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Football Shuts Out Apprentice in Season Opener

FROSTBURG, MD — Redshirt-sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) completed 10-of-19 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns in his first start in two years as Frostburg State opened the 2004 season with a 14-0 win over Apprentice Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

Ward, who started one game and completed 1-of-4 passes for three yards as a true freshman in 2002 before red-shirting last year, had a rough start to the day, fumbling the ball away at his own 48 on a roll-out on just the third play from scrimmage.

Apprentice freshman Josh King recovered the ball at the FSU 34, but the Bobcat defense forced a three-and-out to escape any danger.

Ward atoned for the miscue on FSU’s next possession when he tossed a short pass to junior Gil Bolden (Middleburg, Va./Loudoun Valley), who crossed over the middle of the field and outraced several defenders down the near side of the field for a 74-yard touchdown.

Senior Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) booted the extra point to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with 10:49 left in the opening quarter.

Frostburg State (1-0), which won its fourth straight season opener, took a 14-0 lead with 5:04 left in the second on another catch-and-run.

On first-and-10 from the Apprentice 45, Ward hit senior Adam J. Snyder (Scottdale, Pa./South Moreland) with a 10-yard pass, and Snyder spun out of a tackle and sprinted down the Bobcat sideline for another score.

Apprentice (1-1) looked to get on the board on its next possession when freshman Charles McQuerry found fellow freshman Travis Reid for an apparent 65-yard touchdown strike. However, a holding penalty negated the score and FSU took a 14-0 lead into halftime.

The Builders opened the second half with an impressive drive, moving from their 20 to the Bobcat 35. However, FSU senior Turon Kendrick (Baltimore, Md./Parkville) thwarted the scoring threat by intercepting a pass by sophomore Ramirez Crumbley at the Bobcat one-yard line on a fourth-and-11 play.

After forcing a punt, Apprentice took over at its 45 and moved to the FSU 13, but Crumbley was sacked for a loss of 11 yards by senior Dan Ruppert (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) and freshman Moses Fokou (Rockville, Md./Bullis) to help end the threat.

Kendrick came up with another big play in the opening minutes of the fourth, picking off Crumbley at the FSU 19 to keep the Builders at bay.

Apprentice’s final chance to score ended in more frustration whe Crumbley was stopped on third-and-three and fourth-and-one runs inside the Bobcat 30 with 4:44 left.

Apprentice had the ball 36:24 to FSU’s 23:36 and held a 13-7 advantage in first downs. However, the Builders managed just 197 total yards on 71 plays, while the Bobcats had 204 yards on 47 plays. FSU managed just 11 rushing yards on 28 attempts.

Bolden finished with three catches for a career-high 94 yards and a touchdown.

Senior All-America defensive end Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) led the Bobcats with 14 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) added 12 tackles, while Fokou added 10 stops in his collegiate debut.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday when they visit Montclair State for a 1:00 pm kickoff.

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