October 7, 2008

Bloomsburg Football Ascends in Rankings


BLOOMSBURG- The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked in three different polls this week. The Huskies are ranked 6th according to the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll and 7th in the D2Football.com Top 25 Media Poll.

In addition, the Huskies are the top ranked team in D2Football.com Super Regional 1, formerly known as the Northeast Region. In the Super Regional 1, which determines the seeding for the NCAA playoffs, Bloomsburg is followed by Seton Hill, California (Pa.) and Fayetteville State.

Grand Valley State moves into the top spot of the AFCA poll with 19 first place votes. North Alabama, Abilene Christian, West Texas A&M and Northwest Missouri State round out the top five. Other PSAC teams ranked in the AFCA poll include California (Pa.) at 8th, Indiana (Pa.) at 16th and Edinboro 18th.

Bloomsburg leads the PSAC this season averaging 300 yards per game on the ground, due in part to the redshirt freshman running back duo of Derrick Price (Philadelphia/Burlington City) and Kenny Domzalski (Milford/Delaware Valley). Price leads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in rushing and ranks ninth in Division II in rushing yards per game. Domzalski is ranked 5th in the PSAC in yards per game and is coming off an 11 carry, 141 yard outing against Millersville. Huskies senior defensive end Jon Ochs (Wind Gap/Nazareth) is tied for the PSAC lead in sacks with five and second in tackles for loss with nine.

Bloomsburg, 6-0, will host division rival East Stroudsburg on Saturday at Noon for Military Appreciation Day. All men and women actively serving in the military as well as the families of active military personnel will be admitted to the game free of charge. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. with tickets $8 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students. BU students and children under 12 are free.

American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll

1. Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
2. North Alabama
3. Abilene Christian (Texas)
4. West Texas A&M
5. Northwest Missouri St.
6. Bloomsburg
7. Delta St. (Miss.)
8. California (Pa.)
9. Minnesota-Duluth
10. Valdosta St. (Ga.)
11. Central Washington
12. Tuskegee (Ala.)
13. Chadron St. (Neb.)
14. Pittsburg St. (Kan.)
15. Wingate (N.C.)
16. Indiana (Pa.)
17. Central Missouri
18. Edinboro (Pa.)
19. Tarleton St. (Texas)
20. West Virginia St.
21. Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
22. Midwestern St. (Texas)
23. Albany St. (Ga.)
24. Seton Hill (Pa.)
25. Newberry (S.C.)