FROSTBURG, MD. - Christopher Newport fell out of first place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Saturday, dropping a 17-6 decision at Frostburg State. The Captains, now 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the NJAC, didn't score until the midway point of the fourth quarter and failed to move the ball consistently on offense on a rainy, windy, and chilly day at Bobcat Stadium.. "We just couldn't get our offense going today," Head Coach Matt Kelchner said. "I credit Frostburg State, their defense has been very good all season and they were very tough today."
The Captains fell behind by the biggest margin of the season, 17-0, before finally getting on the scoreboard on an 11-yard run by junior quarterback K.J. Kearney in the fourth quarter to account for the 17-6 final. Frostburg State, playing in front of a Homecoming crowd of 2,100, scored on its first possession of the day thanks to an 11-play, 53-yard drive that culminated with a three-yard scoring run from sophomore quarterback Connor Cox. Senior kicker Isaac Robinson connected on a 47-yard field goal in the final minute of the first quarter to give the Bobcats a 10-0 edge, which stood until the third quarter.
After the half, the Bobcats scored on a big play to go up by a 17-0 margin. Cox hit junior receiver Russell Neverdon on a 37-yard scoring pass to add to the lead. "Our defense has been steady all season, and overall did a good job today," Kelchner continued. "We had a few lapses but I'm happy with how hard we worked. Frostburg just made more plays on offense than we were able to."
CNU out-gained FSU for the day, 269 yards to 217, but converted just two of 13 times on third down. The Bobcats also recorded six sacks. Junior linebacker Brennan Gary posted 14 tackles to lead CNU's defense. Gary has now posted 30 tackles in the last two games.
Senior wide receiver Taylor Loudan caught five passes for 31 yards, and now needs just six receptions to set a new school mark for career catches. The Bobcats, now 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the NJAC, remain in a three-way tie for first place in the conference. Wesley, Salisbury and Frostburg State are all 5-1, a game ahead of CNU and Rowan at 4-2. Frostburg State has now won all three career meetings with the Captains. The Captains host Salisbury next Saturday at POMOCO Stadium. Kickoff time is set for 4:00 p.m. for the Homecoming Weekend battle.