Notebook: Millersville Catching On
Sept. 20, 2010
By Amy Farnum
CATCHING ON: Senior wide receiver Jamal Smith starred for Millersville University, grabbing eight passes for a school-record 252 yards and two touchdowns in the Marauders 29-26 win over Gannon on Sept. 18.
The native of Camp Hill, Pa., is the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference receiver to tally over 200 yards since 2007, and his total ranks sixth in league history. He caught the first TD of the game, and then hauled in another in the fourth quarter, giving him five in the last two games. Smith, who was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week, capped off the performance by catching a pass on a two-point conversion with 1:06 remaining as Millersville sealed the victory.
Quarterback Bill Shirk compiled 423 passing yards, becoming Millersvilles first passer since 2004 to reach the 400-yard mark. Millersville is 2-1 for the first time since 2005.
OUT OF THE WOODS: Senior running back Nelson Woods ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as he became Wingate Universitys all-time leading rusher in a 28-23 upset of No. 14 UNC Pembroke in South Atlantic Conference action on Sept. 18.
Wood now has 2,985 yards on 630 carries after surpassing the previous mark on a 58-yard, game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. The native of Shelby, N.C., was selected SAC Offensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance. It was the 14th time of his career that Woods has rushed for 100 yards.
BEST IN THE HOUSE: Morehouse College is off to its best start since 1935 after downing Kentucky State, 41-25, last weekend to improve to 4-0 on the year. The victory also propelled the Tigers into the AFCA Division II Coaches Top 25 for the first time in school history at No. 20.
Quarterback Byron Ingram tossed five touchdowns, tying a school single-game record, while Robert Darby-McNair caught three of Ingrams passes for scores, also tying a Morehouse single-game mark.
WHATS THE WORD: The University of Incarnate Word claimed its first win of the season as well as the programs first victory as a member of the Lone Star Conference as the Cardinals defeated Central Oklahoma, 42-41, in overtime last Saturday.
Sophomore running back Trent Rios shined for the Cardinals, running for a career-high 127 yards in the contest. The native of Spring Branch, Texas, attempted his first collegiate pass, completing it for a score in the second quarter, and followed it up with a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the third. To cap off the day, Rios hauled in a nine-yard TD catch in overtime for the game-winning score. Rios, who led all players with 176 all-purpose yards, garnered LSC South Offensive Player of the Week for his accomplishments.
NO PASSING FANCY: Augustana College sophomore quarterback Josh Hanson turned in a practically perfect performance in leading his squad to a 52-21 victory over the University of Mary last weekend. The native of Watertown, S.D., racked up 406 passing yards along with five touchdowns in the contest.
Hanson also ran for a 16-yard touchdown and did not throw an interception in the game. Four of Hansons touchdown passes went to Tyler Schulte, who tied a school-record for TD receptions. Hanson, who was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week, leads the league with 329.5 passing yards.
The Augies improved to 3-0, and cracked the AFCA Division II Top 25 in the No. 24 spot following the win.
PROPELLING THE PIONEERS: Tusculum College is off to a 4-0 start for just the fourth time in school history, and first time since 2002, after staging a 39-36 come-from-behind victory over Urbana University.
Quarterback Bo Cordell tossed his school-record fifth touchdown of the game to Calvin Britt, who took it six yards with 24.4 seconds remaining as the Pioneers remained unbeaten. It was Britts second touchdown of the game as he became the schools all-time leader with 21 TD catches. Cordell passed for 417 yards - his third straight 400-yard game, and fourth in his last five outings.
The Pioneers vaulted nine spots to No. 15 in the latest national rankings as they enter a bye week before traveling to Mars Hill on Oct. 2.
WILLIAMS KEYS WILD VICTORY: In a battle of nationally-ranked Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association squads, Deondre Williams made two key interceptions to spark No. 11 Missouri Western to a 36-33 victory over No. 15 Washburn on Sept. 18.
Williams returned his first interception for an 80-yard touchdown in the first half as the Griffons rolled to a 28-7 halftime lead. Washburn then rallied to take a 33-28 advantage, but Missouri Western bounced back to regain the lead as quarterback Drew Newhart connected with Michael Hill to put the Griffons on top. Williams then sealed the win as he stopped a Washburn drive with 45 seconds remaining in the game.
With the 3-0 start, the Griffons have risen to No. 8 in the latest national rankings - the highest in program history.