Frostburg nemesis of Salisbury again

4th-quarter touchdown edges Sea Gulls, 15-14, for conference championship

College Football

November 16, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

For the second straight season, Frostburg State has derailed Salisbury's quest for the Atlantic Central Football Conference championship.

A 72-yard touchdown march in the fourth quarter brought the Bobcats from behind and to the title last night with a 15-14 victory in the fifth annual Regents Cup game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Grant Burrough (C. Milton Wright) passed 6 yards to Roy Olson for the decisive score and a result that probably dashed Salisbury's hopes for a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

A crowd of 3,432 watched as Salisbury (7-2, 2-1 ACFC) twice penetrated Bobcats territory late only to be thwarted by a determined Frostburg defense led by end Kevin Culbert, whose nine tackles included five for losses and a sack.

Frostburg (4-5, 3-0) administered the second straight one-point defeat to the Sea Gulls, who opened the season with seven straight wins and were knocked out of an eighth game by Tropical Storm Isabel. The Bobcats have won 13 of the past 15 games in this intra-state series.

"We play in battles against four top-ranked teams," said winning coach Rubin Stevenson. "That adds a little help when we get to this game. Our defense stopped them when they had to, and they're all young. [Dustin] Johnson is a hard man to keep stopped."

"We really don't think about this game until this week comes," said Culbert, who was named Most Valuable Player for Frostburg. "Then everything is very intense and directed at Salisbury. We play a nationally ranked schedule that tells us we can play with any team. Week in and week out, we go against tough ones."

Neither side could muster much offense in the third quarter before Salisbury converted a fourth-and-nine, with linebacker Brad DeHaven taking a direct snap on a fake punt and dashing 15 yards.

A 30-yard scramble by Johnson took the ball to the Bobcats' 5. Rishawd Watson then went in untouched to give Salisbury a 14-9 advantage.

Momentum could have shifted on the next-to-last play of the first half.

The Sea Gulls were lined up for a field-goal attempt at the Frostburg 32 when a low snap from center forced backup quarterback Shai Warsaw to loft a cross-field pass.

Tight end Kyle Acker caught the ball, but fumbled into the end zone on contact and Jon Menz recovered for a touchback to preserve Frostburg's 9-7 halftime lead.

On the game's first series, Salisbury blocked a punt deep in Bobcats territory, but the ball caromed directly to Frostburg linebacker Terence McCann, who carried it for a first down.

A punt exchange followed before the Bobcats capitalized on superior field position to take a 3-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal by Nick Quisgard.

While the Sea Gulls sputtered, going without a first-quarter first down and surrendering the ball on a fumble by Johnson, Frostburg launched its best march of the half from the Sea Gulls' 47.

A splendid fourth-down reception for a 16-yard gain by Adam Snyder prolonged the advance, and Mike Kitchen eventually swept in from the 2. A poor snap sabotaged the conversion try and left Frostburg with a 9-0 lead with 11:11 to go in the second quarter.

But Salisbury got its offense unwound on the next series, marching 71 yards in seven plays, with Johnson running or passing on all but 15 of them. Watson swept in from the 10, and Brock Boland kicked the extra point.

Frostburg State 3 6 0 6 - 15

Salisbury 0 7 7 0 - 14

First quarter FS-Quisgard 27 FG, 5:34 Second quarter FS-Kitchen 2 run (run failed), 11:11 S-Watson 10 run (Boland kick), 8:34 Third quarter S-Watson 5 run (Boland kick), :02 Fourth quarter FS-Olson 6 pass from Burrough, 10:33 A-3,432.

FS S

First downs 14 10

Rushes-yards 50-109 36-142

Passing 95 120

Comp-Att-Int 13-26-0 8-24-1

Return Yards 66 102

Punts-Avg. 7-31.3 7-33.4

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-2

Penalties-Yards 1-5 11-69

Time of Possession 32:45 27:15

Rushing-Frostburg State, Kitchen 33-81, Kearny 7-24, McCann 1-5, Lentz 1-3, Walsh 1-0, Burrough 4-(-1), team 3-(-3). Salisbury, Johnson 22-91, Watson 9-26, DeHaven 1-16, Satchell 2-5, Pashkevich 2-4. Passing-Frostburg State, Burrough 13-26-0. Salisbury, Johnson 7-22-0-95, Warsaw 1-2-1-25. Receiving-Frostburg State, Kitchen 4-8, Bolden 3-36, Snyder 2-17, Walsh 2-16, Saucedo 1-12, Olson 1-6. Salisbury, Dickerson 2-42, Acker 2-28, Williams 2-27, Watson 2-23.

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