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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Good stuff, Ollie! Well, the PSAC had one surprising result today, as unranked West Chester knocked off #6 nationally ranked California at Cal by a score of 37-34. This result will most assuredly lead to WCU breaking into the Top 25 in the national Div II polls. Cal will, of course, take a hit. Elsewhere Blooomsburg defeated Gannon, IUP beat Millersville, Mercyhurst whipped Cheyney, Shippensburg had no trouble with Lock Haven, and Edinboro won over LIU Post up on Long Island. There are two night game results in the PSAC still to come in. I'll have all the scores, details, and some press releases later on. It is becoming abundantly clear that there are three games imminent in the PSAC East that will be of grave importance in the next month or so. They are: Bloomsburg at Shippensburg, West Chester at Bloomsburg, and Shippensburg at West Chester. The real, deciding battles have not yet been fought in the PSAC East. In the PSAC West,there is no reason to think California will not recover from the loss to WCU today and go on and win the crown in the West. I'll be back later tonight.


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In the only game involving two nationally ranked teams, Grand Valley State outscored Michigan Tech in a GLIAC contest by a score of 51-43. I guess it wasn't so easy for the boys from Allendale, as the "Techers' put up a tough fight. That's a lot of points to give up for a team ranked as high as Grand Valley State is. In any case, Husky's record now moves up to 5-6 ever closer to .500 with such games.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:12 pm 
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All PSAC Scores for September 29

West Chester 37 California 34
Bloomsburg 43 Gannon 24
Mercyhurst 36 Cheyney 10
IUP 41 Millersville 7
Edinboro 31 LIU Post 24
Kutztown 56 Slippery Rock 49
Clarion 31 East Stroudsburg 27
Shippensburg 49 Lock Haven 6

Husky picked 5 of the 8 games correctly. his record is now 29-12. Still looking for that perfect weekend of picks. Husky styill sees California winning the PSAC West in spite of today's setback. In the East, however, three teams are definitely in the running--West Chester--who will move into the Top 25, Bloomsburg, and Shippensburg. Kutztown could prove to be a spoiler for Shippensburg in a week or two. Bloom has WCU at home in early November. Bloom must play Shippensburg on the road the last weekend of October. West Chester has Shipppensburg at home the week before. All three will most assuredly be ranked in the Top 25 come early next week.
In the West, IUP and California will also still probably be ranked. Most likely the PSAC will have five ranked teams next week California will of course take a hit in the rankings. Nothing more at this juncture. I will post next week's schedule and the PSAC players of the week tomorrow or Monday. Week #6 is coming up. Enjoy the NFL tomorrow. The real refs are back!!


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:28 pm 
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Ollie wrote:
Val, yeah, an exciting Pirates season, but I couldn't get into it. I can't see or hear our games. I don't like the modern game anyway. Baseball in the seventies was the best.
I miss those teams. I am very happy for Cutch winning the batting title though.

Husky, every year my Lions sign players from the Michigan GLIAC schools. One year we had three guys from Grand Valley State. Detroit's backup running back this weekend
is a very good player from Wayne State.


We have a lineman from Saginaw Valley, Todd Herremans, playing for the Eagles.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:27 am 
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Next Week's PSAC Schedule and Picks # mark's husky's picks to win.

10/6/2012 12 p.m. * Lock Haven #Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. Live Stats Details
10/6/2012 12:30 p.m. * #Bloomsburg Millersville Millersville, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
10/6/2012 1 p.m. * #Kutztown Cheyney Cheyney, PA Details
10/6/2012 1 PM * LIU Post #Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA Live Stats Details
10/6/2012 1:05 PM * #West Chester East Stroudsburg Eiler-Martin Stadium Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
10/6/2012 2 p.m. * #California (Pa.) Clarion Clarion, Pa. Details
10/6/2012 2 p.m. * Gannon #Edinboro Edinboro, Pa. Live Audio Details
10/6/2012 2:00 p.m. * Slippery Rock #Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, PA Details

The better games for this coming weekend seem to be LIU Post at Shippensburg, WCU at ESU, and SRU at IUP. Gannon at Edinboro should also be a competitve game. There are also some games that appear to be obvious mismatches, but one never knows. That's why they play the games. Clarion at home against favorite and highly ranked Cal will also probably not go down quietly. Hope to have some game reports from yesterday later on this afternoon.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:29 am 
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Kutztown Downs Slippery Rock in Shootout

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – An injury riddled Kutztown University team received some much needed reinforcements, most notably Kevin Morton (Abington, PA/Abington), who became just the 19th player in Division II history to top 100 career touchdown passes, as KU came away with a 56-49 win on the road.

The Golden Bears came out on fire and led 42-21 at the half behind four first half touchdown passes from Morton, the third of which gave him triple digits in his career. The Rock, however, came charging back in the second half with 28 unanswered points to take a 49-42 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Kutztown tied it up with 6:11 to play when Morton hit another Golden Bear returning to the lineup, Josh Mastromatto (Fort Washington, PA/Upper Dublin), for a 22-yard touchdown.

On Slippery Rock's next possession, Zach Greenwald (Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) forced Akeem Satterfield to fumble and Matt Connors (Mechanicsburg, PA/Trinity) fell on the ball at The Rock's 21. Curtis Wortham (Philadelphia, PA/Father Judge) rumbled into the end zone three plays later for the go ahead score.

Slippery Rock moved into KU territory, but on a fourth and seven, LaQuinn Stephens-Howling fumbled after an 11-yard gain and it was Connors again with the recovery to seal the win.

Morton, who missed the West Chester contest with an injury, completed 29-of-54 passes for five touchdowns and 301 yards. Mastromatto, who had missed two straight games, rushed for 36 yards, caught eight passes for 91 yards and scored two touchdowns. Colby Tuell (Columbia, PA/Columbia) caught 10 passes for 70 yards and two scores.

Slippery Rock quarterback Nigel Barksdale was stellar in the losing effort. He tallied 430 total yards, passing for 261 yards and three scores, while rushing for two more and 169 additional yards.

The game did not start out as the high-scoring affair it turned into. Kutztown scored on its first possession after Greg Carroll (Unionville, PA/Unionville) forced a Barksdale fumble that was recovered by the Golden Bears at the SRU 45. Morton hit three different receivers on a five-play drive, capped by a 12-yard strike to Tuell for a 7-0 lead.

That proved to be the only touchdown of the quarter, but the teams then combined for 56 points in the second quarter.

Barksdale ran for 34 yards on the final play of the first quarter and then opened the second period with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Stephens-Howling.

Kutztown struck back quickly, however. Morton took the Golden Bears 70 yards on six plays, completing five passes to four different receivers as Tuell notched his second touchdown, hauling in a 15-yard pass for a 14-6 KU advantage with 12:51 to go in the half.

After The Rock went three and out, Morton again moved Kutztown through the air, connecting with four different receivers again, culminating with a 17-yard strike to Kodi Reed (McSherrystown, PA/Delone Catholic) for the senior's 100th career touchdown pass and a 21-6 lead with 9:12 remaining in the second.

A 33-yard kick return by Jaimire Dutrieuille set up Slippery Rock with good field position and a 23-yard run by Barksdale moved the team into KU territory. Three plays later, Satterfield rushed into the end zone from eight yards out and the two-point conversion made it 21-14 after a drive that lasted just over a minute.

Kutztown was forced to punt on its next possession, but Kyle Ueberroth (Cocalico, PA/Cocalico) recovered a fumble by Admire Carter and Kutztown had the ball at the Slippery Rock 17. KU was faced with a fourth and one at the eight and Morton rushed for three yards to move the chains, setting up a five-yard touchdown run by Mastromatto for a 28-14 lead with 4:21 to go in the half.

The Golden Bears took advantage of yet another SRU fumble as Mike Garneau (Whitehall, PA/Whitehall) fell on a bad punt snap in the end zone to give KU a 35-14 lead less than a minute and a half later.

Barksdale brought The Rock within two scores, rushing for 37 yards on the next drive, including an 11-yard touchdown with 59 seconds left in the half.

Mastromatto, however, returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards as Kutztown started at the Slippery Rock 35. Morton hit Shahaid Smith (Ridley, PA/Ridley) for 26 yards and, after a pass interference call, found Brett Fox (Muhlenburg, PA/Muhlenburg) in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown and a 42-21 lead at the half.

The Rock regrouped at halftime and took control of the momentum in the third quarter. Barksdale hit Andrew Bridgeforth for 33 yards, then rushed for the final 15 yards to make it 42-28 less than three minutes into the second half.

After the two teams traded several punts, a 63-yard pass from Barksdale to Ken Amos moved Slippery Rock to the Kutztown 15. Two plays later, Barksdale hit Jimmy Zubik for a six-yard score and Kutztown's lead was down to a touchdown at 42-35 with 30 seconds to go in the quarter.

On the third play of the fourth quarter, Dajour Morris intercepted Morton and returned the ball to the KU 11. Offensive lineman Chris Oliver (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown) forced Morris to fumble, but Slippery Rock's Marquis Knight recovered at the nine. Barksdale inched SRU closer with a five-yard run, followed by a four-yard score by Satterfield to tie the contest at 42-42 with 13:34 remaining.

Kutztown went three and out and Slippery Rock took over at its own 40. The go ahead drive took just four plays and a minute and 23 seconds, however, as Barksdale hit Stephens-Howling for a 19-yard touchdown with 10:35 left on the game clock.

The Golden Bears fought back on the next drive, churning 68 yards over 13 plays to tie the game. KU was faced with fourth and three twice on the series, and converted both attempts. At midfield, Morton gave the ball to Mastromatto, who rushed four yards into SRU territory. Later in the drive, the quarterback kept the ball and rumbled five yards to The Rock 34 yard line. After another first down, Mastromatto reeled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Morton, tying the game at 49-49 to set up the dramatic finish.

Zach Greenwald (Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) led three members of the KU defense in double figures with 13 tackles. He also had two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, while breaking up a pass and forcing a fumble. Sam Dixon-Dougan (Secane, PA/Ridley) registered a dozen stops and a sack. Kali Smith (Darby, PA/Penn Wood) had 10 tackles.

Jordan Rinehart (York, Pa./West York) had two tackles for loss, while Connors recovered two fumbles.

For SRU, Satterfield had 99 yards rushing and scored twice. Stephens-Howling also had two touchdowns and led the team with six catches for 122 yards.

Knight and Anthony Saunders had eight tackles apiece for The Rock.

While Slippery Rock managed to generate over 500 yards of offense in the game, an opportunistic Kutztown defense generated five turnovers.

KU stays on the road to play Cheyney on October 6 at 1 p.m.

Notes: Kutztown Head Coach Raymond Monica became the third coach in school history to reach 40 career wins...The Golden Bears passed for over 300 yards as KU has reached the mark in every game this season…Morton became the fifth player in PSAC history with over 10,000 yards of total offense in the game and now has 10,167…He also passed Bob Findora for fifth in conference history in passing yards with 9,485…Morton also passed Trevor Harris for second in the PSAC record book with 102 passing touchdowns…His final pass completion of the game tied Andy Breault's school record of 733.

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Quiteh Surpasses 4,000 Yards Rushing in Win Over Gannon

BLOOMSBURG – The game-plan was clear for the 10th-ranked Bloomsburg University football team against Gannon University Saturday afternoon: run the football. Bloomsburg rushed for 483 yards, the most since 2004, in a 43-24 win over Gannon at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium.

Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West) became Bloomsburg's third 4,000-yard rusher in school-history with his second 200-yard performance of the season. He rushed for 202 yards on 26 carries and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Huskies on the ground.

For his career, Quiteh has totaled 4,034 rushing yards. He is one of 11 runners in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark and currently ranks ninth all-time.

The Huskies (5-0 overall) also received a tremendous outing from Quiteh's running-mate Eddie Mateo (Bethlehem/Freedom). Mateo ran for 180 yards on 17 carries for an impressive 10.6 average. 122 of his 180 yards came in the first half on just six carries including a 74-yard dash down the sideline in the first quarter.

The rushing outage was the most for Bloomsburg since it ran for 541 yards against Cheyney in 2004. It was also the eighth time Quiteh and Mateo have each rushed for over 100 yards in the same game.

Bloomsburg outgained Gannon 483-58 on the ground in the Golden Knights' (1-4) lowest rushing performance of the season. It was also the most yards ran against Gannon by over 240 from when it allowed 241 to Lake Erie in its season-opener.

Despite the lopsided final score, the Huskies had to come-from-behind in the second half to keep its undefeated season alive. Gannon led 24-21 early in the third quarter, but Bloomsburg racked up 22 consecutive points off three touchdowns to silence the potential Golden Knight upset.

Tim Kelly (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) threw three touchdown passes on the afternoon for the Huskies, all coming in the first half. Half of his passes went for scores as he finished the day 6-for-18 through the air with a pair of interceptions.

Three Bloomsburg receivers caught a pass Saturday, and all of which scored a touchdown. Kyle Fisher (Denver/Cocalico) was Kelly's top target with three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown before exiting in the first half with an injury. Fellow seniors Ryan Dickerson (Harleysville/Souderton) and Ryan Maggs (Beech Creek/Central Mountain) also caught TD passes.

Just about every member of the Bloomsburg defense played a hand in the victory. Gannon rushers were met by a host of Bloomsburg linebacker's time-after-time, and seven pass breakups and an interception told the story of the BU passing defense.

Up front, senior defensive end Larry Webster (Hagerstown, MD/Elkton) continued his aggressive play with 2.5 sacks. It was a career-high for Webster who entered the weekend leading the conference in total sacks. He now has 7.5 through five games. His five tackles were also a career-best.

A Gannon 20-yard field goal put the first points on the board Saturday. However, it easily could have been a touchdown had it not been for a pair of talented Husky linebackers coming up with some big plays. Content on running the football on second-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Gannon was stopped on back-to-back attempts by earth-shattering tackles from Justin Shirk (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) and Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) on second and third-down, respectively.

Overall, Pidgeon led the team with nine tackles including six solo stops. Shirk tallied eight tackles and a pass breakup that nearly turned into a second interception for the Huskies.

Kelly and Bloomsburg responded to the Gannon field goal on a long third-and-goal attempt from 15 yards out. Set up by a 39-yard Quiteh run earlier in the drive, Kelly flipped a shovel pass to Maggs for his second receiving touchdown of the season.

The Kelly strike was the first of three unanswered TD passes for Bloomsburg, coming on consecutive drives. Also on a third-and-goal attempt outside the 10-yard line, Kelly threw a high pass to Dickerson who went up and brought down the touchdown.

Fisher, this week's PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week, also caught a TD pass from the redshirt freshman quarterback, marking his team-leading fifth of the season. Following a 29-yard run by Mateo, Fisher made a spectacular grab over his back shoulder and ran into the end zone for a 38-yard strike to grow the lead to 21-10.

Gannon turned a Kelly interception into a quick six points with a TD pass on its first play of the drive to bring the game to within four at 21-17 heading into halftime.

With Gannon's early score to take the lead in the second half, Bloomsburg had to find a way to get the game and its home crowd back on its feet. Sophomore DJ Robinson (Sinking Spring/Conrad Weiser) nearly took a kick return to the house as a 74-yard return put the Huskies at the Gannon 6-yard line. Quiteh made the most of the Robinson return the following play with his first rushing touchdown of the day.

Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale reached into his bag of tricks following the Quiteh TD run and caught the Golden Knight special team's unit sleeping. Kicker Dan Fisher (Liverpool/Central Dauphin) took the direct snap from long snapper Ian Murray (Lock Haven/Central Mountain) and threw it to Webster for the two-point conversion.

From there the Bloomsburg defense, along with one final score from Mateo, would secure the Bloomsburg victory. The closest the Golden Knights came to scoring again was midway through the fourth quarter when it drove down to the Bloomsburg 23-yard line. BU senior defensive back Dan Haverstock (York/West York) made sure to take advantage of the freshman Gannon quarterback's throwing mistake and intercepted a long pass to seal the victory.

On the other side of the ball, the passing attack was Gannon's largest asset and it showed that if it was going to come out with a victory against the Huskies, it would need to throw for big numbers.

Freshman quarterback Liam Nadler threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns on 30-for-46 passing and an interception. His top target was Justin Caliste with ten catches for 74 yards.

Joe Sobucki also played a hand in the Gannon offense with six catches for 80 yards and a score. Abraham Ocasio entered the game third in the conference, averaging 97.75 receiving yards per game. The BU secondary limited his yardage to 48 on five catches, but allowed Ocasio to haul in a pair of TD passes from Nadler.

Defensively, Mike Phillips had a game-high 17 tackles and was one of four Golden Knights with double-digit tackles. Will Giles (15), Khayree Connors (15), and Jon Petrigac (10) were all active in trying to limit the potent Bloomsburg attack.

Bloomsburg returns to PSAC Eastern Division play next weekend with a road contest on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Millersville University (1-4, 0-2 PSAC East). Bloomsburg has not lost to the Marauders since a 31-21 defeat in 1999 as kickoff on Oct. 6 is set for 12:30 p.m.

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At this time, there is not yet a game report available on West Chester's stunning upset win over #6 ranked California.


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PSAC Football Athletes of the Week - Week 5
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Edinboro's Cody Harris (left) and Shippensburg's Zach Zulli (right).
Updated PSAC Standings
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A pair of quarterbacks from the West share this week's Offensive Player of the Week award after both Cody Harris of Edinboro and Ben Fiscus of Clarion rallied their respective teams from fourth quarter deficits to pull out victories while also posting impressive numbers. Speaking of impressive numbers, Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli continues his as he threw for five more touchdowns and accounted for over 400 yards of total offense to earn the East Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in five weeks.

Kutztown's Zach Greenwald and Clarion's Julian Howsare both came up with big plays in the fourth quarter of their games that were key to their teams' wins and they are the Defensive Players of the Week. Howsare earns his second straight honor





PSAC Athletes of the Week - Sept. 30
(Week 5)

PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Zach Zulli, Shippensburg
QB, Jr., Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley

Zulli completed 32-of-41 passes (78 percent) for 403 yards and five touchdowns to help lead Shippensburg to 49-6 win over Lock Haven. He also ran for 32 yards on five attempts (6.4 ypc) to finish the game with 435 yards of total offense - all in just three quarters of play. The win is Shippensburg's ninth straight dating back to last year, which is the third longest in Division II, and Zulli's 403-yard passing effort is his second of the year of over 400 yards and the third-highest in school history. He completed his first 11 passes of the game, just two short of the school record and went 9-for-9 for 168 yards and two TDs in the opening quarter. Zulli now has 22 passing touchdowns this season and 56 in just 16 career games - nine short of tying the Shippensburg record of 65.


PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Zach Greenwald, Kutztown
DE, So., Glassboro, N.J./Paulsboro

Greenwald recorded 13 tackles (three solo), including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks to help lead Kutztown in a 56-49 win over Slippery Rock in a rematch of last year's PSAC championship game. Greenwald also recorded a pass break up and a forced fumble in the win. He stripped Rock running back Akeem Satterfield at the Rock 22-yard line with just over five minutes remaining the game and the score tied 49-49. That set up the Golden Bears at the Rock 21 and three plays later, Curtis Wortham ran it in from three yards out for what would turn out to be the game-winning score.


PSAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Ben Fiscus, Clarion
QB, Jr., Indiana, Pa./Indiana

Fiscus posted 412 yards of total offense and led Clarion to a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to give the Golden Eagles a 31-27 come-from-behind win over East Stroudsburg. Clarion, which entered the fourth quarter trailing the Warriors 27-17, put together two long drives in the fourth quarter to rally. Fiscus started the rally in the third quarter, as with Clarion down 17-10, he ripped off a 66-yard run that would have been a 78-yard touchdown run if not for a penalty on Clarion. The Golden Eagles eventually scored to tie the game. After East Stroudsburg scored on its next two drives to take a 10-point lead, Fiscus engineered an nine-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a Fiscus touchdown pass to Rob Irwin to pull Clarion within three 27-24 midway through the fourth. He went 4-for-4 passing for 68 yards on that drive. Clarion then got the ball back on an interception and from there, Fiscus guided the Eagles on the eventual 14-play, 82-yard game-winning drive that included key third and fourth down conversions and ended with the game-winning touchdown being scored with just 27 seconds remaining. For the game, Fiscus completed 19-of-30 pases for 245 yards and the touchdown and also rushed for 167 yards on 22 carreis (7.6 ypc).


PSAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Cody Harris, Edinboro
QB, Jr., Waldo, Ohio/Marion Pleasant

Harris completed 27-of-34 passes (79.4 percent) for 381 yards and accounted for all four Edinboro touchdowns in a 31-24 overtime win at LIU Post. He threw for three touchdowns without an interception and also ran for one. With the Fighting Scots trailing 24-17 after the Pioneers went ahead with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation, Harris found Devin Ghafoor on a 41-yard hookup on third down with just seven seconds left to give the Scots the ball at the LIU Post 12. From there, Harris connected with Marcus Johnson for the game-tying touchdown to send the game into overtime. In the first extra session, Harris found Johnson again, this time from 20 yards out on the second play of overtime to put Edinboro up by a touchdown and after the Scots stuffed LIU Post on a fourth down play on their overtime possession, they walked away with the win. Harris ended the game with 373 yards of total offense and with his third career 300-yard passing game. It also marked the second straight week that he accounted for all of Edinboro's touchdowns in a game as he also accounted for all five in last week's win over Lock Haven. His 381 passing yards is the sixth-most in Edinboro single-game history.


PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Julian Howsare, Clarion
DE, So., Altoona, Pa./Altoona

Howsare earns his second straight West Defensive Player of the Week award after making eight tackles, including four sacks and also forcing a fumble in Clarion's 31-27 win over East Stroudsburg. Of his four sacks, three came in the second half as Clarion was making a comeback, including two in the fourth quarter. His four sacks resulted in a loss of 23 yards and his final one came on the game's final play as he sacked and stripped the East Stroudsburg quarterback to seal Clarion's second straight win.


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I just noticed that #2 in the nation Minnesota Duluth was upset this past weekend by St. Cloud by a score of 51-49. How about that!!


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Well, I finally got a press release on the West Chester-California game. So here is the story on the Golden Rams BIG win over Cal.

West Chester Upsets No. 6 Cal, 37-34

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Ronell Williams intercepted California (Pa.) quarterback Peter Lalich with 1:18 remaining in the game to help visiting West Chester preserve a 37-34 upset over sixth-ranked Cal Saturday afternoon at Adamson Stadium.

West Chester (4-1) remains unbeaten against Division II opposition while handing preseason PSAC West favorite Cal (4-1) its first loss of the campaign.

Running back Rondell White rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown while also catching another TD pass and accumulating 280 all-purpose yards in the win. Quarterback Mike Mattei finished 23-for-43 for 289 yards and three TD tosses. Wide receiver Jim Kelly posted his second consecutive 100-yard receiving day with eight catches for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Cal’s Trey Johnson caught a 12-yard TD pass from Lalich with 3:29 left in the third quarter to draw the Vulcans into a 27-all tie with the Golden Rams. However, West Chester’s defense held Cal to three straight three-and-outs while its offense put up 10 points to build a large enough cushion.

Shawn Leo kicked a 43-yard field goal, and White plunged over the goal line from one yard out that gave the Rams a 37-27 advantage. Johnson caught his second TD of the game with 2:16 left, and Cal’s defense this time held West Chester to a three-and-out, giving the Vulcans the ball back with 1:43 remaining and one final shot at possibly tying the game.

Lalich completed a 5-yard pass on first down. However, Williams came up with the defensive play of the day when he picked off Lalich’s second-down pass attempt and returned it to the Cal 23. West Chester then ran out the clock, ending a personal four-game losing streak to the Vulcans in the all-time series.

John O’Donnell got the Golden Rams off to a fast start when he scooped up a fumble by Cal’s Nadir Brown and raced 48 yards to paydirt on the fifth play of the game that put West Chester on top, 7-0. Following a three-and-out by Cal, the Rams went on a 12-play, 56-yard drive that culminated in a 7-yard TD pass from Mattei to Kelly that gave the visitors a 14-0 advantage.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, with each missing an extra point, as West Chester took a 27-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. White caught a 22-yard TD pass from Mattei, and Kelly snared a 51-yard scoring catch in the second frame.

Cal took advantage of a pair of turnovers by West Chester in the third quarter to score back-to-back touchdowns and knot the game at 27-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

West Chester travels to East Stroudsburg next Saturday afternoon for a PSAC East showdown with the Warriors at Eiler-Martin Stadium.

NOTES: West Chester’s win over No. 6 Cal marks the first time WCU has beaten a Top 10 program since a 31-10 win over No. 10 Bloomsburg in 2009 … West Chester is a perfect 4-0 against Division II opposition so far this season … the win ended a personal four-game losing streak by the Golden Rams to the Vulcans in the all-time series … WCU takes a 5-4 lead in the series … Sr., DB John O’Donnell’s 48-yard fumble recovery return for a TD marked his second touchdown of the season … he also returned an interception 48 yards for a score against Gannon earlier in the year … that defensive score also marked the fourth straight game in which West Chester has benefitted from a touchdown by its defense or special teams … O’Donnell 48-yard INT return against Gannon, Mike Lonergan a 22-yard fumble recovery for a TD against Millersville (special teams), Andrew Cohen a 4-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown … O’Donnell a 48-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown … RB Rondell White’s 200-yard rushing performance tied a pair of school records held by Thomas Fulton … White and Fulton are the only two RBs in WCU history to record multiple 200-yard rushing efforts in the same season and are the only two WCU RBs to rush for 200 yards three times in a career … White rushed for 209 yards earlier this year against Delaware … he rushed for 203 yards against ESU last year …

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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:06 pm 
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Both Div II national polls will be posted tomorrow, and there will be some changes. As previously mentioned, I expected to see 5 PSAC teams in the Top 25 in both polls. Minnesota-Duluth will drop in the poll. but not by a whole lot I would hope. In fact, here is the October 1 AFCA Div II poll. I am amazed West Chester has not been included in the Top 25. Nor has St. Cloud--conquerer of former #2 Minnesota-Duluth. Bloomsburg has taken a significant jump, and California's ranking has plummeted. Well, here it is. Check it out.

Emporia State Enters Division II Poll For First Time Since 2003
With its 37-26 win over Lincoln (Mo.), Emporia State (Kan.) moved its record to 5-0 and jumped into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time since the final poll of 2003. The Hornets come into the poll at No. 25. Fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association member Pittsburg State (Kan.) still sits at No. 1 with 29 first-place votes. Minnesota-Duluth lost to St. Cloud State (Minn.), 51-49, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 10 this week. Moving up to the No. 2 spot is Colorado State-Pueblo, who beat Fort Lewis (Colo.) 50-21. The Thunderwolves are followed by No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 4 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) and No. 5 Missouri Western State.

Two other Top 10 teams fell this week as then-No. 6 California (Pa.) lost 37-34 to West Chester (Pa.), dropping the Vulcans 10 spots to No. 16. Humboldt State (Calif.) got beat by Central Washington, 31-3, dropping the Lumberjacks from No. 9 to No. 24. There is only one Top 25 matchup this week as No. 18 West Alabama plays host to No. 13 Midwestern State (Texas) on a Thursday night contest. Newberry (S.C.) was the only team to fall out of the poll this week. They lost to Mars Hill (N.C.), 35-28.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 1, 2012

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev. Week Five
Next Game
1. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29) 4-0 749 1 Idle Oct. 6 vs. Central Missouri
2. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-0 712 3 D. Fort Lewis (Colo.), 50-21 Oct. 6 vs. Chadron St. (Neb.)
3. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-0 684 4 D. Michigan Tech, 51-43 Oct. 6 vs. Ferris St. (Minn.)
4. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (1) 5-0 657 5 D. Bowie St. (Md.), 35-3 Oct. 6 at Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)
5. Missouri Western St. 5-0 627 7 D. Central Oklahoma, 45-23 Oct. 6 at Northeastern St. (Okla.)
6. New Haven (Conn.) 4-0 602 8 Idle Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (Mass.)
7. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 5-0 569 10 D. Gannon (Pa.), 43-24 Oct. 6 at Millersville (Pa.)
8. Northwest Missouri St. 4-1 485 11 D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 66-6 Oct. 6 at Central Oklahoma
9. Ashland (Ohio) 5-0 467 13 D. Lake Erie (Ohio), 68-21 Oct. 6 at Ohio Dominican
10. Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 445 2 Lost to St. Cloud State (Minn.), 51-49 Oct. 6 vs. Minnesota St.-Moorhead
11. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 4-0 443 12 D. Southeastern Oklahoma St., 27-24 Oct. 6 vs. Southwestern Oklahoma St.
12. Minnesota St.-Mankato 5-0 409 15 D. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), 30-10 Oct. 6 at Augustana (S.D.)
13. Midwestern St. (Texas) 3-1 377 14 D. Incarnate Word (Texas), 34-7 Oct. 4 at No. 18 West Alabama
14. Henderson St. (Ark.) 5-0 337 17 D. Southwestern Oklahoma St., 50-22 Oct. 6 vs. Arkansas-Monticello
15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 4-1 271 16 D. Ferris St. (Mich.), 31-24 OT Oct. 6 at Northwood (Mich.)
16t. California (Pa.) 4-1 256 6 Lost to West Chester (Pa.), 37-34 Oct. 6 at Clarion (Pa.)
16t. Shippensburg (Pa.) 5-0 256 21 D. Lock Haven (Pa.), 49-6 Oct. 6 vs. LIU Post (N.Y.)
18. West Alabama 4-1 217 19 D. West Georgia, 24-20 Oct. 4 vs. No. 13 Midwestern St. (Texas)
19. Wayne St. (Mich.) 3-1 201 18 D. Northwood (Mich.), 21-11 Oct. 6 vs. Hillsdale (Mich.)
20. Washburn (Kan.) 4-1 185 20 D. Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 42-14 Oct. 6 at Lincoln (Mo.)
21. West Texas A&M 4-1 140 23 D. Tarleton St. (Texas), 41-21 Oct. 6 at Angelo St. (Texas)
22. Indiana (Pa.) 4-1 124 22 D. Millersville (Pa.), 41-7 Oct. 6 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-0 112 25 D. Southwest Minnesota St., 41-22 Oct. 6 at Winona St. (Minn.)
24. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-1 84 9 Lost to Central Washington, 31-3 Oct. 6 vs. Western Oregon
25. Emporia St. (Kan.) 5-0 72 NR D. Lincoln (Mo.), 37-26 Oct. 6 at Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
Dropped Out: Newberry (S.C.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Central Missouri, 69; Harding (Ark.), 57; Hillsdale (Mich.), 45; Central Washington, 38; North Carolina-Pembroke, 11; Miles (Ala.), 10; Shepherd (W.Va.), 9; West Chester (Pa.), 6; Michigan Tech, 5; Newberry (S.C.), 5; Chadron St. (Neb.), 3; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 3; Tuskegee (Ala.), 3; Bentley (Mass.), 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; Indianapolis (Ind.), 1.

Quite interesting, isn't it!!?? Can't wait for the d2football.com poll to come out tomorrow!


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:50 pm 
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D2Football.com Top 25 Poll
October 2, 2012

Team Record Last Week
1 Pittsburg State 4-0 1
2 Grand Valley 5-0 3
3 CSU-Pueblo 5-0 4
4 Missouri Western 5-0 5
5 Minnesota State 5-0 7
6 Winston-Salem 5-0 8
7 New Haven 5-0 9
8 West Alabama 4-1 10
9 Northwest Missouri 4-1 11
10 Bloomsburg 5-0 12
11 Minnesota Duluth 4-1 2
12 Hillsdale 4-1 13
13 West Texas A&M 4-1 15
14 Midwestern State 3-1 14
15 California 4-1 6
16 Saginaw Valley 4-1 17
17 Central Missouri 4-1 18
18 Ashland 5-0 19
19 Ouachita Baptist 4-0 20
20 Shippensburg 5-0 21
21 IUP 4-1 23
22 Washburn 4-1 24
23 Sioux Falls 5-0 25
24 West Chester 4-1 NR
25 Henderson State

Notice that West Chester in this poll has broken into the Top 25 as the # 24 ranked Div II team in the country. It is hard to imagine that WCU didn't get into the Top 25 in the AFCA poll. The only loss the Golden Rams have is to Delaware who is an FCS team. In any case, The PSAC now has five nationally ranked teams as does the MIAA. although the teams of the MIAA are a bit loftier in the rankings than those of the PSAC. Starting next week, I hope to include some press releases for the results of key games involving the top ten teams in the country. See you all this coming Saturday. Enjoy the upcoming baseball playoffs. Should be interesting with five teams in both leagues involved for the first time. A good idea from Bud Selig for a change.


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Games Involving Two Nationally Ranked Teams This coming Weekend

On Thursday, #14 Midwestern State of the Lone Star Conference journeys to #8 West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference; and on Saturday in the MIAA #17 Central Missouri will be hosted by #1 and defending national champ Pittsburg State. I look for West Alabama and Pittsburg State to come away with wins in these two games.


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Last night #14 Midwestern State of the LSC journeyed from Texas to Alabama and defeated #8 West Alabama of the GSC by a convincing score of 42-27. Husky has yet to find a press release on this game, but when he does he will post it. This was quite a big win for Midwestern State.


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Midwestern State Turns the Tables on West Alabama

#13 MSU turns tide on West Alabama, blasts Tigers 42-27

Junior running back Keidrick Jackson rushed for a career-high 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Midwestern State to a 42-27 win Thursday night at West Alabama.
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Box Score LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- Midwestern State junior Keidrick Jackson erupted for a career-high 193 yards with three second-half scores to lift the 13th-ranked Mustangs to a 42-27 come-from-behind win over No. 18 West Alabama Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

Senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey added 117 rushing yards and three touchdowns as MSU shredded the nation's No. 7 defense for 414 total yards including 348 on the ground.

"I can't tell you how excited I am about this football team," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "This team is growing up and maturing. We practiced that way on Tuesday and I was encouraged by the way we played tonight. This was a really big win against a very good football team. This might have been the best win we've had since I've been at Midwestern."

West Alabama took advantage of a pair turnovers and a couple of critical penalties then scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-14 halftime lead.

"We were just helping them have success," Maskill said. "I told them (at halftime) if we go out and do what we coach them to do and can do, we will be all right. We didn't give them any help in the second half."

It was all Mustangs in the second half outscoring the Tigers 28-3.

Jackson played a key role gaining 129 yards after the intermission, but it was the play of safety Taiyon Jackson that turned the tide for the Mustangs.

The junior from Bakersfield, Calif. smacked West Alabama quarterback Gary Johnston on a third-and-1 play forcing a fumble which was recovered by senior Pat Gardner.

"That was a huge play," Maskill said. "(Johnston) came outside and I thought he was going to have a chance get some positive yards. Then (Taiyon) got a chance and came up and waylayed him. That was big."

Seven plays later, Jackson culuminated a 7-play, 48-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give MSU its first lead of the night at 28-24 with 3:27 to go in the third quarter.

Jackson was at it again on the Mustangs' next possession with perhaps the play of the year. He slipped a tackle in the backfield and squirted away for a 45-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-1 play to stake MSU to a 35-27 lead with 8 minutes to play.

"He ran extremely hard and kept his legs moving," Maskill said. "We grew up tonight on both sides of the ball."

Taiyon Jackson posted a season-high 11 tackles for an MSU defense that limited the West Alabama attack to 116 yards in the second half.

Midwestern State plays host to Angelo State next Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Courtesy of Midwestern State University Athletics Communications


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Just into the second quarter, # 1 Pittsburg State 14, Central Missouri Mules 0

The Gorillas just scored. A fake punt play went for a big first down on the drive. I'm listening to the game on KKOW Pittsburg, Kansas.
Go Mules!

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I had nothing to do today.. my kid went to a birthday party. I enjoyed the broadcast of the UCM-Pittsburg State game.
The Mules defense played well.. Central Missouri led 17-14 after three quarters. But the Gorillas have too much talent.
Final score Pittsburg State 30, Central Missouri 21.

Ronrei Lloyd of Pittsburgh Woodland Hills led the Mules in receiving, eight catches for 123 yards (he had 8 for 197 last week!)
That's him pictured above in last week's win over Missouri Southern State.


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Ollie,Thanks for the great posts and the great photo. Love it! here are today's PSAC results, and there is one major surprise/upset.

Bloomsburg 38 Millersville 14
Shippensburg 36 LIU Post 20
Kutztown 56 Cheyney 7
East Stroudsburg 35 West Chester 28 (Now here is an upset of large proportions! WCU's PSAC East championship aspirations may have just been scuttled!)

Let's go to the PSAC West

Mercyhurst 19 Lock Haven 10
California 41 Clarion 22
Edinboro 44 Gannon 24
IUP 33 Slippery Rock 16

In the PSAC West, everything went as scripted; but in the East with West Chester losing to East Stroudsburg there is now a whole new light on things. It gives one justifiable reason to doubt that WCU can play with Bloomsburg on the road or even hold down Shippensburg's high octane offense at home in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Bloomsburg sits in the catbird's seat. They have East Stroudsburg ( a team they should beat--but the warning is there based on today's results) at home this coming weekend for homecoming. Shippensburg must travel to Kutztown and play a rejuvenated Kutztown team who has Morton back at QB and appears to be ready to be an A1 spoiler in the PSAC East. I suspect Ship had best bring its A1 game to Kutztown this coming Saturday or they will also have a loss on their record just as West Chester does in the PSAC East. Husky picked 7 of 8 games correctly in the PSAC. He missed the mark on the ESU-WCU game. His record now advances to 36-13. On the national scene, Pittsburg State #1 defeated Central Missouri #17 30-21 in MIAA action. Thursday night Midwestern State beat West Alabama in another game involving ranked teams. Husky had one right and on wrong. His record is now 6-7 for such games. Things are really heating up in the PSAC East. In the PSAC West, I still see no reason why California should feel threatened. In my next post, I willn supply next weekend's PSAC schedule and my picks. Some game reports will also be posted.


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Nest Weekend's PSAC Football Schedule (October 13)

10/13/2012 12:00 p.m. * Indiana (Pa.) Edinboro Edinboro, PA Details
10/13/2012 12 p.m. * Mercyhurst Gannon Erie, Pa. Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
10/13/2012 1 p.m. * LIU Post West Chester West Chester, Pa. Details
10/13/2012 1:05 p.m. * Shippensburg Kutztown Kutztown, PA Details
10/13/2012 3:30 p.m. * Lock Haven California (Pa.) California, Pa. Details
10/13/2012 3:30 p.m. * East Stroudsburg Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, PA Live Audio Details
10/13/2012 3:30 PM * Cheyney Millersville Millersville, PA Live Stats Live Video Live Audio Details
10/13/2012 1 pm. * Slippery Rock Clarion Clarion, PA Details

IUP beats Edinboro on the road, Mercyhurst wins over Gannon in a backyard brawl, West Chester downs LIU Post ( but watch out for an upset), Kutztown at home upsets unsuspecting Shippensburg, Cal whips LHU, Bloom survives ESU--but it won't be easy, Millersville gets a win over Cheyney, and Clarion knocks off "The Rock". I still am astonished as a result of West Chester losing to East Stroudsburg, in view of the fact the Golden Rams knocked off the previously #6 ranked California the week before and on the road no less. I don't see how ESU could dominate the time of possession (42 minutes plus) the way they did. Was this a case of a WCU "letdown' after a big win?? I will post PSAC players of the week tomorrow. Enjoy watching the Steelers and Eagles this afternoon and all the playoff baseball. Ciao!


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