Cumberland Times-News

September 8, 2013

Bobcats battered by Geneva in opener

Golden Tornadoes outgain FSU 488-248 in total offense

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — The Frostburg State football team suffered a 47-3 defeat at the hands of Geneva College in the season opener for both schools, Saturday night under the lights at Reeves Field.

Geneva (1-0) scored a touchdown on five of its first six possessions and raced out to a 34-3 halftime lead. The Golden Tornadoes tacked on two third quarter touchdowns for the 47-3 final.

Geneva set the tone early by posting its longest drive of the game on its opening possession. GC marched 80 yards on 12 plays and Rocco Colavecchia scored from two yards out as the hosts led 7-0.

The Bobcats answered late in the first quarter on their third possession. FSU moved 49 yards to the Geneva nine yard line, but the drive stalled, and sophomore Jake Armstrong knocked home a 26-yard field goal as the Bobcats trimmed the deficit to 7-3.

After scoring seven points in the first quarter, Geneva scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to blow the game wide open. Dylan Jones opened the second stanza with two touchdowns and Geneva carried a 34-3 lead into halftime.

Geneva finished the ballgame with 488 yards of offense behind 229 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Jones ran for a game-high 92 yards and one score, and added five receptions for 47 yards and another touchdown.

Making his collegiate debut, Bobcat freshman Janai Billips carried the ball 10 times for 68 yards and hauled in two passes for 19 yards. Junior quarterback Ken Emmons threw for 85 yards, while sophomore Mike Ambrose caught four passes for 37 yards.

Frostburg finished with 248 yards of offense, including 131 rushing yards.

Defensively, junior Keith smith made a game-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops and one tackle for loss. Junior Rowan Pinkett finished second with eight total tackles.

FSU returns next Saturday for its home opener when Waynesburg visits Bobcat Stadium at 1:00 pm.