Stetson Football Notebook – August 31, 2014
· The Stetson football program posted it’s first road victory since Sept. 27, 1952 at what was then known as Northeast Louisiana State (now Louisiana-Monroe), in Monroe, La. The Hatters won that day 40-20.
· The 35 points scored in the game at Warner surpassed the most the Hatters scored in any game last year. The season-high for points in 2013 was 34 in a 49-34 loss to Birmingham-Southern.
· The last time Stetson scored more than 35 points in a game was Nov. 7, 1953, in a 41-0 home victory over Morehead State.
· The Hatters got a hand on at least three kicks (two punts and a PAT) and severely affected another on Saturday. The three blocks equaled Stetson’s total of blocked kicks from the 2013 season.
· Freshman Austin Bess blocked a punt on the fourth play of the game, allowing Donald Payne to scoop up the loose ball and go 25 yards for a touchdown. It was Payne’s third career defensive touchdown.
· Overall, the Hatters have scored six touchdowns on defense or special teams through 12 games since the program was re-started. The touchdowns have come on two blocked punts (two), a fake field goal, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
· Warner’s second punt, which was under heavy rush, went just seven yards and set the stage three plays later for Ryan Tentler’s 22-yard touchdown run. It was Tentler’s fourth career rushing TD.
· The Hatters blocked their second punt late in the first half to set up another scoring drive. Ryan Powers got credit for the block, the second of his career.
· In addition to his blocked punt return for a score, Donald Payne also recorded his first interception of the season in the second quarter. It was Payne’s third career interception.
· In addition to the blocked punts and interception, the Hatters also forced a turnover late in the first half when freshman Chance Jackson stripped Warner QB Darrin Davis of the ball and recovered with just eight seconds left.
· The two longest offensive plays of the game for Stetson did not result in points. Chris Crawford hauled in a 40-yard pass from Ryan Tentler on the final play of the first half that left the Hatters at the Warner 11. In the third quarter, it was Tentler who kept on an option play and raced 66 yards to the Warner 21. The drive stalled there and resulted in a missed 45-yard field goal.
· The Hatters used three different kickers in the game. Freshman Jordan Acham kicked off to open the night, Grant Amick was 2-of-3 on field goal attempts, including a school-record 48 yarder, and was good on two PAT kicks, and James LaGamma kicked off twice, was good on one PAT ad punted three times.
· The Hatters had eight different players with rushing attempts in the game. QB Ryan Tentler was the leading rusher on the night with 75 yards on seven carries.
· Eight different Hatters recorded at least one reception in the game, led by Chris Crawford with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
· Penalties were a problem in the opening game for both teams. Stetson, which was the least penalized team in FCS last year, was flagged nine times for 86 yards while Warner was penalized 15 times for 154 yards in the game. The nine penalties against the Hatters equaled the season high from 2013, which also came against Warner, and the 86 yards surpassed the season-high of 80, which also came against the Royals.
· Stetson had just two first-time starters in the 2014 season-opener. Receiver Ryan Selimos, who missed the entire 2013 season with an injury, made his collegiate debut in a start. Defensive tackle Shayne White, who played as a backup in 2013, also made his first start.
· Several Stetson players made their collegiate debuts in the game against Warner. The 20 players to see collegiate playing time for the first time were: K Jordan Acham, DB Eric Martin, WR Darian Wright, DB Devin Davis, RB Kimo Vereen, DB Chance Jackson, LB Joseph Morris, DB Zach Allen, RB Craig Carrington, LB Austin Bess, DB Delvin Riley, LB Mason Johnson, LS Gary Gotling, DL Jeff Fallabel, OL Charles Wallace, OL Jared Gleason, TE Austin Tyrrell, LB Eddie Curry, DE Chris Micoff and DT Anthony Ryals.