Oilers Host Panthers On Homecoming

Oilers Host Panthers On Homecoming

The University of Findlay football team (3-3, 3-2 will be back at home on Saturday, October 15 to host Ohio Dominican University (3-3, 2-3) for Homecoming.  The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest is scheduled to begin at 3 pm inside Donnell Stadium.

Sights and Sounds

All Oilers football games can be heard on 88.3 FM "WLFC" or on the internet via their web site.

You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the following link:

WLFC

The University of Findlay will also broadcast all of their home football games on America One. The games can be viewed on your computer for a small fee by visiting America One website at the following address:

America One

UF athletics will also offer live stats for all home games. A link to this process can be retrieved by clicking on the live stats window located on the left side of the Oilers athletic website.

Live Stats

The Series

The Oilers currently trail in the all-time series against Ohio Dominican 1-0 as the two programs met for the first time last year.

In the Panthers 20-10 win over Findlay in Columbus, Ohio, Zach Tate finished the game by completing 18-of-35 passes for 182 yards as Dustin Zielaskiewicz and DaJerrian Smith caught six passes apiece.

Smith tallied his six catches for 62 yards while Zielaskiewicz recorded 61 yards with his reception total.

Monterae Williams added 109 yards on 25 carries while Demetrius Trapps registered 42 yards on eight carries.

On defense, Brandon Butler, Kenny Klatt and Richard Sumlin had eight tackles each to lead the way.

Head Coach Rob Keys

Rob Keys is currently in his first year as the head coach of the Oilers football team and has his squad off to a 3-3 start with a 3-2 record in the GLIAC in 2011.

Keys was previously the co-defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for the Oilers from 2000-04.

In 2010, Keys served as the defensive backs coach at the University of New Hampshire. He helped coach the team to an 8-5 record in 2010 and a spot in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs. The Wildcats, who were ranked #10 in the nation, were then upended by the #5 University of Delaware Blue Hens 16-3 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Before his time with the Wildcats, Keys spent four years as the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Slippery Rock University (2006-10).

Prior to his work at Slippery Rock, Keys served one season as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Indiana State University (2005) after his five-year run at Findlay.

Keys also spent three seasons coaching at his alma mater, West Virginia University, coaching running backs, special teams, tight ends, tackles, quarterbacks and wide receivers.

As a player at West Virginia, Keys was a two-year letter winner and a 1995 team co-captain. He won the Mountaineer Club Award twice (1994-95), the highest honor a West Virginia player can receive. He was also given the Scott Shirley Award for the special teams MVP in 1995 and participated in the USF&G Sugar Bowl and Carquest Bowl during his tenure as a player.

Keys graduated from West Virginia in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and then later earned his master's degree in the same field in 1998 from WVU as well.

He also obtained a post-graduate degree from the Marine Military Academy (Harlingen, Texas).

Coach Keys and his wife, Jenifer, are the parents of three daughters, Katie, Casey and Kaylee.

For Findlay's 2011 coaching staff, please click on the following link:

2011 Coaching Staff

The Oilers

The Oilers evened their record at 3-3 on the season with a 43-35 win over Ferris State University on Saturday, October 8 at Donnell Stadium. 

As a team, the Oilers churned out 336 rushing yards and a total of 470 yards in the contest.  They also forced turnovers as senior Donte Johnson and junior Brandon Butler each picked off a pass.

Junior Monterae Williams finished the game with 170 yards on 29 carries.  He scored three touchdowns on the ground and had the one reception for 43 yards and a score.

Freshman D.J. Marrah finished 6-of-10 passing for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  He also ran 14 times for 85 yards and a score.

Sophomore Zach Kinninger added 66 yards on seven carries while sophomore Seth White hauled in three passes for 46 yards.

Defensively, senior Isaiah Ballard recorded a career-high 17 tackles while Butler finished with 11 stops.

For Findlay's 2011 season statistics, please click on the following link:

2011 Season Statistics

For Findlay's 2011 roster, please click on the following link:

2011 Roster

Ohio Dominican Head Coach

Head coach Bill Conley is currently in his second season at the helm of the Panthers program and has his squad off to a 3-3 start.

Conley previously served as an assistant coach for legendary Ohio State University Head Coach Earle Bruce from 1984 to 1987. He then rejoined the coaching staff at OSU for a second stint, garnering national acclaim as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Head Coaches John Cooper and Jim Tressel from 1992 to 2003.

After retiring from Ohio State in the spring of 2004, Conley served as a National Recruiting Analyst for ESPN and as a contributor and analyst for Columbus-area print and broadcast media.

The Panthers

Trailing 21 points early in the second quarter, Ohio Dominican's football team rallied all the way back and scored twice in the final 2:29 to upset No. 22 Hillsdale 43-42 in a shootout between two GLIAC South Division foes last Saturday.

Jeremy Fudge carried the ball 22 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns and completed 18-of-25 passes for 184 yards.

Mike Noffsinger had 63 yards on the ground and a touchdown, and Tyler Purcell caught six passes for a career-high 121 yards and a touchdown.

Eisen Hardy made 11 tackles to lead the defense while Justin Bell had 10 stops as well.

For Ohio Dominican's 2011 season statistics, please click on the following link

2011 Season Statistics

For Ohio Dominican's 2011 roster, please click on the following link:

2011 Roster

Forcing Turnovers

The Oilers are currently fourth in the GLIAC with a +7 advantage in the turnover column.  The total is also  the 13th best mark in the nation. 

Churning Out Rushing Yards

The Oilers currently lead the GLIAC and are ninthth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 243.5. 

Individually, junior running back Monterae Williams ranks second in the GLIAC in rushing yards per game at 135.2 per contest, which is also the seventh best mark nationally.

Getting In The End Zone

Junior running back Monterae Williams has scored 12 touchdowns this season, the second best total in the GLIAC.

Making Stops

Junior linebacker Brandon Butler ranks second in the conference in tackles per game at 9.7.

Senior defensive back Isaiah Ballard is 12th with 8.0 tackles per game.

Defending The Pass

The Oilers currently rank sixth in the GLIAC, surrendering only 196.8 yards per game through the air. 

The team has also picked off eight passes on the year, the second best mark in the GLIAC.

Individually, senior defensive back Isaiah Ballard ranks sixth in the league in passes defensed with six while junior defensive back Bryan Womack and senior defensive back Donte Johnson are tied for eighth with two interceptions.

Knocking The Ball Loose

Senior defensive back Isaiah Ballard currently leads the GLIAC and is second in all of NCAA Division II football in forced fumbles with four on the season.

Junior linebacker Brandon Butler and Ballard have also been a beneficiary of the Oilers knack of knocking the ball loose and rank first in the GLIAC with two recovered fumbles apiece.

Their totals are also the 34th best nationally.

Pinning Them Deep

Sophomore Seth White ranks eighth in the conference in punting yards per attempt, averaging 37.2 yards per kick.

Moving The Chains

The Oilers are averaging 22.5 first downs per game, the third best total in the GLIAC.  They are also ranked seventh in time of possession, controlling the ball for 30:23 per game.

3 Points

Freshman kicker Zack Housholder is currently tied for fourth in the GLIAC and ranks 32nd in the nation with six field goals. 

He is chasing the single season school record of 14, set by Cameron Stevens in 2009.

GLIAC & National Defensive Player Of The Week

Senior defensive back Isaiah Ballard was tabbed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and NCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Oilers 26-20 win at Grand Valley State University on Saturday, September 24.

Ballard had a big hand in the Oilers defense forcing six turnovers as he caused three fumbles and returned one 39-yards for a touchdown.

The Toledo, Ohio native also notched a season-high ten tackles and made one stop behind the line of scrimmage in the victory.

Piling Up Yards

Junior running back Monterae Williams is the Oilers most decorated player.  In 2009, Williams was tabbed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman of the Year and also earned second team all-league honors.  Last year, Williams was named honorable mention all-conference and is looking to add to his accolades this season.

During his freshman year, Williams rushed for 937 yards and six touchdowns and followed with 1,107 yards and four scores during his sophomore campaign.

This season, Williams has rushed for 811 yards in six games.

For his career, Williams has rushed for 2,855 yards and will have the opportunity to crack the top-five mark in school history this season.

Nate Sprunger (1989-92) currently has the fifth best total in career rushing yards at 3,021, which is 166 yards more than Williams' total.

Nelson Boldon (1977-80) is the all-time leader in rushing yards at UF.  He accumulated 4,009 yards during his tenure with the Oilers.

Preseason GLIAC Coaches Poll

The Oilers were selected to finish fifth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division during the 2011 season as the league office unveiled their annual preseason coaches poll on August 18.

The Oilers received 36 votes, to tie Lake Erie College.

The Oilers finished last season with a 1-10 record, which included a 1-9 mark in the GLIAC.

Links

For complete NCAA Division II football statistics, please click on the following link:

D II Stats

For information about the American Football Coaches Association, please click on the following link:

AFCA

For more information about NCAA Division II football, please click on the following link:

D2 Football

For more information on the GLIAC, please click on the following link:

GLIAC