The University of Pikeville Football team will try to keep their offense hot as they host Ave Maria tonight at 7pm.
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WATCH: Pike TV Livestream
LISTEN: 1075FM EKB with Rich Bentley on play-by-play
LIVE STATS: NAIA DakStats
GAME NOTES: UPIKE vs. Ave Maria
FOUR WINS TO A RECORD: Allan Holland Jr., is the longest tenured head coach in program history with this being his fourth season. Four wins is all that stands between him becoming the winningest coach in program history as well. Jerry Mynatt went 19-12 from 2003-05.
ROMON GOES NATIONAL: After arguably the top individual defensive performance in program history, senior cornerback Romon Morris was named the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the Mid-South Conference Appalachian Division Defensive Player of the Week. The Louisville native matched a program record with three interceptions against Ky. Christian, running two of them back for touchdowns. His 100-yard touchdown return in the second half broke the previous program record of 81 yards.
RECORDS FALL: Plenty of program records fell last Saturday against Kentucky Christian, starting with the previously mentioned 100-yard interception return for six by Romon Morris. The 70 points scored are also the most in school history, topping the 63 scored in 2011 against Southern Virginia. Along with that stat, the 10 touchdowns scored are a record, as are the 10 extra points made by William Chandler. Dating back to last season, UPIKE is on a four-game winning streak, with a win tonight, the Bears would match the program record of five straight.
SCOUTING THE GYRENES: This is the first meeting between UPIKE and Ave Maria as the Gyrenes only started playing football in 2011. In those six years, Ave Maria has posted just one winning season at 8-2 in 2013. Most recently, under first-year head coach Joe Patterson last season, the Gyrenes went winless at 0-10, although four losses were by 10 points or less. 2017 opened with Patterson’s first win, topping Cincinnati Christian 36-21 on the road. The Gyrenes like to throw the ball and Randy Schroeder has done it well, throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. Brian Byrd hauled in both TD catches to finish with 66 yards against Cincinnati Christian. The Gyrenes fell to Union 55-28 in week two, but after Hurricane Irma hit the region, they have not played a game since Sept. 2.
SANI CONTROLS GAME: Sani Warren had his most complete performance of the season last weekend, throwing his first two touchdown passes while going 19-of-28 through the air for a season-high 228 yards. He also ran the ball five times for for 15 yards. Warren had not thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game since early September of last season after injuries limited him to just three appearances in 2016. Despite multiple injuries throughout his career, Warren is still second on the program’s career passing yards list with 3,978 and third in touchdowns with 25.
BACKS HAVE THEIR DAY: With the defense scoring three touchdowns and Warren slinging the ball all over the field, it was easy to overlook a solid day for UPIKE’s running back duo of Xondre Willis and Willie McCloud last week. Both backs ran the ball 12 times with McCloud gaining 93 yards and adding a touchdown, while Willis rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Tellis Kennedy II added a late touchdown as he ran for 23 yards on five touches.