FSU Football improves to 6-1 with 17-6 win over Christopher Newport
On Frostburg State University’s homecoming weekend, the Bobcats football team came away with a huge 17-6 win over the Captains of Christopher Newport in a game between two 5-1 NJAC schools caught in a five-way tie for first place. 2,100 people were in attendance for this special homecoming matchup, despite light rain and at times heavy winds.
The first score of the game occurred in the first quarter when Frostburg started at their own 47 and moved 53 yards down the field, which resulted in sophomore QB Connor Cox scoring on a three-yard TD run to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.
The Bobcats tacked on three more points late in the first quarter when senior kicker Isaac Robinson nailed a season-long 47-yard field goal to increase the lead to 10-0 over CNU.
No scoring occurred in the second quarter, but the third quarter was the difference when Cox found junior wideout Russell Neverdon for a 37-yard TD reception to increase the FSU’s lead to 17-0. Neverdon has had a spectacular season this year. In this game, he had 107 yards on seven catches and one touchdown. “Russell is a good football player,” Frostburg head coach DeLane Fitzgerald said. “He likes playing football and he is a difference maker for our offense.” Meanwhile, Cox was nine of 13 passing, and passed for 111 yards and a touchdown. He even ran for 24 yards and a touchdown, resulting in 135 total yards in this game.
In the fourth quarter, CNU finally got points on the board when running back KJ Kearney scored on a 11-yard run into the end zone. The extra point was missed, resulting in the deficit being 17-6, and the Captains would never score again.
The Bobcat defense was dominant for the majority of the game as they held Christopher Newport scoreless until the fourth quarter. CNU entered the contest ranked 11th in the nation in total defense, and Frostburg held the Captains to just 269 yards in offense and forced two turnovers, including a key interception by senior Matt Capozza in the fourth.
Senior Dre’Quan Reed led the Bobcats with nine tackles, one for loss and one sack. Freshman Graylin Walker, junior Josh Washington, and senior Will Sewell each added eight tackles. This defense was spectacular as usual.
With their fifth straight win, Frostburg broke the five-way tie for first in the NJAC, as the win knocked CNU out of the tie, and FSU is now locked at the top with rival Salisbury (#19) and Wesley. Rowan, who lost to Wesley 24-17 the same day, and CNU are in second.
Next up, FSU will host Rowan at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. “It was a big win,” Coach Fitzgerald said, “but our coaching staff and players have to move on to Rowan now and focus on the next game. They are all big games now!” In the end, it was a great homecoming weekend for Frostburg State University football.