After a controversial Homecoming loss to Hillsdale last Saturday, the Oilers will travel to Charleston, W. Va. to take on the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in a non-league matchup on Oct. 13. The game is set to begin at noon.
The Oilers and Golden Eagles, out of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) have met just twice as they participated in a home-and-home series in 2006 and 2007. Findlay won both of those matchups including a 20-0 shutout in 2007.
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Head Coach Rob Keys
Head coach Rob Keys is in his eighth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2018. He has recorded a 51-33 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 38-28 mark in conference games. He has coached Findlay to winning records in six of his seven seasons including last season when he lead the Oilers to their first ever NCAA Division II Playoffs.
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Findlay Oilers (3-3, 2-2 G-MAC)
Findlay enters the game looking for the 501st win in program history and is also looking to bounce back after a myriad of questionable calls at the end of their Homecoming game with Hillsdale has reduced the Oilers' conference championship hopes to a flickering flame.
Still one of the top offenses in the region, the Oilers are putting up 41.3 points per game and 480 yards of total offense per game. They are now relying on the arm of senior Adam Bertke at quarterback, playing in place of the injured senior Rhys Gervais, Findlay's all-time leading passer. Bertke has started in the Oilers' two previous games and has thrown for 149 and 200 yards, respectively.
Despite Bertke's capability at quarterback, it's hard to imagine the Oilers going away from their run game. Findlay is rushing for a league-best 253 yards per game this season and has 22 rushing touchdowns, double the amount of the league's next-best rushing team. Richard Wilson, Brian Benson, Chauncey Bridges, Michael Campbell, and Demondre Blanks all have rushed for more than 200 yards this season with Wilson leading the squad at 430 rushing yards. Wilson's eight rushing touchdowns are a league-best while Benson is close behind with five scores on the ground.
Defensively, the Oilers' leading tackler is Justice Jenkins who has tallied 39 stops this year including a pair of 11 tackle games. Between Jenkins, Myles Ross, and Tyler Long, the Oilers three leading tackles have a combined 109 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss.
On the defensive line, Kyle Gibson has been a force, disrupting opponent's backfields to the tune of 22 tackles. His 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks are both tops in the G-MAC as he has accounted for nearly 100 yards lost for opposing teams.
Charleston Golden Eagles (4-2, 4-2 MEC)
The Golden Eagles were selected fourth in the preseason Mountain East Conference poll behind Shepherd, Fairmont State, and Notre Dame. Charleston currently sits in third in the league standings while Notre Dame is in the top spot at 6-0. The game against Findlay will be Charleston's only non-league contest of the year.
Like Findlay, Charleston has had just one NCAA playoff appearance. UC's chance came in 2015 where they finished the regular season with a 10-1 record and entered the playoffs as the no. 4 seed in Super Region 1. Matched up against 8-2 and no. 5 seed, IUP, the Golden Eagles, who hosted the game, were dropped by a score of 47-21 despite holding a 14-6 lead at halftime. The next season ended with a 3-8 record for Charletson.
Opening up 2018 with four straight wins, the Golden Eagles have played many close games this season as four of their six games have been decided by less than a touchdown, including their last two games which UC has lost by a combined seven points.
Defense has been the strength for Charleston this season as they lead the MEC in total defense, allowing 259.7 yards per contest which includes just 87.0 rushing yards per game, second-best in the league.However, where the defense lacks is in the red zone where the Golden Eagles rank fifth in the league allowing scores at 70%.
Offensively, Charleston has picked up 130 first downs which ranks second in the league while their 417 yards of total offense per game rank fifth.
Returning all-MEC players from 2017 include first team selections, defensive lineman John Cominsky and linebacker Jalen Nelson and second team selections, defensive lineman Kahzin Daniels and defensive back Cedric Amadi. Cominsky is the undisputed leader of the ground and has disrupted backfields all season, leading the MEC and ranking third in the country with 13.5 tackles-for-loss and has 2.5 sacks, tied for 11th in the league.
Damion May is one of three quarterbacks for the Golden Eagles with more than 400 yards passing this season. He is joined by Mason Olszewski and Brand Grisel on that list.