 23 assisted, with one tackles for loss and half a sack.

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