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Football Looking for First Win of Season, Hosts Thomas More Saturday

Frostburg State welcomes Thomas More to Bobcat Stadium for the second-ever meeting between the two schools. FSU captured a 23-6 win last fall in the first meeting. TMC enters the contest with a record of 3-2 while Frostburg State enters the game 0-4 and looking for its first win of the season.

Frostburg State fell to No. 5 ranked Wesley last Saturday, 32-7. Despite the loss, the Bobcats had a solid defensive effort, holding Wesley to just 255 yards of offense. WC entered the game averaging 41.5 points and 427.5 yards per contest. Thomas More enters the game after a big 42-14 win over Westminster last Saturday.

Entering this Saturday’s game against the Saints, the Bobcats are ranked 45th among NCAA Division III teams in kickoff returns (22.73 ypr) and 84th in pass efficiency defense (109.2 pct).

Freshman Arien Heggs ranks 49th in the country in kickoff returns, averaging 23.9 yards per return. Senior linebacker Lathon Romaine is 37th among Division III players in pass sacks per game (0.8) and freshman Nicholas Payne is 53rd averaging 37.2 yards per punt.

The Bobcats start the season 0-4 for the first time since 1978 and haven't started a year 0-5 since 1977. FSU has lost its last six games dating back to the final two losses of last season, Salisbury (30-24) and Moravian (14-7).

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.

Bobcat Stadium has recently undergone a pair of renovations. In September of 2005, 95 stadium lights were added to the facility, which was built in 1974 and Sprinturf became the new surface of the stadium this past summer. The football team is 89-69 (.574) overall at Bobcat Stadium.

The Apprentice/Wesley game is the only conference matchup this weekend, however, all five ACFC schools are in action.
Saturday, Oct. 14 -
SUNY Brockport at Springfield, Noon
Apprentice at Wesley, 1:00 pm
SUNY Morrisville at Salisbury, 1:00 pm
Thomas More at Frostburg State, 1:00 pm

Salisbury plays a rare Thursday evening game at St. Peter’s while the other four ACFC teams are in action on Saturday. SUNY Brockport and Wesley will do battle in the only conference matchup.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Salisburg at St. Peter’s, 7:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 21
SUNY Brockport at Wesley, 1:00 pm
Maritime(Ny.) at Apprentice, 1:00 pm
Frostburg State at Union (Ky.), 1:30 pm

Frostburg State hits the road for the first time this year when it travels to NAIA Union (Ky.), the meeting will be the first-ever between the two school.

The Bobcat coaching staff saw some changes this past offseason with the addition of four coaches and the promotion of another. Fourth-year assistant coach Billy Jackson was promoted to co-offensive coordinator after working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers for the past three seasons.

Bill Minard, who comes to FSU from McPherson College (Kan.), will serve as the other co-offensive coordinator and will also work with the offensive line. Dave Calcutta was hired as FSU’s defensive coordinator after serving as an assistant at Clarion for the last three seasons.

The Bobcats also welcome Mike Page and Tyler Martin to the staff. Page served as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at West Virginia last season and Martin joins the staff as a student assistant.

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 27-35 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.

Mike Hallett (Mount Union ‘94) is in his third season as head coach at Thomas More, where he owns a 9-11 overall record. Last season, the Saints opened the season 4-1 but lost four of their final five games to finish an even 5-5. Before taking over the head coaching duties, Hallett served as Thomas More’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During that time, he helped lead the Saints to a 40-12 mark.

He came to Thomas More after having served as the head coach at Wooster High School in Wooster, Ohio for two seasons (1997 and 1998). Prior to Wooster, he was the assistant head coach at Akron Coventry High School in Akron, Ohio from 1994-96.

The Thomas More Saints travel to Frostburg State for just the second-ever meeting between the two schools. The Saints dropped the first meeting, 23-6, last fall at TMC Stadium.

Thomas More enters the game 3-2 on the season after a big 42-14 win over Presidents’ Athletic Conference foe Westminster last Saturday.

The Saints also enter this afternoon’s contest with the Bobcats ranked 44th in NCAA Division III in total defense (243.8 ypg) and 50th in rushing defense (89.0 ypg).

In the win over the Titans last Saturday, Thomas More racked up 451 yards of offense, including 299 on the ground. TMC was able to convert on 8-of-11 third-down conversions while scoring on seven-straight possessions.

The TMC defense held WC to just 27 rushing yards on 20 attempts but did allow Westminster to throw for 243 yards on 23-of-39 attempts.

Monty Collier rushed for 142 yards on 16 carries and three scores to power the Saint ground attack. Zach Martin chipped in 55 yards on 12 carries.

Trevor Stellman also had fine performance, completing 12-of-16 pass attempts for 140 yards and three touchdowns including a 23-yard scoring toss to Chase Weber on the game’s opening drive. Stellman enters the game ranked 43rd in the country with a 142.2 pass efficiency rating.

Stellman broke a 7-7 tie with his second touchdown pass of the afternoon, this time to John Hennessey, with 4:45 left in the first quarter.

Collier would then score back-to-back touchdowns to give TMC a 26-7 edge. Stellman hooked up with Weber for an eight-yard touchdown late in the second quarter, to send the teams into the break with the Saints ahead 33-7.

Collier scored his final touchdown less than five minutes into the third quarter and David Sheeley nailed a 23-yard field goal with five minutes left in the quarter to put Thomas More ahead 42-7. Westminster answered early in the final period when Kevin Franz scored on a three-yard touchdown run.

Defensively, Mark Carlisle leads the team with 53 tackles, 29 solo and 24 assisted, including 5.5 tackles for loss and one interception. He ranks 22nd in the nation averaging 11.3 tackles per game. Brad Steinmetz is second with 40 tackles, including a team-high 8.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also has two sacks, two blocked kicks and a pair of pass breakups.

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