The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 7

Monday, October 8, 2018
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

WEEK 7 QUICK THOUGHTS | Looking ahead to Week 7, the marquee matchup will take place on the west coast when Dayton visits San Diego… PFL co-leader San Diego will put not only the nation’s longest home win streak on the line but also FCS’ second-longest conference win streak… The Toreros last PFL loss came in 2015 to the Dayton program that comes calling this week and is fresh off a 53-point outburst at Valparaiso that included a program-record 37-point first half… Drake, the PFL’s other co-leader, has allowed just 15 points in its first two PFL contests and will host a Stetson team back on the road after an off week and looking to rebound from its Week 5 loss at San Diego that saw the Hatters held to 89 rushing yards… With five wins already in 2018, Davidson will seek its first six-win season since 2007 when it hosts a Morehead State team seeking its first PFL win of the year but has won its last six meetings against the Wildcats… The annual Hoosier Helmet battle will unfold when Butler travels to Valparaiso, the Bulldogs are 3-0 this season when scoring 20 or more points while the Crusaders are 0-4 when scoring 20 or more points… Marist will make its second trip to the Sunshine State this season when it visits Jacksonville; the Red Foxes last foray into Florida saw them fall by a narrow 19-14 decision to Stetson while the Dolphins return home seeking their first PFL win of 2018.

All times Eastern. 

Morehead State at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Location: Davidson, North Carolina
Stadium: Richardson Stadium
Series: MOR leads, 13-6    Streak: MOR, six wins
Last Meeting: Morehead State def. Davidson, 21-17 (2017)

Marist at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Stadium: D.B. Milne Field
Series: JAC leads, 6-3    Streak: JAC, three wins
Last Meeting: Jacksonville def. Marist, 44-37 (2017)
Video: ESPN+

Stetson at Drake, 2 p.m.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Stadium: Drake Stadium
Series: DRA leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: Drake def. Stetson, 45-17 (2017)

Butler at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Stadium: Brown Field
Series: BUT leads, 50-26    Streak: VAL, one win
Last Meeting: Valparaiso def. Butler, 36-28 (2017)
Video: ESPN+

Dayton at San Diego, 5 p.m.
Location: San Diego, California
Stadium: Torero Stadium
Series: DAY leads, 16-9    Streak: SAN, two wins
Last Meeting: San Diego def. Dayton, 23-7 (2017)

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TOREROS NOW OWN NATION’S #1 HOME WIN STREAK | With James Madison’s home loss, Oct. 6, San Diego has become the FCS team with the longest home win streak. The Toreros own a 18-game home winning streak that dates back to a season-ending loss in 2014 (Cal Poly). San Diego will put that streak on the line this weekend when Dayton visits the west coast.

USD’s LAWRENCE SEVENTH TO 10,000 YARDS | San Diego’s Anthony Lawrence became the seventh PFL quarterback to pass for more than 10,000 career yards during Week 6 at Morehead State. With 10,126 yards he became 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. Entering Week 7 with 2,987 career rushing yards, he would become 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 7 with 3,473 yards receiving – taking over the FCS lead among active career leaders. He needs 332 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 2,681 career yards entering Week 7, he stands a good chance of becoming lucky number seven.

FIVE NAMED TO CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST LIST | Five Pioneer Football League student-athletes have been named as semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments and The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. That quintet joins a group that now includes 77 PFL student-athletes who have been named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, or its predecessor the Draddy Trophy, since 1998.

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 EXTENDS PFL RECORD WIN STREAK | San Diego extended its PFL record win streak in conference-only games to 23 games with its win at Valparaiso. San Diego’s last PFL loss was a 13-12 loss to Dayton on Oct. 10, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio, which it followed with back-to-back 8-0 PFL campaigns in 2016 and 2017. It is the second longest active FCS conference winning streak behind Jacksonville State’s 35-game win streak in Ohio Valley Conference play.