Defense Looking Strong for Frostburg Football
After winning the first two games of the season, the Frostburg State (FSU) football team fell to Utica in the Empire 8 opener. Statically the Bobcats dominated the Pioneers. FSU had more total offense than the Pioneers, but turnovers caused the Bobcats to have to play from behind for the whole game. The Pioneers got on the broad early with a 25 yard touchdown run by J’Von Evans, his first of two for the day, but the extra kick was blocked by FSU special teams.
Frostburg would get some points on the board later in the first quarter thanks to a 25 yard field goal by Isaac Robinson. J’Von Evans got his second touchdown on the day in the closing moments of the first quarter. Evans ended the game with only 32 yards, but his 2 touchdowns helped the Pioneers to victory. The Bobcats only touchdown of the evening would come in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ken Emmons ran it in from the 1 yard line.
Frostburg’s running game was fantastic all day. Quarterback Ken Emmons ran the ball 19 times for a total of 60 yards. Running backs Perez Mackell and Ben Sasu had a nice game on the ground as well. Mackell averaged 4.9 yards with every carry and Sasu totaled 40 yards on 14 carries. Emmons had an efficient, but not spectacular day passing the ball. He completed 13 out of 20 passes with 1 interception and no touchdowns.
Hayden Roberts proved to be Emmons favorite target as he caught 4 passes for a total of 46 yards. Emmons and Roberts connected on a 25 yard pass in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats were trying to make a comeback.
Defensively the Bobcats were at the top of their game. They held the Pioneers offense to a total of 182 yards. The Pioneers passing game was basically nonexistent. Even though Utica quarterback Will Kassar completed 75 percent of his passes; it only added up to 65 yards. If the defense can continue to keep up this high level of play, then the Bobcats may be in line for a nice and productive season.
The Frostburg State football team plays this Saturday, Sept. 27, against no. 7 ranked John Fisher here in Frostburg.