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Football Looking for First Win of Season When it Hosts Randolph Macon

Frostburg State welcomes Randolph Macon to Bobcat Stadium for the fifth-ever meeting between the two schools. FSU enters the game 0-1 while RMC is 1-1.

The series between the Bobcats and the Yellow Jackets is tied at 2-2. FSU captured wins in the first two games but RMC rebounded to win the last two. The squads met for the last time in 1984 with Randolph Macon winning 52-15.

Frostburg State lost to Apprentice 20-10 to start the season 0-1 for the second consecutive year. The win marked the first conference road victory for the Builders since joining the ACFC in 2001.

Entering this Saturday’s game against Randolph Macon, Frostburg State ranks 46th in NCAA Division III in total defense and 61st in rushing offense.

Junior tailback Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic)has picked up where her left off last season running for 110 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown in last Saturday’s loss to Apprentice. In this week’s NCAA stats, Young is 39th in the country in rushing (110 ypg) and 69th in all purpose yards (144.0). Junior defensive end Gabe Ellis (Laurel, Del./Delmar) is 64th in the nation in tackles for loss(2.0) and senior defensive back Mike Gray (Baltimore, Md./City College) is 95th in kickoff returns (19.0).

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 89-67 (.574) overall at Bobcat Stadium.

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.

Randolph Macon head coach Pedro Arruzza (Wheaton 95) enters his first season at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program. He arrived at RMC after serving as an assistant at Washington University in St. Louis since 1999. During his tenure at Washington, he served as defensive coordinator and strength coach for three season.

In 2003, he received the American Football Coaches Association Division III Assistant Coach fo the Year award.

Randolph Macon travels to Frostburg State for the fifth ever meeting between the two schools. The Yellow Jackets look to break the 2-2 tie with a victory at Bobcat Stadium this afternoon.

RMC is coming off a 21-14 loss to Johns Hopkins last Saturday. The Yellow Jackets were led by quarterback Tyler Ball who ran the ball six times for 25 yards and one touchdown while connecting on eight of 23 passes for 45 yards. Randolph Macon opened up a 14-0 lead but watched as Johns Hopkins scored 21 unanswered points to earn the victory

On the season, Zak Thornton leads the team in rushing, carrying the ball 34 times for 106 yards. Steven Ahonen is second on the Yellow Jackets with seven attempts for 50 yards for a 7.1 yards per carry average.

Ball leads Randolph Macon through air, completing 18 of 45 pass attempts for 236 yards and two scores. He is averaging 118.0 yards per game.

Joe Page is the club’s top receiver hauling in seven balls for 127 yards and one touchdown while Ahonen has caught six passes for 75 yards and one score.

Defensively, senior linebacker Chris Collins leads the Yellow Jackets with 17 tackles. He also has one interception and one pass breakup. Fellow senior linebacker Nick Jones is second on the team with 16 total tackles, one for loss, and one recovered fumble while sophomore defensive lineman Gamal Alwan leads with four tackles for loss.

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