The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 3

Monday, September 10, 2018
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

For the first time in 2018, all 10 PFL members are scheduled to enjoy a Saturday football game. Two of the league's members will help the Ivy League kick off its campaign when San Diego travels cross-country to face Harvard while Butler will open its home schedule against visiting Princeton. The Ivy League won last season's series against the PFL, 3-1, with three meetings scheduled between the two nonscholarship conferences in 2018. Stetson will take to the road for the first time this season when it faces future PFL member Presbyterian in the revival of a series that has been dormant since 1956. Dayton and Duquesne will meet for the 11th consecutive season with Duquesne holding a 7-3 advantage in the previous 10 games, the series dates all the way back to 1920. After a narrow two-point loss at Duquesne to begin the season, Valparaiso stays on the road to face a Youngstown State that will seek revenge against the PFL after losing to Butler to begin the season. Morehead State remains home to face a former PFL member in Austin Peay, it will be the 46th meeting between the two teams with Morehead State holding a 26-19 advantage in the all-time series. Marist will head eastward for a meeting with Northeast Conference member Bryant in the renewal of a series last played in 2012, the Red Foxes own wins in both previous meetings against the Bulldogs. Jacksonville and Drake will both host Division II programs in Week 3 – Jacksonville will host Ohio-based Walsh University in the second meeting between the programs while Drake will host Missouri S&T for the seventh meeting between the teams. Davidson will play its third consecutive home game against another North Carolina-based program when Division III foe Guilford comes calling at Richardson Stadium.

All times Eastern.

Thursday, Sept. 13

Guilford at Davidson, 7 p.m.
Location: Davidson, North Carolina
Stadium:  Richardson Stadium
Series: DAV leads, 21-9-1    Streak: DAV, three wins
Last Meeting: Davidson def. Guilford, 42-21 (2017)
Date changed due to Hurricane Florence

Saturday, Sept. 15

Dayton at Duquesne, Noon
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stadium:  Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field
Series: DUQ leads, 9-6    Streak: DUQ, two wins
Last Meeting: Duquesne def. Dayton, 28-23 (2017)
Video: NEC Front Row

San Diego at Harvard, Noon
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Stadium:  Harvard Stadium
Series: HAR leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Harvard def. San Diego, 42-20 (2013)
Video: ESPN+

Presbyterian at Stetson, Noon
Location: DeLand, Florida
Stadium:  Spec Martin Municipal Stadium
Series: PC leads, 8-0-2    Streak: PC, one win
Last Meeting: Presbyterian def. Stetson, 33-12 (1956)
Video: ESPN+
Location changed due to Hurricane Florence

Walsh at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Stadium:  D.B. Milne Field
Series: JAC leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Jacksonville def. Walsh, 56-31 (2017)
Video: ESPN3

Missouri S&T at Drake, 2 p.m.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Stadium:  Drake Stadium
Series: DRA leads, 6-0
Last Meeting: Drake def. Missouri S&T, 27-23 (2011)

Valparaiso at Youngstown State, 2 p.m.
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Stadium:  Stambaugh Stadium
Series: YSU leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Youngstown State def. Valparaiso, 59-0 (2012)
Video: ESPN+

Princeton at Butler, 6 p.m.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium:  Butler Bowl
Series: First Meeting

[RV/23] Austin Peay at Morehead State, 6 p.m.
Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Stadium:  Jayne Stadium
Series: MOR leads, 26-19    Streak: APSU, two wins
Last Meeting: Austin Peay def. Morehead State, 69-13 (2017)
Video: ESPN+

Marist at Bryant, 6 p.m.
Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island
Stadium:  Bulldog Stadium
Series: MAR leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Marist def. Bryant, 35-10 (2012)

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LEISRING LONE FCS REP ON LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST | Dayton’s David Leisring is the lone FCS representative named to the 2018 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. Established by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the Lott IMPACT Trophy honors college football’s best in character and performance. The IMPACT award is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of athletics and recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

FIVE PFL ATHLETES EARNING SECOND DEGREE WHILE ON FIELD IN 2018 | Five Pioneer Football League student-athletes are among nearly 1,200 football student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees and are playing football this fall while pursing their second degree, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame has determined. Alex Jeske and Nick Surges of Dayton, Marshal Davis of Jacksonville, Skyler Lane of Morehead State and Gaven DeFilippo of Stetson are the PFL student-athletes playing for their respective teams after previously earning their undergraduate degree.

TEMPLE TAKES NATIONAL OFFENSIVE HONOR IN WEEK 1 | Butler wideout Pace Temple led all FCS receivers with 14 catches and recorded 167 receiving yards and a touchdown to lead the Bulldogs past nationally-ranked Youngstown State in Week 1. In addition to his offensive duties, Temple recovered a pivotal on-side kick late in the fourth quarter to set up Butler’s game-winning drive.

BEVELHIMER & DONLEY NAMED TO MITCHELL AWARD WATCH LIST | Butler’s Drew Bevelhimer and Drake’s Danny Donnley were each named to the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List just prior to the season starting. The kickers were two of  34 placekickers from the FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA ranks to earn a spot on the award’s preseason list which recognizes placekickers for their excellence on the field and their continued community service.

BUTLER WIN ENDS PFL’S LONG DROUGHT AGAINST MVFC | Butler’s Week 1 win at Youngstown State was the first win by a PFL member against a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference since 2007 when Drake defeated Illinois State.

DAYTON’S SCORING STREAK HITS 467 GAMES | The nation’s longest streak of games without being shutout belongs to Dayton, which extended its streak to 467 games at Southeast Missouri. That streak includes 272 games as a FCS member that is second among active FCS-only streaks. Montana holds the FCS-only longest streak without being shutout at 382 games which dates back to 1989. On the FBS side, Florida holds that subdivision’s longest streak of games without being shutout at 373, dating back to the 1988 season. Meanwhile, the Flyers streak dates back to 1976 when it suffered a 9-0 loss to Marshall.

SAN DIEGO SEEKS TO EXTEND PFL RECORD WIN STREAK | San Diego brings a PFL record 21-game win streak in conference-only games into the 2018 season. The Toreros have posted unblemished 8-0 marks in PFL play in both 2016 and 2017. San Diego’s last PFL loss was a 13-12 loss to Dayton on Oct. 10, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio.


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