The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 4
Davidson running back Wesley Dugger.
Davidson running back Wesley Dugger.

Monday, September 18, 2017
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

All times Eastern.

Dayton at Morehead State, 1 p.m.

Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Stadium: Jayne Stadium (10,000)
Series: DAY leads, 17-5    Streak: DAY, eight wins
Last Meeting: Dayton def. Morehead State, 51-27 (2016)

Valparaiso at Drake, 2 p.m.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Stadium: Drake Stadium (14,000)
Series: DRA leads, 21-3    Streak: DRA, 13 wins
Last Meeting: Drake def. Valparaiso, 35-21 (2015)

Butler at San Diego, 4 p.m.
Location: San Diego, California
Stadium: Torero Stadium (7,000)
Series: SAN leads, 17-5    Streak: SAN, five wins
Last Meeting: San Diego def. Butler, 44-10 (2016)

Campbell at Stetson, 4 p.m.
Location: DeLand, Florida
Stadium: Spec Martin Stadium (6,000)
Series: Series tied, 2-2    Streak: STE, one win
Last Meeting: Stetson def. Campbell, 30-24 [2OT] (2016)
Video: ESPN3

Jacksonville at Marist, 6 p.m.
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Stadium: Tenney Stadium (5,000)
Series: JAC leads, 5-3    Streak: JAC, two wins
Last Meeting: Jacksonville def. Marist, 41-35 (2016)

Off Week: Davidson

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RAISE THE CURTAIN | The PFL regular-season race began in Week 2 with Marist defeating Stetson, 38-17. A full slate of PFL action comes calling in Week 4 with 10 teams in league action. Seven teams have claimed a share of the PFL crown with Dayton winning a share of 12 titles, including six solo championships. OPENER STREAKS | Here’s a quick look at each team’s current streak in PFL openers, records are since the return to single division play in 2006:

PFL’s 25th CAMPAIGN | The 2017 season marks the 25th 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 each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA FCS Championship.

HIGGINBOTHOM LEADS RECEIVERS | Morehead State wideout Jaren Higginbothom has four receiving touchdowns this season, ranking fourth among FCS athletes in the category. His total includes two touchdown catches against Austin Peay in Week 3.

BOXRUCKER ON THE GROUND | Valparaiso sophomore running back Cody Boxrucker is getting the job done on the ground, as one of only seven runners with five or more touchdowns this season. He currently is ranked only behind South Dakota’s Chris Streveler (six TDs) in rushing touchdowns.

COOPER NOT DOGGING IT | Butler return specialist Cam Cooper has been one of the FCS’ top return threats through three weeks, amassing 339 total kick return yards – entering Week 3 ranked No. 4 in the category. He has seven returns of 20-plus yards this season, six coming on his 13 kickoff returns where he is averaging 21.5 yards per return.RETURNS TO THE HOUSE | Three of the 17 FCS return men to take a punt back for a touchdown reside in the PFL. Davidson’s Austin Wells, Dayton’s Christian

RETURNS TO THE HOUSE | Three of the 17 FCS return men to take a punt back for a touchdown reside in the PFL. Davidson’s Austin Wells, Dayton’s Christian Searles and Campbell’s Jaquan Brooks have each put six on the board after fielding a punt in 2017.LASTONAS, DONLEY STILL PERFECT ON FGs | Valparaiso sophomore Dimitrios

LASTONAS, DONLEY STILL PERFECT ON FGs | Valparaiso sophomore Dimitrios Lastonas (4-for-4) and Drake junior Danny Donley (3-for-3) are two of only 21 FCS kickers who have not missed a field goal in 2017 after three weeks.