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Dominic Cizauskas Earns the 2018 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Honors

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Glenville State’s Dominic Cizauskas has been named to the 2018 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Second Team defense.

The junior linebacker from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, had a fabulous season. Cizauskas led the Pioneers defense in total tackles with 134 on the year. He came up just two shy of breaking the GSC Single Season Tackle record which is held by the Pioneers defensive coordinator Blake Tasker.

The All-MEC First Teamer led the conference in tackles averaging 12.2 a contest while also leading the league in forced fumbles with four on the season. He finished 2nd in Division II in Total Tackles behind only Quincy’s Cody Leonard. He also finished 2nd in Solo Tackles in Division II with 85 on the season.

“When it’s all said and done, Dom (Dominic) will be one of the best defensive players to ever walk out these doors.  It’s no surprise to us of all the accolades he’s receiving and rightfully so, he comes to work each and every day with a great attitude and work ethic second to none.  He’s accountable in the classroom, community, on the field, and just a first class young man to be around,“ stated GSC Head Coach Eric Smith.

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College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. UCF
8. Michigan
9. Texas
10. Washington
11. Florida
12. Washington State
12. LSU
14. Penn State
15. West Virginia
16. Kentucky
17. Utah
18. Syracuse
19. Boise State
20. Mississippi State
21. Northwestern
22. Texas A&M
23. Army West Point
24. Iowa State
25. Fresno State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. UCF
8. Michigan
9. Texas
10. Florida
11. Washington
12. Penn State
13. Washington State
14. LSU
15. Kentucky
16. West Virginia
17. Utah
18. Syracuse
19. Mississippi State
20. Boise State
21. Northwestern
22. Texas A&M
23. Fresno State
24. Utah State
25. Army West Point

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. LSU
8. UCF
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Utah State
15. Penn State
16. Washington
17. Kentucky
18. Utah
19. Syracuse
20. Northwestern
21. Boise State
22. Mississippi State
23. Army West Point
24. Pittsburgh
25. Iowa State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. LSU
9. UCF
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Penn State
15. Utah State
16. Washington
17. Utah
18. Kentucky
19. Syracuse
20. Mississippi State
21. Northwestern
22. Boise State
23. Fresno State
24. Army West Point
25. Pittsburgh

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Washington State
9. Ohio State
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Syracuse
13. Texas
14. Utah State
15. Florida
16. Penn State
17. Washington
18. Iowa State
19. Cincinnati
20. Kentucky
21. Utah
22. Boston College
23. Boise State
24. Northwestern
25. Mississippi State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Ohio State
9. Washington State
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Syracuse
13. Utah State
14. Texas
15. Penn State
16. Florida
17. Washington
18. Iowa State
19. Utah
20. Cincinnati
21. Kentucky
22. Boston College
23. Mississippi State
24. Boise State
25. UAB

MEC Football Roundup (November 10, 2018)

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Shepherd 21, UVa-Wise 16

UVa-Wise picked up its first-ever win against Shepherd on Saturday afternoon defeating the Rams, 21-16, at Rams Stadium.
The Cavs (4-6, 4-6) held Shepherd (7-3, 7-3) to under 300 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers in the win. Trailing 14-10, Shepherd fumbled on a punt and Delonte Berry scooped it up and went 25 yards for the score. Shepherd added a late TD but missed the two-point attempt and had the ball one more time, but the Cavs got the stop they needed to hold on for the win.
Tanner Bernard was 15-of-24 for 138 yards and one touchdown for UVa-Wise. Alonzo Brown had 61 yards receiving and a touchdown. Buster Henderson led the charge defensively for the Cavs with 11 tackles (one for a loss) and an interception, while Dylan Giovine was in on eight tackles with two for a loss.
Tyson Bagent completed 28-of-46 for 245 yards with a touchdown but was picked twice and sacked five times. Ryan Feiss hauled in 14 catches for 114 yards. Chrys Lane had seven tackles, including two for a loss.


Charleston 28, Glenville State 6

Charleston shutout Glenville State in the first half on its way to a 28-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Morris Stadium.
The Golden Eagles got on the board in the second quarter after a 27-yard field goal from Kevin Weiman and Mike Strachan’s six-yard touchdown pass.  Trailing 10-0 at the start of the third quarter, Glenville State’s Jaylen McNair connected with Javon Butler on an 84-yard touchdown pass to end the scoring drought for the Pioneers.
A PAT touchdown return, one-yard touchdown run by Mason Olszewski and a safety left Glenville State (5-6, 5-4) trailing 21-6 heading into the fourth quarter and Jimmy Wheeler added a five-yard touchdown run for the final margin.
The Golden Eagles held the Pioneers to 69 yards rushing over the course of the contest.  Olszewski threw for 203 yards on 19-of-24 passing with one touchdown.  He also ran for 49 yards with a score.  D’Andre Brooks had eight receptions for 51 yards with Stachan notching five for 55 yards.
McNair completed eight of 22 pass attempts for 144 yards and one touchdown.  Butler had four receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown.  Justin Watts and Mario Pender each ran for 29 yards in the setback.
Dom Cizauskas had a game-high 19 tackles (15 solo, four assisted) along with a forced fumble.  Quin Twine added 10 stops for the Pioneers (seven solo, three assisted).
Kenny Randall notched 10 tackles (eight solo, two assisted) for Charleston (6-5, 6-4) with six for loss (23 yards).


Urbana 31, Concord 24

Isaiah Young’s 10-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes left lifted Urbana to a 31-24 win in the season finale for both teams at Callaghan Stadium.

The Blue Knights built a 24-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but a field goal from Luke Walls and 13-yard touchdown run that capped a 98-yard drive knotted things up at 24-24. Urbana took its next possession 80 yards on five plays to set up the game-winning run from Young.

Urbana had 445 yards of total offense including 125 on the ground from Young. Cee Jay Hale was 14-of-24 passing for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Chad Swanson and Shemar Hooks each went over 100 yards receiving with touchdown receptions. L.A. Kelly led the defensive effort with 15 tackles to go with a sack and forced fumble. Duray Hall and Tobias Hailey each had interceptions.

CU’s Kyle Akin was 13-of-26 for 169 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Josh Maxwell rushed 23 times for 176 yards and found the end zone twice. Justin Noble was in on eight stops (seven solo) for the Mountain Lions.


West Virginia State 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 25

West Virginia State pulled away from West Virginia Wesleyan in the second half to come away with a 45-25 win over the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field.

An Aaron Ball 26-yard field goal before halftime pushed WVSU’s advantage to 24-18 at the break, and Faustino Saucedo added a three-yard TD run to go ahead 31-18. Sterling Dewdney caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Matt Vinson to get the Bobcats to within a score, but a pair of Yellow Jackets touchdowns secured the win for WVSU.

WVSU piled up 330 yards rushing and 617 yards of total offense in the win. Carl Garmon had 202 on the ground while Dant’e Jones added 102 more and two touchdowns. Saucedo was 18-of-30 for 287 yards with two passing TDs and the other on the ground. AJ Barrette had 127 yards receiving. Joe Stoneman led the way defensively with 10 tackles, including two for a loss with one sack.

Vinson had 249 yards passing and three touchdowns to lead West Virginia Wesleyan. Shaq Freeman-Parks added 80 yards rushing.


#12 Notre Dame 41, Seton Hill 7

Notre Dame completed a perfect season with a 41-7 win over Seton Hill on Saturday afternoon at Offutt Field.

The Falcons led just 14-0 at the break, but pulled away in the second half to cruise to the victory. NDC had 484 yards of total offense, including 251 on the ground. Jaleel McLaughlin led the way with 120 yards and three touchdowns, and Vasean Davis added 77 more on the ground and one score. Chris Brimm was 19-of-29 for 233 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Sha’haun Williams had seven tackles on the day, including two for a loss as Notre Dame held Seton Hill to just 52 yards rushing. Williams also forced and recovered a fumble for the Falcons. Guam Lee was in on six tackles.

MEC Week 11 Football Preview - 2018

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Week 11 in the Mountain East Conference starts on Thursday night with Fairmont State on the road at West Liberty. The Fighting Falcons, currently 10th in the Super Region 1 rankings, need to a win and help for a shot at the NCAA Playoffs.

On Saturday, Charleston and Glenville State get things started with a noon kickoff, along with UVa-Wise at Shepherd and Urbana at Concord. West Virginia Wesleyan will take on Concord at 1 p.m., and 11th-ranked Notre Dame will try and complete an unbeaten regular season in a non-conference game at Seton Hill.


Notebook

• Marvelle Ross (NDC), Sha’haun Williams (NDC) and Brooks Parsons (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the 10th week of the season. (Full release)

• Scoring 30 points could be the key figure in MEC play in 2018. Teams are 34-12 this year when reaching the 30-point mark in a game. West Virginia Wesleyan has lost five times when scoring 30 points.

• Three MEC running backs have already gone over 1,000 yards with one week left to play in the season in Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin (1,736), Fairmont State’s Khalik Hamlin (1,167) and Mario Pender (1,036). Jimmy Wheeler (942) and Calil Wilkins (902) each need less than 100 yards this week to go over 1,000 for the year. The most 1,000-yard rushers in a season in MEC history was six in 2015.

• Week 10 saw five of the six games decided by 10 points or less in the league. For the year, though, 58 games this season in the MEC, 24 have been decided by 10 points or less (41 percent).

• Jaleel McLaughlin broke the MEC single-season rushing record last week eclipsing the mark set by Calivinaugh Jones in 2014. McLaughlin has 1,763 yards in just 10 games this year, while Jones needed 14 games to reach 1,732 yards.

• Three players in the MEC are ranked in the top 10 in the country in combined kick and punt returns in Lyrics Klugh (1st, 958), Jujuan Linzy (4th, 795) and Chaudlier Shepherd (9th, 704). Also, Marvelle Ross leads the country with three punt returns for a touchdown.


Matchups/Previews/Coverage


THURSDAY, November 08


Fairmont State (8-2, 7-2) at West Liberty (3-7, 3-6) 7 p.m. West Liberty, WV (West Family Stadium)

Series: The teams have split their last 10 meetings, but Fairmont State has won the last three ... all three of those have been by six points or less.

Notes: Fairmont State’s Colin Harvath’s 48 consecutive PATs this season are a school record ... FSU has established a new school record for points this year with 372 ... Takwan Crews-Naylor is just the sixth QB to throw for over 2,000 yards at Fairmont State ... WLU is 40-7 when holding opponents to under 21 points under Roger Waialae ... in his last two games, Zach Phillips has completed 53-of-88 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns and has two more rushing TDs ... Osman Kargbo’s 1,553 career kick return yards are a new school record.


SATURDAY, November 10


UVa-Wise (3-6, 3-6) at Shepherd (7-2, 7-2) Noon Shepherdstown, WV (Ram Stadium)

Notes: Ryan Feiss needs 39 receiving yards to reach 3,000 for his career .. he needs 164 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season and needs one touchdown to reach 20 for his career ... Tyson Bagent needs 216 passing yards to reach 3,00 for the season ... No notes submitted by UVa-Wise.


Charleston (5-5, 5-4) at Glenville State (5-5, 5-4) Noon Glenville, WV (IL & Sue Morris Stadium)

Series: Charleston has won two of the last three, but Glenville State has won each of the last two meetings at home.

Notes: Mike Strachan is now the single season receiving yards record holder at UC with 952 yards ... CJ Bagwell tallied a career high 14 tackles against Shepherd and tallied his second career interception ... UC has three of the school’s top five sack leaders playing in Khazin Daniels (1st), John Cominsky (4th) and Jalen Nelson (5th) ... GSC LB Dominic Cizauskas’ 115 tackles are third-most in a single season for the Pioneers ... Mario Pender went over the 1,000-yard mark rushing last week.


Urbana (4-6, 3-6) at Concord (2-8, 2-7) Noon Athens, WV (Callaghan Stadium)

Series: Urbana has won three of the last five, including a 36-15 win last year.

Notes: A win Saturday would snap a five-game losing streak and match last year’s record… UU produced its second-highest point total this season in last week’s setback… RB Isaiah Young needs 134 more rushing yards to move up to fifth on the UU single-season rushing leaders chart ... Kyle Akin has thrown a touchdown pass in eight consecutive games, the longest streak for any CU quarterback since the 2014 season ... by rushing for 111 yards at Fairmont State, Josh Maxwell joined Isaiah Bowman and Kris Copeland as other Concord running backs with 100 yards in a game this season ... only NDC and WVSU have three different backs go over 100 yards in a game this season.


WV Wesleyan (1-9, 1-8) at WV State (5-5, 4-5) 1 p.m. Institute, WV (Lakin Stadium)

Series: West Virginia Wesleyan has the edge, 3-2, in the last five meetings ... however, the Yellow Jackets won 45-28 last year.

Notes: The Yellow Jackets are going for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008 ... Aaron Ball’s 26 field goals are the most in a career at WVSU ... Calil WIlkins is trying to become the first WVSU player to run for 1,000 yards in a season since Vince Powell ran for 1,066 in 1988 ... Wilkins has 902 to date on the season ... no notes submitted by WVWC.


#12 Notre Dame (10-0) at Seton Hill (1-9) 1 p.m. Greensburg, Pa. (Offutt Field)

Series: First meeting.

Notes: Notre Dame will try to put the wraps on an unbeaten regular season on the road at Seton Hill ... Mike Jacobs is 1-1 in non-conference games ... the Falcons have not allowed a score on a team’s opening drive of the game this season ... three of Seton Hill’s losses came by less than a touchdown, including one OT loss.

MEC Football Roundup (November 03, 2018)

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Glenville State 36, West Virginia Wesleyan 33

Glenville State piled up 392 offensive yards while scoring 14 points off of turnovers and holding West Virginia Wesleyan to 54 yards on the ground in a 36-33 win on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Watts put Glenville State on the board midway through the first quarter with a 31-yard field goal and the Pioneers used Dom Cizauskas’ 33-yard interception return to build a quick 10-0 advantage over the Bobcats.

The Pioneers built their lead to 26-14 by halftime and led by as many as 10 points (36-26) late in the game before Shaq Freeman-Park’s one-yard touchdown run capped an eight-play, 65-yard scoring drive for the Bobcats.  West Virginia Wesleyan took over on downs on its own 13, but ran out of time to mount a comeback at the end of the fourth quarter.

Glenville State’s Jaylen McNair completed 16-of-29 pass attempts for 214 yards and two touchdowns.  Javon Butler hauled in 11 receptions for 177 yards and a score.  Mario Pender ran for 78 yards on 22 carries with Thomas Boles adding 62 yards on 13 carries for the Pioneers.

Matt Vinson threw for 234 yards on 19-of-30 passing with one score.  Kenny Lewis Jr. tallied 119 yards on 10 receptions with one score.

Wil Mayes and Cizauskas each had nine tackles for Glenville State with Cizauskas notching an interception (33 yards) in the win.  Tre Lee and Sal Exposito both had seven stops for West Virginia Wesleyan.


#13 Notre Dame 25, UVa-Wise 17

Notre Dame trailed by 11 points but scored 13 off of turnovers in the fourth quarter to secure a 25-17 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday at Carl Smith Stadium.  Down 17-6 with 5:20 left in the game, Chris Brimm hit Marvell Ross with a one-yard touchdown pass to push the Falcons within striking distance.

Notre Dame’s Guam Lee recovered a Cavalier fumble at the UVa-Wise 15-yard line to setup Brimm for an 11-yard touchdown run to make the score 18-17 with 3:03 left to play. The Cavaliers and Falcons both fumbled and lost possession on each of their next drives, leaving UVa-Wise with the ball on its own four with 1:17 on the clock.

Sha’haun Williams came up with back-to-back-sacks for Notre Dame, leading to RJ Goodwin’s fumble recovery in the end zone to secure the win for the Falcons.

Notre Dame (10-0, 10-0) outgained UVa-Wise (3-6, 3-6) 499-295 over the course of the contest and held the Cavaliers to just 53 yards rushing on the day.  Brimm threw for 280 yards behind 16-of-33 passing with two touchdowns while collecting 19 yards on the ground with four carries and a score.  He found Ross seven times for 186 yards with both scores and Markus Hood four times for 42 yards.  Jaleel McLaughlin tallied 117 yards rushing on 32 carries followed by Brian Walker with 11 carries for 73 yards.

Tanner Bernard was 18-of-29 on the day for 160 yards and one touchdown. Chris Thaxton hauled in seven receptions for 73 yards with Eli Marks notching four receptions for 57 yards.

Lee had 10 tackles on the day (five solo, five assisted) along with a fumble recovery for the Falcons.  Goodwin added seven stops (four solo, three assisted) along with two recoveries in the win. The Notre Dame defense tallied seven sacks on the day led by Williams with three.

Marquis Hamilton led the effort defensively for the Cavaliers with 11 tackles (eight solo, three assisted), a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and three pass breakups.


West Virginia State 31, Urbana 28

A blocked punt late in the game propelled West Virginia State to a 31-28 win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon.

Urbana (4-6, 3-6) maintained the advantage for nearly the entire contest before Brooks Parsons blocked a Blue Knight punt with 9:07 on the clock.  West Virginia State’s Elyjah Bradshaw recovered the ball at the Urbana five-yard line, shifting the momentum in favor of the Yellow Jackets.

A two-yard run by Carl Garmon followed by Faustino Saucedo’s one-yard rush led to Dylan Lucas’ two-yard touchdown plunge to put the Yellow Jackets ahead 30-28.  Aaron Ball made good on the point after attempt to secure the win for West Virginia State (5-5, 5-4).

The Blue Knights maintained a comfortable 28-17 lead at the halftime break.  Lucas’ 13-yard touchdown run with 6:49 left in the third quarter put the Yellow Jackets back within striking distance before they ultimately completed in the comeback in the fourth quarter.

Saucedo threw for 168 yards on 16-of-26 passing.  Zach Pate tallied six receptions for 88 yards.  Garmon ran for 142 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown while Lucas added 69 yards on nine carries and three scores for the Yellow Jackets.

Cee Jay Hale completed 6-of-16 passes for 65 yards.  Isaiah Young tallied 130 yards rushing on 22 carries followed by Bailey Wallen with 81 yards on nine carries.  Four different Blue Knights scored touchdowns in the setback.

Robert Branch had 13 tackles (six solo, seven assisted) with a pass breakup for the Yellow Jackets.  Moises Valcarce added 11 stops (eight solo, three assisted) with one interception (22 yards).

DeArmon Lewis paced Urbana defensively with 12 stops (seven solo, five assisted).  Duray Hall added 11 tackles (four solo, seven assisted) with two tackles for loss (1 yards), a pass breakup and a sack (eight yards).


Shepherd 25, Charleston 20

Tyson Bagent connected with Antwan Squire on a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and Shepherd held Charleston off of the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest to secure a 25-20 win on Saturday afternoon at UC Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, Mason Olszewski used a 14-yard touchdown run to give the Golden Eagles an early lead.  Bagent closed out the half by throwing a pair of touchdown passes; one 33-yards to Ryan Feiss and one four-yard pass to Wanya Allen to give the Rams a 13-7 edge heading into halftime.

CJ Bagwell picked off Bagent’s pass early in the third quarter and ran it back 34-yards for a touchdown to shift the momentum in favor of the Golden Eagles at the start of the second half.  Shepherd (7-2, 7-2) answered with 29-yard and 26-yard field goals by Hayden August-Scriven to pull away 19-14 with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.  With four seconds remaining in the quarter, Mike Strachan hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass from Olszewski to put Charleston (5-5, 5-4) within one (20-19), but the Golden Eagles were held off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest.

Shepherd outgained Charleston 284-229 on the day despite being held to 70 yards rushing on the afternoon. Bagent threw for 214 yards on 20-of-31 passing with three touchdowns.  Feiss notched 79 yards on seven receptions and one score with Allen adding 56 yards on five receptions and a touchdown.  Squire added three receptions for 51 yards and a score and ran for 68 yards on 26 carries.

Olszewski was 9-of-18 on the day with 129 yards and one touchdown along with 14 yards on 23 carries and a score.  Strachan had two receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown with Jimmy Wheeler notching 41 yards on 15 carries.

Bagwell had 14 tackles (six solo, eight assisted) with an interception (34 yards) for Charleston while Ricky Robinson recorded eight tackles (five solo, three assisted) and 3.5 tackles for loss (19 yards) for Shepherd.


Bloomsburg 34, West Liberty 31

West Liberty closed out the game with 14 unanswered points but was not able to overcome an early deficit in a 34-31 setback to Bloomsburg on Saturday afternoon.

Bloomsburg (6-4) built an early 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and held a 17-7 advantage at the halftime break.  Down but not out, the Hilltoppers rallied back to outscore the Huskies 24-17 in the last two quarters but ran out of time to complete the comeback.

Trailing 34-17 with 4:21 left in the game, Zach Phillips connected with Osman Kargbo on a 19-yard pass to shift the momentum in favor of West Liberty (3-7).  In the last minute of the game, Phillips found Shane Phillips on a 34-yard pass and Owen Rozanc made good on the point after attempt for the final margin.

Bloomsburg’s Erik Benjamin threw for 158 yards with two touchdowns in the win while Alex Gooden tallied 99 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown for the Huskies.

Zach Phillips completed 26-of-40 pass attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns while notching 28 yards on 14 carries with a score.  Shane Phillips hauled in six passes for 109 yards and two scores in the setback.

Josh Salak had seven solo tackles for Bloomsburg with Clay McDonald notching eight for West Liberty with two tackles for loss.


Fairmont State 56, Concord 17

Fairmont State took a 28-10 lead into the halftime break and never looked back on its way to a 56-17 win over Concord on Saturday afternoon at Duvall-Rosier Field.

The Falcons outgained the Mountain Lions 522-350 over the course of the contest highlighted by 340 yards rushing.  Tyree Randolph led the Fairmont State (8-2, 7-2) ground game with 103 yards on 16 carries.  He was one of five Falcons with rushing touchdowns on the day.  Timothy Smith added 71 yards on five carries with a score followed by Rakeem Darden with 61 yards on seven carries and a score.

Takwan Crews-Naylor was 10-of-21 on the afternoon for 132 yards and two touchdown passes.  Alquawn Vickers had three receptions for 86 yards and a score while Shawn Harris added 44 yards on three catches with two scores.

Kyle Akin completed 15-of-22 pass attempts for 158 yards and one touchdown for Concord (2-8, 2-7).  Adam Fulton added 32 yards and a score on 4-of-13 passing.  Josh Maxwell ran for 111 yards with 13 carries for the Mountain Lions.

Dwain Porterfield paced Concord with eight tackles (seven solo, one assisted) while Jerry Iweh added eight stops for Fairmont State (five solo, three assisted).

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Ohio State
9. LSU
10. Washington State
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Syracuse
14. Utah State
15. Texas
16. Fresno State
17. Boston College
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida
20. Washington
21. Penn State
22. NC State
23. Iowa State
24. Michigan State
25. Cincinnati


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Ohio State
8. West Virginia
9. Washington State
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Syracuse
14. Boston College
15. Mississippi State
16. Utah State
17. Fresno State
18. Washington
19. Texas
20. Penn State
21. Florida
22. NC State
23. Cincinnati
24. Utah
25. Iowa State

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
6. Georgia
7. Oklahoma
8. Ohio State
9. UCF
10. Washington State
11. Kentucky
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. Utah
17. Houston
18. Utah State
19. Iowa
20. Fresno State
21. Mississippi State
22. Syracuse
23. Virginia
24. Boston College
25. Texas A&M


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
5. Georgia
7. Oklahoma
8. Ohio State
9. UCF
10. West Virginia
11. Washington State
12. Kentucky
13. Penn State
14. Florida
15. Texas
16. Utah
17. Houston
18. Iowa
19. Washington
20. Utah State
21. Mississippi State
22. Virginia
23. Fresno State
24. Syracuse
25. Boston College

MEC Football Roundup (October 27, 2018)

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Glenville State 28, Urbana 21

Glenville State survived a late rally by Urbana to secure a 28-21 win over the Blue Knights on Saturday at Morris Stadium. The Pioneers built a 14-0 lead by halftime and held a commanding 28-0 advantage late in the third until Urbana stormed back to score 21 unanswered points over the course of the last six minutes of the third quarter.

Trailing 28-0 with 5:30 left in the third, Urbana (4-5, 3-5) needed just one play to get back in the game as Cee Jay Hale threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Craig Burt to put the Blue Knights on the board. Urbana then took advantage of back-to-back Pioneer turnovers to cut the deficit.

Jamari Collins recovered a Glenville State (4-5, 4-4) fumble and returned it 30 yards to cut the deficit in half and Tobias Hailey intercepted a pass and ran it back 30 yards on the next drive to leave Glenville State clinging to 28-21 advantage.

The Pioneers kept the Blue Knights off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Glenville State piled up 414 yards of offense in the win while holding Urbana to 294 offensive yards including just 95 rushing over the course of the contest. Mario Pender led the Pioneers on the ground with 195 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown. Thomas Boles added 65 yards followed by J’Quan Anderson with 64 yards and a score. Jaylen McNair completed 11-of-22 pass attempts for 124 yards with two touchdowns. He found Javon Butler eight times for 113 yards for both passing scores on the day.

Hale threw for 199 yards with one touchdown in the loss for Urbana. He connected with seven different receivers in the setback. Isaiah Young paced the Blue Knights on the ground with 26 carries for 63 yards.

Defensively, Wil Mayes led the way with 13 tackles (six solo, seven assisted) for the Pioneers. Dom Cizauskas added nine in the win (seven solo, two assisted).

Duray Hall notched 11 stops for Urbana (four solo, seven assisted).


#14 Notre Dame 17, Charleston

#14 Notre Dame clinched the MEC Championship on Saturday with a 17-10 win over Charleston at Mueller Field. With the score knotted 10-10, Jaleel McLaughlin closed out an eight-play, 79-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds on the clock to secure the win for the Falcons.

After a scoreless first half, Charleston (5-4, 5-3) got on the board first behind Kevin Weiman’s 47-yard field goal. With 4:51 left in the third, Notre Dame (9-0, 9-0) took its first lead of the game when Chris Brimm connected with Conner Henry on a 53-yard touchdown pass.

The Golden Eagles answered back with 5:37 left to play when Mason Olszewski found Mike Strachan on a 37-yard touchdown pass, closing out an eight play, 80-yard scoring drive. On the next drive, Tanner Harding answered with a 41-yard field goal to tie the score, setting the stage for McLaughlin’s touchdown run in the waning seconds for the final margin.

Notre Dame totaled 327 offensive yards in the win while holding Charleston to 214 on the day, including just 37 yards on the ground. McLaughlin ran for 185 yards on 36 carries with the game-winning touchdown while Brimm completed 12-of-22 pass attempts for 124 yards and one score. He found Henry three times for 70 yards and Zaire Mitchell four times for 57 yards in the win.

Olszewski was 13-of-26 on the day for 177 yards and one touchdown in the setback. Strachan hauled in eight passes for 141 yards while Jimmy Wheeler ran for 62 yards on 21 carries.

RJ Goodwin led the defensive effort for Notre Dame with 12 tackles (seven solo, five assisted) with a sack while Sha’ha Williams and Davion Johnson each had nine stops on the day with Williams tallying 3.5 sacks (47 yards).

Sam Quinn and Kahzin Daniels both tallied eight tackles for Charleston.


Fairmont State 41, West Virginia State 12

Fairmont State kept West Virginia State off the scoreboard in the first and third quarters and outscored the Yellow Jackets 28-6 in the second half on its way to a 41-12 win at Dickerson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Fairmont State (7-2, 6-2) held a 13-6 lead at the halftime break before a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and Takwan Crews-Naylor’s 74-yard touchdown pass to Javon Hayes left the Yellow Jackets trailing 27-6 heading in the final quarter. West Virginia State (4-5, 3-5) scored once in the final stanza but was ultimately unable to overcome the deficit.

The Falcons outgained the Yellow Jackets 463-324 over the course of the contest.

Crews-Naylor threw for 130 yards, finding Hayes twice for 103 yards and Alquawn Vickers twice for 27 yards. Khalik Hamlin led the Falcon ground game with 27 carries for 183 yards. Tyree Randolph added 90 yards on 12 carries with Timothy Smith adding 26 yards on three carries. Both scored touchdowns in the win.

Faustino Saucedo completed 21-of-37 pass attempts for 191 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Carl Garmon ran for 75 yards on 12 carries while Zach Pate hauled in eight passes for 68 yards for the Yellow Jackets. AJ Barrette caught six passes for 36 yards and a score.

Robert Branch and Joe Stoneman both tallied 11 tackles defensively for West Virginia State. Dustin Crouser followed with 10 stops (three solo, seven assisted).

Malachi McMillan notched nine tackles (five solo, four assisted), one tackle for loss (five yards) and a forced fumble while Jerry Iweh added eight stops (two solo, six assisted), a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.


Shepherd 58, West Virginia Wesleyan 35

Shepherd scored 19 points off of West Virginia Wesleyan turnovers on its way to a commanding 58-35 win over the Bobcats on Saturday at Ram Stadium. Tyson Bagent threw for 306 yards and set a MEC single-game record with seven touchdown passes in the win while tying the league record for single-game touchdown responsibility.

The Rams held a narrow 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before running away with a 32-7 advantage by the halftime break. The Bobcats were unable to pull back within striking distance in the remainder of the contest.

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Matt Vinson completed 20-of-33 passes for 197 yards and three scores in the setback. He found Jujuan Linzy six times for 39 yards and two scores and Elijah Nelson twice for 35 yards and one touchdown. Derek Drapen hauled in four passes for 61 yards for the Bobcats while Lawrence Brown tallied 20 carries for 101 yards and one score on the afternoon.

Shepherd’s Bagent threw seven touchdowns to four different receivers over the course of the contest. Wanya Allen, Ryan Feiss, and Greg Leonard each hauled in a touchdown pass on the day with DJ Cornish hauling in four catches for 50 yards and three touchdowns. Allen led the receiving corps with 10 receptions for 94 yards followed by Feiss with seven snags and 81 yards. Antwan Squired paced the Rams on the ground with 15 carries for 175 yards and one score.

Ahmad Jones had eight stops (six solo, two assisted) and two forced fumbles defensively for Shepherd (6-2, 6-2). Anthony Hill notched eight stops (four solo, four assisted) with one tackle for loss (10 yards), a fumble recovery, and a sack for West Virginia Wesleyan (1-8, 1-7).


Concord 46, West Liberty 33

Concord forced four West Liberty turnovers and scored a pair of special teams’ touchdowns to hand the Hilltoppers a 46-33 setback on Saturday afternoon at Callaghan Stadium.

A Hilltopper turnover led to Concord’s first score of the game and a bad snap during the following led drive contributed to a 15-0 lead for the Mountain Lions in a first quarter that saw both teams combine for 35 points.

Concord held a 25-20 lead at the halftime break. West Liberty (3-6, 3-6) battled back from the early deficit to grab the lead in the opening minute of the second half after a Concord (2-7, 2-6) fumble but the Mountain Lions responded with 21 unanswered points to put the game out of reach and earn its first home win of the season.

West Liberty outgained Concord 510-408 on the day.

Zach Phillips threw for 398 yards with three touchdowns behind 29-of-48 passing and ran for 39 yards on 13 carries with a score for West Liberty. Nate Phillips caught two touchdown passes in the contest and hauled in six catches for 96 yards. Shane Phillips added 84 yards on six catches while D.J. Frisby notched two receptions for 81 yards with one score. Frisby also notched 21 carries for 90 yards and a score.

Kyle Akin completed 11-of-18 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns for Concord. He connected with Isaiah Bowman twice for 88 yards and Tywan Pearce twice for 83 yards. Both caught touchdown passes in the win. Josh Maxwell tallied 87 yards on the ground on 16 carries and a score followed by Kris Copeland’s eight carries for 47 yards and one touchdown.

Zach Malone led the effort defensively for Concord with nine tackles (six solo, three assisted), two forced fumbles, and an interception (nine yards).

Zahir Hicks notched seven stops for West Liberty with one tackle for loss (four yards).

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