The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 11

Monday, November 5, 2018
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations


The three PFL teams in the hunt for the regular-season title will look to avoid traps in Week 11… League-leading San Diego returns home and will look to clinch a share of its fifth straight and 10th overall PFL title when it hosts Davidson in a matchup of the league’s No. 1 and No. 2 offenses… San Diego is the league’s pass-happy unit, leading the league with 354.5 yards per game and 21 touchdowns in six PFL contests while the Davidson pass defense is ranked sixth… Run-happy Davidson is the league’s No. 1 unit with 25 rushing touchdowns and No. 2 in with 347.8 rush yards per game while San Diego boasts the league’s No. 3 rush defense… Marist has to avoid looking ahead to its Week 12 contest against San Diego when it travels to Drake… All eyes in Des Moines will be on Marist wide receiver Juston Christian who needs 28 yards to post another 1,000-yard season and 114 receiving yards to become the 18th FCS receiver to reach 4,000 career yards… Those goals will be tough to reach against a Drake defensive unit that ranks No. 2 in passing yardage allowed (191.0 ypg) and held San Diego to a season-low 227 passing yards… Stetson will get a shock from Mother Nature when it faces Butler, with Saturday’s temperatures not expected to get out of the 30s in Indianapolis… Can the weather be enough to slow Stetson’s No. 2 passing offense that has posted more than 300 yards in each of its last three games and scored three touchdowns or more in each of its last four games?… Butler came within five seconds of ending its losing streak when it traveled to Jacksonville, will it end what is now a five-game losing streak when it hosts the other half of the Sunshine State duo?… Speaking of Jacksonville, it will face a weather shock of its own when it heads even further north to face Valparaiso… Jacksonville has attempted the fewest passes (48) of any FCS team this season, 40 fewer than the next closest team on the list, thankfully the Dolphins run game is No. 3 in the FCS thanks to Calvin Turner Jr. who is the FCS’ No. 1 rusher (167.8 ypg)… Valparaiso will look to make the game easier for its offense through its No. 2-ranked kickoff return unit that is averaging 23.3 yards per return and has scored two touchdowns in PFL play this season… Morehead State will make the trip north to its closest PFL neighbor, Dayton… That game will see two evenly-matched offensive units face off with No. 4 Dayton (428.2 ypg) against No. 5 Morehead State (424.8 ypg)… But it also will feature the No. 3 Dayton defense (407.3 yapg) and the No. 4 Morehead State defensive unit (409.8 yapg).

All times Eastern. 

Stetson at Butler, Noon
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Sellick Bowl
Series: BUT leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: Butler def. Stetson, 23-6 (2017)
Video: Facebook/ButlerBulldogs

Morehead State at Dayton, 1 p.m.
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Stadium: Welcome Stadium
Series: DAY leads, 17-6    Streak: MOR, one win
Last Meeting: Morehead State def. Dayton (2017)
Video: Facebook/WeAreUD

Jacksonville at Valparaiso, 1 p.m.
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Stadium: Brown Stadium
Series: JAC leads, 7-3    Streak: JAC, one win
Last Meeting: Jacksonville def. Valparaiso, 20-17 (2017)
Video: ESPN+

Marist at Drake, 2 p.m.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Stadium: Drake Stadium
Series: DRA leads, 6-0
Last Meeting: Drake def. Marist, 19-14 (2017)

Davidson at San Diego, 5 p.m.
Location: San Diego, California
Stadium: Torero Stadium
Series: SAN leads, 11-2    Streak: SAN, six wins
Last Meeting: San Diego def. Davidson, 63-7 (2017)

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PFL IN NFL UPDATE | Six PFL alumni have seen action in the NFL this season… Jason Myers (New York [AFC] via Marist) hit seven field goals in the Jets Week 6 victory against Indianapolis, and has made 20-of-22 field goals and 18-of-19 PATs this season… Eric Saubert (Atlanta via Drake) has played in all eight games for the Falcons in 2018 and made his first professional reception in a Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh… Jamal Agnew (Detroit via San Diego) is among all NFL kick returner leaders, averaging 27.8 yards per kickoff return this season and recovered a fumble on kickoff coverage against Green Bay in Week 5, a game in which he suffered an injury… Donald Payne (Jacksonville via Stetson) has seen action in seven games for the Jaguars this season, but was placed on the Jaguars reserved/injured list Oct. 25… Ross Dwelley (San Francisco via San Diego) made his first professional reception in Week 9 against Oakland, his fourth game in action for the 49ers… Andy Jones (Detroit via Jacksonville) saw his first action of 2018 in Week 9 at Minnesota on special teams.

STETSON’S WESTCOTT ADDED TO RICE AWARD WATCH LIST | A five-touchdown day against Davidson turned heads for Stetson running back Jareem Westcott, who was added to the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List prior to Week 10 action. At the time of his nomination, he was the Hatter’s leading rusher with 590 yards on 102 carries with 11 touchdowns. He joins Dayton quarterback Jack Cook on the Rice Award Watch List.

BUTLER’S TEMPLE BREACHES 3,000-YARD MARK | Butler wide receiver Pace Temple joined the 3,000-receiving yard club with a 196-yard outing at Jacksonville in Week 10. He is the seventh PFL receiver to reach the milestone and is eighth among the FCS’ active career leaders.

USD’s LAWRENCE 458 YARDS FROM PFL PASSING RECORD | San Diego’s Anthony Lawrence is now  No. 2 on the PFL career passing list, entering Week 10 with 11,461 yards. The PFL career mark sits within reach, Lawrence needing 458 yards to break the record set by Morehead State’s Austin Gahafer (11,918 yards, 2013-17). Lawrence was the second San Diego quarterback to reach the 10,000-yard milestone, joining Mason Mills (10,204 yards, 2010-13).

RED FOXES’ CHRISTIAN 114 YARDS TO 4,000 | Marist wideout Juston Christian became the PFL career receiving yards record holder in Week 10 action at Morehead State. The Red Foxes receiver currently has 3,886 career receiving yards. Christian now looks to join the elite 4,000-yard club, which counts only 17 FCS receivers all-time. He is only the sixth receiver in league history to amass 3,000 career receiving yards.

TOREROS’ LEAGUE WIN STREAK NOW FCS’ LONGEST | San Diego extended its PFL record win streak in conference-only games to 27 games with its win against Jacksonville last week. The Toreros now have the FCS’ longest conference win streak after Ohio Valley Conference member Jacksonville State saw its streak stopped at Southeast Missouri in Week 8. 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.