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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

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (November 19, 2018)

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Concord 99, Urbana 79

Concord shot a blistering 67 percent from the field on its way to a 99-79 win over Urbana on Monday afternoon at the Carter Center.

With the game tied at 22-22 midway through the first half, Concord (3-2, 1-1) pulled away with a 29-15 run to take control of the game. Concord would lead by double figures the rest of the way in the win.

For the game, Concord made 35-of-52 from the field and hit 11-of-19 from behind the arc. The Mountain Lions also controlled the glass, 43-25.

Tommy Bolte had 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Concord. Jair Rodgers added 19 points and Trey Brisco scored 16 points and had seven rebounds.

Matt Treacy paced Urbana (0-3, 0-2) with 22 points and five rebounds, while Datrey Long came off the bench to contribute 21.


Glenville State 117, Wheeling Jesuit 113

Darhius Nunn poured in 42 points and dished out 16 assists to lead Glenville State to a 117-113 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Monday night at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (4-1, 1-1) led by 14 at the break but had to hold off a late WJU (0-4, 0-2) rally to earn the victory. The Cardinals pulled to within a point in the final 10 seconds, but Glenville State did enough from the free throw line to seal the win. GSC hit 19 three-pointers in the game compared to 13 for the Cardinals.

Nunn had a hand in 30 of Glenville State’s 43 field goals in the night making 14-of-21 from the field (10-of-16 from three-point range) to go with the 16 assists. Davion Johnson had 21 points, and Phil Bledsoe had a double-double with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Jay Gentry led Wheeling Jesuit with 36 points. Brendan Hoban had 25 points and eight assists, and Franck Kamgain 24 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Notre Dame 97, UVa-Wise 86 | Final Stats
WISE, Va.—Notre Dame pulled away from UVa-Wise midway through the second half to earn a 97-86 road win over the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Trailing 70-69 with under nine minutes to play, Notre Dame (4-1, 2-0) went on a crucial 17-6 run to pull away from the Cavs (3-2, 1-1). The Falcons were 6-for-8 from the field during that stretch, including 3-for-3 from deep, and Drew Scarberry contributed nine points during the stretch.

Will Vorhees paced NDC on the night with 28 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Larenz Thurman added 27 points and handed out eight assists and had three steals. Halil Parks chipped in 15 points and Scareberry tossed in 13 more off the bench.

UVa-Wise was led by Cameron Whiteside’s 19 points. Briggs Parris scored 16 and Michal Seals contributed 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds.


Shepherd 101, Charleston 93

Shepherd erased an early 16-point first half deficit and downed Charleston, 101-93, on Monday night at the Butcher Center.

After falling behind 18-2 in the first seven minutes of the first half, Shepherd (4-1, 1-1) stormed back and outscored UC 36-13 the rest of the way to grab a 38-31 lead at the break. The Rams would continue that momentum in the second half going on a 16-5 run to break the game open.

Winston Burgess went for 32 points to lead the Rams, while Derek McKnight added 26 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Thomas Lang chipped in 15 points. The Rams shot 63 percent from the field in the game.

Drew Rackley’s 47 points weren’t enough in a losing effort for the Golden Eagles (3-2, 0-2). Rackley was 14-of-26 (4-for-11 from three) and had five rebounds and three assists. Seth O’Neal managed 14 points and Adam Traore added 13 more in support for Charleston.


Fairmont State 94, West Virginia State 76

Fairmont State drained 14 three-pointers and shot 63 percent in the second half to defeat West Virginia State, 94-76, on Monday night at Joe Retton Arena.

A late three put WVSU up 36-33 at the break and would continue to hold a slim lead five minutes into the second half before a 21-5 run in just over four minutes put the Falcons in front, 61-54. FSU was 7-of-8 from deep during that stretch with all points coming from three-pointers. Fairmont State would continue to slowly build that lead from there before taking the final 94-76 margin of victory.

Jason Jolly led the Falcons (4-2, 2-0) with 28 points and four assists. Vonte Montgomery added 21 and Cole VonHandorf added 16. For the game, Fairmont State shot 52 percent and out-rebounded West Virginia State, 42-31.

Pat Johnson-Agwu netted 26 for West Virginia State (2-2, 1-1), while Gus Stone added 19.


West Liberty 80, West Virginia Wesleyan 71

West Liberty overcame a five-point halftime deficit and its lowest point total of the season in an 80-71 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday night.

The Hilltoppers (4-1, 2-0) struggled from three-point range in the first half making just 3-of-14 in the first 20 minutes. Meanwhile, WVWC (3-2, 1-1) made eight threes in the first half to claim that five-point lead.

The game remained close until 7:30 left in the game when the Hilltoppers went on a 17-6 run in just under two minutes to go ahead, 77-65. That run would prove to be the difference as the ‘Toppers went on to the nine-point victory.

Eric Meininger registered a triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Dalton Bolon had a team-high 23 points. Will Yoakum chipped in 16 points.

Fred Brondstead led a balanced attack for WVWC with 17 points. Dusan Vicentic scored 12 and Luka Petrovic chipped in 11 points to go with nine assists.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (November 19, 2018)

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Concord 96, Urbana 87 (OT)

Concord held Urbana to four points in overtime to run away with a 96-87 decision on Monday afternoon. The Mountain Lions led by as many as 18 points in regulation before the Blue Knights rallied to orchestrate a 19-6 run late in the game to pull within four (69-65) with 7:55 left to play.

Sylvia Hudson’s layup for Urbana (0-3,0-2) at the 5:41 mark knotted the score 71-71. Concord (4-1, 2-0) answered with a 7-0 run but the Blue Knights responded with a 9-2 run of their own to tie the score 80-80 with 1:31 on the clock. Madison May completed a three-point play for the Mountain Lions before Nikki Current hit a three to send the contest into overtime.

Concord scored 12 unanswered points in the overtime period to put Urbana away for good.

The Mountain Lions shot 57% from the floor in the win. May had 27 points in the contest with seven rebounds. Andreanna Pool added 21 with Riley Fitzwater scoring 10 with 10 boards. Courtney White also scored 10 points for Concord.

Hudson netted 27 points in the loss for Urbana with seven rebounds. Megan Beachy added 20 points with Current scoring 15 for the Blue Knights.


Glenville State 123, Wheeling Jesuit 88

Glenville State scored 39 points off of turnovers and its bench accounted for 61 points in a 123-88 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Monday. The Cardinals scored the opening basket in the contest but the Pioneers responded with a 12-2 run and maintained the momentum and the lead for the remainder of the game.

Glenville State (5-0, 2-0) had five players score double digits led by Emily Stoller with 30 points. Ty Armstrong followed with 20 points and six rebounds with Donasja Scott netting 11 points and six boards. Taylor Parker and Courtney Davis both chipped in 10 points for the Pioneers.

Chenelle Moore led all players in the game with 31 points and 17 rebounds in the setback. Khira Burton added 21 points with Taliah Cashwell scoring 15 for Wheeling Jesuit (2-3, 1-1).


West Virginia State 84, Fairmont State 78

West Virginia State overcame 10 ties and 13 lead changes and outscored Fairmont State 10-2 over the last five minutes of play to secure an 84-78 win on Monday.

Jordan Miller led all players in the game with 28 points for West Virginia State (2-2, 1-1). Jackson netted 17 in the win and Anesha Harmon added 11. Denisha Bowman grabbed nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Rachel Laskody led the effort for Fairmont State (1-4, 0-2) with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Brooke Kurucz added 10 points and six rebounds while Erin Danik added nine points and six boards in the setback.


Charleston 85, Shepherd 71

Charleston shot 51% from the floor and led by as many as 21 points to earn an 85-71 win over Shepherd on Monday. The Golden Eagles carried a 33-29 lead into the halftime break before outscoring the Rams 29-16 in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room.

Raziyah Farrington led the effort for Charleston (4-1, 2-0) with 23 points. Brooklyn Pannell added 22 in the win followed by Anna Hayton with 12 points. Dionna Sanders recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Sydney Clayton paced Shepherd (3-2, 1-1) with 21 points. Kari Lankford and Kayla Tibbs scored 15 and 14 points, respectively with Lankford notching a team-high five rebounds. The Rams shot 59% from the floor in the loss.


Notre Dame 64, UVa-Wise 53

Notre Dame outscored UVa-Wise 20-4 in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a 64-53 win on Monday evening. The Cavaliers managed to cut the deficit to eight points (59-51) late in the fourth quarter but it proved to be too little too late as the Falcons took advantage of free throw opportunities down the stretch to secure the win.

Seina Adachi paced Notre Dame (3-2, 1-1) with 15 points in the win. Katie Karalic chipped in 13 points while Jessie Stout added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Hanna Oliver led the effort for UVa-Wise (2-3, 1-1) with 14 points. Mackenzie King chipped in 10 while Ashley Cullen hauled in 10 rebounds.


West Liberty 86, West Virginia Wesleyan 63

West Liberty was held to just nine points in the second quarter but never trailed on its way to an 86-63 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. The Hilltoppers shot 47% from the floor in the win.

Marissa Brown poured in 32 points and grabbed 19 rebounds with nine blocks for West Liberty (3-2, 1-1). Taylor Johnson added 18 points with Morgan Brunner chipping in 11 for the Hilltoppers.

Nicole Gilyard netted 21 points and notched 11 boards for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-3, 0-2). Brittany Stawovy followed with nine points for the Bobcats.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (November 17, 2018)

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Glenville State 122, West Liberty 105

Emily Stoller poured in 44 points and Glenville State led the entire second half on its way to a 122-105 win over West Liberty on Saturday.
Both teams shot 50% from the floor in the contest and combined for 21 three-pointers with nine players scoring double-digits.  The Pioneers survived six ties and 15 lead changes before a 17-0 run in the third quarter left West Liberty trailing 84-65.  The Hilltoppers were unable to overcome the deficit, managing to cut the Pioneer advantage to 10 (96-86) before suffering the loss. 
In addition to Stoller’s 44 points, Re’Shawna Stone added 25 and Donasja Scott netted 10 points in the win.  Courtney Davis score 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Glenville State (4-0, 1-0).  Stoller and Stone combined for seven of the team’s 11 three-pointers.
Marissa Brown paced West Liberty (2-2, 0-1) with 34 points and 14 rebounds in the loss with Morgan Brunner adding 20.  Brandi Beader and Taylor Johnson followed with 17 and 13 points, respectively while Grace Fodor scored 11 for the Hilltoppers.  Beader had five three-pointers in the loss.


Concord 88, Notre Dame 81

Concord survived 10 ties and 19 lead changes while taking advantage of 22 points off of turnovers to earn an 88-81 win over Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.
Emily Boothe’s three-pointer at the end of the first quarter left Notre Dame trailing 22-18 and Concord continued to build on the momentum in the second quarter, taking a 49-42 lead into the halftime break.  The Falcons responded with a 7-0 run in the start of the third, but still trailed 61-60 heading in the last 10 minutes of play.
Both teams fought for control early in the fourth quarter.  With the score tied 71-71 and 4:26 left to play, Madison May completed a three-point play for Concord to give the Mountain Lions a 74-71 edge.  Boothe’s three-pointer with two minutes left in the game left Notre Dame trailing 82-73.  The Falcons pulled within three (84-81) with 51 seconds left, but were unable to regain the lead.
May dropped 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win for Concord (3-1, 1-0).  Riley Fitzwater chipped in 22 points and tallied seven boards while Adreanna Pool and Boothe scored 18 and 12 points for the Mountain Lions, respectively.
Seina Adachi paced Notre Dame (2-2, 0-1) with 21 points in the loss.  Kyleigh Ramlow and Katie Karalic each netted 18 points for the Falcons while Jessie Stout notched 11 rebounds.


Charleston 63, Fairmont State 55

Charleston was held to seven points in the second quarter but outrebounded Fairmont State 43-23 on its way to a 63-55 win on Saturday. 
The Golden Eagles carried a 25-22 lead into the halftime break and built their advantage to as many as 11 points (57-46) over the course of the contest.  Charleston surrendered the lead just once over the course of the game.
Brooklyn Pannell paced Charleston (3-1, 1-0) with 20 points and eight rebounds.  Anna Hayton added 10 points and Dionna Sanders grabbed 12 rebounds in the win.
Brooke Kurucz scored 15 points for Fairmont State (1-3, 0-1) while Sierra Kotchman netted 11.


Wheeling Jesuit 60, West Virginia Wesleyan 52

Wheeling Jesuit had three players score double-digits and held West Virginia Wesleyan to six points in the third quarter in a 60-52 decision on Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats held a narrow advantage through the majority of the first half before Kelsi Chapman’s three-pointer gave the Cardinals a 34-31 edge before the halftime break.  Wheeling Jesuit held on to the lead for the remainder of the contest, building its advantage to as many as 12 points before securing the win.
Khira Burton paced Wheeling Jesuit (2-2, 1-0) with 15 points in the win.  Chenelle Moore added 12 points and 15 rebounds followed by Lauren Lipscomb with 11 points and six boards.
Abi Gabauer led all players in the game with 18 points.  Tyra Hughes added 10 in the loss for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-2, 0-1) with Nicole Gilyard hauling in 10 rebounds. 


Shepherd 84, West Virginia State 74

Shepherd shot 56% from the floor and Kayla Tibbs drained 30 points in an 84-74 win over West Virginia State on Saturday.  The Rams led wire-to-wire and built their advantage to as many as 17 points before securing the victory.
Shepherd’s (3-1, 1-0) Sydney Clayton scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds while Liz Moorman and Lauren Reed chipped in 12 points apiece.  Kari Lankford added 11 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds in the win.
Anesha Harmon and Charity Spears each had 13 points for West Virginia State (1-2, 0-1) while Amari Grace and Alexandra Jackson both netted 10 points for the Yellow Jackets in the setback.


UVa-Wise 72, Urbana 52

UVa-Wise led wire-to-wire while holding Urbana to 27% shooting percentage in a 72-52 decision on Saturday afternoon.  The Cavaliers scored 20 points off of turnovers and led by as many as 29 points before securing the win.
Janice Ladson scored 14 points for UVa-Wise (2-2, 1-0) while Cynita Webb chipped in 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. 
Sylvia Hudson paced Urbana (0-2, 0-1) with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the setback.  Nikki Current also notched 10 points for the Blue Knights.

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (November 17, 2018)

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West Liberty 158, Glenville State 106

West Liberty shot 63 percent from the field and drained 22 three-pointers in a 158-106 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers scored 87 points and led by 36 after the first half. WLU then added 71 more points in the final 20 minutes to win by 52. West Liberty also had an impressive 56-35 advantage on the glass, including 17 on the offensive end.

Dalton Bolon had 31 points to lead eight players in double figures for the Hilltoppers. Tyler Primmer added 22, Will Yoakum had 19 and Ariel Watson had 18. Yahel Hill had eight assists and Marlon Moore posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kalin Johnson had 29 points to lead GSC. Howard Smith chipped in 19 and Darhius Nunn scored 13 points and handed out nine assists.


Fairmont State 99, Charleston 96 (2OT)

Fairmont State outlasted Charleston in two overtimes, 99-96, on Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena.

Charleston’s Seth O’Neal made a layup in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime. Fairmont State’s Cole VonHandorf sank a pair of free throws with a second left in the first overtime to extend the game to another overtime period. After UC went out to a five-point lead in the second overtime, the Falcons stormed back on an 13-5 run over three minutes to take control of the game and hold on for the win.

FSU’s Jason Jolly pumped in a game-high 39 points hitting six three-pointers. Andrew Emrick added 26 points.

Drew Rackley had 29 points to lead UC. Devon Robinson had 16 points and 10 rebounds.


West Virginia State 88, Shepherd 80

West Virginia State pulled away from Shepherd in the second half to pick up an 88-80 win on the road on Saturday afternoon.

The game was tied at halftime, but after WVSU went in front early in the second half the Yellow Jackets remained in the lead the rest of the way.

Gus Stone had 26 points and four assists to lead the way for West Virginia State. Ernest Jenkins had 22 and Glen Abram netted 14.

Jon Preston paced Shepherd with 17 points and six rebounds. Thomas Lang had 16 for the Rams.


West Virginia West Wesleyan 78, Wheeling Jesuit 60

West Virginia Wesleyan shot 56 percent from the field and out-rebounded Wheeling Jesuit by eight on its way to a 78-60 road win over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.

Dusan Vicentic led four players in double figures with 18 points. Luka Petrovic and Fred Bronstead each added 16 points for the Bobcats, and Petrovic handed out nine assists. Clay Todd chipped in 12 points.

Franck Kamgain had 15 points for Wheeling Jesuit. Steve Cannady scored 11 for the Cardinals.


UVa-Wise 93, Urbana 70

UVa-Wise raced out to a 56-41 first half lead and cruised to a 93-70 win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon.

UVa-Wise shot 56 percent from the field in the game, including 62 percent in the first half. Michal Seals led the way with 22 points and seven assists. Eric Okenchi added 16 points with seven rebounds. Briggs Parris chipped in 12.

Matt Treacy led Urbana with a game-high 26 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Malik Jacobs scored 18.


Notre Dame 80, Concord 69

Notre Dame erased a seven-point first half deficit and went on to down Concord, 80-69, on Saturday afternoon at the Carter Center.

After the Falcons pulled even midway through the second half, they went on a 16-2 run in a five minute stretch to grab a 67-56 lead over the Mountain Lions. Will Vorhees and Larenz Thurman sparked the run with seven and six points, respectively.

Vorhees finished with 28 points and 10 rebound, while Thurman added 21. Isaiah Sanders had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Jair Rodgers scored 23 points for Concord, while Tommy Bolte scored 20 points with six assists and five rebounds.

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)

The Free Press WV

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).

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