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Football to Host Montclair State in Home Opener Saturday

View the Complete Montclair State-Frostburg State Game Notes in PDF Format

Frostburg State kicks off its home slate this Saturday at 1 when it meets Montclair State in a non-conference contest. This is the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools and just MSU’s second visit to Bobcat Stadium.

Frostburg State is 0-4 all-time versus Montclair State. The Red Hawks have won by an average of 26.5 to 11.0.
Sept. 29, 1962 - at Montclair State 20, FSU 0
Sept. 21, 2002 - at Montclair State 30, FSU 27
Sept. 21, 2003 - Montclair State 27, at FSU 3
Sept. 18, 2004 - at Montclair State 29, FSU 14

Frostburg State is coached by Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87), who is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 21-29 overall 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 one ECAC Southwest Championship game appearance (2002). Stevenson was named the ACFC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was ACFC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003.

Rick Giancola (Glassboro State (now Rowan) ‘68) is in his 23rd season as head coach at Montclair State. He owns a 152-73-2 career record, with win No. 150 coming in MSU’s 29-14 victory against Frostburg State September 18th of last year — his 58th birthday. Giancola has led the Red Hawks to eight NJAC titles, seven NCAA play-off appearances and two ECAC championship titles, and he has been named the NJAC Coach of the Year five times.

Frostburg State opened its season with a 21-3 loss at Apprentice last Saturday, while Montclair State had a bye week. The Red Hawks began their season with a hard-fought 21-14 overtime loss at home to Division I-AA Iona September 3.

Frostburg State fell to 20-24-1 all-time in season openers with its 21-3 loss at Apprentice September 10. The defeat snapped a streak of four straight wins to begin a season.

Redshirt senior defensive end Kevin Culbert enjoyed an impressive return to the lineup against Apprentice September 10. After missing the final seven games of the 2004 season with a hand injury, Culbert was nearly unstoppable, recording 10 tackles, including six for loss (22 yards) and two sacks (10 yards). He also forced a fumble and recovered the ball late in the fourth quarter. He was named both the ACFC Defensive Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Southwest Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance.

Frostburg State and Apprentice both struggled offensively in their meeting September 10, combining for just 19 first downs and 253 total yards on 118 plays. The Builders managed just 151 yards on 65 plays (2.3-yard average), while the Bobcats totaled only 102 yards on 53 plays (1.9-yard average).

Bobcat fans can hear all 10 Frostburg State football games of the 2005 season on the internet this year. All 10 games will be broadcast live at, while FSU’s six road contests, including the Seventh Annual Regents Cup Game versus Salisbury to be played Saturday, November 12 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, will also be carried on Frostburg State radio station 91.9 WFWM and on the internet at 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.

Nearly 250 fans logged onto the internet to hear FSU’s season-opening game against Apprentice September 10.

Frostburg State is 18-13 in home-opening games since 1974 (no game locations exist in records for FSU’s first 13 years). The Bobcats are just 10-11 at Bobcat Stadium since 2000.

Frostburg State has won three ACFC championships (1999, 2002 & 2003) in the league's six-year history. Wesley has won two crowns (2000 & 2001), while Salisbury has captured one (2004).

WHAT THE COACHES ARE SAYING Salisbury is picked to repeat as Atlantic Central Football Conference champions according to the 2005 ACFC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Sea Gulls earned four first-place votes to outdistance 2004 runner-up Wesley, who was picked second and garnered one first-place vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. SUNY Brockport was picked third while Frostburg State and Buffalo State were in a tie for fourth and The Apprentice School was picked sixth.

2005 ACFC Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. 	Salisbury	 24 (4)
2.	Wesley	         21 (1)			
3.	SUNY Brockport	 18 
4T. 	Buffalo State	 11
 	Frostburg State	 11
6. 	Apprentice	  5

Montclair State visits Frostburg for just the second time in school history and seeks its first win of the year after dropping a hard-fought 21-14 overtime contest to I-AA Iona in its season-opener September 3.

Senior Dennis Calacione scored two touchdowns and blocked a key extra point to lead Iona to the win. Calacione had four catches for 95 yards in the game as Iona won its first overtime contest in school history while evening its series with MSU at 3-3.

Iona jumped out to a 7-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game as Calacione pulled in a short pass and broke seven tackles en route to a 54-yard touchdown. Montclair State got back three points as sophomore linebacker Sal Fama intercepted a pass inside Iona territory that would lead to a 30-yard field goal by junior Vin Doffont with 3:11 to go in the opening period.

The Red Hawks then cut the deficit to 7-5 on the next Iona possession as a bad snap on a punt attempt rolled out of the end zone for a safety. Iona opened a 14-5 cushion at the break on a one-yard run by Rudy Arcara just 55 seconds before intermission.

The teams then battled through a scoreless third quarter before MSU tallied nine points in the fourth to force overtime. Doffont booted a 49-yard field goal, the second-longest of his career, at the 9:45 mark, and senior Eric Ferriol found fellow senior Brian Reitmeyer for a 28-yard scoring strike with 2:47 to play. However, Calacione made sure the game stayed that way as he blocked the extra point attempt.

The Red Hawks won the overtime toss and elected to play defense first, but Calacione snared a 25-yard scoring strike over the middle on the first play. Iona’s defense did the rest, stuffing Ferriol on 4 th-and-goal from the one.

Ferriol, who was making his first start at quarterback after moving from wide receiver last year, completed 16-of-31 passes for 163 yards. Billy Dee Williams led MSU with 76 rushing yards on 13 carries. Fama and Ben Burklow each had nine tackles.

Montclair State outgained Iona 330-235, including 258-130 in the second half.

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