FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State will open the 2013 season under the lights off Duvall-Rosier Field on Thursday night against Seton Hill. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Falcon fans can follow all the action on fightingfalcons.com with live video, audio and stats on the FSU GameCenter. Fans can listen to the live radio broadcast on 93.1 WFGM with the "Voice of the Fighting Falcons," Travis Jones.
Complete Game Notes
• Fairmont State will open the 2013 season with a non-conference game against former WVIAC foe Seton Hill.
• Thursday night will kick off the inaugural game as a member of the Mountain East Conference. Seton Hill will also kick-off its first season as a member of the PSAC.
• Fans can follow the game with audio via the GameCenter powered by the Fairmont State Alumni Association on fightingfalcons.com. Fans can listen to the game live on 93.1 WFGM.
• Last season, FSU defeated Seton Hill in a shoot-out at Duvall-Rosier Field, 54-47.
• The Falcons are 5-1 all-time against the Griffins and 2-1 at Duvall-Rosier Field.
• This Thursday’s matchup will feature two first-year head coaches in Jason Woodman and Isaac Collins.
• Jason Woodman was hired in Demember as the 18th head coach in FSU football history. The FSU graduate comes to Fairmont State after serving as the Offensive Coordinator at Bowie State for the last two seasons. While at BSU, his offense set several school records and was among the best in the CIAA. He coaches a trio of All-CIAA performers at Bowie State.
• Isaac Collins comes to Seton Hill after returning prominence to the Widener University football program over the last three season. While at Widener, he compiled a record of 25-8, including an 11-1 mark in 2012. Last season, his team was ranked in the top five in Division III in the following categories: points (45.8), tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (0.33).
The Last Time: FSU vs. SHU
• Last year’s game in Fairmont ended in a wild 54-47 victory for the Falcons.
• Bobby Vega led the passing offense for the Falcons going 14-26 for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
• Daniel Monroe was Fairmont State’s top rusher and receiver on the afternoon with 136 yards on the ground and 103 yards through the air. Monroe also had three touchdowns in the game.
• Four different players recorded interceptions for the Falcons.
• Seton Hill had 486 total yards of offense, including 432 through the air.
• Griffin QB Andrew Jackson led the team’s passing attack by going 32-61 for 432 yds and three touchdowns. Jackson also threw four interceptions on the afternoon.
• The Falcons jumped out to and early 20-0 lead before allowing the Griffins to score 16 of the next 23 points to get back into the game.
• The Griffins began their rally late in the fourth quarter by scoring 23 points in just under four minutes to tie the game at 47-47.
• The game was ultimately decided with 1:20 left when Vega hit Matt Wilmer with a 19-yard pass to put the Falcons up for good 54-47.
Preseason Scouting Report
• The 2013 season will be the first under new head coach Jason Woodman, Woodman comes to Fairmont State after spending the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Bowie State.
• The Falcons will begin the season with a new starting quarterback for the second consecutive season.
• FSU will return just five offensive starters from a season ago; three of the returning starters are offensive lineman.
• Fairmont State has seven of its defensive starters still on the roster from a season ago, however only one will return in the secondary.
• Five FSU players were named preseason All-America by USA College Football. Garrett Davis, Chris St. Hilaire and Ryan Watts were named to the third team while Chris Barfield and Daniel Monroe received honorable mention.
• Chris Barfield was ranked the 21st best player in Division II football by D2Football.com.
Scouting Seton Hill
• Senior Andrew Jackson will return as the starting quarterback for the Griffins. Jackson started nine games last season and tallied 2,131 yards with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
• Junior Lance Williams returns as the top pass catcher from a season ago for the Griffins. In eight games Williams had 23 receptions for 335 years and tied for the team-high with five touchdowns.
• Junior running back Trae Cook looks to help pick up the running game for Seton Hill and expand on his 110 yards rushing campaign as a sophomore.
• The Griffin defense will be anchored this year by linebacker Tyler Zimmer and defensive back Josh Falatovich.
• Zimmer and Falatovich finished as the leaders in total tackles for the Griffins with 121 and 91 tackles respectively. Zimmer finished with an astounding 23.5 tackles for a loss, which led the WVIAC in its final season.
• Zimmer and Falatovich finished as the second and third leading tackler in the WVIAC last season.