ACFC Football Preview - Week 5
Salisbury (4-0, 1-0) at Apprentice (1-3, 0-2)
Apprentice Field Newport News, Va. 1 p.m.
Salisbury plays its first conference road game Saturday with a visit to Newport News Apprentice. Game time at Apprentice Field is 1:30 pm, with local radio coverage on WICO 1320 AM in Salisbury and Internet coverage on www.wicoam.com.
Salisbury and Apprentice have met 10 times previously, with Salisbury holding a 6-4 edge in the series. The Builders won three of the first four meetings between the teams, while the Sea Gulls have won five of the last six, including each of the past two years by identical 31-6 final scores.
In last year's game, Salisbury blocked four Apprentice kicks, including three punts, and started a 21-point fourth quarter run with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
Junior quarterback Travis Peters, making his first collegiate start, rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns to help the Sea Gulls remain unbeaten with a 54-20 non-conference win over Greensboro at home last week. Peters earned ACFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
Junior Leroy Satchell added 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground for Salisbury last week. The Gulls generated 327 yards rushing and 418 total yards.
Salisbury is averaging 34.5 points per game (2nd best in the ACFC) through four contests, while allowing 14.5 ppg (2nd in ACFC). The Gulls are allowing just 72.2 yards per game rushing (2nd in ACFC) and 255.2 yards per game in total defense (1st in ACFC).
The Builders host 23rd-ranked Salisbury University for Homecoming in their first home ACFC contest of the year. This game will be broadcasted on ESPN Radio 1310 in the Tidewater area.
Freshman Charles McQuerry, making his first career start at quarterback, accounted for two of the Builders' touchdowns on scoring runs of one and nine-yards. He has three of the four touchdowns scored by the Builders on the ground.
Sophomore Bruce Freeman ran for a career-high 149 yards as the Builders gained 279 on the ground against Chowan. That marked the highest single-game total since Ricky Doles ran for 166 yards against Gallaudet in 2002.
The Builders enter this week's contest ranked first in the ACFC in Rushing Defense (65.8 ypg) and second in total defense (277.2 ypg).
Freshman Tony Scott was named ACFC Rookie of the Week with a four tackle, two pass breakup and one interception performance against Chowan.
Frostburg State (1-2, 1-1) at Buffalo State (0-4, 0-1)
Coyer Field Buffalo, NY 1 p.m.
Frostburg State Notes
Frostburg State meets Buffalo State for just the third time. Both teams have a win apiece in the brief series. The Bengals claimed the last contest 24-13 in 1985; the Bobcats won the first-ever meeting 20-17 in 1984.
The Bobcats had their nine-game ACFC winning streak snapped with a 24-10 loss to SUNY Brockport last Saturday. The streak started October 27, 2001 with a 44-13 defeat of Apprentice.
After gaining 204 and 205 total yards in its first two games, Frostburg State put up 205 in the first half alone against Brockport. However, the Golden Eagles held the Bobcats to just 56 yards in the second half.
Frostburg State has scored just 38 points in its first three games, its lowest stretch to start a season since 1987 (37 points). The Bobcats have been held to 14 or fewer points in each game this season; the last time they were held to three consecutive games with 14 or fewer points was 1988 (0, 10 and 9 points to end the year).
Frostburg State has not allowed a point in the third quarter this season, but the Bobcats have not scored a point in the fourth.
Buffalo State Notes
Buffalo State will look for its first victory of the season this Saturday when it hosts conference-rival Frostburg State. The game is the homecoming contest for Buffalo State, who is playing its third of four-consecutive home games. The Bengals are 1-1 all-time against the Bobcats, losing 20-17 in 1984 and winning 24-13 in 1985.
The Bengals are coming off a 28-14 loss to Cortland last Saturday. Buffalo State rallied to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but the Red Dragons scored two touchdowns in a span of 32 seconds late in the game to clinch the victory. Buffalo State freshman running back James Perkins registered his first 100-yard game with 121 yards on 29 carries. Jonathan Allen also had career bests with nine catches for 113 yards and both Bengal touchdowns.
Buffalo State committed 10 penalties for 98 yards in the loss to Cortland. In the first three games prior to Saturday, the Bengals had only been charged with 16 penalties for 100 yards.
Wide receiver Jonathan Allen leads the Bengals with 24 catches for 239 yards through four games. Buffalo State's record for catches in a season is 62, set by Marc Hoppy last season.
Linebacker Perry Taglienti and strong safety Nick Warren lead the Bengals with 43 and 40 tackles respectively. Both players are on pace for 100-tackle seasons. The last Bengals with over 100 tackles in a season was Omar Rimlawi who set a school record with 151 in 2000.
Wesley (3-0) at Carnegie-Mellon (2-2)
Gesling Stadium Pittsburgh, Pa. 1 p.m.
Wesley College will travel to Pittsburgh to play Carnegie Mellon University. The Wolverines defeated the Tartans 47-28 in their first meeting after trailing 21-7 at half in 2003.
Last year against Carnegie Mellon Chris Warrick was 17 of 28 for 173 yards with three interceptions and four touchdowns.
This will be the second of four straight road games for Wesley.
Wesley College is coming off a 40-7 win over Kean University on the road on Saturday night.
It is the first time the Wolverines have started a season 3-0 since the 1996.
The Wesley Offense tied a school rushing record with 373 yards on the ground. Kevin Nelson pitched in 152 yards on 24 carries and Ken Busch had 11 carries for 112 yards. The Wolverines also got over 40 yards from Alpha Koroma and Stephen Shockley.
True freshman Jon Lanouette led the Wolverines in receptions for the third straight game with five for 57 yards against Kean University.
Brian Bush had two interceptions against Kean and is currently tied for first place in the ACFC in interceptions per game.
Chris Carlton converted on two field goal attempts (32,35) and made four of five extra-point attempts with the miss being on a botched snap.
Carnegie Mellon is coming off a 31-14 win over previously undefeated Franklin and Marshall. The Tartans are 2-2.
SUNY Brockport Notes
The Golden Eagles are outscoring opponents, 34-3 this season, and have not allowed a third quarter point in each of the last three games.
Brockport is outscoring opponents in the second half, 89-31.
The Golden Eagles are 8 for 18 (44%) in third down conversions in the third quarter, while they have stopped nine of 12 third down opportunities by opponents (25%).
Brockport's defense has not allowed more than 190 yards passing in the last three games, and has kept teams under 100 yards rushing in three of the four games.
Bob Darnley enters his next game just 121 yards away from breaking the career passing yardage record of 5,113 held by Jim Higgins. He is also 101 yards away from ranking #10 in career rushing.
The Golden Eagles are idle this week. Although the schedule is in favor with five of the last six at home, the next two home dates feature nationally ranked St. John Fisher (Oct. 9) and Ithaca (Oct. 16) at home.
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