No. 20 Thomas More Travels to No. 11 St. John Fisher to Open 2012 Season
2012 Thomas More College Football
No. 20 Thomas More College (0-0) at
No. 11 St. John Fisher College (0-0)
Sat., Sept. 1 - 6 p.m. - Growney Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.)
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This will be the first meeting on the gridiron between Thomas More College and St. John Fisher College.
Thomas More Head Coach Jim Hilvert is 43-13 (.728) entering his sixth season as the Saints' mentor.
St. John Fisher Head Coach Paul Vosburgh is 124-115-1 (.519) in his 24th season as the Cardinals' coach.
This will be the first meeting on the gridiron between Thomas More College and St. John Fisher College. The Saints have played an Empire 8 League opponent only once in program history as they defeated Alfred University, 17-14, on September 9, 1995 in New York.
SO FAR THIS SEASON
This will be both Thomas More and St. John Fisher's 2012 season-opener. Both teams are preseason nationally ranked as St. John Fisher is ranked No. 11 in the D3football.com preseason poll, while Thomas More is ranked No. 20.
ST. JOHN FISHER'S 2011 STATISTICS
In 2011, St. John Fisher averaged 29.2 points while its opponents scored 20.6 points per game. The Cardinals averaged 347.0 yards of total offense (196.2 ypg rush/150.8 ypg pass) while holding their opposition to 338.5 yard per game offensively (152.5 ypg rush/186.1 ypg pass). The Cardinals had a +12 turnover ratio and sacked the quarterback 18 times, while only giving up 13 sacks.
THOMAS MORE'S 2011 STATISTICS
In 2011, Thomas More averaged 33.8 points while its opponents scored 17.4 points per game. The Saints averaged 385.1 yards of total offense (223.5 ypg rush/161.6 ypg pass) while holding their opposition to 297.2 yard per game offensively (121.3 ypg rush/175.8 ypg pass). The Saints had a +10 turnover ratio and sacked the quarterback 21 times, while only giving up 19 sacks.
RETURNING CARDINAL OFFENSIVE LEADERS
St. John Fisher's offense is led by quarterback Ryan Kramer (141-of-241/58.5%/1,532 yds/13 TDs/8 INTs)(151 att/851 yds/5.6 ypc/12 TDs), running back Cody Miller (201 att/914 yds/4.5 ypc/4 TDs)(4 rec/35 yds/8.8 ypc) and wide receivers Ryan Francis (53 rec/726 yds/13.7 ypc/9 TDs) and Tyler Sell (8 rec/107 yds/13.4 ypc).
RETURNING CARDINAL DEFENSIVE LEADERS
The Cardinals' defense is led by defensive backs Travis Tones (71 tackles/9.5 tfl/1.0 sack/1 INT/1 FF), Zach Dolan (53 tackles/1.5 tfl/1 INT), Adam Burdick (49 tackles/0.5 tfl/3 INTs) and defensive end Mason Judd (46 tackles/9.0 tfl/2.0 sack/1 FR).
RETURNING SAINT OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Thomas More's offense is led by quarterback Luke Magness (18-of-34/52.9/228 yds/1 TD/1 INT)(65 att/275 yds/4.2 ypc/2 TDs), running backs Domonique Hayden (150 att/811 yds/5.4 ypc/16 TDs)(37 rec/436 yds/11.8 ypc/3 TDs) and Landon Savoy (35 att/199 yds/5.7 ypc/1 TD)(2 rec/17 yds/8.5 ypc) and wide receiver Austin Studer (13 rec/154 yds/11.8 ypc/1 TD).
RETURNING SAINT DEFENSIVE LEADERS
The Saints' defense is led by linebacker Nick Gramke (94 tackles/9.5 tfl/2.5 sacks), defensive backs Alex Taylor (70 tackles/1.5 tfl/3 INTs/2 ff), Shaquille Jinks (55 tackles/3.5 tfl/1.0 sack/1 INT/3 ff) and Zach Autenreib (52 tackles/2.0 tfl/7 INTs).
A LOOK AHEAD
The Saints open the Presidents' Athletic Conference portion of their schedule in two weeks (September 15) when they host Westminster College at 1:30 p.m. at The Bank of Kentucky Field.
SAINTS SECOND WINNINGEST PROGAM IN DIVISION III
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently released its 2012 Division III Football Record Book and Thomas More College remained the second all-time winningest team by win percentage.
Thomas More, which started football in 1990, has amassed a .697 win percentage by going 159-69 in 22 seasons. The Saints only trail St. John's (Minn.) University (.707), while Wesley (Del.) College (.688), Linfield (Ore.) College (.678) and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (.674) round out the top-five. The record book includes senior colleges only with a minimum of 20 seasons of competition since 1937. Postseason games are included and each tie game is computed as half won and half lost.
In 22 seasons of football Thomas More has had five undefeated regular seasons (1991, 1995, 2001, 2009 and 2010), six Division III Playoff appearances (1992, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and has claimed three Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and five Association of Mideast Colleges (AMC) Championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995).
Thomas More has made six apperances in the NCAA Division III Championships since starting football in 1990. The Saints previously made the Championship in 1992 when they traveled to Emory & Henry College, in 2001 when they hosted MacMurray College and Wittenberg University, in 2008 when they traveled to North Central (Ill.) College, in 2009 when they hosted DePauw University and Johns Hopkins University, in 2010 when they hosted Washington & Lee University and traveled to Mary Hardin-Baylor University and in 2011 when they traveled to Franklin College.