Frostburg Football Continues Amazing Run

Dec 11, 2018 11:00 AM

By Noah Becker M’06

The Frostburg State University football team is continuing its climb in FSU record books.

It began its season with a 10-game winning streak for the first time in program history and put together its first-ever undefeated regular season. The Bobcats claimed their first outright New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship since joining the league in 2014. FSU earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs for the second straight year and for the third time overall in program history. The Bobcats hosted and defeated Western New England 42-24 for their first-ever home NCAA Playoff win. Frostburg finished the season 10-1 (8-0 NJAC) for their third straight double-digit win season.

The Bobcats clinched the NJAC crown with a 38-35 overtime victory over in-state rival Salisbury in the 20th annual Regents Cup. The Bobcats rallied from deficits of 28-21 and 35-28 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. In overtime, sophomore kicker Jeremy Harrison connected on a 37-yard field goal, and the Bobcat defense forced and recovered a fumble on the first snap of Salisbury’s possession in overtime to clinch the Regents Cup and NJAC title.

In early October, Frostburg picked up its highest-ranked victory in program history with a 35-34 win at No. 6 Wesley for the Bobcats’ first win over the Wolverines since 2003. FSU overcame an early 14-0 deficit and trailed twice in the fourth quarter before senior running back Jamaal Morant scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:43 remaining in regulation.

Coach DeLane Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Frostburg State football history after a week-four win over Rowan, and he was named the NJAC Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons. Senior quarterback Connor Cox was named the NJAC Offensive Player of the Year and finished his career as Frostburg’s all-time leader in passing yards (8,447), completions (601) and touchdowns (86).

The Bobcats placed a total of 14 players on the All-NJAC teams, including seniors Riley Hartman, Joey Powell, Morant, Grayson Boyce, O’Shane McCall, Dre’Quan Reed and Noah Teeter. Junior wide receiver Malik Morris posted the second 1,000-yard receiving season in school history, finishing the year with 42 receptions, 1,009 yards and nine touchdowns on his way to a First Team selection. Sophomore defensive lineman Zach Strand led the Bobcat defense with 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks in and was one of three underclassmen listed on the All-NJAC First Team.

The 2019 class of Frostburg State football seniors wrapped up their careers with a program-record 37 wins over the last four years. FSU football qualified for postseason play for three-consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. The Bobcats have been featured on the last 27 straight D3football.com’s Top 25 polls, including the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons.