ACFC Week 3 preview
Apprentice School (0-2, 0-1) at SUNY Brockport (1-1, 0-1)
Special Olympics Stadium
Brockport, N.Y. 1 p.m.
This is the first meeting in any sport between Apprentice School and SUNY Brockport and the first time the Builders have faced a New York team since 1995 when they met Cortland State.
Sophomore QB Rameriz Crumbley was named to the ACFC Offensive Honor Roll this week for his performance last Saturday at Frostburg State. He was 10-of-16 for 96 yards and helped lead the Builders to a nearly 13 minute advantage in time of possession.
The Apprentice School defense has been nothing short of shocking in the first two games as they have allowed a total of 36 yards rushing. Frostburg State had 11 yards for the game, with 10 of those coming in the last quarter. Kean rushed for 25 yards in the season opener.
Senior Ricky Doles continues to be the jack of all positions for the Builders. He's the leading receiver with 15 catches for 107 yards, leading returner averaging 10 yards per punt return and 38 yards per kickoff return, and the leading punter averaging 29 yards per punt. He earned ACFC Special Teams Honor Roll for this week after a 38 yard kickoff return, two punt returns averaging five yards per and three punts averaging 34 yards per kick.
Senior QB Bob Darnley had success at home last season. He had three touchdown passes in each of the four regular season home games in the 2003 season.
Senior DB Troy Anderson, a three-year starter, recorded his 100th career tackle in last week's game at Salisbury.
SUNY Brockport started out 1-1 two seasons ago but then won six straight and later reached the NCAA's. Three years ago, the Golden Eagles also were 1-1 and stood 1-2 before winning seven straight games and reaching the playoffs.
Brockport opens the home season this week. The Golden Eagles 10-1 in the last 11 regular season games at Special Olympics Stadium.
Only two road games remain, and after next week, only one more contest awaits.
Brockport has never faced Apprentice. This is the second straight week that the Golden Eagles will face an opponent for the first time, and both are new ACFC rivals.
SUNY Brockport will attempt to keep a streak alive of consecutive home opening victories. The last time Brockport lost a home opener was in 1998 to (then future ACFC rival) Buffalo State, 34-27. The Golden Eagles have won five straight home openers and seven of the last eight.
Wesley (1-0) at Buffalo State (0-2)
Buffalo, N.Y. 1 p.m.
Wesley College Notes
This will be the first meeting between Wesley College and Buffalo State College.
Senior Captain Rocky Myers was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his contributions in Wesley's 28-27 opening day win over Ferrum College. The senior safety from Bowers Beach, DE, had 17 tackles and a key interception with Ferrum driving for the game-tying touchdown with less than two minutes left in the third quarter. Myers also had one tackle for a loss of three yards.
Bryan Robinson received Atlantic Central Football Conference Rookie of the Week in his first college game. The true freshman, from Camden, DE, blocked a Ferrum extra-point attempt with 3:20 left in the game to secure Wesley's 28-27 victory. He also had six solo tackles, one assisted and two tackles for a loss of five yards.
Wesley's shifty tailback Kevin Nelson was named to the Atlantic Central Football Conference Offensive Honor Roll. The Wilmington native and Delcastle graduate rushed for 180 yards on 24 carries scoring two touchdowns. Nelson also caught three passes for 30 yards, one was a one handed grab.
True freshman Jon Lanouette led the Wolverines in receptions with six for 111 yards in his first college game. Lanouette looked dominating at times at receiver with his 6'4" 247 pound frame often going up against smaller defensive backs. Lanouette's first catch was for 25 yards on 2nd and 14, this helped get Wesley inside the 10 yard line and led to a touchdown that put Wesley ahead 21-14. Lanouette also had two other catches later in the game on third and 19 and third and 20 that led to Wesley first downs.
The Wolverines finished with 448 yards in total offense in Wesley's game against Ferrum, averaging 7.1 yards per play. Wesley passed for 249 yards adding another 199 on the ground on 37 attempts. The Wolverines recorded 19 first downs, 11 through the air and 8 rushing. Defensively, the Wolverines had one fumble recovery and one interception for 28 yards.
Buffalo State Notes
Buffalo State will open its home schedule this Saturday with its first-ever Atlantic Central Football Conference game, against Wesley
The Bengals lost to No. 12 Ithaca last week, 45-0, as the Bengals committed eight turnovers, and the Bombers exploded for 35 points in a span of 7:05 in the second half
Perry Taglienti led the Bengals' defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery
Tagilienti leads the team with 23 tackles, including three for losses
Jeff Shostak leads the Bengals' receiving corps with 11 catches for 88 yards
Shostak, also the team's kick returner, is averaging 121.5 all-purpose yards-per-game...Buffalo State was 1-4 in home games last season with its lone win coming against Albion, 21-14 in overtime
After starting with a pair of road games, the Bengals will play four consecutive home games, including conference meetings with Wesley, Frostburg and Salisbury.
Salisbury (2-0) at Methodist (1-0)
Fayetteville, N.C. 1 p.m.
Salisbury Game Notes
Salisbury (2-0) makes it second road trip of the season with a trip to Fayetteville, NC to face Methodist (1-0) in a non-conference game. The game will be carried live on WICO 1320 AM in Salisbury, and can also be heard via the Internet at www.wicoam.com.
The Sea Gulls and Monarchs are meeting for the 13th time. The Gulls hold a 7-5 advantage in the series. Methodist has won two of the last three meetings. The teams have met every season since 1991, except for last year. The 2003 game was cancelled due to Hurricane Isabel.
Salisbury beat Methodist 45-20 in Fayetteville the last time the teams played, in 2002. The Sea Gulls rolled up 477 yards on the ground and 585 yards in total offense in that game. QB Dustin Johnson, a freshman at the time, had 147 yards rushing on 16 attempts and finished with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown.
Johnson rushed for 159 yards and one touchdown and passed for 95 yards and two other scores to lead the Sea Gulls past visiting Brockport in the conference opener for both teams last Saturday. The Gulls seized control of the game by outscoring Brockport 23-0 in the second quarter. Senior LB Brad DeHaven led the defense with four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. The Gulls limited Brockport to 29 net rushing yards.
Salisbury is averaging 38.5 points per game through its first two contests, while allowing 17.5 ppg. The Gulls, who finished fifth in the nation in rushing defense last year, are allowing just 23.0 yards per game rushing through two contests. Offensively, the Gulls are averaging 284.5 yards per game rushing and 384.5 yards per game in total offense.
Frostburg State (1-0) at Montclair State (1-0)
Montclair, N.J. 1 p.m.
Frostburg State Notes
Frostburg State meets Montclair State for just the fourth time ever. The Red Hawks have won all three previous meetings, including 27-3 last year in Frostburg.
Frostburg State looks to go 2-0 for the 12th time in school history. The Bobcats last won their first two games in 1999 en route to an 8-3 finish (5-1 ACFC) and an appearance in the ECAC Southwest Championship game.
The Bobcats are coming off a 14-0 shutout win over Apprentice, their first since a 13-0 blanking of New Jersey City October 28, 2000.
Sophomore Jimmy Ward completed 10-of-19 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns (74, 45) in the win over Apprentice. It was just his second collegiate appearance; his first came in a start against Oberlin October 5, 2002 when he completed 1-of-4 passes for three yards as a true freshman. Ward red-shirted last season.
FSU's defense held Apprentice to 191 yards on 71 plays, a paltry 2.7-yard average. Senior defensive end Kevin Culbert led the effort with a game-high 14 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He earned Atlantic Central Football Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
Freshman linebacker Moses Fokou was named the ACFC Rookie of the Week after an impressive collegiate debut. He made 10 tackles, including one for loss and a half sack, in the shutout win over Apprentice.
Senior defensive back Turon Kendrick stopped a pair of Apprentice drives with interceptions deep in FSU territory. His first came at the FSU one-yard line in the opening minutes of the third, and his second came at the Bobcat 19 early in the fourth. Kendrick had two interceptions all last season.
After making just four catches for 40 yards in 2003, junior wideout Gil Bolden snared three passes for 94 yards in the win over Apprentice.
Apprentice had the ball 36:24 to 23:36 for FSU. The Builders also held a 13-7 advantage in first downs.
Montclair State is one of three Bobcat opponents ranked in this week's D3football.com poll. The Red Hawks are No. 10, Waynesburg is No. 23 and Salisbury is No. 25. A fourth team, Brockport, was ranked No. 18 last week before suffering a 46-21 defeat at Salisbury this past Saturday.