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Football Looking for First Win When it Hosts SUNY-Brockport on Saturday

Frostburg State welcomes SUNY Brockport to Bobcat Stadium for the 15th meeting begins the two schools. FSU enters the game 0-2 and looking for its first win of the season while Brockport enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 mark.

SUNY Brockport holds a 10-4 edge over Frostburg State in a series that started in 1993. The Golden Eagles have had some recent success against the Bobcats, winning the last six contests.

During that stretch, Brockport has outscored FSU by an average of 13.5 points per game. FSU’s last win came in 1999 when the Bobcats defeated the Golden Eagles, 35-18.

Frostburg State lost to Randolph Macon, 10-7, to open the 2006 campaign, 0-2. The Bobcats fell behind 10-0 but scored a touchdown late in the third quarter to narrow the gap. FSU had two chances in the fourth quarter, but a pair of fumbles killed any Bobcat comeback.

Entering this Saturday’s game against SUNY Brockport, Frostburg State is ranked in many NCAA Division III statistical categories.

FSU is 43rd in total defense and 74th in both rushing defense and scoring defense. The Bobcats are also 40th in kickoff returns and 47th in rushing offense.

Junior tailback Shanorm Young ranks 46th in the country in rushing, averaging 97.5 yards per game. Senior linebacker Lathon Romaine is 41st in the nation in pass sacks per game (1.0) and sophomore linebacker Brendan Clancy is 77th in tackles for loss, 1.8 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.

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 89-68 (.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.

The Frostburg State/SUNY Brockport game is the only conference matchup this weekend, however, all five ACFC schools are in action.
Saturday, Sept. 23
SUNY Brockport at Frostburg State, 1:00 pm
Emory Henry at Apprentice, 1:00 pm
Salisbury at Montclair State, 1:00 pm

The Bobcats have a bye week next week in the middle of the season for the first time since the 2003 campaign.

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.

SUNY Brockport head coach Rocco Salomone (SUNY Brockport ‘88) enters his 11th season at the helm of the Golden Eagle program. He has coached Brockport to a 72-40-1 record during his tenure and he is the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history.

Salomone has led the Golden Eagles to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2000-2003 and advanced the team to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2002. He has also coached four First Team All-Americans.

SUNY Brockport travels to Frostburg State for the 15th ever meeting between the two schools. Brockport has dominated the series as of late, winning the last six meetings. The Golden Eagles last loss to the Bobcats came in October of 1999, 35-18.

Brockport enters this Saturday 1-1 after suffering its first loss of the season last week against Cortland State, 17-10. The Golden Eagles had the ball inside Cortland's five-yard line in the closing minutes of the game but were unable to find the endzone.

Garet Lynch led Brockport on the afternoon, carrying the ball 28 times for 130 yards. He had a key 21-yard run on the final drive that setup the Golden Eagles inside the Cortland State five-yard line.

Cortland scored first after recovering a mishandled punt return on the Brockport 11-yard line. Two plays later, Alex Smith connected with Drew Lascari in the back of the endzone for a 7-0 lead.

In the final drive of the first half, SUNY Brockport kicker Adam Lanctot booted a 39-yard field goal that bounced of the crossbar and through the uprights to make the score 7-3 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Golden Eagles took a 10-7 lead when quarterback Zack Luke tossed a two-yard touchdown to Robert Miles.

Cortland State answered with a safety at the end of the third quarter to bring the score to 10-9. On the ensuing punt, the Red Dragons returned it 40-yards and on the first play of the drive, Dustin Bowser raced 42 yards for a touchdown to put Cortland up 15-10. The Red Dragons completed a pass for the two-point conversion for the 17-10 lead.

Brockport had two chances late in the game but was unable to score any points as the game ended.

Lynch leads the ground attack carrying the ball 47 times for 203 yards.

Luke paces the Golden Eagles through the air, completing 24-of-45 passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception. Mike Bond has been at the receiving end of two of those touchdown passes, catching five balls for 64 yards.

Jarrett Woodfork leads the Golden Eagle defense with 14 tackles and 0.5 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