The Pioneer Football League Report: Week 10

Monday, October 30, 2017
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

All times Eastern.

Valparaiso at Jacksonville, Noon
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Stadium: D.B. Milne Field (5,000)
Series: JAC leads, 6-3    Streak: VAL, one win
Last Meeting: Valparaiso def. Jacksonville, 42-39 (2016)
Video: ESPN3

Campbell at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Location: Davidson, North Carolina
Stadium: Richardson Stadium (4,500)
Series: CAM leads, 5-4    Streak: CAM, four wins
Last Meeting: Campbell def. Davidson, 28-0 (2016)

Marist at Dayton, 1 p.m.
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Stadium: Welcome Stadium (11,000)
Series: DAY leads, 7-1    Streak: DAY, three wins
Last Meeting: Dayton def. Marist, 59-31 (2016)

Butler at Stetson, 4 p.m.
Location: DeLand, Florida
Stadium: Spec Martin Stadium (6,000)
Series: BUT leads, 2-0    Streak: BUT, two wins
Last Meeting: Butler def. Stetson, 49-41 (2014)
Video: ESPN3

Drake at San Diego, 5 p.m.
Location: San Diego, California
Stadium: Torero Stadium (7,000)
Series: SAN leads, 13-11    Streak: SAN, four wins
Last Meeting: San Diego def. Drake, 38-7 (2016)

Off Week: Morehead State

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SAN DIEGO EXTENDS PFL RECORD | San Diego posted its 18th consecutive PFL victory with a Week 9 win at Stetson. It is the second longest active conference win streak in Division I entering Week 10, trailing only Ohio Valley Conference member Jacksonville State’s 29-game conference win streak.

FLYERS TO THE BLOCK | Dayton blocked its sixth kick of the season in its Week 9 contest against Butler. The Flyers now rank second among FCS teams in blocked kicks, behind only South Carolina State (nine blocked kicks).  Redshirt freshman Matt Clifford has blocked two kicks in 2017, one of only 23 FCS defenders to block multiple kicks.

OPPORTUNISTIC DEFENSES | During its Week 9 win against Morehead State, Valparaiso became the fourth PFL team to record multiple defensive touchdowns in 2017. The Crusaders joined Campbell (four), Marist and Stetson (two each) as teams with multiple defensive scores this season. Campbell is one of 11 FCS squads with four or more defensive touchdowns this season.

CAMELS DEFEND THE AIR | Campbell has picked off a FCS-best 18 passes through Week 9 and is ranked No. 4 among FCS teams in pass efficiency defense (99.33).

TWO PFL ROOKIES NAMED TO RICE AWARD WATCH LIST | Campbell quarterback Daniel Smith and Davidson running back Wesley Dugger were among 17 freshmen named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, Oct. 25.

SMITH’S RICE AWARD RESUME | Smith is ranked among the NCAA’s Top 50 in 15 different statistical categories, including a FCS-best 9.36 yards per carry and ranking third in rushing yards per game (112.4 ypg). He is 10th in total offense (310.6 yards per game) and in points responsibility (18.0 pg) through Week 9 action.

DUGGER’S RICE RESUME | Dugger meanwhile is ranked No. 10 in rushing yards per game (100.1) and his 163 total carries this season leads all freshmen by 40 carries and ranks No. 6 among all FCS runners.

TOREROS PETERSEN TACKLING BUCHANAN WATCH LIST | San Diego fifth-year defensive lineman Jonathan Petersen was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List and enters Week 10 among FCS leaders in sacks (2nd, 1.13  per game), forced fumbles (1st, 0.63 per game) and tackles for loss (9th, 1.60). Among FCS active career leaders, he ranks No. 1 in sacks (0.81) and forced fumbles (0.33) per game as well as No. 2 in both career sacks (35.0) and tackles for loss per game (1.44).

LAWRENCE MAKING PAYTON AWARD PUSH | San Diego junior quarterback Anthony Lawrence was the PFL’s lone representative on the Walter Payton Award Watch List. He enters Week 10 ranked among the FCS Top 50 in 12 statistical categories, including ranking seventh in both passing efficiency (165.8) and passing touchdowns (21). Lawrence owns a career 157.31 pass efficiency rating that ranks fifth among NCAA career active leaders.