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Salisbury Hands Frostburg State a 42-15 Defeat in the Eighth Annual Regents' Cup Football Game

TOWSON, Md. – In the Eighth Annual Regents’ Cup football game, Salisbury handed Frostburg State a 42-15 loss Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University in front of 2,410.

FSU’s season ends with a 2-7 overall record and a 0-4 Atlantic Central Football Conference mark. SU evens its record to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference and awaits a possible bid to an Eastern College Athletic Conference bowl.

The two teams racked up 723 yards in total offense. All of the Sea Gulls yards came via the running game as they amassed 402 yards on the ground led by sophomore quarterback Ronnie Curley, who carried the ball 14 times for 178 yards and one touchdown.

For his effort, he was awarded the Mike McGlinchey Most Valuable Player Award.

The Bobcats totaled 321 yards, 198 through the air and 164 on the ground, in the loss. Junior quarterback Andre Dixon (Washington, D.C./Eleanor Roosevelt) led the team with 154 yard through the air on 13-of-26 attempts for one touchdown and two interceptions, both coming in the fourth quarter.

He also ran for 42 yards on 13 carries. Freshman kicker Nathan Mehorn (Berlin, Pa./Berlin Brothersvalley) won the McGlinchey Award for the Bobcats after converting three field goals including a 42 yarder in the first quarter.

Curley opened the scoring with an 18-yard scoring run with 8:53 left in the first quarter. FSU answered, putting together a seven-play 41-yard drive that was capped with Menhorn’s 42-yard field goal.

The Bobcats started the drive on their own 42 after freshman Arien Heggs (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) returned the kickoff 38 yards. On the third play of the drive, freshman running back Matt Clark (Suitland, Md./Crossland) scampered for 22 yards to setup the score.

Frostburg State narrowed the gap to 7-6 on its first drive of the second quarter when Menhorn booted a 25-yard field goal.

The drive opened with back-to-back 27-yard runs from Clark and junior running back Shanorm Young (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic). However, the drive stalled at the SU eight, forcing the field goal attempt.

Salisbury would add two touchdowns late in the opening half to increase its lead to 21-6. Senior Anthony Johnson ran the ball into the endzone from 30-yards out with 3:52 on the clock and freshman Valdase Morris scored on an eight-yard run with just 23 second left in the second quarter to give SU a comfortable lead at halftime.

On the first drive of the second half, Menhorn capped an 11-play 78-yard drive, to narrow the deficit to 21-9. Dixon tossed two 21-yard completions on the drive; the first to junior tight end Fred Howze (Upper Marlboro, Md./FTH Catholic) and the second to Young.

However, FSU’s drive would again stall inside the SU 10, this time on the five, as Menhorn chipped in a 22-yarder, his third and final field goal.

Salisbury again followed a FSU field goal with two touchdowns. The Sea Gulls made the score 28-9 with 1:55 left in the third quarter when junior wideout Chris Newton scored from nine yards out.

SU scored again on its ensuing drive when Morris added his second touchdown of the afternoon, early in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats scored their only touchdown of the ballgame at 10:49 in the fourth, when Dixon connected with senior wide receiver T.J. Changuris (Frederick, Md./Seneca Valley) for a 12-yard score. FSU went for a two-point conversion but failed when Dixon’s pass sailed through the back of the endzone to make the score 35-15.

Salisbury ended the scoring when it tacked on a touchdown with 2:04 left in the game. Sophomore running back Shelby Fisher ran in from two yards on for a 42-15 advantage.

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