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November 1, 2011

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WVIAC action

Week 9 Standings and detailed report

2011 Football Standings

School_____________________ Conf.__ Overall
West Virginia Wesleyan _____ 6-0____ 9-0
Concord __________________ 5-1____ 5-3
Glenville State _____________ 4-2____ 4-5
Shepherd _________________ 4-2____ 7-2
Charleston ________________ 3-3____ 3-6
Fairmont State _____________ 3-3____ 6-3
West Virginia State _________ 1-5____ 1-7
Seton Hill _________________ 1-6____ 1-8
West Liberty _______________ 1-6____ 1-8


Bobcats moving up in region?

By Jim Workman

It's pretty simple.
The goal for every West Virginia Conference football team is to find itself, at the end of the season, ranked on the NCAA Division II Super Region One poll.
On the latest poll released before this issue went to print, W. Va. Wesleyan was No. 3.
The Bobcats were the only WVIAC representative on the list of 10, eight of which will advance to postseason play at the end of the year.
Getting into the top two is something that Wesleyan can play for, in these last two weeks of the regular season.

Good news!
No.2 Bloomsburg fell to C.W. Post 24-21 last weekend, so the Bobcats could move up into that slot. Finishing No. 2 would mean a bye in the first week, a great advantage especially this late on the calendar, given the amount of injuries and bumps and bruises that have surely racked up.
Given an extra week to heal and an extra week to scout potential opponents might propel your team a little further.

But the Bobcats better not get ahead of themselves.
There's still at game at Charleston this week and a game at Concord on Nov. 12 looming.
Two games they could certainly win, but also two games Wesleyan could very well lose -- especially with the target squarely on their backs.

Having the teams currently ranked 1-8 slip up in these last two weeks might help a second WVIAC team get in the top eight too.
The teams ranked 5 through 8, teams with two losses, won their contests last week. No.9 Indiana (Pa.)fell last week, suffering its third loss, so there may be an opportunity for Shepherd (7-2) to get in line -- but it's a long shot this late.

Tough to make up ground in November.
But the Rams will go on the road to Glenville State and Fairmont State and give it their best shot.

Last week's recaps

Charleston 46, Glenville State 36

CHARLESTON, W. Va. --The University of Charleston won a high-scoring affair, 46-36, over visiting Glenville State.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter only to see the advantage disappear four seconds before halftime when Maurice Leak hit Taylor Franz for a touchdown pass, giving the Golden Eagles a 21-16 lead at the break.

Leak then connected with Darrell Byrd just 55 seconds into the second half. The ensuing two-point conversion gave the home team a 29-16 lead. A Jordan Griffin touchdown reception made the score 29-23, but Puma Nuredini drilled a 44-yardfield goal early in the fourth quarter.

Justin Avery intercepted a pass and returned it 64 yards for a 39-23 lead with7:50 to play. The Pioneers pulled within 10 but Jordan Roberts' touchdown with3:06 to play put the game away.

Roberts rushed for 137 yards and two scores while Leak accounted for 69 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Leak also threw for 98 yards and two scores. Aaron Dunlap had 12 tackles including two for a loss. He also forced a fumble and had five quarterback hurries. Matt Kelly and Matt Duncan each had 10tackles.

Joe Mesadieu led the way for 168 yards on the ground while Darold Hughes threw for 327 and three touchdowns. Terry Reese led the Pioneers with eight tackles.

In the loss, GSC accounted for 512 yards compared to 336 for Charleston. The Pioneers also controlled the ball for 37:56.

Seton Hill 26, West Liberty 22

WEST LIBERTY, W. Va. -- Seton Hill registered its first win of the season, defeating West Liberty on the road 26-22.

D.J. Lenehan opened the scoring with a five-yard scamper, giving the Griffins a7-0 lead in the first frame. The Hilltoppers answered in the second quarter as L.D. Crow hit Brandon Schroeder for a 16-yard touchdown. However, WLU could not convert on the extra point.

The Hilltoppers jumped on top 13-7 when Crow hit Brandon Carver for a 34-yardstrike in the third. SHU answered as Jeorge Valdovinos hauled in a 78-yardpass from Lenehan. A blocked extra point left the contest tied at 13.

Crow hit Marvin Murray for a touchdown in the fourth, giving the home team a20-13 advantage. However, Daniel Butler's one-yard rush tied the score with6:14 to play. Lenehan's nine-yard run gave the Griffins the lead for good with3:09 to play at 26-20. The Hilltoppers scored two more points on a safety with no time remaining.

Lenehan threw for 322 yards and a score while rushing for 21 yards and two touchdowns. Valdovinos hauled in five passes for 144 yards and a score. Nigel Johnson had 11 solo tackles to lead the Griffins.

Crow connected for 322 yards and three scores. Jimmy Burress rushed for 65yards. Brandon Schroeder caught 13 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Thigpen led the squad with seven solo stops and was in on two more.

West Virginia Wesleyan 42, West Virginia State 6

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. - West Virginia Wesleyan remained undefeated by knocking off West Virginia State 42-6 Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats jumped on front 27-0 at the intermission and cruised to the victory.

Adam Neugebauer connected on 22-of-26 passes for 395 yards and two scores to lead the home team to the victory. Jon Meadows led the receivers with seven catches for 137 yards and a score. Keith Dickens galloped for 63 yards and three touchdowns.

Ricky Phillips threw for 184 yards while LeFloyd Phillip rushed for 26 yards. Landon Johnson hauled in seven catches for 70 yards to lead the receivers.

Dickens ran for two touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of the game while Stephen Campbell caught a Neugebauer pass with 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead. Neugebauer hit Meadows for a 73-yard pass for the 27-point halftime advantage.

Leading 42-0 in the fourth, Robert Robles put the Yellow Jackets on the boardwith a five-yard scamper.

WVWC accounted for 556 yards of total offense while WVSU had just 213.

Concord 20, Fairmont State 7

FAIRMONT, W. Va.-- Concord went on the road and defeated Fairmont State 20-7 Saturday in WVIAC football action.

Neither team scored in the first quarter. However, Nate Pollard put the Mountain Lions on the board with a 61-yard fumble recovery just 12 seconds into the second quarter.

With 2:31 to play before the half, Williams took a Zack Grossi pass for 60yards to reach the end-zone and a 12-0 lead.

Logan Moore put the Falcons on the scoreboard with 7:21 to play, rushing three yards to make the score 12-7. However, Brian Kennedy registered a 35-yard jaunt for a 20-7 margin with 6:06 to play in the contest.

Moore tried to bring the squad back but threw an interception. The next time FSU took control of the ball, the squad turned it over on downs, ending its chances for a victory.

Grossi connected on 11 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown. Brian Kennedy rushed for 91 yards and a score while Rashid Baker caught five balls for 56yards. Jake Lilly registered nine tackles and an interception in the victory.

Moore completed24 passes for 200 yards. He also rushed for a team-best 78 yards and a touchdown. Dewey McDonald led the defense with eight tackles.

Shepherd 38, Bowie State 17

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. -- Shepherd registered its seventh win of the season by downing Bowie State38-17 Saturday.

Shepherd jumped on top 17-7 after a quarter and led by 10 points at the intermission. In the first half, Eric Dobratz got things going with a 35-yardfield goal for a 3-0 lead. Kenny Williams then scored on the first of his two touchdown runs for a 10-0 advantage. After the visitors climbed within three, William McKenzie answered with a 70-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.

BSU pulled within three with 12:59 to play in the first half but Bobby Cooper answered with a one-yard pass to John Frick in the closing seconds of the first half for a 24-14 lead.

Although BSU pulled within a touchdown in the third stanza, Williams' second touchdown run with 3:49 to play put the game away. DJ Scott then sealed the contest with an interception return for a touchdown.

Williams led the offense with 93 yards rushing and two scores. Bobby Cooper completed seven of 10 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Nic Tolson and A.J. Parrish each accounted for nine tackles on the day. TheRams registered five interceptions.

2011 Football Standings

School_______WVIAC____ PCT____Overall____Home____Away____ Streak

West Virginia Wesleyan____5-0____1.000____ 8-0____ 4-0____ 4-0____ W8

Concord___________________4-1_____0.800____4-3____ 3-1____ 1-2____ W1

Glenville State___________4-1____0.800)____4-4____2-2____ 2-2____ L1

Shepherd _________________4-2____ 0.667____ 6-2____ 5-0____ 1-2____ W2

Fairmont State____________3-2____ 0.600____ 6-2____ 3-1____ 3-1____ W1

Charleston________________2-3____ 0.400____ 2-6____ 1-3)____ 1-3____ W1

West Virginia State_______1-4____0.200____ 1-6____ 1-2_____ 0-4____ L3

West Liberty _____________1-5____ 0.167____ 1-7____ 1-2____ 0-5____ L2

Seton Hill _______________0-6____ 0.000____ 0-8____ 0-5____ 0-3____ L8 ____

By Jim Workman

With just three weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture is getting clearer.

In defeating Glenville State last weekend, some feel that W.Va. Wesleyan pretty much wrapped up a conference title. The Pioneers were the only team left without a WVIAC loss.

Wesleyan's remaining opponents -- W.Va. State at home and road games at Charleston and Concord loom --and they'll do everything they can do to knock them off, but it appears to be a very special year for Bobcat fans.

Wesleyan, ranked No.18 in last week's AFCA poll, stands at 8-0 overall, 5-0 WVIAC.

Shepherd and Fairmont State both stand at 6-2 overall. It might be a stretch to expect a second WVIAC team to make the NCAA --DII playoffs but these squads are the only hope. Hey, it might happen sometime.

The Rams have Bowie State at home this week and road trips to Glenville State and Fairmont State to wrap it up.

The Falcons have Concord at home this week, and a road trip to W. Va. State before the regular season finale hosting the Rams.

Concord(4-3 overall, 4-1 WVIAC) was off last week.

Here's a look at some of the individuals having great seasons:

Adam Neugebauer (WVW) has thrown for 2895 yards and 33 TD passing in eight games for the Bobcats.

Jordan Roberts (UC) has accounted for 1556 all-purpose yards in eight games for the Golden Eagles.

Daniel Monroe (FSU) has rushed for 976 yards and scored 14 TDs for the Falcons in eight games.

Zach Grossi (CU) paces the Mountain Lions to an average of 250 yards passing per game in seven contests.

Tommy Addison (SU) averages over 100 yards rushing per game, and has 10 rushing TDs to his credit for the Rams.

Joe Mesadieu (GSU) has 741 yards rushing and teammate Kareem Alexander has 367 in eight games for the Pioneers.

Ricky Phillips (WVSU) leads the Yellow Jackets attack with 1654 yards passing and 14 TDs.

Griffin Yocum (WLU) booms his punts to a 38 yard average, his longest being 61 yards for the Hilltoppers.

Last week's recaps

West Virginia Wesleyan 50, Glenville State 37

GLENVILLE, W. Va. -- West Virginia Wesleyan's 50-37 win at Glenville State marks the first time in school history that the program has started the season8-0.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter thanks in part to a powerful offensive performance. Colston Bayless connected on two field goals early on for a 6-0 advantage. Gary Henderson recovered a fumble, giving GSC a 13-0 lead. After a touchdown strike from Adam Neugebauer to T.J. Benners, the Pioneers answered as Darold Hughes connected with Jordan Griffin on a nine-yard pass.

The Bobcats' strong second quarter pulled the team within three at the break. Neugebauer found Jon Meadows for a 43-yard touchdown. With 13:18 left to play before halftime, Jonas Celian returned an interception 56 yards.

Kareem Alexander answered for GSC with a 44-yard run. Bayless added his third field goal of the half. Benners caught his second touchdown pass from Neugebauer just eight seconds left before the intermission, making the score30-27 in favor of the Pioneers.

WVWC continued its stellar play into the second half, outscoring GSC 23-7 over the final 30 minutes. Phillip Warner tied the game with his first of three field goals at the 5:37 mark of the third quarter. The Bobcats took the lead on an Aaron Lewis touchdown reception, completing a nine-play, 51-yard drive for the visitors.

Warner added two field goals in the early going of the fourth only to see Darold Hughes slice into the lead with a touchdown run. Up by six, Neugebauer ended the upset bid for the Pioneers as hit found Brandon Hoffman for the game's last points.

GSC out-gained WVWC 485-470 in total offense.

Neugebauer threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns on 33 completions. Keith Dickens rushed for 90 yards for the Bobcats. Corey Williams had three catches for 103 yards. Benners had two touchdowns on four catches. Jesse Robertson had10 total tackles while Stephen Knox had five solo stops. Celian and Felipe Teixeira each had interceptions.

The Pioneers were led by Hughes' 239 yards and one touchdown pass. Joe Mesadieuhad 176 rushing yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Alexander and Hughes each had touchdown runs. Griffin hauled in seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Nate Ingersoll had eight solo stops and assisted on seven more. He also added an interception.

Charleston 35, West Liberty 24

CHARLESTON, W. Va.-- The University of Charleston posted its second win of the season with a 35-24victory over visiting West Liberty.

The Hilltoppers took a 7-0 lead heading into the second stanza on a Jimmy Burress run. The Golden Eagles tied it at seven apiece on Jordan Roberts'16-yard gallop in the second quarter. After WLU took a 10-7 lead, Roberts answered the call with a 31-yard jaunt for a 14-10 UC advantage at the break.

Marquis White gave the home squad a 21-10 margin just 36 seconds into the second half. Roberts scored on his third rushing touchdown of the game in the fourth before Ryan Foster recovered a fumble for a 35-10 lead with 13:32 to play.

The Hilltoppers' L.D. Crow ran for a score and tossed a 12-yard pass to Brandon Schroeder to pull within 11 with 3:19 to play, but the visitors could get no closer.

Roberts led the way for UC with 17 rushing for 134 yards and three scores. He accounted for 214 all-purpose yards. Maurice Leak completed 13 passes for 107yards. Leak completed passes to eight receivers. Aaron Dunlap guided the squad with 13 stops, 10 of which were solo. Matt Kelly reached double figures with 10tackles.

WLU was guided by Crow's 303 yards and one touchdown pass. He also rushed for a score. Schroeder paved the way with 128 receiving yards and a touchdown. Eight receivers caught at least two passes from Crow. Griffin Yocum booted five punts for 42.2 yards a kick, including a long of 60. He placed two inside the20. Kyle Agustin led the way with eight stops, one of which was for a loss.

Shepherd 37, West Virginia State 7

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. -- Shepherd reeled off a 37-7 victory over West Virginia State Saturday afternoon.

The Rams jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime and never looked back.

Tommy Addison got things going with a one-yard run just 1:55 into the contest as the home team went 60 yards on four plays. SU went right back to it, going50 yards on eight plays for a 14-0 advantage at the 8:17 mark of the first quarter.

Eric Dobratz's 36-yard field goal near the midway point of the second quarter gave the Rams a 17-0 lead heading into the break.

SU opened the scoring in the second half with 13 consecutive points. Levi Barber returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a 23-0 advantage. Larry Lowe then hauled in a 32-yard pass from Bobby Cooper with 8:28 to play in the third. The Yellow Jackets got on the board when LeFloyd Phillip rushed in from two yardsout, completing a 14-play, 77-yard drive. Kenny Williams finished the scoring with a one-yard run early in the fourth.

The Rams held WVSU to -6 yards rushing while going for 224 on the ground. SU outgained the visitors 443-133.

Cooper threw for 219 yards on 16 completions and a touchdown while Addison rushed for two scores on 17 carries. Kenny Williams had 12 carries for 90 yards. Robert Byrd had a team-high 65 receiving yards. Elijah Davis posted seven solo tackles, including one for a loss.

Ricky Phillips threw for 139 yards for WVSU. Fabian Payne rushed for a team-high 43 yards while Ervin Kent led the visitors with four catches for 79 yards. Tyler Long led the squad with eight stops, three of which went for a loss.

Fairmont State 38, Seton Hill 20

GREENSBURG, Pa.-- Fairmont State got back on track after losing a tough game last week, winning 38-20 on the road at Seton Hill.

After a Josh Cavalier put the Griffins on top, Matt Wilmer hauled in a 31-yardpass from Logan Moore with 1:03 to play in the first quarter, giving the Falcons a 7-3 lead.

FSU's Ryland Newman returned a punt 76 yards to push the margin to 14-3 only to see Cavalier connect on his second field goal with 24 seconds remaining in the half. The Falcons responded quickly. On just two plays, the team got in field goal position and allowed Frank Keenan to boot a 47-yard field goal as time expired in the first half for a 17-6 edge at the break.

Ryan Watts' intercepted a pass in the third quarter and found the end-zone for FSU. In the fourth, Daniel Monroe reached pay dirt for the visitors.

Ryan Morris answered with a two-yard burst for six for the Griffins to make the score 31-13. After another SHU touchdown to pull the team within 11 with 5:16to play, the Falcons controlled the clock the rest of the way.

FSU burned the clock as it went 65 yards on nine plays for a 38-20 lead when Moore rushed for 27yards.

Monroe led the team with 139 rushing yards on 25 carries. He and Moore each rushed for a touchdown. Moore threw for 205 yards and a score. Sean Marion hauled in five passes for 55yards. Garrett Davis had 11 tackles on the night, three of which were for a loss.

Morris threw for 343 yards and a touchdown. Jeorge Valdovinos caught six passes for 152 yards and a score to lead SHU. Nick McGahagan notched nine tackles including two that went for a loss of 14 yards.

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