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Football to Battle Montclair State, Remnants of Isabel Sunday

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FROSTBURG, MD — Sunday's in September are usually reserved for the National Football League, but Frostburg State will get its chance to play on the final day of the week for the first time in school history when it hosts Montclair State Sunday at Bobcat Stadium. Kickoff is 1:00 pm.

The first 250 fans will receive their choice of free THUNDERSTIX or a 2003 Frostburg State football schedule poster.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but inclement weather caused by Hurricane Isabel forced a one-day delay.

Frostburg State officials took precautions by placing tarps used on the Bobcat baseball and softball fields down the center of the football field, but the game could still be decided by who can win the battle in the trenches.

The Bobcats ran 45 times for 192 yards in last week's 28-12 win over Apprentice and feature a deep corps of running backs.

Sophomore Matt Swanke (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) ran for a career-high 115 yards and a touchdown to earn Atlantic Central Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, while junior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon Valley) and senior Ed Kearney (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) combined for an additional 60 yards on the ground.

Montclair State, winners of 16 New Jersey Athletic Conference titles, dropped a 22-14 season-opening decision to Springfield last Saturday.

The Red Hawks were done in by five turnovers, including two inside the the Springfield 20-yardline in the fourth quarter. MSU also missed two field goals and an extra point.

Sophomore Eugene Vick ran 10 times for 38 yards, but the team managed just 58 yards on 31 attempts for the game.

Both quarterbacks have the potential to put up impressive numbers. Bobcat senior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), who completed 19-of-30 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns last week, owns 12 FSU records and will likely set two more marks Sunday.

Burrough enters the game tied with Jobie Waldt for the all-time school mark in completions (413) and is three passing attempts away from surpassing Waldt's record (771).

Burrough will look to atone for a rough outing against the Red Hawks last season, when he threw a career-high four interceptions in a 30-27 road loss. Two of his picks were returned for touchdowns by MSU linebacker John Lennox.

Burrough did complete 21-of-46 passes for 288 yards and tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make things interesting. He then helped the Bobcats drive to the Red Hawk 26 with 38 seconds left but was stripped of the ball. MSU recovered and ran out the clock.

Red Hawk sophomore John DiGirolamo completed 15-of-33 passes for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week but was picked off three times, including his last at the goalline with 2:11 to play.

Both sides feature solid defensive units. FSU held Apprentice to just 202 total yards, while MSU limited Springfield to only 238 yards and forced four turnovers.

Bobcat senior linebacker Andy Wilson (La Vale, Md./Allegany) had nine tackles and a sack last week, while Lennox had 12 tackles and a safety against Springfield.

Lennox was playing in his first game since tearing knee ligaments in the third quarter against Iona last September 28.

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