The Times West Virginian

October 13, 2012

Fairmont State plays host to W.Va. Wesleyan

By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Fairmont State’s football team looks to get a win streak started today when it hosts West Virginia Wesleyan at Duvall-Rosier Field.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Seven weeks into the 2012 campaign, today’s contest is just the second home game for the Falcons all season.

FSU, which is coming off a bye last week, dropped a 30-10 decision at Charleston on Sept. 29. Wesleyan, meanwhile, had its two-game win streak snapped in a 37-6 loss at Shepherd.

Before today’s game, FSU will cut the ribbon on its renovated and remodeled football locker room in a morning ceremony.

Here’s a brief look at today’s matchup:

This season: FSU 1-4; Wesleyan 2-4

Coaches: FSU — Mike Lopez (fifth season); Wesleyan — Jonus Jackson (second season).

Key players: FSU — Bobby Vega, QB; Chris St. Hilaire, WR; Garrett Davis, LB. Wesleyan — Nate Montana, QB; Lavaughn Hughes, WR; Jonas Celian, LB.

Wesleyan notes: WVWC is third in the country in sacks (4.33) and second in the country in tackles for a loss (11.00). The Bobcats lead the conference in both categories. FSU is surrendering 3.8 sacks per game. ... Celian has eight sacks this season. ... Jesse Robertson leads the team in tackles with 59. ... Nate Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, has made five starts and thrown for 1,148 and nine touchdowns this season. Montana first walked on to Notre Dame to start his career and transferred to Wesleyan from Montana this offseason. ... Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker is on Wesleyan’s football staff. ... The Bobcats average just 54.17 rushing yards per game, which is ranked 150 out of 158 teams in the country. The only player to rush for a touchdown for the Bobcats is Montana. ... Hughes has 26 catches for 394 yards and a pair of scores, while Chase Blackwell has a team-best four receiving TDs.

FSU notes: The Falcons had just 239 yards of offense in the Charleston loss and averaged just over 2.0 yards per carry. ... RB Daniel Monroe returned from injury to rush for 88 yards on 15 attempts. ... QB Bobby Vega completed just 13 of 32 passes after throwing 67 times the week prior. ... FSU freshman linebacker Trevor Malnick will miss today’s game with an injury. ... Davis has led the team in tackles in each of his three starts ... The Falcons boast two WVIAC Special Teams Players of the Week this season in Matt Wilmer and Ryland Newman. ... FSU is without a rushing TD after five games this season.

Series notes: Wesleyan halted a six-game losing streak to Fairmont State with a 21-14 win last season. WVWC is seeking its first win over the Falcons in Fairmont since 2004.

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