Mercyhurst Moves Past Edinboro in the Second Half
In another local rivalry meeting, it was Mercyhurst rallying past Edinboro with a strong second-half performance, defeating the Fighting Scots 44-23 at Sox Harrison Stadium.
Garrett Owens led the way for the Lakers. The junior back scored three times in the second half and rushed for 103 yards as Mercyhurst scored 30 unanswered to win its first PSAC West game.
Edinboro took the early lead as a Doug Altavilla backward pass eluded the reviver. It was recovered by the Fighting Scots in the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Mercyhurst evened the game early with an 80-yard interception return touchdown by Joseph Scro.
Edinboro would then use its special teams unit to take back the lead. Anthony Mendicino wrestled the ball away from Cortez Watson on a punt return and took it in for the score.
After Vincente Arriagada added on an Edinboro field goal to take a 17-7 lead, Mercyhurst marched down the field. Cortez Watson completed a 13-play, 92 yard drive on a 14-yard reception from Altavilla to cut the deficit to 17-14.
Just before the half, Doug Altavilla found finding Jason Armstrong on a 12-yard pass to cut to give Mercyhurst a 20-17 lead it would never relinquish.
The second half began with a Lakers safety. Edinboro's punt was blocked in its own end zone and recovered to give the Lakers a 22-17 lead.
Mercyhurst then went to its ground game behind Owens, who scored on three of the five possessions by the Lakers in the second half.
McDowell grad Levi Becker took over at quarterback for Edinboro in the second quarter after Jordan Castelli was forced to leave with injury. The redshirt sophomore went 7-19 for 84 yards. He threw two interceptions while adding a touchdown pass to Te'Nauz Gregory.
Mercyhrust quarterback Doug Altavilla threw for 202 yards, two touchdowns and an interception
The Mercyhrust defense held Edinboro to just 188 yards of total offense.
The Lakers end a two-game losing streak and improve to 3-3 on the year and 1-2 in the PSAC West. Mercyhrust returns home to battle Seton Hill. Edinboro drops to 1-5 and 1-2 in the PSAC West. They remain home to face rival Slippery Rock at noon.