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    [2022] Around the FCS: Week 0 Recap

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    FCS Week 0 Review

     

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    Disclaimer: Being fairly new to the site, I have limited knowledge of the CFBHC world so these articles aren’t going to be the most information packed nor will they always be 100% accurate but they are intended as a quick summary of the weekly happenings inside the FCS for those that would like to follow along.

     

    Football is back and week 0 is already in the books. This week marked the start of the first fully simulated FCS season in CFBHC history with 8 out of the 12 teams in the conference taking to the gridiron to face off against each other. The other 4 teams get the opportunity to squeeze in 1 more week of practice before kicking off their campaigns next week.

     

    Friday, October 12th, 2018

    New Hampshire (0-0) at James Madison (0-0)

     

    The new season got underway with a Friday night matchup featuring last year’s semi-finalists, the James Madison Dukes and the New Hampshire Wildcats who made it to the FCS national championship game and finished as runners up. This game kicked off new JMU head coach suffocations career as a Duke while the Wildcats travelled to Bridgeforth Stadium without a permanent Head Coach in place.

     

    Both teams got off to a slow start in the first half with the defenses controlling the game but JMU’s offense came out firing for the final 30 minutes. Dukes quarterback James Franklin threw for 300 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick, connecting with his number one receiver Desmond Mercer 7 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. The ground game also had a strong outing with powerback Willie Peters gaining 125 yards off 22 carries with 2 of those finding the endzone. For the wildcats, they struggled to get anything going offensively being held to just a field goal through 3 quarters but put up 21 points in the fourth showing great determination despite the outcome of the game already being decided.

     

    New Hampshire Wildcats :unh: 24 – 41 :jmu: James Madison Dukes

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    Saturday, October 13th, 2018

    Afternoon

    Montana (0-0) at Harvard (0-0)

     

    The Montana Grizzlies, lead by brand new head coach @aacolyte_girl travelled to Cambridge, Massachusetts where they faced off against a Harvard Crimson side that are looking to improve on last year’s disappointing 2-10 record. Employing experienced head coach @SageBowwas the first step in turning around this programs fortunes and hosting the Grizzlies at Harvard Stadium to commence the 2022 season was the second.

     

    Much like Friday’s game, these two teams came out with an obvious offseason hangover, reaching halftime with the score tied up at 7-7. The Grizzlies found their rhythm first in the third quarter scoring 2 touchdowns while the Crimson could only reply with 2 field goals. By the fourth, Harvard managed to take advantage of a tiring Montana defense by pounding the rock for 2 touchdowns to clinch the win. True Freshman Running back Cameron Whaley had a great debut for the Crimson running for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns from 27 attempts although he did lose a fumble. Meanwhile Montana’s offensive line had a performance they’d like to forget, scoring a rating of just 1.4 by failing to get any push up front for the rushing attack and conceding 2 sacks.

     

    Montana Grizzlies :montana: 24  -  27 :harvard: Harvard Crimson

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    Evening

    South Dakota State (0-0) at Illinois State (0-0)

     

    The Illinois State Redbirds came into week 0 with a buzz around campus as a team that finished with a total of 9 wins for the 2021 season, a vast improvement on the mere 2 wins they managed in 2019. Under new leadership from Head Coach @VerifiedThing, the Redbirds hope to continue to build on last year’s improvements. South Dakota State come off a season in which they managed 5 wins and are still looking for a Head Coach.

     

    A gritty defensive battle ensued at Hancock Stadium with neither team being able to pull out to a significant lead, which meant this game could’ve gone either way right up until the game clock hit all zeroes. Illinois State Outside linebacker Felipe Wallace made 9 tackles and recovered his own forced fumble will South Dakota State Defensive End Shaun Clemons was constantly in the backfield creating havoc with 5 tackles, 2 TFLs and a sack. Ultimately, the Redbirds moved the ball better than their opponents on offense giving the bulk of the workload to tailback Frankie Boone who ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. The Jackrabbits failed to find the endzone until the fourth quarter and relied on kicker Harrison Hacker to drill 2 long range field goals (53 and 50 yards) to keep the scoreline close.

     

    South Dakota State Jackrabbits :sdstate: 13 - 17 :redbirds: Illinois State Redbirds

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    Night

    North Dakota State (0-0) at Eastern Washington (0-0)

     

    The first ever FCS prime time slot was a big one, featuring 2 heavyweight FCS programs. The 2020 FCS national champions (Eastern Washington Eagles) hosted the 2019 FCS national champions (North Dakota State Bison). While the home team Eagles are still searching for a Head Coach, newly recruited Bison Head Coach @SolutionA took his team into Roos Field to face the Eagles on the Inferno.

     

    From the very beginning, it was clear to see why both of these teams had recently won national championships as a whole host of talent took to the field on both sides of the ball. A back and forth offensive slug fest occurred on the inferno in which North Dakota State Bison Quarterback Zack McAllister had a great day throwing the football, racking up 244 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns while Eastern Washington Eagles Quarterback also had a solid showing, ‘one upping’ his counterpart to throw for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the end there was only one difference between the two sides, the ground game. Bison Back Ivan Baldwin fought hard to pick up 93 yards and find paydirt twice sealing the win for North Dakota State.

     

    North Dakota State Bison :ndsu: 35 - 31 :ewu: Eastern Washington Eagles

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    BYE: Delaware (0-0), Youngstown State (0-0), North Dakota (0-0), Northern Iowa (0-0)

     

     

    Weekly Star Performers

    Offensive MVP 

    Cameron Whaley – Harvard Crimson

    27 carries, 159 yards, 2 touchdowns, long of 30, 1 fumble.

     

    Despite losing a fumble, true freshman Cameron Whaley stepped up in a big way in his first ever collegiate game to carry Harvard to a win over Montana.

     

    Defensive MVP 

    Felipe Wallace – Illinois State Redbirds

    9 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

     

    Wallace was everywhere in this game and a key factor in the redbirds defensive stand. The outside linebacker even managed to recover his own forced fumble.

     

    Conference Standings

     

    Pos.

     

    Team

    Record

    PF

    PA

    1

     

    James Madison Dukes

    1 - 0

    41

    24

    2

     

    North Dakota State Bison

    1 - 0

    35

    31

    3

     

    Harvard Crimson

    1 - 0

    27

    24

    4

     

    Illinois State Redbirds

    1 - 0

    17

    13

    5

     

    Delaware Blue Hens

    0 - 0

    0

    0

    6

     

    North Dakota Fighting Hawks

    0 - 0

    0

    0

    7

     

    Northern Iowa Panthers

    0 - 0

    0

    0

    8

     

    Youngstown State Penguins

    0 - 0

    0

    0

    9

     

    Eastern Washington Eagles

    0 - 1

    31

    35

    10

     

    Montana Grizzlies

    0 - 1

    24

    27

    11

     

    New Hampshire Wildcats

    0 - 1

    24

    41

    12

     

    South Dakota State Jackrabbits

    0 - 1

    13

    17

    Note: Not quite sure whats happened to the table, wouldn't paste on here how I had formatted but its the best I can get it.

     

     

    Season Statistics

     

    Offensive Leaders

    Yardage

    -          Passing

    1. James Franklin (James Madison) – 300 yards

    2. Samuel Conner (Eastern Washington) – 295 yards

    3. Zack McAllister (North Dakota State – 244 yards

     

    -          Rushing

    1. Cameron Whaley (Harvard) – 159 yards

    2. Willie Peters (James Madison) – 125 yards

    3. Frankie Boone (Illinois State) – 122 yards

     

    -          Receiving

    1. Desmond Mercer (James Madison) – 124 yards

    2. John Welch (North Dakota State) – 88 yards

    3. Terrell Davis (James Madison) – 83 yards

     

    Touchdowns

    -          Passing

    T1. Samuel Conner (Eastern Washington) – 3 TDs

    T1. Zack McAllister (North Dakota State – 3 TDs

    2. James Franklin (James Madison) – 2 TDs

     

    -          Rushing

    T1. Cameron Whaley (Harvard) – 2 TDs

    T1. Willie Peters (James Madison) – 2 TDs

    T1. Ivan Baldwin (North Dakota State) – 2 TDs

     

    -          Receiving

    1. Timothy White (Eastern Washington) – 2 TDs

    *T2. Desmond Mercer (James Madison) – 1 TD

    *T2. John Welch (North Dakota State) – 1 TD

    *7 more wide receivers have 1 touchdown each.

     

    Offensive Line Average

    1. South Dakota State – 3.8

    2. North Dakota State – 3.6

    3. Eastern Washington – 3.4

     

    Defensive Leaders

    Tackles

    1. Felipe Wallace (Illinois State) OLB – 9 tackles

    2. Delonta Cooper (South Dakota State) SS – 6 tackles

    *T3. Thomas Logan (New Hampshire) ILB – 5 tackles*

    * 8 more defensive players have 5 tackles each.

     

    Sacks

    1. Marvin Lambert (James Madison) DE – 2 sacks

    *T2. Shaun Clemons (South Dakota State) DE – 1 sack

    *T2. Prince Armstrong (New Hampshire) DE – 1 sack

    * 10 more defensive players have 1 sack each.

     

    Interceptions

    *T1. Sidney Brown (James Madison) FS – 1 INT

    *T1. Robert Hayes (James Madison) OLB – 1 INT

    *T1. Trent Franklin-Cummings (New Hampshire) CB – 1 INT

    *2 more defensive players have 1 interception each.

     

    Team Statistics

    Total Offense

    1. James Madison – 429 yards

    2. Eastern Washington – 340 yards

    3. North Dakota State – 337 yards

     

    Total Defense

    1. Harvard – 241 yards

    2. Montana – 262 yards

    3. Illinois State – 270 yards

     

    Turnover Difference

    1. James Madison - +1

    T2. Harvard, Illinois State, Montana, South Dakota State - 0

    3. New Hampshire - -1

     

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    That guy...

    first puts in an entire disclaimer apologizing in advance for the article to come

    then posts a huge article that's optically enticing, has a lot of stats (we guys love stats!) and is generally well written.

     

    Can't wait to see what your second article is going to look like ;) but I sure hope you'll find time to do this every week!

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    Harvard would like to congratulate Cameron Whaley on winning FCS Offensive Player of the Week. SageBow was quoted in his day after presser:

     

    ”Whaley is a great kid. Relentless. He’s got a long way to go but you can’t over look his attitude. One of the hardest workers on this team. Great debut and he’s going to build on this going forward.”

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    1 hour ago, vollmagnet said:

    That guy...

    first puts in an entire disclaimer apologizing in advance for the article to come

    then posts a huge article that's optically enticing, has a lot of stats (we guys love stats!) and is generally well written.

     

    Can't wait to see what your second article is going to look like ;) but I sure hope you'll find time to do this every week!

    Haha, thank you. I started off with every intention of making it a fairly quick/small article and it just kept growing. I too, hope I'll find time for these as I'd like them to be a weekly occurrence.

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