Offensive Players of the Week:
Perry Baker, Fairmont State, Soph., WR/RB, 6-2, 175, New Smynra, FL/Jerry Seymour, Glenville State, Sr., RB, 5-7, 195, Miramar, FL: Baker posted a monster day as he rushed a dozen times for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns in part-time backfield duty…The standout Falcon receiver notched touchdowns of 49 and 81 yards as a rusher during the Falcons’ narrow 41-38 setback to nationally ranked Seton Hill…Seymour went over the 200-yard mark for the third week in a row and for the fifth time in 2008 with 244 yards on 27 carries…The national rushing leader went over the 2000-yard mark on the season and tallied touchdowns of 50 and 10 yards as Glenville State retained a share of the WVIAC lead with a 40-14 win at West Virginia Wesleyan…Seymour also caught a pair of passes for 24 yards.
2008 winners: 8/30-Jimmy Sutch (SU), 9/6-Kevin O’Brien (WVSU), 9/13-Jerry Seymour (GSC), 9/20-Perry Baker (FSU), 9/27-Jerry Seymour (GSC), 10/4-Sammy Tranks (SHU)/DaRante Hunter (UC), 10/11-Brian Mitchell (WVSU)/Branden Ore (WL), 10/18-Jerry Seymour (GSC)/DaRante Hunter (UC), 10/25-James McCants (GSC), 11/1-Perry Baker (FSU)/Jerry Seymour (GSC).
Defensive Player of the Week:
John Sheehan, Shepherd, Sr., DB, 6-0, 198, Round Hill, VA: Sheehan contributed ten tackles and an interception in his first career start as the Rams walloped West Virginia State 56-14…The senior’s interception ended the first State possession of the day and set up a short Ram scoring drive that gave SU a 14-0 lead.
2008 winners: 8/30-Steve Trent (SHU), 9/6-Elisha Merchant (WVSU)/Darren Banks (WL), 9/13-Clay Beeler (WL), 9/20-Demichael Nesbitt (WVSU)/E.J. Werner (SHU), 9/27-Nick Harding (WL)/Rob Ellis (SHU), 10/4-William Jackson (WVSU), 10/11-Matt Galadyk (SHU), 10/18-Joey Lindamood (UC)/Layton Hersh (SU), 10/25-Jayson Keyser (WL), 11/1-John Sheehan (SU).
Special Teams Player of the Week:
Deante Steele, Shepherd, Soph., KR/DB, 5-7, 175, Woodbridge, VA: Steele scored touchdowns on punt, kickoff, and interception returns in the Rams’ 56-14 rout of West Virginia State…The sophomore contibuted an 85-yard kickoff return and a 60-yard punt return for touchdowns…He also took an interception 21 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown as he claims WVIAC special teams honors for a third time in 2008.
2008 winners: 8/30-Alex Ashley (FSU), 9/6-Julian Johnson (UC)/Sammy Tranks (SHU), 9/13-Alex Ashley (FSU), 9/20-Chris Golder (WVWC), 9/27-Julian Johnson (UC)/Billy Hager (WL), 10/4-Deante Steele (SU), 10/11-Deante Steele (SU), 10/18-Landon Johnson (WVSU), 10/25-Xavier Glenn (GSC)/Zack Page (FSU), 11/1-Deante Steele (SU).
The WVIAC race comes down to a pair of key games on the final Saturday of the season as the league’s top four teams are all in action versus each other when Seton Hill hosts West Liberty and Charleston travels to Glenville State. Possibilities still exist for as much as a four-way tie for the 2008 WVIAC championship. No tie-breaker is used for WVIAC football, nor is an automatic bid awarded into the NCAA Division II football postseason.
If Seton Hill and Glenville State win: Both will tie for the WVIAC title with matching 7-1 league records.
If Seton Hill and Charleston win: Seton Hill will win the WVIAC title with a 7-1 record, while Charleston and Glenville State will tie for second with 6-2 marks.
If West Liberty and Glenville State win: Glenville State will win the WVIAC title with a 7-1 record. West Liberty and Seton Hill will tie for second with 6-2 marks.
If West Liberty and Charleston win: West Liberty, Seton Hill, Charleston, and Glenville State will be quad-champions with identical 6-2 league ledgers.
News & Notes:
—Visiting teams won 3 of 4 games on Saturday. Host schools are 17-15 in WVIAC games in 2008.
—Glenville State’s Jerry Seymour now owns the WVIAC regular season rushing record with 2045 yards this season. He needs 94 yards versus Charleston to break Dervon Wallace’s one-year old WVIAC single-season rushing record of 2138 yards. Seymour is the third WVIAC player to go over the 2000-yard mark in a single season joining Wallace and all-time career rushing leader Damian Beane.
—West Liberty senior kicker Billy Hager has become the WVIAC’s all-time kick scoring leader with 270 career points following an eight-point effort in the Toppers’ 26-24 win over Charleston.
—Only one WVIAC football season has ended with a three-way tie for the title…Morris Harvey, West Liberty, and Potomac State ended up knotted in 1950…Currently, Glenville State and Seton Hill are tied for first place with only one loss.
—Shepherd set a new NCAA Division II record for most consecutive victories over one opponent in an uninterrupted series with their 28th straight win over West Virginia State on Saturday. The 56-14 victory allowed the Rams to break the old mark of 27 held by Minnesota Duluth (1962-89 over Wisconsin-Superior).
—The NCAA will issue the latest Super Region I top ten on Monday afternoon…The top six teams in the super region following the completion of the regular season will advance to the NCAA Division II football postseason.
Jimmy Sutch (SU) rushed 24 times for 158 yards and four touchdowns…Matt Vujaklya (FSU) blocked a pair of kicks…David Wess (SHU) completed 18 of 27 passes for 286 yards…Zach Amedro (WL) completed 18 of 26 passes for 274 yards…James McCants (GSC) completed 14 of 22 passes for 229 yards…Sammy Tranks (SHU) caught seven passes for 114 yards…Antwarn Jones (SHU) rushed 29 times for 147 yards…Leo Thomas (FSU) had three receptions for 97 yards and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass…Ryan Travis (WL) caught seven passes for 134 yards…Johnny Bonar (WL) made seven grabs for 104 yards…Antwan Stewart (GSC) had seven catches for 89 yards…Thomas Addison (SU) gained 127 yards on 19 carries…Michael Thompson (WVSU) had 131 yards on 15 carries…Brian Miles (GSC) caught a pair of touchdown passes…Kevin O’Brien (WVSU) completed 20 of 38 passes for 256 yards…Derrick Evans (WL) had an interception and three pass breakups…Nick Harding (WL) made a dozen tackles…Ted Schaible (UC) had three tackles for loss…Jermain King (WVSU) had 72 yards on four receptions…Jacquez Taylor (SU) made 13 stops…Ron Southerland (UC) rushed five times for 76 yards…Demichael Nesbitt (WVSU) was in on 18 tackles…Alex Amick (GSC) booted field goals of 35 and 26 yards…Reggie Taylor (WVWC) gained 98 yards on 23 carries…Emmanuel Burrel (WVWC) caught four passes for 97 yards…William Schiefelbein (WVWC) made two receptions for 90 yards…Derek Moore (WVWC) averaged 44.0 yards per punt on five kicks…Zach Boyd (CU) punted eight times for a 41.2 yard average…Duke Adu (CU) led his team with 13 tackles…Darnell Jones (SHU) had four tackles and added the game-winning one-yard rushing touchdown…Dan Dario (FSU) was in on 14 stops.