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Football Travels to Union (Ky.) Saturday For First Road Game of Season

Frostburg State travels to Union (Ky.) for the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The contest is the first road game for the Bobcats this season after opening their schedule with five-straight home games. FSU is 0-5 overall while UC is 2-4.

Frostburg State lost to Thomas More 13-7. FSU scored the game’s first touchdown, the first lead the Bobcats have had all season. Union lost a low scoring contest to Lambuth, 9-3.

Entering this Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs, the Bobcats are ranked 47th among NCAA Division III teams in kickoff returns (22.17 ypr), 73rd in pass efficiency defense (104.7 pct) and 99th in total defense (292.4 ypg).

Freshman Nicholas Payne is 45th among NCAA Division III players averaging 37.2 yards per punt and classmate Arien Heggs ranks 56th in the country in kickoff returns, averaging 22.8 yards per return. Junior running back Shanorm Young is 77th in the nation in rushing with a 78.0 yards per game average.

The Bobcats start the season 0-5 for the first time since 1977. That same year, Frostburg State opened the year with nine-straight losses and finished 1-9 overall. FSU has now lost its last seven games dating back to the final two games of last season, Salisbury (30-24) and Moravian (14-7).

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.

Junior running back Shanorm Young eclipsed the 100-yard barrier last Saturday for the second time this season, carrying the ball 30 times for 119 yards. In the season opener against Apprentice, Young ran for 110 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown.

Redshirt-junior tight end Fred Howze has caught a pass in 17 consecutive games for FSU. He started the streak in the second to last game of the 2004 season.

Salisbury plays a rare Thursday evening game at St. Peter’s while the other four ACFC teams are in action on Saturday. SUNY Brockport and Wesley will do battle in the only conference matchup.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Salisburg at St. Peter’s, 7:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 21
SUNY Brockport at Wesley, 1:00 pm
Maritime(Ny.) at Apprentice, 1:00 pm
Frostburg State at Union (Ky.), 1:30 pm

All five ACFC squads are in action on Saturday as SUNY Brockport, FSU and Apprentice all host games. Wesley and Salisbury meet in the lone league matchup.
Saturday, Oct. 28
SUNY Morrisville at SUNY Brockport, 1:00 pm
Westminster at Frostburg State, 1:00 pm
Southern Virginia at Newport News, 1:00 pm
Wesley at Salisbury, 1:00 pm

Frostburg State hosts Westminster next Saturday on Homecoming. WC leads the all-time series 8-2-1 but the Bobcats won last year’s game, 16-13. FSU has also won four out of its last five HC games.

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.

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 is in his seventh season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 27-38 in his seven 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.

Tommy Reid (Glenville State ‘96) is in his fifth season as head coach and 11th overall with the Union football program. Reid has guided the Bulldogs to a 17-37 overall record. Reid has placed 19 players on the Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette All-American teams including one first-team selection.

Four players have also been named to the All-American squads. Additionally, 11 players have been named to the All-Mid-South Conference First Team.

The Union College Bulldogs travel to Frostburg State for the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Union enters the contest with a 2-4 overall record after a tough 9-3 loss to Lambuth last Saturday.

The Bulldogs also enter Saturday’s game ranked in the top 20 in the NAIA in two statistical categories. The UC defense is eighth, holding opponents to just a 21.4 percent conversion rate on fourth down. Union is also 18th in the country is sacks, averaging 2.3 per contest.

The 12 points scored last Saturday in the meeting between Union and Lambuth, was the lowest score in the 19 previous meetings between the two teams.

Lambuth scored the game’s first points with a 39-yard field goal with just one second left in the first half.

LU added to its lead to its lead with 44 seconds left in the third quarter when Allen Ervin scored on a three-yeard run to give his team a 9-0 edge.

Union finally got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter when Chad Wilson kicked a 35-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 9-3.

The Bulldogs had a chance to score late in the fourth quarter. UC had the ball on the LU four-yard line on fourth down, but freshman running back Terance Pollock was stopped for a three-yard loss to seal the win for Lambuth.

Neither offense was able to move the ball with Union holding a 243-208 edge in total offense. For the third game in a row, the Union defense held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing as Lambuth managed just 85 yards on the ground.

On the season, the Bulldog ground game is led by Pollock with 366 yards on 83 carries and six touchdowns. Kyle Callahan leads the team in passing yards, completing 34-of-90 attempts for 578 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target is Stephen Hunter, who has hauled in 10 passes for 211 yards and one score.

Defensively, junior linebacker Patrick O’Neal paces the team with 56 tackles, 18 solo and 38 assisted, including two for loss and one sack. He ranks ninth in the nation in tackles per game (11.2).

Senior linebacker Brandon Webb is second on the team with 49 tackles, 17 solo and 32 assisted. He has made 12.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 2.5 sacks. He is second among the NAIA ranks with 2.0 tackles for loss per game.

Freshman defensive back Ty Harris leads the club with four interceptions to go along with 26 tackles, 15 solo and 11 assisted. He is fifth in the country, averaging 0.7 picks a game.

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