September 2, 2008

Bloomsburg Football Rises to 18th in AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll


BLOOMSBURG- The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 18th in the latest 2008 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' Poll. Bloomsburg climbs seven spots from last week's poll, where the Huskies were tied for 25th with Virginia Union.

The Huskies won their opener, a 49-42, come-from-behind win over 15th ranked Ashland University on Saturday afternoon. Running back Kenny Domzalski (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) ran for 172 on just 16 carries and the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard run with just 54 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, breaking a 42-42 tie to give Bloomsburg the victory. For his efforts, Domzalski was selected Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week.

Valdosta State defeated then-No. 20 Newberry 14-9 on Saturday, moving its record to 2-0, while holding down the top spot in the poll with 22 first place votes.

Grand Valley State still sits second in the poll and will start its season against Indianapolis on Saturday. No. 3 North Alabama routed Southern Arkansas 57-14, while No. 4 Carson-Newman beat Concord 77-14. Those two schools will meet each other on Thursday night in Jefferson City, Tennessee, for a top five showdown. The Huskies next opponent, California (Pa.), handed No. 16 West Chester a 44-32 loss, and rounds out the top five.

The Huskies will host California, (Pa.) in the home opener this Saturday at the newly-renovated Redman Stadium. Kick-off is set for Noon.

American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll

1. Valdosta St. (Ga.)
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
3. North Alabama
4. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
5. California (Pa.)
6. Abilene Christian (Texas)
7. Nebraska-Omaha
8. Chadron St. (Neb.)
9. West Texas A&M
10. Delta St. (Miss.)
11. Central Washington
12. Northwest Missouri St.
13. Shepherd (W.Va.)
14. Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
15. Tuskegee (Ala.)
16. Indiana (Pa.)
17. Minnesota-Duluth
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.)
19. Tarleton St. (Texas)
20. Southern Connecticut St.
21. Newberry (S.C.)
22. Washburn (Kan.)
23. West Chester (Pa.)
24. Ashland (Ohio)
25. Albany St. (Ga.)