As we are now under two days until the biggest game of the season, I thought it would be fun to count down the top five games I saw while I was at Frostburg State. Yes, we had a losing record each year I was there, but I saw some great games and saw some exciting moments. And yes, I went to almost every home game no matter the weather.
#5: September 4th, 2010 vs. Geneva. While this was a loss, this was an exciting game because it showed me that even with a lot of turnovers, you can still squeak out a win. What was the season opener for both sides, Geneva looked like they were in midseason form, but FSU kept up with them throughout the game. The Golden Tornadoes may have beaten the Bobcats on the scoreboard and in the stat sheet, but it was a thriller as FSU was able to get it within one score with less than two minutes to go, but just couldn’t get the onside kick to set up a drive to get the game winning score. Geneva 32, Frostburg 27.
#4: October 31st, 2009 vs. (D2) UNC Pembroke. This game was a mismatch from the start, but I thoroughly enjoyed this game because I got to watch a Division 2 Top 25 school come to my school and put on a great show. The Braves held the Bobcats to under one hundred yards of total offense and played phenomenal all game. It was only a 7-0 Braves lead after the first quarter which was a shock to both Braves and Bobcat fans alike. While it may have been rainy and yucky, it still made for a great day at the stadium, and a great time with friends afterwards. UNC Pembroke 52, Frostburg 7.
#3: September 17th, 2011 vs. Utica. This game had many emotions going into it. This was the first home game since the tragic passing of Derek Sheely. It was a white out which was a nice touch, and did the Bobcats come to play this day. The offense was very balanced and the Pioneers had no chance pretty much as the Bobcats controlled the clock three of the four quarters. Granted it was only a 16-14 lead for FSU at the half, but in the 2nd half, they took full control of the game and never looked back. This one was for you Derek. Frostburg 44, Utica 24.
#2: September 1st, 2012 vs. Geneva. Yes, I have brought the Golden Tornadoes back into this, but this one was a thriller at Mountain Ridge High School. As the construction of Bobcat Stadium continued, FSU played their first game at MRHS and the fireworks really came out during this one. 73 First Downs, Only 6 punts, 1275 yards, and 109 points when you add certain stats up for both sides. The best part was one of the final plays of the game; Anthony Young caught a touchdown pass with ten seconds to go to lift FSU to the win. Little did I know what I would see a few weeks later with Baylor and WVU when it came to a point total. Frostburg 56, Geneva 53.
And #1. October 22nd, 2011 (Homecoming) vs. Alfred. Wow. Just wow. I still think about this game from time to time. It was the greatest game on turf that weekend, it made the front page of d3football.com, and it was Homecoming! Forty points combined were scored in the second quarter alone in the 2nd quarter and the game was sent into overtime after a 42 yard field goal by Jonathan Adams as time expired in the 4th. After a touchdown and a failed point after by the Saxons in the 2nd overtime, Frostburg marched down the field and not only got a touchdown, but converted their point after. Still to this day, I get asked why we (the fans…or me) didn’t storm the field afterwards. We were told we could have, but oh well. Frostburg 54, Alfred 53. Double OT.
Still to this day, they (The football team) thank me for coming every weekend no matter the weather. They were a great group of guys and a better group of friends.