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    [2022] Around the FCS: Week 1 Recap

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    FCS Week 1 Review




    Week 1 has been and gone and the 4 teams that spent last week at home watching the games on TV finally got their chance to take the field. Week 0 had some good matchups and gave us our first look at what these teams are capable of and week 1 offered much of the same as we continue to learn more about the teams in this conference. 5 of the 12 teams were on a bye week with 6 others playing their games against one another and the final team played the FCS’s first official out of conference game against an FBS opponent.


    Saturday, October 20th, 2018


    Youngstown State (0-0) at Temple (0-0)


    It was kick off week for both these teams who spent the first week of college football on a bye. Youngstown State had an extra week of preparation to face off against their only out of conference opponent for the season. They travelled without a Head Coach to Philadelphia, PA to take on the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.


    The 2021 FCS national champions did not have a day to remember against a talented Temple Owls team that treated this game like a preseason warm up. Neither side of the football managed to generate much, with the offense turning the ball over 3 times and only converting 1 out of 9 third downs, while the defense gave up 55 points and forced 0 turnovers. This game was never going to be easy for the defending national champions but they would’ve hoped for a better outing against a strong opponent to help kickstart their season with the hopes of returning to this year’s FCS final to defend their title. The biggest positive was perhaps that they penguins got out of Philadelphia without any injuries and can turn their attentions to facing more evenly matched opponents for the rest of the year.


    Youngstown State Penguins :ysu: 7 – 55 :temple: Temple Owls

    Full Game Stats:




    Delaware (0-0) at Northern Iowa (0-0)


    These two teams commenced their seasons this week with the Delaware Blue Hens being led by offseason acquisition Head Coach @Osukid2811 into Black Hawk County to face the Northern Iowa Panthers in the UNI-Dome. Northern Iowa come into the season off a mediocre 6 win 2021 and were still searching for a head coach at the time.


    This game featured two potent rushing attacks that picked up most of its yardage on the ground. Senior Panther Speed back Raekwon Thomas ran well outside the tackles carrying the rock 29 times for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns but tied at 20-20 with just moments left in the third quarter a costly fumble caused by Delaware Defensive end Frank Dunlap swung momentum in the Blue Hens favour. Running back Kaden Gilmore averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns with last one coming off a 35 yard run to take the sting out of the game and seal the W for Delaware.


    Delaware Blue Hens :delaware: 34 - 23 :uni: Northern Iowa Panthers

    Full Game Stats:



    Montana (0-1) at New Hampshire (0-1)


    This matchup featured two teams coming into this game off the back of a week 0 loss. New Hampshire recently employed Head Coach @coachlaw06 who had little time to prepare but was said to have gotten straight to work, holding lengthy practices every day right up until gameday to try and make up for lost time. Montana’s game was only a 3 point defeat to a much improved Harvard team so Grizzlies coach @aacolyte_girl had plenty to build on from last week and had to be feeling optimistic.


    Through 3 quarters this game could have gone either way with the score heading into the final 15 tied at 17-17. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, New Hampshire Quarterback Jack Mayberry came alive and broke off a 39 yard rushing touchdown from an option keeper and put the final nail in the coffin with a passing touchdown to Curt Hall. Mayberry finished the day with 264 all purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. For Montana, this was their second defeat in as many games but the Grizzlies have to remain positive. While they are not quite getting the job done on offense, the defense is playing well and they have been competitive in both their previous games. If this offense can start picking up consistent yardage then the wins should start coming in.


    Montana Grizzlies :montana: 17 - 31 :unh: New Hampshire Wildcats

    Full Game Stats:



    James Madison (1-0) at North Dakota (0-0)


    JMU took their first road trip of the season, heading to North Dakota to face Head Coach @dandidoo and the Fighting Hawks. Coming off a convincing win against New Hampshire last week, the Dukes made an interesting choice to bench starting Quarterback James Franklin for incoming transfer Cooper Fleming. Meanwhile, North Dakota’s loaded roster had been itching to get on the field after a week 0 bye and finally got to start their 2022 campaign in which they enter with a lot of hype surrounding them.


    From very early on in the game North Dakota established their dominance on offense with Minnesota Golden Gopher transfer Robbie Koehler leading the charge. Koehler who earnt FCS Week 1: Player of the Week honours; threw for 452 yards, completing 40/56 passes for a 71.4% completion percentage. 6 of those passes found the endzone, picking apart JMU’s secondary. Not much was seen from the ground game with the Fighting Hawks attempting a mere 3 rushes gaining 7 yards. The Dukes offense quietly had a good day through the air and on the ground putting up 31 points of their own but ultimately the defense could not keep them in the game.


    James Madison Dukes :jmu: 31 – 45 :und: North Dakota Fighting Hawks

    Full Game Stats:


    BYE: Eastern Washington (0-1), Harvard (1-0), Illinois State (1-0), North Dakota State (1-0), South Dakota State (0-1).



    Weekly Star Performers


    *This section has been taken over by @Osukid2811 and will be its own weekly article from now on.*

    Please see: 


    Conference Standings





    Season Statistics

    Offensive Leaders


    -          Passing

    1. Robbie Koehler (North Dakota) – 452 yards

    2. Jack Mayberry (New Hampshire) – 395 yards

    3. Gabriel Gage (Montana) – 330 yards


    -          Rushing

    1. Willie Peters (James Madison) RB – 234 yards

    2. Frankie Boone (Illinois State) RB – 189 yards

    3. Cameron Whaley (Harvard) RB – 159 yards


    -          Receiving

    1. Dominick Hebert (North Dakota) WR – 184 yards

    2. Desmond Mercer (James Madison) WR – 174 yards

    3. Terrell Davis (James Madison) WR – 128 yards



    -          Passing

    1. Robbie Koehler (North Dakota) – 6 TDs

    *T2. Samuel Conner (Eastern Washington) – 3 TDs

    *T2. Zack McAllister (North Dakota State) – 3 TDs

    *1 more quarterback with 3 touchdowns.


    -          Rushing

    1. Willie Peters (James Madison) RB – 3 TDs

    T2. Ivan Baldwin (North Dakota State) RB – 2 TDs

    T2. Jack Mayberry (New Hampshire) QB – 2 TDs

    *4 more players with 2 touchdowns.


    -          Receiving

    *T1. Dominick Hebert (North Dakota) WR – 2 TDs

    *T1. Timothy White (Eastern Washington) WR – 2 TDs

    *T1. Desmond Mercer (James Madison) WR – 2 TDs

    *2 more wide receivers have 1 touchdown each.


    Offensive Line Average

    1. North Dakota – 4.9

    2. South Dakota State – 3.8

    3. North Dakota State – 3.6


    Defensive Leaders


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

    T2. Eddie Mills Jr (Delaware) ILB – 8 tackles

    T2. Steven Tuttle (Montana) ILB – 8 tackles



    1. Marvin Lambert (James Madison) DE – 3 sacks

    2. Frank Dunlap (Delaware) DE – 2 sacks

    3. David Miller (Montana) DE – 1.5 sacks



    *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

    *7 more defensive players have 1 interception each.


    Team Statistics

    Total Offense

    1. James Madison – 818 yards

    2. New Hampshire – 622 yards

    3. Montana – 498 yards


    Total Defense

    1. Harvard – 241 yards

    2. Illinois State – 270 yards

    3. South Dakota State – 306 yards


    Turnover Difference

    T1. Delaware - +1

    T1. North Dakota - +1

    T2. Eastern Washington, Harvard, Illinois State, James Madison, New Hampshire, North Dakota State, South Dakota State - 0

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