Geneva College (0-0)
Frostburg State University (0-0)
Saturday, September 3 – 7:00 pm
Reeves Field – Beaver Falls, PA
Beaver Falls, PA – The 2011 football season kicks off with the Golden Tornadoes hosting the Bobcats from Frostburg State University. It marks the third consecutive season that Geneva opens its year against Frostburg as the Golden Tornadoes will seek their third consecutive season opening victory over their friends from Maryland. Last year, Geneva pulled out a 32-27 victory on the road a year ago that followed a 41-28 win at Reeves Field in 2009. Geneva will open a new era in 2011 as a full member of NCAA Division III and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. It will also a open a new era that will no longer include all-time leading rusher Gerard Muschette and three-year starting quarterback David Girardi.
Muschette opened his amazing 2010 campaign with three touchdowns in the victory over Frostburg State while rushing for 180 yards on 27 carries. For the season, Muschette rushed for a record 1655 yards on his way to becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher. The 2011 season will feature some new names in the backfield including junior Jordan Curry. Curry carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards in his sophomore campaign. While Curry seems to be the frontrunner to replace Muschette, sophomore red shirt Zack Hayward will get the call as Geneva’s new quarterback. In limited action a year ago, Hayward completed just two passes after coming back from a broken collarbone in his freshman season of 2009.
Geneva finished the 2010 season with a record of 5-5 including a thrilling triple overtime victory over Westminster in the season finale. The Golden Tornadoes were just 1-4 on their home field a year ago but won four times on the road. Geneva will hope to improve its home mark with only one game at Reeves Field in the first three weeks of the season. After allowing 38 points per game in the first six games of the year in 2010, the Golden Tornadoes’ defense turned things around in the final four games by allowing an average of just 19.8 points per game. With seven returning defensive starters, the expectations are high for a solid campaign on the defensive side of the ball.
While Geneva was busy going 4-1 on the road in 2010, Frostburg State did not record a single victory away from home last year. The Bobcats finished the year with an overall mark of 2-8 including a 0-5 record on the road. In what was an amazing stretch a year ago, Frostburg was forced to play five consecutive road games in the middle of the season that saw it get out scored 197-58. The good news for the Bobcats is the return of starting quarterback Josh Volpe (87-152, 947 yds) and leading receiver Anthony Young (56 rec, 739 yds). Freshman running back Mike King will take over as the starter following a solid campaign from graduating senior Anthony King, who rushed for 550 yards and six touchdowns.
The Frostburg State defense will be led by the return of senior cornerback Marcusa Wilson. Wilson was second on the team a year ago with 71 tackles including seven tackles for loss and an interception. The Bobcats feature five seniors on defense to go along with a group of three seniors on the offensive side of the ball.
Geneva’s defense will look for a repeat performance from a year ago where it held the Bobcats to only 50 yards on the ground. Volpe threw for 147 yards and a touchdown against the Golden Tornadoes but was sacked three times in last year’s season opener.
NOTES: Geneva will take to the road for a couple very challenging games in the next two weeks. The Golden Tornadoes will face Albright next Saturday as a part of the PAC-MAC challenge and will then open PAC play with its first ever PAC game against three-time defending champion Thomas More on September 17th. The Golden Tornadoes return home on September 24th to face Bethany College.
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