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Football Looks for Third-Straight Win, Travels to Waynesburg This Saturday

Frostburg State travels to Waynesburg this Saturday for just its second road contest of the season and the 39th-ever meeting between the schools. The Bobcats are 2-5 on the year while the Yellow Jackets are 4-4.

Frostburg State earned its second-straight win with a 14-6 victory over Westminster on Homecoming. Waynesburg suffered a 30-3 setback to Presidents’ Athletic Conference opponent Washington & Jefferson.

Entering this Saturday’s game against the Yellow Jackets, FSU is ranked 43rd in pass efficiency defense (94.8), 63rd in total defense (266.1) and 50th in scoring defense (15.1). The Bobcats are also 68th in kickoff returns (20.55 ypr).

The Bobcat defense continues to improve, allowing a season low 51 rushing yards last week against Westminster. The Bobcat secondary has also held opposing quarterbacks to just 96.7 yards passing a game over last four contests.

Frostburg State junior safety Najier Frazer was named the Atlantic Central Football Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week, Monday. Frazer made eight stops, three solo and five assisted, and recorded one pass breakup and forced a fumble to help lead FSU to a 14-6 win over Westminster.

He is just the second Bobcat to win the defensive award this season. Junior Gabe Ellis earned the honor last week after FSU defeated Union (Ky.), 7-3.

Freshman Arien Heggs is 55th among NCAA Division III players averaging 23.5 yards per return while freshman punter Nicholas Payne is 53rd with 36.8 yards per punt. Junior running back Shanorm Young is 87th in the country with 78.1 yards rushing per game.

Redshirt-junior tight end Fred Howze has caught a pass in 19 consecutive games for FSU. During that stretch, he has caught 50 balls for 663 yards and one touchdown. He started the streak in the second to last game of the 2004 season.

All five ACFC schools are in action this weekend while Apprentice travels to SUNY Brockport for the only conference showdown.
Saturday, Nov. 4
Chowan at Wesley, 1:00 pm
Apprentice at SUNY Brockport, 1:00 pm
Salisbury at Widener, 1:00 pm
Frostburg State at Waynesburg, 1:00 pm

Frostburg State and Salisbury square off in the regular-season finale for both teams in the Eighth Annual Regents’ Cup Game at Townson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium at 2:00 pm. SU leads the all-time series 17-16 and has registered wins in of the last two meetings.

The last week of the regular season doesn’t appear to make or break anyone’s year, however, Salisbury meets Frostburg State in the Eighth Annual Regents’ Cup and Chowan meets up with Apprentice in the 57th Oyster Bowl.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Salisbury vs. Frostburg State, 2:00 pm
SUNY Morrisville at Wesley, 1:00 pm
Buffalo State at SUNY Brockport, 1:00 pm
Chowan at Apprentice, 1:00 pm

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.

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 29-38 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.

Rick Shepas (Youngstown, ‘87) is in his second season as head coach of the Waynesburg football program and has guided the team to an 8-10 overall record. After dropping the first three games of the season, Shepas has his Yellow Jackets on a terror, winning four out of their last five contests. Shepas, while in just his second season in the collegiate ranks, spent the last seven seasons as head coach at Massilon Washington (Ohio) High School, posting a 53-28 overall mark.

Waynesburg hosts Frostburg State for the 39th-ever meeting between the two schools. FSU won last seasons game, 17-10 in overtime, but WC holds the all-time lead 25-12-1 while winning three of the last four.

The Yellow Jackets started the season 0-3 but have since turned it around, winning four of the last five.

Last Saturday, Waynesburg lost to Interstate 79 rival Washington and Jefferson, 30-3. W&J running back Ryan Mendel led the way with 154 yards on 35 carries.

The Presidents’ scored first when quarterback Bobby Swallow connected with David Ravida for a three-yard touchdown at 7:35.

Mendel extended the Washington & Jefferson lead to 14-0 with 3:35 left in the opening quarter when he scored from four-yards out.

Waynesburg cut into the W&J lead with 24 seconds left in the first half when Ben Popson drilled a 35-yard field goal.

After a scoreless third quarter, President kicker Kyle Sidebotham booted a 42-yard field goal to push the lead back to 14 points at 17-3 early in the fourth quarter.

Dan Brodland made the score 24-3 with a 21-yard interception return for a score with 7:05 showing and Jeff Ernst added a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired to give Washington & Jefferson a 30-3 victory.

Tres Cobb leads the Yellow Jackets completing 73-of-121 attempts for 705 yards and four touchdowns. All four of those scores have been completed to Mike Shields who has caught 23 balls for 284 yards.

The Waynesburg ground attack is led by a pair of running backs. Eric Daniels leads the team with 585 yards and 73.1 per game while Ryan Abels leads with 139 carries and nine touchdowns. Abels has also racked up 562 yards, 70.2 per contest.

WC’s defense is led by Brendon Steele with 63 tackles, 33 solo and 30 assisted, with 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Mike Czerwien is second on the team in tackles, 37 solo and 23 assisted. He leads the team however, with 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

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