Football Reaches Mid-Season Mark With 4-1 Record
The halfway point in the college football season has now been reached, and after a week 6 win over William Patterson University, the Frostburg Bobcats have crossed the season’s median stripe with their best record as a team since 2005. The Bobcats (4-1, 3-1 NJAC) currently rank third in the NJAC behind first place Wesley College (5-0, 4-0 NJAC) and second place rival Salisbury University (3-1, 3-0 NJAC). The Frostburg State University homecoming game will play host to the 0-4 College of New Jersey.
The Bobcats win over William Patterson, October 10th, was over the College of New Jersey. This handed the team their first three game win streak in ten years. Running back Jordan Brown legged out a 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Frostburg an early lead. Redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Cox tossed touchdowns to Myles Burgess in the third and fourth quarters, as well notching a rushing touchdown in the third. Sophomore kicker Isaac Robinson also got in on the scoring action, booting 3 field goals, two from 25 yards out and one from 32 yards. “The offense had become very versatile,” said quarterback Connor Cox, “If we have to pass the ball way down the field, or run it way down the field, we can do either or.”
The Bobcat defense also stood strong, helping hold the William Patterson offense to just 19 points on their home turf. “The biggest thing that [the defense] is starting to understand, is that they are starting to understand their rolls,” said Bobcat defensive coordinator John Kelling, “They understand that every time they aren’t supposed to make the play, but if they do their job, somebody else will make the play. They still cherish and relish that. They are able to cherish somebody else’s success, not just their own. That has laid the foundation for the success that [the defenders] have found themselves in.”
The Bobcats unified play on the defensive side of the ball and the dynamic scoring of the offense led Frostburg to a 37-19 win over William Patterson.
Now with a 4-1 record in total, the only blemish on the team’s record came from a week two loss to the Wesley Wolverines. ]With recent success however, don’t for a moment think that the Bobcats have become complacent. Head coach DeLane Fitzgerald outlined the team’s mentality moving forward, “The next thing for us to accomplish is getting better today,” said Coach Fitzgerald. “We show up, we’ve got meetings for an hour, and practice for two hours. The one thing on our minds, from the head coach down to the last guy on the roster, is to get better.”
The College of New Jersey will enter the homecoming game with an 0-4 record, giving the Frostburg players hope for an exciting match up. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere,” said senior cornerback Percy Haskins, “We’re going to be excited to play” and “we’re going to be the most excited team for three hours,” on game day. “It’s a TCB game. Take care of business!”