The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 6

Monday, October 1, 2018
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

WEEK 6 QUICK THOUGHTS | It could be a milestone weekend across the league as a trio of PFL athletes seek to join exclusive clubs (see below)… The league’s marquee matchup will take place in Des Moines, Iowa in the annual Battle of the Bulldogs between Butler and Drake, who each enter the contest with 1-0 league marks… Drake will own the defensive edge, boasting the PFL’s top defensive unit in total defense (264.7 yards allowed) and pass efficiency defense (103.6 rating)… Butler will counter with the league’s No. 3 scoring defense which has held opponents to 27.2 points per game thanks to the No. 2 Red Zone defense, which has allowed opponents to score on just 68 percent of their red zone chances… San Diego will put its 1-0 league mark to the test with a trip to Morehead State in a matchup of the league’s No. 3 and No. 5 ranked offenses by yardage, respectively… The PFL’s top two rushing teams will square off when Davidson (403.6 rush ypg) hosts Jacksonville (282.3 rush ypg), both teams being held below 200 rushing yards just once each this season… Valparaiso seeks its first win of 2018 when it heads south to face a Dayton team that is unbeaten at home this season… Marist, fresh off its season’s first win, steps out of PFL play this weekend when it faces Ivy League-member Columbia in New York City.

All times Eastern.

San Diego at Morehead State, Noon
Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Stadium: Jayne Stadium
Series: SAN leads, 9-0
Last Meeting: San Diego def. Morehead State, 56-27 (2017)
Video: ESPN+

Valparaiso at Dayton, 1 p.m.
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Stadium: Welcome Stadium
Series: DAY leads, 24-3    Streak: VAL, one win
Last Meeting: Valparaiso def. Dayton, 8-7 (2017)
Video: Facebook Live

Marist at Columbia, 1 p.m.
Location: New York City, New York
Stadium: Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
Series: CU leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: Columbia def. Marist, 41-17 (2017)
Video: ESPN+

Jacksonville at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Location: Davidson, North Carolina
Stadium: Richardson Stadium
Series: JAC leads 14-9    Streak: JAC, nine wins
Last Meeting: Jacksonville def. Davidson, 35-21 (2017)

Butler at Drake, 2 p.m.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Stadium: Drake Stadium
Series: DRA leads 18-8-1    Streak: DRA, two wins
Last Meeting: Drake def. Butler, 27-16 (2017)

Off Week: Stetson

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USD’s LAWRENCE NEARS 10,000 YARDS | San Diego’s Anthony Lawrence will seek to become the seventh PFL quarterback to pass for more than 10,000 career yards this week, entering Week 6 with 9,772 career yards. He would become the second San Diego quarterback to reach the milestone, joining Mason Mills (10,204 yards, 2010-13). The PFL record for career passing yards is 11,230 yards held by Jacksonville’s Josh McGregor.

DAYTON’S YINGER ON DOORSTEP TO 3,000 YARDS | Meanwhile, Dayton running back Tucker Yinger will seek to move past the 3,000 career rushing yard mark, becoming the 12th PFL rusher to reach the milestone. He would join Connor Kacsor (3,528 yards) as the only Dayton runners to breach 3,000 career rushing yards.

RED FOXES’ CHRISTIAN SEEKS RECEIVERS RECORD | Marist wideout Juston Christian is on his way to setting the PFL record for most career receiving yards, entering Week 6 with 3,199 yards receiving. He needs 607 yards to break the record set by Valparaiso’s Rob Giancola (3,804 yards, 2001-04). He is only the sixth receiver in league history to amass 3,000 career receiving yards.

CAN TEMPLE JOIN RECEIVING RANKS? | While the 3,000 career receiving yard club only has six members currently, Butler’s Pace Temple seeks to join the group. With 2,634 career yards entering Week 6, he stands a good chance of becoming lucky number seven.

CHAMBERLIN FIRST COACH TO 60 PFL WINS | Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin became the first coach to win 60 PFL contests when the Flyers defeated Davidson in Week 4. Chamberlin became the PFL’s all-time wins leader last season, passing his longtime mentor Mike Kelley who held the record since 2007.

SAN DIEGO SEEKS EXTENDS PFL RECORD WIN STREAK | San Diego extended its PFL record win streak in conference-only games to 22 games with its PFL-opening win against Stetson. 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. It is the second-longest active FCS conference winning streak behind Jacksonville State’s 34-game win streak in Ohio Valley Conference play.

TOREROS ALSO OWN NATION’S #2 HOME WIN STREAK | San Diego also owns an 18-game home winning streak that dates back to a season-ending loss in 2014 (Cal Poly). It is the second-longest active home win streak in the FCS behind James Madison’s 20-game home win streak.

FOUR PFL ALUMNI DOT NFL ACTIVE ROSTERS ON OPENING DAY | As the National Football League season began, four Pioneer Football League alumni were on active rosters across the league. In addition, two other league alumni were on their team’s reserved roster or PUP list. The complete list of PFL alumni in the NFL can be found in the box at the right.