IUP captures PSAC championship
From Mirror, wire reports
WEST CHESTER — The IUP football team defeated West Chester, 24-7, Saturday for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Football title.
The Crimson Hawks polished off an unblemished regular season with an 11-0 record and won their fourth PSAC title and first since 2012.
Quarterback Lenny Williams was tabbed the Most Valuable Player after throwing for 212 yards and 3 TD’s on 10-of-15 passing. Williams added in nine rushes for 42 yards.
The junior put IUP up, 7-0, after a methodical drive to open the contest. Williams and the IUP offense used 13 plays and 78 yards and chewed up six minutes. The drive concluded on a 15-yard pass to Dom McNeil.
The Crimson Hawks doubled their lead following a 7-yard TD reception from Chris Wuestner.
The Golden Rams (8-3) cut the deficit in half following a picture-perfect pass to Dan Neuhaus from Paul Dooley early in the second quarter, 14-7. The pass went for 36 yards.
Dooley finished the contest with 160 yards in the air. IUP’s defense pestered Dooley throughout the game while picking off three passes. IUP made it 21-7 following a 40-yard reception from Kolbe Hughes with 6:40 remaining in the opening half.
IUP’s Dillon Sarka nailed a 20-yard field goal in the waning minutes of the fourth to cap off the scoring. Crimson Hawk defender Nick Amendola paced the defense with nine total tackles.
IUP will find out its fate today at 5 p.m. when the NCAA releases its playoff bracket.
Flash drop to 5-5
LORETTO — Ezekiel Ennis ran for a 76-yard touchdown on the first play of the game, and Sacred Heart made it stand in a 16-7 Northeast Conference victory over Saint Francis on Saturday.
Josh Freiria kicked three field goals for Sacred Heart (4-6, 2-3 NEC), with a long of 39. His second of the game made it 13-0 late in the second quarter.
Freddy Bopst threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Colin Hindle less than two minutes later to pull to 13-7. Freiria capped the scoring with 6:07 left in the third.
Bopst was 11-of-20 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions for Saint Francis (5-5, 3-3 NEC). The Red Flash were held to 239 yards rushing and turned it over three times.
Tim Johnson and Khaamal Whitaker each had an interception for Sacred Heart and Whitaker also recovered a fumble after a botched snap. It was Whitaker’s third pick of the season.
The Red Flash close out their season this Saturday at Eastern Kentucky. A Saint Francis victory would assure the program its third straight winning season.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Sacred Heart 10 3 3 0 — 16
St. Francis 0 7 0 0 — 7
SHU–Ennis 76 run (Freiria kick), 14:42.
SHU–FG Freiria 39, 0:14.
SHU–FG Freiria 27, 3:11.
SFPA–Hindle 5 pass from Bopst (Bofenkamp kick), 1:31.
SHU–FG Freiria 31, 6:07.
TEAM STATISTICS SH SF
First downs 19 11
Rushes-yards 50-241 28-128
Passing 93 111
Comp-Att-Int 13-23-0 11-21-2
Return Yards 90 102
Punts-Avg. 7-29.3 6-39.2
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1
Penalty-Yards 6-45 7-50
Time of Possession 36:06 23:54
RUSHING–Sacred Heart, N. Chavious 22-84, E. Ennis 1-76, J. Meachum 14-48, K. Duke 11-35. St. Francis (Pa.), J. Denley 12-60, B. Johnson 6-56, J. Jordan-Toney 2-7, N. Marsilio 2-3, K. Pinkney 1-1, N. Rinella 1-1, F. Bopst 4-0.
PASSING–Sacred Heart, K. Duke 13-23-0-93. St. Francis (Pa.), F. Bopst 11-20-2-111, C. Beaty 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Sacred Heart, A. O’Neill 4-35, J. Meachum 3-22, M. Whalen 3-20, R. Trimble-Edwards 2-12, E. Ennis 1-4. St. Francis (Pa.), K. Lewis 4-63, J. Solano 3-30, J. Ajayi 1-9, C. Hindle 1-5, J. Denley 1-4, T. Johnson 1-0.
Juniata falls in finale
HUNTINGDON — The Juniata College football team ended its season at 3-7 on Saturday, thanks to a 28-21 Landmark Conference loss at home to Susquehanna.
The Golden Eagles, who trailed, 21-7, at halftime, finished at 2-7 in the conference. Susquehanna finished the regular season at 7-3 overall, 6-3 in the LC.
Juniata got a first-half touchdown from A.J. Brocato who recovered a Susquehanna fumble in the end zone for a score. The Eagles scored twice in the third quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Austin Montgomery to Daulton Snyder, and a 1-yard run by Montgomery.
Susquehanna broke a 21-21 tie in the fourth quarter when Nick Crusco hit Tommy Bluj with an 8-yard touchdown pass at the 11:11 mark.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Susquehanna 14 7 0 7 — 28
Juniata 7 0 14 0 — 21
S–Brown 64 pass from Crusco (D’Alesandro kick), 13:01
J–Brocato fumble recovery in end zone (Craig kick), 8:48
S–Crusco 2 run (D’Alesandro kick), 3:20
S–Ott 33 pass from Crusco (D’Alesandro kick), 3:08
J–Snyder 8 pass from Montgomery (Craig kick), 9:53
J–Montgomery 1 run (Craig kick), 4:38
S–Bluj 8 pass from Crusco (D’Alesandro kick), 11:11
RUSHING: Susquehanna–Ott 29-99, Crusco 9-29, Bluj 3-21, Carsley 1-7, TEAM 3-(-5) Juniata–Montgomery 18-44, Lehr 10-38, Bembry 2-19, Helsel 1-2..
PASSING: Susquehanna–Crusco 19-32-0-228. Juniata–Montgomery 14-24-0-114.
RECEIVING: Susquehanna–Brown 5-102, McCoy 1-44, Carsley 3-33, Bluj 6-26, Ott 3-19, Garner 1-4. Juniata–Helsel 4-54, Lehr 4-27, Patel 1-10, Brocato 2-9, Snyder 1-8, Ross 2-6.
TEAM STATISTICS S J
First downs 22 15
Rushes-yards 45-151 31-103
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 19-32-0 14-24-0
Yards passing 228 114
Total yards 379 217
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-20 4-48
Punts-avg. 4-26.5 7-39.3