MEC Football Roundup
FROSTBURG STATE 24,
FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State topped Urbana, 24-16, on Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium. The win is the fourth straight for the Bobcats (4-1, 4-1).
The Frostburg defense nearly pitched a shutout as it held the Blue Knights to just 77 yards of offense through three quarters. Urbana scored two late touchdowns to narrow the final deficit to eight and the Knights finished the afternoon with 231 yards in offense.
A Will Brunson touchdown run in the first quarter provided the only points in the first half as the Bobcats took a 7-0 lead into the locker room. Brunson added a TD pass in the third quarter to double the lead, and Jeremy Harrison’s 28-yard field goal made it 17-0 early in the fourth quarter. Gavin Lavat made it 24-0 after plunging in from the 2.
Urbana (3-2, 3-2), which lost for the second straight week after opening the season at 3-0, got on the board with 5:40 left in the game as Isaiah Young hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Eddie Stockett. Urbana got the ball back with just four-plus left and managed to drive the ball 76 yards for another touchdown and another two-point conversion, but were left with just 39 seconds on the clock. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Frostburg State to seal the victory.
Brunson was 14 of 26 for 214 yards with a touchdown rushing and another passing. Lavat carried 24 times for 124 yards with one touchdown. Lincoln Ikwubuo had four catches for 76 yards with a score, and also successfully covered both Urbana onside kick attempts. Defensively, FSU held Urbana 231 yards of total offense (41 yards rushing) and 12 first downs in the game. Walter Riley was in on eight stops, and Carl Igweh had two TFL with a sack.
Stockett was 17 of 27 for 190 yards with two TDs and one interception. LA Kelly had a game-high 14 tackles, including three for a loss.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE 39,
West Liberty 29
INSTITUTE — West Virginia State held off West Liberty, 39-29, on Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field.
The Yellow Jackets (4-1, 4-0) led just 16-14 at halftime, but added to their lead when Austin Hensley found Dylan Lucas from 10 yards out to pull ahead 23-14. The score remained early in the fourth quarter until West Liberty’s Zach Phillips scored on a touchdown run. State responded less than two minutes later on a Donovan Riddick reception from receiver Zach Pate. The Yellow Jackets then added a safety to make it 32-21 with just 6:29 remaining. WVSU put the game away on a 20-yard run from Lucas before a late West Liberty score set the final margin.
Hensley finished the game 24 of 41 for 268 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. AJ Barrette had seven catches for 123 yards and one TD. Lucas racked up 149 yards on the ground on 21 carries with one touchdown.
Defensively, Kenan Johnson was in on 11 tackles including two for a loss with one sack. Dustin Crouser had six tackles (five solo) with a pair of TFL.
Phillips completed 16 of 32 passes for three touchdowns and one interception. He also had 16 carries for 28 yards and a TD. Davontae Williams had two interceptions and Logan Deri recorded a game-high 13 tackles.
#5 NOTRE DAME 52,
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Fifth-ranked Notre Dame rolled to a 52-6 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Mueller Field. The Falcons scored touchdowns on each of the first seven possessions and then added a field goal on its eighth possession to cruise to the victory.
Chris Brimm was 14 of 16 for 260 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions to lead NDC (5-0, 5-0). Marvelle Ross had seven catches for 134 yards with one TD. Andrew Turski had a pair of TD receptions. Bryce Sheppert had two picks to go with a team-high seven tackles. Curtis Collins had two tackles for a loss in the game.
Jarrett Northrup was 12 of 21 for 127 yards with one touchdown and was picked twice for WVWC (1-4, 1-3). Derek Drapen had six catches for 96 yards with one touchdown. John Merica had 10 tackles, including two for a loss, to lead the Bobcats on defense.
WHEELING — The University of Charleston had 539 yards of total offense, including 332 on the ground, in a 51-12 win over Wheeling on Saturday at Bishop Schmitt Field.
Tyreik McAllister carried the ball 19 times for 166 yards and found the end zone twice. Joe Street added 10 carries for 80 yards and a score.
Brant Grisel was 17 of 31 yards for 207 yards and three touchdowns. All three of his TD passes went to Michael Strachan, who had eight catches for 87 yards.
UC held Wheeling to 262 yards of total offense. Michael Perry and Kei Beckham each had five solo tackles, and Kenjae Rose had three tackles for a loss.
Tucker Strachan was 18 of 32 for 192 yards and two touchdowns for Wheeling (0-5, 0-5). Jaquaun Davidson had seven catches for 123 yards and a pair of scores.
HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Concord University football team fell in its only non-conference game of the season, 38-14, to Hillsdale Saturday afternoon at Frank Waters Stadium.
Concord (0-5) scored first and stayed with the Chargers for the majority of the first half. Hillsdale connected on a 60-yard Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half to grab a 17-7 lead. CU missed on a field goal attempt in the third quarter, and then the Chargers stretched their lead with a touchdown at the end of the stanza. Hillsdale put the game away with two more scores in the fourth.
Senior wide receiver Brandon Plyler caught a touchdown pass on the final play of the contest. For Plyler, he had 11 receptions for 150 yards in the contest.
Junior wide receiver Tywan Pearce also went past the century mark receiving as he hauled in seven catches for a career-best 110 yards to go with the touchdown.
Both CU quarterbacks, senior Kyle Akin and redshirt freshman Matt Shearer, each had touchdown passes in the game.
Junior linebacker Dwain Porterfield collected a career-best 12 tackles while senior defensive back Ke’Shawn Hall added 11 stops on the afternoon.