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The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 10

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

AHEAD IN WEEK 10
Saturday, Nov. 5

Stetson at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: DavidsonWildcats.com
Location: Davidson, North Carolina    Stadium: Richardson Stadium
Series: Davidson leads, 7-6    Streak: Davidson, 3 wins
Last Meeting: Davidson 35, Stetson 28 (2021)

Dayton at Presbyterian, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Clinton, South Carolina    Stadium: Bailey Memorial Stadium
Series: Dayton leads, 1-0    Streak: Dayton, 1 win
Last Meeting: Dayton 63, Presbyterian 43 (2021)

Marist at Morehead State, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Morehead, Kentucky    Stadium: Jayne Stadium
Series: Marist leads, 4-3    Streak: Morehead State, 1 win
Last Meeting: Morehead State 27, Marist 24 (2021)

[RV/25] St. Thomas at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana    Stadium: Brown Field
Series: St. Thomas leads, 1-0    Streak: St. Thomas, 1 win
Last Meeting: St. Thomas 20, Valparaiso 13 (2021)

Butler at San Diego, 4 p.m.
Broadcast: WCCSports.com
Location: San Diego, California    Stadium: Torero Stadium
Series: San Diego leads, 21-5    Streak: San Diego, 9 wins
Last Meeting: San Diego 52, Butler 21 (2021)

Off Week: Drake

NOTES FROM AROUND THE PFL

WEEK 9 IN REVIEW
St. Thomas moved to 5-0 in PFL play while Butler and Dayton kept pace with home wins… Drake picked up its first victory of 2022… Marist won at home, giving head coach James Parady his 150th victory as the Red Foxes head coach… Butler rushed for six touchdowns, Brody Reder scoring three times, to secure a 56-20 PFL victory against Morehead State… Marist’s defense shutout Presbyterian for 57 minutes in a 37-7 PFL victory… Cade Sexauer ran for a touchdown and threw another in the fourth quarter, helping St. Thomas edge past San Diego, 49-42… Jake Chisholm’s 23-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds remaining lifted Dayton to a 31-24 PFL victory against Valparaiso… Christian Galvan’s three-yard touchdown run with 1:35 left in the game catapulted Drake to a 24-17 PFL victory against Stetson…  McElroy’s 200-yard day led the league’s receivers with San Diego’s Re-al Mitchell going for 147 yards in the same game… Valparaiso’s Braden Contreras and Solomon Davis each had 100-yard receiving days, with 126 and 110 yards, respectively… Dayton’s Shane Hamm and Jake Chisholm each rushed for 100 yards in the win against Valparaiso, Hamm finishing with 129 yards and Chisholm adding 103 yards… Drake’s Dorian Boyland had a 115-yard outing and St. Thomas’ Shawn Shipman posted a 105-rushing yard day… Among the league’s passers, San Diego’s Judd Erickson (361 yards) and Valparaiso’s MIke Appel (323) were the lone 300-yard rushing outings… McElroy’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the lone special teams touchdown during the week… Dayton’s Cole Hildebrand had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.

THE RACE IS ON
Three weeks remain in the 2022 season and the PFL race still has six teams in contention for the league title and five in the hunt for the league’s automatic bid to the 2022 FCS Playoffs. There will be plenty of action between the league’s leaders in the closing weeks:

  • Week 10: St. Thomas at Valparaiso | Butler at San Diego
  • Week 11: Davidson at San Diego
  • Week 12: St. Thomas at Butler | Dayton at Davidson

BUTLER NOTCHES PROGRAM WIN NO. 600
Butler, which has won three-straight games for the first time since 2017, is one win away from its 600th all-time win. They became the 31st current FCS team to record 600 victories.

MARIST’S PARADY GETS 150TH MARIST VICTORY, ON HUNT FOR 150TH FCS WIN
Marist head coach James Parady picked up his 150th Marist victory in the Red Foxes’ Week 9 home victory against Presbyterian. He is four 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 AND STETSON NEAR WINNING MILESTONES
As the 2022 season comes to a close three PFL members near significant program victory milestones. Dayton enters the week two wins away from recording its 700th all-time victory, becoming the ninth current FCS program to record 700 all-time wins. Stetson also needs three wins to reach the 200-win mark in program history.

WILDCATS DO RUN RUN
Davidson’s offense owns four of the FCS’ 400-yard rushing days in 2022, including the top two spots thanks to a 498-yard rushing performance against Butler and a 467-yard day against Morehead State. The Wildcats are averaging an FCS-best 375.5 rushing yards per game – 86.1 yards per game more than second-ranked Montana State (289.4 yards per game).

HATTERS THROUGH THE AIR
Meanwhile, Stetson enters the week ranked No. 8 among FCS teams with 304.0 passing yards per game. The Hatters 444-yard performance against Louisiana Christian is the ninth-best passing performance in 2022 while its 384 yards against Concordia ranks 23rd. Stetson quarterback Brady Meitz is No. 5 among FCS passers with 299.1 passing yards per game.

EAGLES ARE BIRDS OF PREY
Morehead State leads the FCS with eight blocked kicks in 2022, with an FCS-best six blocked punts and two blocked field goals. Jihad McCall leads the nation with four blocked kicks while teammate Cooper Krezek had three blocked kicks.

 

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