FSU Football Dominates TCNJ 49-14

Coming off a lopsided 33-7 win against non-conference opponent Stevenson the previous week, the No. 11 Frostburg State Bobcats football team began NJAC play against the Lions of the College of New Jersey. It proved to be another lopsided victory for the Bobcats as they won 49-14 Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

The first score came early in the first quarter when Bobcat freshman running back Chad Gleason returned the game’s first punt 77 yards to the house to give Frostburg a 7-0 lead. Then, on the very first play of FSU’s first offensive possession, junior quarterback Connor Cox completed a 51 yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Malik Morris to extend the lead to 14-0.

Late in the quarter, on the Bobcats’ third possession, junior running back Grayson Boyce took it 49 yards for a touchdown after shedding tacklers on his way to the end zone to extend the lead to 21-0.

Early in the second quarter, on Frostburg’s fourth possession, Cox found junior receiver Christian DiPaola near the sideline for an 18 yard touchdown to extend the Bobcats’ lead to 28-0.

After not moving into FSU territory their first four possessions, TCNJ was lucky the fifth time as quarterback Trevor Osler scored a TD from four yards out to cut the deficit to 28-7.

Boyce scored the final touchdown of the half on a three yard touchdown run and his fifth of the season. The score at halftime was 35-7 FSU.

In the third quarter, Bobcats junior running back Jamaal Morant ran it in for two touchdowns, while for the Lions, Osler found a wide open Vincent Guckin in the end zone for six.

In the end, the Bobcats dominated the game. The offense finished with 466 yards, including 260 yards in the first half, while the defense held TCNJ to 265 yards in total offense and just 71 on the ground.

Cox went 15-of-21 and passing for 274 yards and two TDs, while freshmen T.J. Peer and Desomnd Colby each threw for 24 yards in the second half. The Bobcats totaled 322 yards through the air.

Morris made six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, while DiPaola had 76 receiving yards on four catches. Senior wide receiver Russell Neverdon hauled in three passes for 96 yards.

On defense, senior defensive back Josh Scales led the way with seven tackles, while sophomore Michael Bell made five stops, including two tackles for loss and a sack.

With the victory, DeLane Fitzgerald’s squad has now won 11 straight games dating back to last year.

Frostburg will head out on the road next week as they travel to Virginia to take on Christopher Newport at 7 p.m.

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