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Football vs. Salisbury in Eighth Annual Regents' Cup

Frostburg State meets arch rival Salisbury in the Eighth Annual Regents’ Cup game at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium this Saturday. FSU heads into the game with a 2-6 record while SU is 4-5.

Frostburg State ended a two-game winning streak with a 21-7 loss to Waynesburg while Salisbury ended a three-game slide with a 17-14 upset of Widener.

Entering this Saturday’s game against the Sea Gulls, FSU is ranked 53rd in scoring defense (15.9), 65th in total defense (265.8) 70th in pass efficiency defense (105.6) and 78th in kickoff returns (19.5 ypr).

The Bobcat defense has limited its last three opponents to less than 250 yards in total offense. Last Saturday, FSU held Waynesburg to 68 yards on the ground, the third opponent this season with less than 100 yards rushing.

Freshman punter Nicholas Payne is 55th among NCAA Division III players averaging 36.8 yards per punt while freshman Arien Heggs is 61st with a 22.5 kickoff return average.

Junior defensive end Gabe Ellis is 60th in forced fumbles (0.25) and classmate Shanorm Young is 96th in the country with 73.6 yards rushing per game.

Redshirt-junior tight end Fred Howze has caught a pass in 20-straight games for FSU. During that stretch, he has caught 50 balls for 663 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide out T.J.Changuris has a streak of his own. He has hauled in at least one pass in 18-consecutive games. During that time, he has made 47 receptions for 565 yards and one score.

On the final weekend of the regular season, the FSU/SU game is the only conference matchup. However, Apprentice takes on Chowan in the Oyster Bowl, Wesley looks to finish the regular season a perfect 10-0 when it welcomes SUNY Morrisville to Wolverine Stadium and SUNY Brockport hosts ex-ACFC foe Buffalo State.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Salisbury vs. Frostburg State, 2:00 pm
SUNY Morrisville at Wesley, 1:00 pm
Buffalo State at SUNY Brockport, 1:00 pm
Chowan at Apprentice, 1:00 pm

Saturday’s contest marks the final game in a FSU uniform for 18 seniors. The presentation will be held approximately 30 minutes (1:30 pm) before kickoff at midfield. The Bobcat seniors who will be honored are: wide receiver Bobby Alkire, nose guard Justin Bressler, wide receiver T.J. Changuris, defensive end Ryan Cutsail, defensive back Mike Gray, center Jack Hopkins, offensive lineman Glenn Jones, left tackle Dave Kenderdine, running back Antoine Lewis, full back Tyler Miller, defensive end Ryan Nazelrod, linebacker Dan Nice, linebacker Lathon Romaine, defensive back Jonathan Shearin, wide receiver Robby Silk, defensive back Steve Skipper, defensive back Vincent Thomas and right tackle Pete Wilson.

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,” Krone, will again handle the play-by-play duties, and former Frostburg State player, Wynder, will again be alongside, offering analysis of the action on the field.

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 29-39 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.

Sherman Wood (Salisbury, ‘84) is in his seventh season with the Sea Gulls and 13th as a collegiate head coach. Wood has guided SU to a 49-31 overall record including NCAA Playoff appearances in 2002 and 2004, an undefeated regular season in 2004, an ACFC Championship in 2004 and an ECAC Southeast Bowl Championship last fall. Wood has also guided Salisbury to a best-ever No. 5 ranking during the 2004 season.

Salisbury squares off against Frostburg State for the 34th-ever meeting this afternoon in the Eighth Annual Regents Cup Game.

SU holds the all-time series edge 17-16 and enters the contest having defeated FSU in each of the last two seasons.

The Sea Gulls are coming off an impressive 17-14 upset of Widener last Saturday.

Brendan Kincaid booted a 44-yard field goal with 4:06 to play to in the third quarter to give Salisbury a 17-14 lead, and the final points of the game.

Widener scored the first points of the contest just under four minutes into the opening quarter when Matt Campbell connected with Jamie Schild for a 26-yard touchdown pass.

Two possessions later, SU answered to tie the game at seven. The Sea Gulls took advantage of a botched punt on the Widener 10-yard line as Jamar Garner scored on a nine-yard scoring strike from Ronnie Curley.

With 8:37 to play in the second quarter, Curley hooked up with Kevin Tillage for a 47-yard touchdown to give the Sea Gulls a 14-7 edge.

Widener scored just 1:43 into the second period when Campbell found Elliott White with a 35-yard touchdown pass to even the ballgame at 14.

Curley, who finished the game against WC 6-of-12 for 123 yards and one touchdown, leads the SU offense. He has completed 34-of-78 attempts for 512 yards and five touchdowns on the season and has also carried the ball 84 times for 324 yards and four scores. Anthony Johnson is second on the team with 263 yards on 69 carries and one score.

As a team, Salisbury is averaging 202.3 yards per contest on the ground, good for first in the ACFC and 20th in NCAA Division III.

Tillage leads the receiving unit with two touchdowns on five catches for 143 yards while Chris Newton and Valdase Morris lead the Sea Gulls with seven catches each.

The SU defense has also had a solid season, ranking 37th in total defense, holding opponents to 244.9 yards of offense a game.

Matt Barnes leads the team with 47 tackles, 30 solo and 17 assisted, including five for loss with one sack and one interception. Ryan Hesnan is second on the Sea Gulls with 46 stops, 28 solo and 18 assisted, with three tackles for loss.

Byron Westbrook is a dangerous player for SU both on defense and special teams. He has recorded 26 tackles to go with a team-best five interceptions. He has also returned 20 kickoffs for 458 yards and one touchdown, good for 49th in the nation in return average.

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