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Football Overcomes Slow Start, Downs Apprentice in Season Opener

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Sophomore Matt Swanke (Baltimore, Md./Landsdowne) ran for a career-high 115 yards and a touchdown, and senior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) three two second-half touchdown passes to sophomore Jason McLaughlin (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) as Frostburg State overcame a sluggish start to down Apprentice 28-12 in Atlantic Central Football Conference action Saturday at Builder Field.

The Bobcats (1-0, 1-0 ACFC) trailed 12-7 with 52 seconds left in the first half but scored the final 21 points of the contest to improve to 9-2 in the their last 11 season-openers.

Apprentice (0-2, 0-1) opened the scoring jut 4:08 into the game when freshman Bruce Freeman dashed in from two yards out.

Freeman carried six times for 38 yards in the drive, including a 29-yard scamper that set up his scoring run. The extra-point attempt failed and the Builders held a 6-0 lead.

Red and Black freshman Tom Menges (Granstville, Md./Northern Garrett) recovered a fumble at the NNA 30 in the closing minutes of the first quarter, and Swanke ran in from seven yards out for his first career touchdown.

Junior Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) nailed the extra point to give FSU a 7-6 lead.

Apprentice moved back in front with 5:33 left in the first half when sophomore Kyle Franklin hit junior Ricky Doles with a five-yard touchdown pass following a fumbled punt return by the Bobcats. The extra-point attempt was blocked.

FSU took the ensuing kickoff and marched 69 yards to the NNA one, but the Builders stopped the Bobcats on third and fourth down to regain possession.

The turning point of the game came just three plays later, as FSU junior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) tackled Franklin in the end zone for a safety with 52 seconds left in the half.

The Bobcats then took over at midfield after NNA's free kick went out of bounds, and Burrough went to the air, hitting senior All-America tight end Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) three times for 29 yards to move FSU to the Builder 21.

Quisgard nailed a 39-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half to make it a 12-12 contest at the break.

FSU moved in front for good in the third quarter behind a 13-play, 72-yard drive. Burrough was 4-for-6 for 37 yards on the march, which he capped with a five-yard touchdown pass to McLaughlin. It was McLaughlin's first collegiate reception.

Quisgard then hit a 38-yard field goal with 8:28 to play to give the Bobcats a 22-12 lead, and Burrough sealed the win with a 10-yard scoring strike to McLaughlin with 4:41 left.

Burrough finished 19-of-30 for 173 yards and two touchdowns for FSU, which compiled 192 of its 365 total yards on the ground and converted 11-of-17 third downs.

Sophomore Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) made a team-high 10 tackles, including nine solo stops, while junior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) recorded eight tackles, including three for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Frostburg State will play the first of its three home games this season on Saturday when it hosts Montclair State for "Take A Kid to the Game" starting at 1:00 p.m. The Bobcats look to avenge last year's hard-fought 30-27 road loss to the Red Hawks.

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