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Football Loses to Apprentice, 20-10, in Season Opener

FROSTBURG, Md. --- Junior Kyle Franklin threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Apprentice to a 20-10 victory over Frostburg State Saturday evening in Atlantic Central Football Conference action.

For the second consecutive year, FSU (0-1, 0-1 ACFC) drops its season opener to Apprentice while the Builders start 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

On their second possession, the Builders got on the board when Franklin connected with sophomore wide receiver Lawrence Frost for a 15-yard touchdown.

NNA needed just 30 yards on seven plays for the score after a Bobcat punt gave the visitors the ball on deep in FSU territory. The extra point was made by freshman kicker Mathew Edelen and Apprentice took a 7-0 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing possession, FSU mounted a 12-play 48-yard drive down to the Apprentice 19-yard line, but the Builders’ junior linebacker Quentin Forbes intercepted a junior Andre Dixon (Washington, D.C./Eleanor Roosevelt) pass and returned the ball to the FSU 30-yard line. After nine plays and just 16 yards, Apprentice missed a 30-yard field goal with 9:45 left in the second quarter.

The Bobcats would take over on their own 14-yard line and begin to mount another drive. Freshman running back Matt Clark (Suitland, Md./Crossland) had runs of 14 and 13-yards but the drive stalled at the 44-yard line and FSU was forced to punt.

Freshman linebacker Thomas Moultrie, the reigning ACFC Rookie of the Week, blocked the punt and returned it 44-yards for a Builder touchdown. After the Edelen extra point try was good, NNA led 14-0 with 4:45 left and would eventually carry that lead into the locker rooms.

Frostburg State put together a 15-play 58-yard drive on its first possession of the second half. The drive appeared to stall at the Newport News 43-yard line, but a pass interference call gave the Bobcats a first down on the NNA 32-yard line.

Four downs later, FSU was faced with a fourth-and-six but Dixon connected with junior Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic) for a 16-yard screen pass to set the Bobcats up on the Builder two-yard line.

Two plays later, FSU fumbled the ball away and Apprentice took over on the two-yard line. On the very next play, junior Najier Frazer (Bowie, Md./Duval) tackled senior tailback Bruce Freeman in the endzone for a safety to cut the deficit to 14-2.

After a Bobcat four-and-out, Apprentice mounted a 10-play 71-yard scoring drive to take a 20-2 lead. The drive was highlighted by a 31-yard pass play from Franklin to senior wideout Travis Reid and a 28-yard run by senior fullback Ben Brown.

Franklin capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was blocked by senior Mike Gray (Baltimore, Md./City College).

Frostburg State would cut the score to 20-10 on the ensuing possession. The drive started on the FSU 35-yard line after the kickoff went out of bounds.

On the first two carries of the drive Young rushed for 21-yards and Dixon connected with junior tight end Fred Howze (Upper Marlboro, Md./FTH Catholic) on back-to-back passes for 28-yards to put the Bobcats on the NNA 16-yard line.

After Dixon rushed for 11-yards on fourth-and-two, Young scored from four yards out for his only touchdown of the ballgame to make the score 20-8. Dixon and Howze connected on the two-point conversion to bring the score to 20-10.

After holding Apprentice on their last two possessions, the Bobcats were unable to mount a scoring drive as the game came to a close.

Young led the Bobcats offensively rushing for 110 yards on 29 carries and one score while Dixon completed 11 of 22 passes for 105 yards and one interception. Senior linebacker Lathon Romaine (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) led the Bobcats on defense with nine tackles.

Despite the loss, FSU held the advantage over Apprentice in first downs (21-11), rushing yards (169-115), total yards (274-198) and time of possession (35:58-24:02).

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