FVSU will have to guard against overconfidence against Kentucky State University (KSU) and resist the urge of looking ahead to a potential winner-take-all showdown on November 6th against Albany State for the SIAC title.
Letdowns can come after big losses, but also big wins and FVSU’s thorough beatdown of Tuskegee, 26-0 snapped a six-game losing streak to Tuskegee.
FVSU enters the game against KSU with a 6 and 1 record overall and 5 and 1 in the conference and KSU has a 3 and 5 record while 2 and 3 in the conference.
FVSU quarterback Eugene Smith passed for 196 yards and a touchdown for the victorious Wildcats over Tuskegee. However, head coach Donald Pittman has used a two-quarterback system all year long. Smith leads the team in passing with 667 yards. Nicholas Stevens did not play in the Tuskegee game, but had some significant playing time this season.
Most notably, Stevens had an efficient 10-for-13 passing, 123-yard performance on September 11th in a 41-10 win over Savannah State. Against Clark-Atlanta, Stevens had completed 13-of-19 passes in a 40-16 Wildcats’ road win.
Even though the Thorobreds from Frankfort, Kentucky have been at the bottom half of the SIAC standings, this team shouldn’t be overlooked by the Wildcats.
The Thorobreds were competitive against Clark-Atlanta at their homecoming game, but a mistake-prone Kentucky State team succumbed in a 19-7 loss. After starting the season a promising 2 and 0, a three-game losing streak derailed their season. Kentucky State’s wins are against Lane, Miles and Central State.
Kentucky State is led by signal caller Jerrell Noland who has thrown for 1,324 passing yards. The 6’0, 248 pound junior has thrown for 12 touchdowns and thrown four interceptions. Noland is a capable thrower, but had a 6-for-16 performance for a meager 76 yards in a loss to Clark-Atlanta.
Noland’s best game of the season was in a 41-25 loss at Morehouse in which he completed 25-for-48 passes for 297 yards.
The Thorobreds’ rushing attack is led by junior Shannon Frieson. The 5-11, 228-pound running back, has 513 yards for the season and is the team’s leading rusher.
Defensively, the key player is senior linebacker Derrek Addai leads the team with 72 tackles (43 solo, 29 assisted). In a loss to Clark-Atlanta, Addai record 12 total tackles.
Kentucky State head coach Wayne Dickens knows that FVSU’s offense will stretch his defense in this Saturday’s October 26th contest which will start at 1:00 pm.
Dickens acknowledges that his team is up to the challenge, but will have to play their best game and must showcase their own pass coverage skills to defeat FVSU.