Saturday Local College Football Recap
Three local universities were at home Saturday for football action, while one hit the road. Here is a recap of how each game played out.
Edinboro vs. East Stroudsburg
Final: Edinboro 49 East Stroudsburg 24
-Edinboro combined a stellar mix of offensive weapons and added in another strong performance by its defense to remain perfect in 2018. The Fighting Scots opened the scoring on their very first offensive possession. Quarterback Andrew Tomko slung a pass to wide receiver Te'Nauz Gregory who then passed back to Tomko for a walk-in touchdown. Running back Walter Fletcher followed the first scoring drive with three consecutive rushing touchdowns on the ensuing drives. Fletcher finished with 110 yards on the ground. Te'Nauz Gregory added in 11 receptions for 162 yards and three total touchdowns, two receiving. The Fighting Scots defense recorded interceptions on four consecutive East Stroudsburg possessions to limit the Warriors attack. Edinboro hits the road next Saturday to face California PA at 1 pm.
Mercyhurst vs. Bloomsburg
Final: Mercyhurst 14 Bloomsburg 10
Mercyhurst's offense was better late than never as Doug Altavilla rushed in for the game-winning touchdown with under three minutes to play. Facing a 4th and goal, the redshirt junior quarterback muscled his way into the end zone to put Mercyhurst up 14-10. Bloomsburg was not finished fighting. The Huskies hit on a 40-yard passing play to get to the Lakers nine-yard line. Mercyhurst's defense held on fourth down to force a turnover on downs and run out the remaining clock.
"We put the ball in the end zone," said Mercyhurst head coach Marty Schaetzle. "It was a game filled with penalties. Penalties destroyed us offensively, killed us on special teams and they had some penalties on their offensive side that controlled a bit of the game."
Mercyhurst will head back out on the road to meet up with IUP next Saturday at 1 pm.
Gannon vs. Kutztown
Final: Kutztown 48 Gannon 33
Kutztown. However, that advantage quickly evaporated as the Golden Bears scored 26 unanswered points to secure the road victory and drop the Golden Knights to 0-3. Gannon was limited on players as Dontae Owens and Geremy Paige missed the game with injuries, while Kiley Smith Jr. and Andrew Berger left in the first half banged up. Romell Jones also had to leave the game after an ejection for targeting. Kutztown put together four scoring drives including an Erik Nickel to Craig Reynolds touchdown that put the Golden Bears ahead for good at 34-33. Gannon running back Marcus Jones, who missed the first half due to a targeting ejection against West Chester, finished with 71 yards and a touchdown. Gannon will look for its first win of the season next week as they travel to Clarion for a 1 pm kickoff.
Allegheny vs. Denison
Final: Denison 42 Allegheny 0
-Logan Lee's full return to the Allegheny lineup did not result in the Gator's offense opening up on the scoreboard. The Denison offense ran their way to a shutout performance, raking up 296 yards on the ground. Allegheny standout receiver Alex Victor was limited to just one catch for 19 yards. The Gators return home next Saturday for a meeting with Ohio Wesleyan at 1 o'clock.