(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College football kicks off the 2018 season on Saturday (September 1) when it travels to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to take on North Carolina Wesleyan at 12 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium.
THE TEAMS: Thomas More, an independent, finished last season with an overall record of 6-4. The Saints won their last five games of the season. N.C. Wesleyan, a member of the USA South Athletic Conference, was 3-7 last season with a 3-4 mark in the USA South.
THE COACHES: Trevor Stellman is in his first season as the head coach at Thomas More. He is no stranger to the Saints as he is a 2010 graduate of Thomas More and has been a Saint assistant coach the previous eight seasons. Jeff Filkovski is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Battling Bishops. Prior to his time at N.C. Wesleyan he served as the head coach at Marietta College in Ohio.
THOMAS MORE: The Saints averaged 38.9 points per game last season. Thomas More had 479.9 yards per game in 2017 as it had 278.9 yards per game on the ground and 201.0 yards per game passing. Junior quarterback Justin Post will start under center as he played in eight games last season and was 13-of-27 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns and also rushing the ball six time for 103 yards. Senior running backs Hjavier Pitts and Luke Zajac will split time at running back in 2018. Pittsh carried the ball 178 times for 1,132 yards and 11 touchdowns last season with, while Zajac had 136 carries for 801 yards and eight touchdowns. Senior Logan Winkler is the top returning receiver as he had 19 catches for 466 yards and five touchdowns.
N.C. WESLEYAN: N.C. Wesleyan averaged 27.3 points per game in 2017. The Battling Bishops averaged 360.2 yards per game as they had 157.1 yards per game rushing and 203.1 yards per passing. Senior quarterback Nate Gardner returns under center as he was 58-of-141 passing for 968 yards and seven touchdowns. The Battling Bishops top returning rusher is senior running back Adrian Minondo, who had 92 carries in 2017 for 318 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Trey Lancaster is the top returning receiver as he had 47 catches for 766 yards and seven touchdowns.
THOMAS MORE: Thomas More held its opponents to 19.7 points per game in 2017. The Saints' opponents only rushed the ball for 124.5 yards per game and 175.1 yards passing for total of 299.6 yards per game. Thomas More returns it top tackler as junior linebacker Adam Guard returns after registering 76 talckles, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and a half sack. Junior linebacker Cody Coffey also returns as he had 49 tackles, including eight tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Junior Thomas Williams is the top returning defensive back after he had 45 tackles and four interceptions.
N.C. WESLEYAN: In 2017, the Battling Bishops held their opponents to 36.4 points per game and 429.9 yards of total offense. N.C. Wesleyan's opponents averaged 169.0 yards per game rushing and 260.9 yards per game passing. The Battling Bishops' defense returns junior linebacker Antonio Johnson, who had 95 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks and junior defensive back Eddie Graham, who had 41 tackles, including one tackle for a loss and six interceptions.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the first-ever meeting between the two colleges on the gridiron.
BROADCAST: N.C. Wesleyan will provide a LIVE video webcast and LIVE stats of the game and links to each of those can be found at the top of this page or on Thomas More's football scheduled page on www.thomasmoresaints.com.
UP TO DATE INFORMATION: For all the up to date information on Thomas More athletics visit the Thomas More athletic webpage at www.thomasmoresaints.com.
UP NEXT: Thomas More will travel to Hanover, Indiana on September 8 to take on traditional rival Hanover College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
HOME BROADCASTS: For the Saints three home games, Thomas More will provide a LIVE video webcast starting 10 minutes prior to kick-off. Nate Metz and Brady Laber will bring you all the action from BB&T Field.