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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T football hosts season-finale

  • Miners want to win for their seniors Saturday.
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  • Missouri S&T football head coach Tyler Fenwick is a California native, so he's well familiar with the Oakland Raider battle cry, 'Just win, baby!'
    It's the battle cry the Miners have adopted this week.
    A win over Quincy on Saturday at Allgood-Bailey Stadium (1 p.m. kickoff) accomplishes much for the Miner football program.
    *It begins Fenwick's football head coaching career with a winning season.
    *It will mark the first time the Miners have run off three consecutive winning seasons since they were the winningest collegiate team in Missouri from 1977-85 with nine straight winning years.
    *Coming off a winning record gives the coaching staff a much greater recruiting tool to work with.
    *And, according to Fenwick most importantly, it gives the seniors a victory to go out on.
    S&T comes into Saturday's game 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). The Quincy Hawks are 2-8 and 1-5.
    "It seems like it has went by quick," Fenwick said of his first season at S&T. "The biggest thing (on Saturday) is our seniors. It's such a good group of seniors; they've been through a lot. We want to finish strong for those guys.
    "Just going 3-0 at the end of the season to end up (6-5) and transition things into recruiting would be big."
    It will be Senior Day as well as Fort Leonard Wood/Military Appreciation Day on Saturday.
    Fenwick says a victory will not come easy, despite Quincy's record.
    In the Hawks' lone conference win they blasted Kentucky Wesleyan 80-26 - the GLVC single-game points record. And last week, against conference-leading Indianapolis, the Hawks hung around, trailing just 9-7 at halftime before losing 33-7.
    "Quincy put up 80 points on Kentucky Wesleyan," Fenwick said. "You figure out how to put up 80 points you're doing something right. We can't overlook them because they're 2-8."
    S&T holds a 4-2 lead in the all-time series with Quincy. Last year the Miners hammered Quincy 64-6 on the road.
    Quincy has a potentially scary passing attack. Hawk sophomore quarterback Nick Longeran has passed for 2,389 yards (55 percent) and 14 TDs. His top target is senior wideout Justin Dickens, who leads the GLVC in receiving yards with 1,003 on 59 catches and has scored eight TDs. Also, sophomore wideout De'Carlos Poole has 29 receptions for 417 yards.
    Overall Quincy ranks third the GLVC in total offense at 378.4 - 242 through the air. Freshman running back Jared King leads the Hawks in rushing with 533 yards.
    "They're throwing the ball a lot, with a lot of play-action and sprint-out," Fenwick said. "I think their quarterback is leading the conference in passing and they throw it down the field."
    Page 2 of 2 - Defense has been the Quincy problem, as the Hawks are allowing an average of 427.2 yards.
    Junior linebacker Ike Onike leads Quincy in tackles with 78 and also has two interceptions. Senior end Tyler Reidl has 10 tackles for losses with 6.5 sacks.
    "They have a couple of defensive lineman who are pretty good," Fenwick said. "They're active up front and get into the backfield."
    The Miner offense will be led by freshman Peter Simpson, who has emerged as the Miner starter at quarterback. Simpson has completed 69-of-136 passes for 823 yards, five TDs and six interceptions. Junior wideout Melvin Stovall has 62 receptions for 661 yards and four TDs for the Miners while junior slot Leon Moody has 39 catches for 442 yards, junior wideout Nick Taylor 37 catches for 456 yards and freshman slot Ben Matthews 25 catches for 261.
    "Pete is learning," Fenwick said. "He's learning the system and learning a lot of football. He feels a lot more comfortable running the offense."
    Freshman running back Zenel Hudson, who has missed several games with an ankle injury - including last week - leads S&T in rushing with 520 yards and six touchdowns.
    Senior linebacker Chris Emesih paces the S&T defense with 89 total tackles while junior end Dan Mauszycki has six QB sacks and senior tackle Eddie Rascon five sacks.

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