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Football Opens Season with Apprentice

Frostburg State begins its 46th season of football with Saturday's contest against Apprentice at 6:00 pm. FSU looks to avenge last season’s 21-3 season-opening loss to Apprentice. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 9-4-1.

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.

Frostburg State is 20-24-1 all-time in season openers and this year marks the fifth time that the Bobcats have opened their season with the Builders. FSU is 3-1 when opening the season against Apprentice.

Frostburg State owns a 9-4-1 lead in the all-time series versus Apprentice. However, the Bobcats are 5-1 against the Builders at Bobcat Stadium.

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 89-66 (.574) overall at Bobcat Stadium.

This Saturday’s contest against Apprentice marks the first-ever night game 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.

Frostburg State finished the 2005 season 6-5 overall and runners-up in the ECAC Southwest Championship. The Bobcats will look to carry the momentum from last season into the 2006 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 enters his seventh season at the helm of the Bobcat program.

Stevenson is 27-33 in his six 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.

Apprentice head coach Phil Janaro (King’s 65) is in his fifth year of his second stint at the helm of the Builder football program. Janaro initially coached Apprentice to a 16-12 mark from 1985 to 1987, capping his stay with an 8-2 mark. The Builders are 29-38 overall under Janaro.

Apprentice looks for its second consecutive win when it visits Frostburg State Saturday evening. The Builders opened the season last Saturday with a 21-20 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan.

The Builders trailed 20-9 with 10:11 left in the fourth quarter but rallied with two late touchdowns. The final score came with 1:10 remaining when Joseph Bruce returned a blocked punt, 48-yards for a touchdown.

Junior quarterback Kyle Franklin led the charge throwing for 213 yards and one touchdown including a 46-yard scoring strike to junior wideout Travis Reid at the end of the first quarter.

Reid, the ACFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, had a successful afternoon hauling in eight passes for 178 yards and one touchdown. The ground game was powered by senior tailback Bruce Freeman, who carried the ball 27 times for 134 yards and one score.

Defensively, sophomore safety Quentin Forbes made 10 tackles, two and a half for loss, with one sack and one pass deflection. Senior linebacker Leroy Bracey had eight stops, one and a half for loss, and one sack. Freshman linebacker Thomas Moultrie was selected as the ACFC’s Rookie of the Week after recording one sack and one interception.

Apprentice looks to start the 2006 season, 2-0, and should test the Bobcats on Saturday. The Builders return 20 starters, 10 offensive and 10 defensive, from their 2005 squad that finished 4-6 overall.

Reid, a second-team All-ACFC performer in 2005, led the receiving unit with 30 catches for 652 yards and eight touchdowns. Freeman earned honorable-mention all-conference honors last fall and returns as the teams leading rusher. He carried the ball 189 times for 758 yards.

The Builder defense returns three all-conference players from 2005 including first-team selections Olando Robinson and Tony Scott. Last season, Robinson had 67 tackles, 12.5 behind the line, nine sacks and two recovered fumbles while Scott had 33 stops to go along with two interceptions, eight pass breakups and one forced fumble.

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