Edinboro football thrives on senior day, finishes 9-2

Categories:  Sports    Year In Review 2016: Sports
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 7:26 PM
Edinboro football thrives on senior day, finishes 9-2 by George Schmidt
Photo: Emma Stratton

The Edinboro Fighting Scots sent their seniors off with a bang, beating Cheyney by a score of 66-8.

Edinboro started off slow, the only scoring play of the first quarter being a 29-yard field goal from kicker Austin Reese. But then, in the second quarter, Boro stepped on the gas and let it fly. Jake Sisson led the offense on a 5-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a one yard touchdown run by Rob Bell. A mere two minutes later, Sisson found a streaking James Clark for a 64-yard completion and touchdown. Clark had an easy, three or more step lead on his defender and just out ran everybody for the score. After five minutes ticked off the clock, Sisson connected with T’Naz Gregory on a 34-yard pass that Gregory took to the house for six more points. At the end of the second quarter, Sisson found a leaping Jordan Williams for a 9-yard pass for a touchdown. This made the score 31-0 in favor of Edinboro going into halftime.

Throughout the contest, Cheyney tried to avoid Gregory on kickoffs and punts. And for good reason. He got a hold of one at the 13-minute mark of the third quarter and ran it back untouched for a touchdown. The rout was on as Alex Caratelli got into the act, catching a 9-yard pass from Sisson to move the score to 45-0 in favor of Boro. The running backs would get involved, as well, as Kyle Galyk would punch it into the end zone form 1 yard out. Then Bell would break free on a 19- yard run for six more.

Cheyney’s lone score would come from a reverse on a kickoff return that caught Edinboro off guard. Cheyney would make good on the two- point conversion for 8 points total.

Not to be quieted, Galyk broke free on his own 9-yard run for six. That’s how it would stand as the final whistle blew and Edinboro won, 66-8.

Edinboro finished up the season with a record of 9-2. This was good enough to earn them 7th overall in the super region one. They would complete the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division 2 history, tying the school record for most single season wins. However, when the dust settled, Edinboro would be denied a post season berth due to “Earned Access.” Winston Salem, a conference winner, would get the go-ahead over Edinboro as Edinboro did not win their conference, but had the better record.

Already ahead of the of the Fighting Scots were familiar foes like Cal at number one in the region, with an unblemished record of 11-0. IUP was also there at 9-1 at number five.

“To be honest, [I’m] just excited and humbled at what the seniors and the whole football team were able to accomplish this season,” Head Coach Justin Lustig said. He continued, stating, “Now that things have slowed down a bit, what a special group of players, managers, trainers, and coaches.” 

George Schmidt is a sports writer for The Spectator. 

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