TAKE TWO: Football Monarchs Host Virginia Union Saturday

September 08, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 8, 2009

Game Two
Saturday, September 12th - 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium - Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion Monarchs (1-0) vs.
Virginia Union Panthers (1-1)

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 12th - Timeline
2 p.m. - Parking lots open for football game
3 p.m. - Kaufman Mall opens for activities including alumni tent, student tent, athletic promotions tent, live music, food and beverages for sale.
3:40 p.m. - Monarch March - ODU football team walks through Kaufman Mall en route to stadium
4 p.m. - Monarch Maniacs admitted to stadium
4:30 p.m. - Stadium gates open
5:15 p.m. - Marching Monarchs, cheerleaders, dance team and Big Blue perform on Kaufman Mall and then march into stadium
5:40 p.m. - Marching Monarchs pre-game performance in stadium
6:00 p.m. - Kick-off - Old Dominion vs. Virginia Union
Post Game - "5th quarter" - Marching Monarchs performance in stadium
Parking lots close 90 minutes after the game.


• Division II Virginia Union enters Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium at 1-1. The Panthers dropped their 2009 season opener, 19-6, to East Stroudsburg, but rebounded with a 45-0 blanking of Central State on Sunday.

• It will be back-to-back road games for the Panthers after taking on Central State in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, the day after the Monarchs' 36-21 victory over Chowan.

• The Panthers finished 2008 at 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the CIAA, placing fifth.

• Head coach Michael Bailey, a 1986 Virginia Union graduate, begins his first year at the helm of the Panther program.

• Virginia Union squared off against Chowan last season with the Panthers taking a 51-28 victory in Murfreesboro.

• In the air, junior quarterback Noel Alexander is averaging 135.5 yards per game having completed 21-of -2 attempts with two touchdowns and only one interception.

•On the ground, senior running back and Virginia Beach native Tarai Donaldson is running an average of 103 yards a game, including a touchdown against Central State this past Sunday.

• Sophomore wide receiver Jos Jean-Pierre leads the receiving corps with eight receptions averaging 49.5 yards per contest. Senior receiver Michael Hampton has caught a pair of touchdowns on four of his catches this season.

• Defensively, the Panthers are led by Hurley Hemphill. The 6-1, 240 lbs. senior linebacker has totaled 18.5 tackles in the first two games of the year.

There may be 11 defenders on the field, but the 12th one is in the stands. Head coach Bobby Wilder wants the ODU fans to be the 12th defender for the team by becoming the loudest when the opponent is on the offense. Thanks to the noise at the stadium last Saturday, the crowd helped the Chowan Hawks commit seven penalties.
12th Monarch Stat: Seven Penalties

Not only was September 5th a record setting day with the Monarchs playing its first Division I-FCS football game, but it was also a record setting day for sophomore defender Edmon McClam (Coward, S.C.). The 6-6, 260 lbs. defensive lineman set an NCAA Division I record for most blocked PAT's by a single player in a game (FCS or FBS) with three against the Chowan Hawks. The previous FCS record was held by Everette Pedescleaux of Northern Iowa with a pair of blocked extra point attempts against the Delaware Blue Hens on December 1, 2007. Four FBS athletes have blocked two PAT's in a single game (Corey Nelson, Air Force vs. Colorado St., Nov. 11, 2000; Josh Buhl, Kansas St. vs. Syracuse, Dec, 29, 2001; Kareem Bland, Middle Tenn. vs. North Texas, Nov. 23, 2002; Linval Joseph, East Carolina vs. Kentucky, Jan. 2, 2009) but never three. McClam's blocking prowess also ties the FCS record for combined block kicks in a game (includes blocked punts, PATs, FGs). The last time an FCS student-athlete blocked three kicks of any type in one game was Brandon Tinson of Colgate vs. Towson on Sept. 30, 2000 (all three were punts).

Redshirt freshman punter Jonathan Plisco (Newport News, Va.) currently leads the nation in punting averaging 51.25 yards per punt. Plisco totaled 205 yards against the Hawks last Saturday, with three of his four punts inside the 20. His longest kick was 61 yards. As a team, the Monarchs rank fourth in the nation in the category.

Kicker Drew Hareza (McDonald, Pa.) totaled 18 of the Monarchs' 36 points against Chowan with five field goals and three extra points. The redshirt freshman is currently tied for first in the nation in scoring and field goals. His five field goals that went through the uprights in the first two quarters ties the FCS record for field goals in a half (Dean Biasucci, Western Caro. vs. Mars Hill, Sept. 18, 1982 (1st); Tony Zendejas, Nevada vs. Northern Ariz., Oct. 16, 1982 (2nd); Ryan Weeks, Tennessee Tech vs. Chattanooga, Sept. 9, 1989 (2nd).)

Should the Monarchs sellout every game this season, Old Dominion could be top five in FCS attendance in the country in its first year of play.

Rank: - School: - Games: - Average:
1.- Appalachian State - 8 - 25,161
2. - Montanna - 9 - 23,923
3. - Delaware - 6 - 21,609
4. - Jackson St. - 4 - 21,263
5. - Ga. Southern - 6 - 18,168
6. - N. Dakota St. - 6 - 18,032
7. - Harvard - 5 - 17,360
8. - Southern U. - 4 - 16,323
9. - Tennessee St. - 5 - 15,444
10. - James Madison - 9 - 15,362

STARTING FOOTBALL: Here is a look at schools that have started football programs over the last few years:

School: - FCS/FBS: - Year Started: - Record First Season:
Bryant - FCS - 1998 - 2-5
Campbell - FCS - 2008 - 0-8
Coastal Carolina - FCS - 2003 - 6-5
Jacksonville - FCS - 1998 - 4-5
Robert Morris - FCS - 1994 - 7-1
FIU - FBS - 2002 - 5-6
Florida Atlantic - FBS - 2001 - 4-6
South Florida - FBS - 1997 - 5-6

The following schools are adding football in the next few years:

School: - FCS/FBS: - Conference: - Year Starting:>
Georgia State - FCS - CAA - 2010
Lamar - FCS - Southland - 2010
UT-San Antonio - FCS - Southland - 2011
Charlotte - FCS - TBA - 2013
South Alabama - FCS - Independent - 2012
FBS - Sun Belt - 2013

The Monarchs made history on September 5th when a three-year dream became a reality. On May 31, 2006, the ODU board of visitors voted to add football and 1,293 days later, the Monarchs kicked off its first season of Division I FCS play. ODU has an 11-game schedule, including seven home dates at the $24.8 million renovated Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The schedule is a mix of both D-II and D-I FCS opponents to help the Monarchs transition into not only its first year of football, but also to get ready for entering the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2011.

Old Dominion last fielded a football team in 1940, back when the school was known as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary. Then known as the Braves, the Norfolk Division had its first football game on Sept. 26, 1930 and was then disbanded in 1940. On June 21, 2005 by a 14-0 vote, the ODU board of visitors approved a plan that would see NCAA Div. I-AA (now known as FCS) football played at a remodeled Foreman Field provided that:
• A consultant's report indicating community support for a program.
• The acquisition of land to meet practice and other athletic needs.
• Pledges of at least $8 million for a football endowment.
All three criteria were met and Old Dominion kicks off today.

Response for Monarch football has been overwhelming: • 14,377 season tickets sold with season ticket applications made available in Feb. 2008.
• The school had to unfortunately turn away 296 season ticket orders for a total of 1,065 season tickets due to demand.
• The ODU student ticket allotment of just under 4,000 tickets were all distributed in three days. Over 1,200 ODU students were in line when distribution began on Monday, August 24th at 8 a.m. and over 2,500 student tickets were handed out on the first day. By Tuesday night, only approximately 100 student tickets were available.

The Monarchs have their first road contest when they travel to Jacksonville University to take on the Dolphins on Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.