Findlay looks to win consecutive games for the first time this season as they take on Alderson Broaddus on the road on Saturday, Oct. 20 in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) contest slated to begin at noon.
The Oilers and Battlers will meet for just the second time on Saturday. Their first matchup was in 2017 in Findlay when, ranked no. 22 in the country, the Oilers throttled Alderson Broaddus by a score of 70-28.
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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 52-33 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 (4-3, 2-2 G-MAC)
After righting the ship with an 11-point victory on the road last week, the Oilers are looking to move above the .500 mark in conference play with a win this weekend.
At quarterback, the reins have been handed over to Adam Bertke who has started each of the previous three games. In those games, Bertke has thrown for a combined 526 yards and five touchdowns while throwing just a pair of interceptions.
Making Bertke's life a little easier this weekend will be the long-awaited return of Findlay's all-time touchdown reception and receiving yards leader, senior Jason Moore. Moore enters the contest with 2,722 receiving yards, 36 touchdowns, and 174 receptions, just four receptions shy of passing Lloyd Henry's (2011-14) school record of 177. Despite not playing in any of the seven games this season, Moore is still 10th among active Division II receivers in yards and is fourth with 36 receiving touchdowns.
Coming off of his first career G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week Award is sophomore Kyle Gibson. Gibson has been a wrecking ball on the defensive line for Findlay and currently leads the league with 12 tackles-for-loss and is tied for the league lead with 6.5 sacks.
Alderson Broaddus Battlers (2-5, 1-3 MEC)
Located in Philippi, West Virginia, the Alderson Broaddus Battlers football team is in its sixth year of existence and have struggled to find consistency thus far. In just its' second year, AB won seven games and in its' first year in the Great Midwest, won a conference championship (only three teams played football that year) and won nine games (although wins against Virginia University of Lynchburg and the University of Faith do not count as NCAA wins). Since the new-look G-MAC has been in place the Battlers have struggled, going just 5-13 since winning the conference title in 2016 and this season, do not have a win against a team with a .500 or better record, going 0-5 in such games thus far.
Alderson Broaddus is currently tied for sixth in the G-MAC standings with Kentucky Wesleyan, both at 1-3 in-conference this season. The Battlers' offense has been solid this season as they are scoring 30 points per game which is good for fifth in the league. However, allowing 38.1 points per contest has hurt the Battlers. It could be argued that AB's best performance this season came back on Sep. 29 against Ohio Dominican, now ranked no. 25 in the country, when the Battlers led the Panthers 27-24 at the half. However, after the break, the Battlers failed to score while ODU put up 42 points to earn a 66-27 victory.
Running back Jalen Jackson is fifth in the league with 72.0 yards per game and is coming off a 100-yard performance against Lake Erie two weeks ago and a 90-yard performance against Hillsdale last week.
Quarterback Joe Czelusniak is fourth in the league with 207.5 passing yards per game and is also fourth with 11 touchdown passes, but he is also tied for the league lead at seven interceptions this season.