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Football Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling Versus Brockport

Frostburg State hits the road for a key Atlantic Central Football Conference contest against SUNY-Brockport.

SUNY-Brockport holds a 9-4 all-time lead in the series with Frostburg State thanks to a current five-game winning streak. The Golden Eagles are 4-2 at home against the Bobcats.

Frostburg State evened its season record at 1-1 with a thrilling 17-14 win over Montclair State. It was the Bobcats’ first victory over the Red Hawks in five all-time meetings. SUNY-Brockport earned its first win of the year by holding off Apprentice 14-7 in a tight ACFC battle.

Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 22-29 overall 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 one ECAC Southwest Championship game appearance (2002). Stevenson was named the ACFC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was ACFC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003.

Rocco Salomone (SUNY-Brockport ‘88) is in his 11th season as head coach of the Golden Eagles and owns a 68-37-1 overall mark. He led the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2000 to 2003 and took the squad to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2002.

That year Brockport led all of NCAA Division III in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, while ranking seventh in total defense, and the Golden Eagles were named the ECAC Division III Team of the Year and won the Lambert Trophy.

Salomone was named the eighth head coach in the program's history on Nov. 21, 1994 and is just the second alumnus to be Brockport's head coach. Salomone attended Arundel High School in Maryland for two years before his family moved to Carlisle, Pa., for his junior and senior years.

Frostburg State has had a running back gain 100 yards or more in six of its last seven games dating back to last season.

Date	     Opp.	    Running Back (Att.-Yds.-TD)
O16, 2004    Widener	    Mike Kitchen (34-121-2)
O23, 2004    Maryville      Mike Kitchen (35-142-1)
O30, 2004    Westminster    Mike Kitchen (30-133-0)
N6, 2004     Waynesburg     Antoine Beale (24-115-0)
N13, 2004    Salisbury      Antoine Beale (20-125-0)
S10, 2005    Apprentice     none		
S17, 2005    Montclair St.  Shanorm Young (27-111-1)
Frostburg State freshman punter Tom Vanik was named the Atlantic Central Football Conference Rookie of the Week for his outstanding performance in FSU’s 17-14 win over Montclair State last Saturday. Vanik averaged 46.4 yards on five punts, with two of his kicks landing inside the 20. He booted an ACFC-record 76-yard punt, just three yards shy of the FSU mark set by Steve Nibbs against Bridgewater in 1971.

Junior Mike Gray and senior Kevin Culbert each blocked a field goal in FSU’s exciting 17-14 win over Montclair State last Saturday. Gray swatted down a 21-yard kick with 30 seconds left in the first half, and Culbert knocked down a potential game-tying 31-yard attempt with five ticks left in the game to preserve the victory. FSU last blocked a field goal September 27, 2003 against SUNY-Brockport (27-yarder).

Redshirt senior defensive end Kevin Culbert has enjoyed an impressive return to the lineup so far this season after missing the final seven games of 2004 with a hand injury. In FSU’s 21-3 season-opening loss at Apprentice (Sept. 10), Culbert was nearly unstoppable, recording 10 tackles, including six for loss (22 yards) and two sacks (10 yards). He also forced a fumble and recovered the ball late in the fourth quarter. He was named both the ACFC Defensive Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Southwest Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance.

In last weeks’ 17-14 win over Montclair State, Culbert made eight tackles, including six solo, four for loss and two sacks, knocked down a pass and blocked the potential game-tying field goal with five seconds remaining.

Bobcat fans can hear all 10 Frostburg State football games of the 2005 season on the internet this year. All 10 games will be broadcast live at, while FSU’s six road contests, including the Seventh Annual Regents Cup Game versus Salisbury to be played Saturday, November 12 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, will also be carried on Frostburg State radio station 91.9 WFWM and on the internet at 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.

With its 17-14 win over Montclair State September 17, Frostburg State improved to 19-13 in home-opening games since 1974 (no game locations exist in records for FSU’s first 13 years). The Bobcats also evened their record at 11-11 at Bobcat Stadium since 2000.

Salisbury is picked to repeat as Atlantic Central Football Conference champions according to the 2005 ACFC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Sea Gulls earned four first-place votes and 24 points to outdistance 2004 runner-up Wesley, who was picked second and garnered one first-place vote and 21 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. SUNY Brockport was picked third (18) while Frostburg State and Buffalo State were in a tie for fourth (11). Apprentice (5) was picked sixth.

SUNY-Brockport plays its third home game in four weeks and looks to even its record when it takes on Frostburg State. After dropping their first two games to start the season, the Golden Eagles rebounded with a hard-fought 14-7 road win against Apprentice last week.

Senior Brian Wise was a one-man show, as he led Brockport with 87 rushing yards on 10 carries, 42 receiving yards on six catches, 89 yards on six punt returns and 32 yards on one kickoff return. He also had a 70-yard punt return for touchdown called back on a blocking penalty. He opened the scoring with a three-yard rumble with 2:41 left in the first quarter and finished the game with 250 all-purpose yards.

Wise has done it all for Brockport this season and is averaging 237.3 all-purpose yards per game. He leads the team in rushing (142 yards), receiving (20 catches for 203 yards), punt returns (eight for 134) and kickoff returns (10 for 233).

Junior quarterback A.J. Covella has been the offensive catalyst, completing 57-of-97 passes for 581 yards (193.7 ypg) and five touchdowns. He has also been picked off five times. Junior wideout Mike Mahoney is another of Covella’s favorite targets, having snared 11 passes for 143 yards (13.0 average) and a touchdown. Junior tight end Mike Bond has added eight catches for 76 yards and two more scores.

Senior linebacker John Walther leads the Brockport defense with 44 tackles this season, including six for loss. He earned ACFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this past week after making 12 tackles in the win over Apprentice. He is now fifth in school history with 265 stops. Junior linebacker Damien Aliseo has added 30 stops this year.

Brockport is averaging 299.3 yards per game (99.3 rushing/200.0 passing) and is allowing 299.0 yards per contest (176.0 rushing/123.0 passing). After averaging 179.0 rushing yards per game over the last five seasons, the Golden Eagles are managing just 99.3 yards on the ground through three games this year.

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