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The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 4

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

AHEAD IN WEEK 4

Saturday, September 24
Morehead State at Stetson, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: DeLand, Florida    Stadium: Spec Martin Stadium
Series: Morehead State leads, 4-3    Streak: Morehead State, 2 wins
Last Meeting: Morehead State 36, Stetson 35 (2021)

San Diego at Valparaiso, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN3
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana    Stadium: Brown Field
Series: San Diego leads, 21-6    Streak: San Diego, 1 win
Last Meeting: San Diego 21, Valparaiso 14 (2021)

Lincoln (Calf.) at St. Thomas, 2 p.m.
Broadcast: TommieSports.com
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota    Stadium: O’Shaughnessy Stadium
Series: First Meeting

Marist at Drake, 2 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN3
Location: Des Moines, Iowa    Stadium: Drake Stadium
Series: Drake leads, 8-1    Streak: Marist, 1 win
Last Meeting: Marist 7, Drake 0 (2021)

Davidson at Presbyterian, 7 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Clinton, South Carolina    Stadium: Bailey Memorial Stadium
Series: Davidson leads, 16-15-2    Streak: Davidson, 1 win
Last Meeting: Davidson 70, Presbyterian 35 (2021)

Off Week: Butler, Dayton

NOTES FROM AROUND THE PFL

WEEK 3 IN REVIEW
Three homestanding PFL teams picked up victories in Week 3 with Dayton and Morehead State winning their home openers while Davidson won a home game for the second-straight week… Dayton scored in its 500th consecutive game in a rout of visiting Kentucky State, extending its NCAA all-divisions record… Davidson stretched its home win streak to nine games, the seventh longest active win streak in the FCS… Stetson’s Brady Meitz became the first PFL quarterback to surpass 1,000 passing yards in 2022, with his 253-yard outing against Princeton pushing him to 1,047 passing yards in three games – he is ranked fourth among FCS quarterbacks… Morehead State’s James Louis’ 127-yard rushing performance was the lone 100-yard outing in Week 3 and the third such outing in the PFL this season… San Diego’s Vance Jefferson put together a 104-yard receiving day at UC Davis, his second 100-yard effort of 2022… Davidson’s Aaron Maione and Dayton’s Jake Chisolm became the first PFL players to score three touchdowns in a game this season, each doing so in their respective home wins.

PFL’S 30TH CAMPAIGN
The 2022 season marks the 30th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams – tied for most in league history – each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA FCS Championship.

MARIST’S PARADY SEEKS 150TH FCS VICTORY
Entering the 2022 season, Marist head coach James Parady needs seven wins to record 150 career FCS victories. Since the FCS was created in 1978, only 14 head coaches have won 150 or more FCS games, including five active head coaches (see list, page 7). FCS wins are only counted for head coaches when their program is listed as a Division I FCS program by the NCAA.

DAYTON’S CHAMBERLIN NOTCHES 100TH CAREER WIN
Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin picked up his 100th career victory – all at Dayton – with the Flyers’ 22-20 victory at Robert Morris. In his 15th season at Dayton, he is the third Flyers football coach to reach 100 career wins, joining College Football Hall of Fame members Harry Baujan and Mike Kelley.

BUTLER, PRESBYTERIAN HELMED BY NEW HEAD COACHES
Butler and Presbyterian made coaching changes during the offseason. Butler named Mike Uremovich as its head coach to take over for Jeff Voris who helmed the Bulldogs for 16 seasons. Presbyterian turned to Steve Englehart as its head coach to follow Kevin Kelley who led the program during the 2021 season. Uremovich was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Temple prior to his move to Indianapolis. Englehart was a head coach at both Florida Tech and Rose-Hulman for a combined 13 years prior to joining the Blue Hose’s staff.

EIGHT IS GREAT FOR TOREROS
With their season-opening victory against La Verne, San Diego stretched its win streak to eight games – the longest active win streak among FCS programs. North Dakota State owns a seven game win streak while Dayton is among a group of five teams with four-game win streaks after the season’s opening week.

TOREROS STREAKING AMONG OPPONENTS
San Diego enters the 2022 campaign with two of the FCS’ longest active win streaks between FCS programs. The Toreros have won 15 consecutive games against Marist, which is ranked the third active longest streak. San Diego also own a 14-game win streak against Morehead State.

DAVIDSON’S HAMMOND NAMED TO BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST
In August, Davidson junior defensive lineman Jonathan Hammond was one of 35 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision named to the Stats Perform 2022 Buck Buchanan Watch List. Hammond led the PFL and in sacks (9.5) while amassing a team-high 64 total tackles, including 13.0 tackles for loss. 

DAYTON’S CHISHOLM NAMED TO PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST
Dayton redshirt senior running back Jake Chisholm was one of 35 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players named to the Stats Perform Walter Payton Award Watch List. The two-time Flyer co-captain was a Second Team Stats Perform FCS All-American last year as an all-purpose runner after finishing second in FCS football in all-purpose yardage (163.9 ypg).  He also led FCS in rushing attempts per game (23.5) and touchdowns per game (1.8).

THE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Three PFL student-athletes were recognized on the three Preseason All-America Teams released in August. Dayton’s Jake Chisholm was a second-team honoree as selected by Stats Perform and HERO Sports. Davidson’s Jonathan Hammond picked up a third-team honor from Stats Perform and a fourth team nod from Phil Steele Magazine. He was joined on the preseason list by teammate Coy Williams, who was a third-team pick by HERO Sports.

DAVIDSON PICKED TO WIN PFL
Davidson, which won its first PFL title in Spring 2021 followed that by winning a share of the Fall 2021 title. The Wildcats received eight of the 11 first-place votes and received a second-place vote from two other coaches. San Diego, which shared the Fall 2021 title with Davidson, was picked to finish second and received the three remaining first-place votes, and was picked second on five other ballots.
Davidson received 98 of the maximum 100 points possible, with coaches unable to vote for their own team. San Diego followed with 91 points – making those two teams the clear frontrunners. St. Thomas and Dayton round out the top four with 78 and 72 points, respectively.

RECORD-BREAKING 663 NAMED TO 2021 PFL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
For the third time in Pioneer Football League history, it named more than 600 student-athletes to its annual academic honor roll. The league recognized a record-breaking 663 student-athletes to the Fall 2021 PFL Academic Honor Roll. The 663 student-athletes recognized broke the previous record of 634 set during the Spring 2021 season. Three PFL members set individual records for student-athletes recognized: Davidson (68), Marist (68), and Valparaiso (60). In addition, the University of Dayton led all league members with 70 student-athletes recognized, one of eight programs to have 60-plus individuals named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll.

FORTY-EIGHT PFL ATHLETES PLAYING WITH A DEGREE IN HAND
In August, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame released a list of 3,113 student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees and will be playing college football this fall while pursuing additional diplomas. This season marks the fifth year the NFF has compiled the list of graduated players. Click the link above for the full list of graduates. Forty-eight PFL student-athletes from seven member institutions were included on the list this season: Stetson (13), Valparaiso (9), Morehead State (8), Butler (7), Marist (6), St. Thomas (3), and Dayton (2).

SIXTY-FOUR PFL STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO HAMPSHIRE SOCIETY
Sixty-four student-athletes from eight PFL member institutions were recognized in the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s 2021 Hampshire Honor Society. The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and sprint football who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An elite group of 1,574 players from 315 schools qualified for membership in the Society’s 16th year. With this year’s class included, Dayton has seen 166 student-athletes recognized in the Hampshire Honor Society all time, second only to Brown’s 180 student-athletes.

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