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The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 12

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

AHEAD IN WEEK 12
Saturday, Nov. 19

[RV/21] St. Thomas at Butler, Noon
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana    Stadium: Sellick Bowl
Series: St. Thomas leads, 1-0    Streak: St. Thomas, 1 win
Last Meeting: St. Thomas 36, Butler 0 (2021)

Presbyterian at Stetson, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: DeLand, Florida    Stadium: Spec Martin Stadium
Series: Presbyterian leads, 9-1-2    Streak: Stetson, 1 win
Last Meeting: Stetson 56, Presbyterian 14 (2021)

Dayton at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: DavidsonWildcats.com
Location: Davidson, North Carolina    Stadium: Richardson Stadium
Series: Dayton leads, 14-1    Streak: Dayton, 11 wins
Last Meeting: Dayton 38, Davidson 29 (2021)

Drake at Valparaiso, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana    Stadium: Brown Field
Series: Drake leads, 25-5    Streak: Valparaiso, 2 wins
Last Meeting: Valparaiso 24, Drake 21 (2021)

San Diego at Morehead State, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Morehead, Kentucky    Stadium: Jayne Stadium
Series: San Diego leads, 14-0    Streak: San Diego, 14 wins
Last Meeting: San Diego 10, Morehead State 3 (2021)

Marist at Bucknell, 1 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+
Location: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania    Stadium: Mathewson Stadium
Series: Bucknell leads, 12-1    Streak: Bucknell, 7 wins
Last Meeting: Bucknell 45, Marist 6 (2017)

NOTES FROM AROUND THE PFL

WEEK 11 IN REVIEW
The Tommies clinched a share of the 2022 PFL Championship with its shutout victory against Stetson… Dayton took control of the race for the PFL automatic bid with its win against Morehead State… Butler and Davidson fell one-game behind Dayton in the race for the AQ spot, with both losing on the road… Aaron Dawson ran for two touchdowns and caught another to lead Valparaiso past Marist, 45-25… On a snowy day at Welcome Stadium, Jake Chisholm ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns as Dayton swamped Morehead State, 49-27… Cade Sexauer ran for a touchdown and threw another while St. Thomas’ defense held Stetson to 113 offensive yards in a 23-0 PFL victory… Luke Williams’ 22-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining lifted Drake to a 27-24 PFL victory against Butler… Re-al Mitchell ran for two touchdowns and 127 yards as San Diego downed Davidson, 31-14… Dayton’s Jake Chisholm continued his torrid pace with 205 rushing yards against Morehead State, the league’s second 200-yard rushing performance of 2022… His outing was one of six 100-yard rushing outings across the league in Week 11… Valparaiso’s Aaron Dawson nearly notched his second 200-yard effort, running for 199 yards at Marist… Morehead State’s James Louis ran for 195 yards at Dayton… St. Thomas’ Shawn Shipman (168 yards vs. Stetson), San Diego’s Re-al Mitchell (127 vs. Davidson), and Dayton’s Shane Hamm (112 vs. Morehead State) also had 100-yard days… Marist’s Brock Bagozzi posted the lone 300-yard passing outing in the league during Week 11, throwing for 397 yards against Valparaiso – his first 300-yard passing day this season… Bagozzi’s performance led Will Downes to the league’s best receiving day – a 159-yard effortà Davidson’s Aaron Maione posted a 114-yard receiving performance at San Diego… Valparaiso’s Kohlton Sherman notched a 95-yard pick-six at Marist… He was one of 11 PFL defenders with an interception in Week 11… Drake’s Tanner Pollock led all PFL defenders with 15 tackles against Butler… San Diego’s Hunter Nichols 3.5-tackle for loss effort against Butler led the league.

ST. THOMAS CLINCHES SHARE OF PFL TITLE, INELIGIBLE FOR FCS PLAYOFFS
St. Thomas, in its second season as a Division I program, clinched at least a share of the 2022 PFL Championship with its shutout victory against Stetson, Nov. 12. They become the ninth different program to win a PFL title in the league’s 30 seasons. However, as a reclassifying institution – moving from Division III to Division I – the Tommies remain ineligible for the FCS Playoffs due to NCAA rules.

DAYTON-DAVIDSON WINNER CLAIMS PFL AUTOMATIC BID
With St. Thomas ineligible for the league’s automatic qualifying spot, the bid is up for grabs. The league’s automatic bid will be awarded to the winner of the Dayton-Davidson game this weekend. Dayton would win the automatic bid outright with a victory and would have a chance to claim a share of the PFL title. Davidson would claim the automatic bid with victory by virtue of the league’s tiebreaker – either in a head-to-head tie with Dayton or in a three-way tie that includes Dayton and Butler.

PFL AWARD CALENDAR
The 2022 Pioneer Football League awards will be announced Nov. 28-30. The 2022 PFL Major Award winners will be released Monday, Nov. 28, followed the next day by its 30th All-PFL Teams. The league’s 30th Academic All-PFL team and its Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 30.

VALPARAISO’s DAWSON RUSHES PAST 1,000 YARDS
Valparaiso’s Aaron Dawson became the first PFL runner to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in the Beacons’ victory at Marist, Nov. 12. His 1,154 rushing yards is ninth most in the FCS and included five 100-yard rushing outings and one 200-yard effort this season. Dawson is the fourth player in Valparaiso history to run for 1,000 yards and is second all-time.

FLYER’S CHISHOLM SEEKING RARIFIED AIR
Dayton running back Jake Chisholm is within sight of the 1,000-yard mark as well, entering the final weekend with 974 rushing yards – 20th in the FCS. He is seeking to become the first Flyers running back to record 1,000 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons. Chisholm has 3,196 career rushing yards, ranking ninth among active FCS running backs.

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