#22 Findlay Battles Reigning Great Midwest Champion

#22 Findlay Battles Reigning Great Midwest Champion

­­­Game Notes

The Game

In their final regular season home game of the year, the #22 Oilers will play host to the 2016 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Champion, Alderson Broaddus Battlers. The game will begin at 1:00pm with Senior Day festivities prior to kick off.

The Series

This will be the first matchup between the Oilers and Battlers. It will be the first time that Alderson Broaddus has ever taken on a nationally ranked opponent.

Radio

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Video Stream

Video streaming for the contest will be provided by UFTV and the Great Midwest Network.

Great Midwest Network

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Head Coach Rob Keys

Head coach Rob Keys is in his seventh season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2017.  He has recorded a 46-28 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 37-26 mark in conference games. With the Week 7 win over Hillsdale, Keys secured his sixth winning season in seven years as head coach at Findlay.

For Findlay's 2017 coaching staff, please click on the following link:

2017 Coaching Staff

The #22 Oilers (8-1, 5-0 GMAC)

The Oilers are on a dominant run and are one win away from having the most wins since 2002 at nine. The current seven-game win streak is the longest for Findlay since they began officially playing in NCAA Division II competition and the longest streak since 1997 (NAIA).

Findlay has outscored its opponents 374-50 over the course of their seven-game winning streak, winning those games by an average of 46.3 points. The 374 points scored are the most points scored over any seven-game stretch in school history. Findlay has scored more points in the past seven games than all but three teams at UF have scored in an entire season since the year 2000. This season, Findlay has scored 429 points, fifth-most all-time at Findlay. The Oilers need 139 points to become the highest scoring team in school history.

Along with the massive offensive numbers, Findlay's defense has held its opposition to just 50 points in seven games, the least amount of points allowed over a seven-game stretch since 1995 (allowed 39 points in a seven-week stretch) and the least amount of points allowed over a seven-game stretch in the NCAA Division II era of Oilers' football.

Findlay's offense, which leads the Great Midwest in scoring, is getting first downs at an incredible rate. With 248 first downs, the Oilers rank second in the country at reaching the sticks. Part of that success comes because the Orange and Black are superb on third down. On third down, the Oilers are getting first downs at 53.7%, the third-best percentage in the country.

Defensively, Findlay leads the conference in both fumbles recovered (11), interceptions (12), and defensive touchdowns (4). Their fumble recoveries and touchdowns both rank in the top-ten in the country.

2017 Season Statistics
2017 Roster

The Battlers (2-7, 1-4 GMAC)

The Battlers, led by first year head coach Salvatore Dewalt, were picked fourth in the G-MAC preseason poll. They are currently seventh out of eight in the league with a 1-4 mark in conference play and 2-7 record overall after a 2016 season where the team finished 9-2 and won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship. In the four year history of Alderson Broaddus football being an official varsity sport, the Battlers have finished three seasons with a winning record.

AB began the season with a pair of losses before earning their first victory, at home against Lincoln (Pa.). Their only other win of the season came on Oct. 7 against G-MAC foe, Malone. In 2017, the Battlers, who need to win their final two games to avoid have the fewest wins in a season in the programs history, have yet to win a road contest.

The Battlers' offense is led by Jamil Collison-Cofie who has rushed the ball 89 times for 503 yards, sixth in the conference in that category. He has a nose for the endzone and is tied for fourth in the league with seven rushing scores.

Taking the bulk of the snaps for AB is their sophomore quarterback Connor McWilliams. He currently ranks fourth in the league with 103 completions, although his seven interceptions thrown are second-most in the league.

Leading a defense that ranks third in the Great Midwest in tackles for loss is a 225-pound defensive lineman, Quade Raley. Raley is tied with Findlay's Johnny Hopkins for the league lead with 12 tackles-for-loss this season and leads his team with 63 total tackles. He is also one of only five players on the team to record an interception this season.

2017 Season Stats
2017 Roster

G-MAC Preseason Poll

The Oilers were picked to finish third in the eight-team Great Midwest Athletic Conference this season. Findlay received two first place votes and is selected to finish behind Ohio Dominican and Hillsdale College. Alderson Broaddus, last year's G-MAC champion, received one first place vote.

Dominating Opponents

The Oilers have outscored their opponents 374-50 over the course of their seven-game winning streak, winning those games by an average of 46.3 points. The 374 points scored are the most points scored over any seven-game stretch in school history. Findlay has scored more points in the past seven games than all but three teams at UF have scored in an entire season since the year 2000.

Along with the massive offensive numbers, Findlay's defense has held its opposition to just 50 points in seven games, the least amount of points allowed over a seven-game stretch since 1995 (allowed 39 points in a seven-week stretch) and the least amount of points allowed over a seven-game stretch in the NCAA Division II era of Oilers' football.

The Total Package

The Oilers are ranked in the top six in the nation in both scoring offense (47.7 ppg / 3rd in nation, 2nd in region) and scoring defense (12.3 ppg / 6th in nation, 3rd in region). Only two other teams in the country are in the top-10 in both (Minnesota St. & Assumption).

Links

NCAA Division II Stats
NCAA
NCAA Division II Football
American Football Coaches Association
D2Football.com
Great Midwest