Weekly Release for Jacksonville State
Oct. 23, 2000
LOSING STREAK OVER
It took three weeks to do it, but the Lumberjacks found the win column again this past week, as they went on the road and beat Nicholls State, 27-20. The win over the Colonels snapped a three game losing streak by the `Jacks and hopefully started a run through the final five weeks of the season.
The task gets no easier this week as the `Jacks turn around and play a tough Jacksonville State team, on Thursday night. The game will be regionally televised on FOX Sports Net. Both teams enter the game following lengthy road trips the previous week. The `Jacks are 2-2 on the road this season with wins over Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State, with losses to Northern Iowa and McNeese State.
QB Wes Pate had perhaps his best night passing the ball as a Lumberjack this past week as he completed 16 of 19 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. He also had eight carries in the game and scored one rushing touchdown. WR Lawrence Hamilton was on the receiving end of six of those Pate completions for 150 yards and one touchdown. Hamilton had one 51-yard completion in which he was tackled at the 1-yard line. Hamilton leads the team in receiving yardage with 463 yards receiving on 24 catches. WR Freddy Lyons leads the team with 25 grabs on the year. Lyons had three catches for 25 yards against the Colonels last week.
RB Derrick Blaylock showed how explosive he can be last Saturday as he came off the bench in the third quarter and had seven carries for 108 yards and one touchdown. Blaylock's first carry was good for 25-yards, and his next carry went 68-yards for a TD. The touchdown cut into a 17-7 Nicholls State lead late in the third quarter. RB Taylor Bunch played the first half and chalked up 64-yards on 13 carries.
The `Jacks and Gamecocks have met four times in the past with SFA holding a 3-1 edge in the series. The lone JSU came on a Thursday night in Jacksonville on FOX Sports.
1996* SFA 42, Jacksonville State 10
1997* SFA 41, Jacksonville State 15
1998 Jacksonville State 22, SFA 16
1999* SFA 33, Jacksonville State 16
ON THE AIR
RADIO: Lumberjack football will be heard on KYKS-105 (105.1 FM) across East Texas. Play-by-play duties will be handled by the "Voice of the Lumberjacks," Robert Hill. Hill, the associate athletic director for business at SFA, is in his 26th season behind the mike. Assistant athletic director Matt Fenley returns for his tenth season with color commentary. Danny Merrell of KYKS radio is in his fourth year as the sideline reporter for all SFA home games. In addition to game broadcasts, KYKS-105 will carry Lumberjack Live each Wednesday night from 8-9 p.m. Lumberjack football can also be heard on the web through SFA's home page --- www.sfajacks.com
LEFTOVERS FROM THE NICHOLLS STATE GAME....
/RB Derrick Blaylock came off the bench in the second half and needed only seven carries to go over the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season. Blaylock ended the night with seven carries for 108 yards and one touchdown.
/WR Lawrence Hamilton turned in another stellar performance with a career high 150 yards receiving on 6 catches. He also had one touchdown reception. He has three 100+ yard receiving days this season.
/The Lumberjack offensive unit compiled over 450 yards of total offense for the second straight week. The `Jacks had 457 yards of total offense against Nicholls State.
/CB Kevon Morton became the fifth different Lumberjack defensive player to pick off an opponents' pass this season with his third quarter interception against the Colonels. The `Jacks have picked off seven passes this season.
/DE Michael Adams added another sack to his league leading sack total. The Beckville sophomore now has eight sacks for the season.
/The Nicholls State game was the quickest of the season. Total time for the contest was 2:55. It's the first time this season a Lumberjack game has finished in less than three hours.
/S Brandon North returned to the starting line-up after missing two straight games with a hamstring injury.
GRINDING THE AXE...
/Since 1993, SFA holds a 15-7-1 record in November. The 'Jacks are 14-6-1 in the regular season.
/The 'Jacks are 15-5 (.750) in their last 20 games at Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA had won eight straight at home prior to the loss to Sam Houston.
/SFA is 36-9-1 (.793) in games at Homer Bryce Stadium since 1993.
/The 'Jacks are 37-14 against non-ranked teams since 1992.
/Since 1995, the Lumberjacks are 8-6 against teams ranked in the Division I-AA top 25.
/The double overtime win over Louisiana Tech was the first ever win over a Division I-A team by the Lumberjacks.
/During the decade of the 1990's SFA was 57-53-3, a winning percentage of .518. That marks lead all NCAA Division I-AA schools in the state. Among Division I universities in the state, only Texas A&M (.738), Texas (.631), and Texas Tech (.539) won more games in the 1990's. Over the course of the last half of the decade, from 1995-1999, only two Division I teams in the state of Texas won a higher percentage of their games. The Lumberjacks posted a record of 37-20 over the last five years (.649). The Texas A&M Aggies went 43-19 over that same time period (.693), and Texas posted a winning percentage of .653, going 40-21-1 from 1995 to 1999. Texas Tech also went 35-23 in that span for a (.603) winning percentage.
/Since joining Division I-AA in 1986, SFA is 17-1 against non-Division I teams. The lone loss was a 28-24 defeat by Angelo State in 1990. The 'Jacks have won eleven consecutive non-Division I games.
LAST TIME WITH JACKSONVILLE STATE
On a rainy, overcast afternoon, the Lumberjacks used a record-setting performance from RB Isiah Stoker to roll over the Gamecocks before 4,133 fans at Homer Bryce Stadium. The `Jacks, behind a school record 289 yards rushing from Isiah Stoker, built a 30-0 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter before Jacksonville State ever got on the board. SFA compiled 515 yards of total offense, 322 on the ground as they dominated the game. Jacsksonville State was held to 290 yards of offense, and managed only 66 yards on the ground in the game.
QB Reggie Stancil was 18 of 53 for 224 yards and two interceptions on the afternoon. Cedric Allen had five receptions for 75 yards while Joey Hamilton had four catches for 40 yards. SFA QB Wes Pate completed 13 of 21 passes for 183 yards and 1 TD. FB Jay Stegall had the one yard touchdown reception on the afternoon for SFA.
QB Wes Pate could become the first Lumberjack quarterback to earn first team All-Southland Football League honors since Todd Hammel in 1989 with a productive 2000 season. Pate earned Second Team All-SFL honors following the '99 season, and was a preseason First Team All-SFL selection this year. As a sophomore, Pate threw for 1,840 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 17 TD passes in a single season were the sixth best ever in SFA history, and the most since James Ritchey threw 19 TD passes in 13 games in 1995. Pate missed the A&M-Commerce and Louisiana Tech games but returned to the line-up against Northern Iowa throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He added another two TDs against Sam Houston. With his eight TD passes this season, Pate is now in fifth place on the career TD pass list with 25, one behind Robert Pearce in fourth place.
RB Derrick Blaylock entered the 2000 season as the starter at tailback after splitting time with Isiah Stoker and KaRon Coleman the past two seasons. Blaylock has already been recognized for his abilities this season, haveing been invited to appear in the 54th annual Hula Bowl in Honolulu in January. Blaylock opened the 2000 season with the second 100-yard rushing game of his career, registering 23 carries for 107 yards in the opener with Central Oklahoma. In week two, he followed that up with the third best single game rushing total in SFA history with 218 yards against TAMU-Commerce on 25 carries with 3 touchdowns. Following three straight games in which he did not gain 100-yards, Blaylock returned to form with 204 yards against Sam Houston. The Atlanta senior came off the bench last week to gain 108 yards on only 7 carries against Nicholls State. Blaylock leads the team with 890 yards rushing, and can become the first 1,000-yard back since Pat House in 1996 with another 110 yards over the next five games.
OT Josh Arceneaux also enters the 2000 season as a preseason All-SFL selection along with OG Shannon Yates. Both are returning starters along the offensive front, where they helped SFA to a league leading 231.5 yards rushing per game. Arceneaux started games at both tackle and guard last season, while Yates started at guard last season, both provide experience and will anchor the line again this season. Yates and Arceneaux are once again paving the way for the `Jacks ground game which is averaging 191.7 yards per game.
Bandit Mike McElroy returns for his senior season after a junior year in which he moved from linebacker to the Bandit position. McElroy was an Honorable Mention All-SFL selection following the 1999 season and led the defensive linemen with 47 tackles. The Houston senior was also third on the team with nine tackles for losses last season. McElroy is currently fourth on the team with 37 total tackles, including 8 tackles for a loss.
DE Michael Adams is having a break-out season in his sophomore year. Adams has already recorded 8.0 sacks and blocked three kicks on the season. He is third on the team in total tackles with 40.
S David Crocker is also having an outstanding season. The Killeen Ellison product is currently second on the team in total tackles with 46. Crocker also has three interceptions, two were returned for touchdowns. He has also recorded a fumble recovery and two pass break-ups.