Edinboro Edges Gannon on Last-Second Kick
A back-and-forth contest needed every last second to decided the winner between Gannon and Edinboro. Redshirt freshman kicker Vincente Arriagada hit a 35-yard field goal, his third of the afternoon, as time expired to lift Edinboro past Gannon 18-17.
The Chile native was effective from plenty of distances over the afternoon, also nailing a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter to put the Fighting Scots up 5-0.
"They have seen me in practice making longer field goals," said Arriagada. "We make those all the time. I'm glad they trust me and everything because I can kick it you know"
This one started with Gannon fumbling the opening kickoff and recovering it in its endzone for a safety. After Edinboro went up 5-0, Gannon countered with a long seven-play, 62-yard drive that was finished off on a Jimmy Keefe to Sam East 20-yard touchdown.
After trading field goals during the second quarter, the Golden Knights went to the locker room up 10-8.
Gannon's run game was led by freshman Carlos Gomez. He opened the Golden Knight lead up in the third quarter on a 49-yard touchdown run to put Gannon ahead 17-8.
Edinboro's offense started to get rolling towards the middle of the third, and by the end of the quarter, quarterback Jordan Castelli finished off a drive by finding senior receiver Te'Nauz Gregory for a four-yard touchdown pass to pull within two.
"We just decided to go ahead and throw the ball vertically a little bit more and open it up," said Edinboro head coach Wayne Bradford. "We were trying to run the football and manage the game and get Te'Nauz the ball in any way we could. We decided to just open it up a bit more. We knew we had to throw it, so we just went to it in earlier downs and Jordan [Castelli] made some great plays and some guys made some great runs after the catch."
The defenses defined the fourth. The two teams combined to force seven punts.
However, on the final drive, Edinboro started at the Gannon 46. Castelli and the offense got the ball down to the 18 and then called upon Arriagada for the final kick.
He was good from 35 yards to secure the first win of 2019 for the Fighting Scots.
"Just putting faith in our players, and our playmaking ability," said Gregory. "Getting our player makers the ball and just living with the results and we were able to do that."
The victory improves Edinboro to 1-4. The Fighting Scots head home to welcome another local rival in Mercyhurst. Gannon falls to 2-3 on the year and travels to Seton Hill next week.