Football unable to hang with Cal, remain seventh in region

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 11:31 PM
Football unable to hang with Cal, remain seventh in region by George Schmidt

The Fighting Scots football team would fall short of their PSAC West title claim after their loss to California University Of Pennsylvania on Saturday. Cal would lay a 52-7 shellacking on the Fighting Scots, controlling both sides of the ball and prove to be deserving of their NCAA AFCA Coaches ranking at sixth in the country.

Cal quarterback Michael Keir struck the first blow as he found wide receiver Tom Greene on a 7-yard pass, resulting in a touchdown. Keeping it close early, the Edinboro defense would shut down Cal for the remainder of the quarter.

During the first half and first quarter, Edinboro was able to quiet Cal’s star wide receiver Garry Brown. The Edinboro defense continued to get in the face of quarterback Keir, making him uncomfortable.

Answering back early in the second, Edinboro quarterback Jake Sisson would call his own number and find the end zone on a 4-yard scamper. From there, though, the tables would turn, as Cal notched 45 unanswered points through the game.

Edinboro had plenty of chances but could not capitalize on them. Sisson had 18 completions on 46 attempts for 145 yards. He was intercepted twice, sacked once and simply couldn’t get into a rythym against the stingy Cal secondary.

An injury to Sisson following the lone sack of the game brought in relief with backup quarterback Jake Wallman. He would go 4-9 passing for 34 yards.

Every time the momentum would swing into Edinboro’s favor, it wouldn’t take long for Cal to gather themselves and gain it back. Whether it was a dropped pass by a receiver on a crucial down, or an offsides penalty giving Cal a new set of downs, Boro simply couldn’t do enough.

On offense, Boro was able to move the ball against Cal, managing 12 first downs throughout the game, although the majority would come in the first half.

The real tale of the game can be told by looking at one statistic: penalties. Going into this game, Edinboro was the least penalized team in the PSAC and Cal was the most penalized. But here Edinboro was flagged 10 times for 90 yards, while Cal was flagged nine times for a total of 65 yards. And those Edinboro penalties were often untimely.

Following the loss, Edinboro still holds the seventh overall region ranking, which would currently qualify them for the playoffs.

The Fighting Scots face Cheney this Saturday at home for Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day 

The Fighting Scots football team would fall short of their PSAC West title claim after their loss to California University Of Pennsylvania on Saturday. Cal would lay a 52-7 shellacking on the Fighting Scots, controlling both sides of the ball and proving deserving of their NCAA AFCA Coaches ranking at sixth in the country. Cal quarterback Michael Keir struck the first blow as he found wide receiver Tom Greene on a 7-yard pass, resulting in a touchdown. Keeping it close early, the Edinboro defense would shut down Cal for the remainder of the quarter. During the first half and first quarter, Edinboro was able to quiet Cal’s star wide receiver Garry Brown. The Edinboro defense continued to get in the face of quarterback Keir, making him uncomfortable. Answering back early in the second, Edinboro quarterback Jake Sisson would call his own number and find the end zone on a 4-yard scamper. From there, though, the tables would turn, as Cal notched 45 unanswered points through the game. Edinboro had plenty of chances but could not capitalize on them. Sisson had 18 completions on 46 attempts for 145 yards. He was intercepted twice, sacked once and simply couldn’t get into a rythm against the stingy Cal secondary. An injury to Sisson following the lone sack of the game brought in relief with backup quarterback Jake Wallman. He would go 4-9 passing for 34 yards. Every time the momentum would swing into Edinboro’s favor, it wouldn’t take long for Cal to gather themselves and gain it back. Whether it was a dropped pass by a receiver on a crucial down, or an offsides penalty giving Cal a new set of downs, Boro simply couldn’t do enough. On offense, Boro was able to move the ball against Cal, managing 12 first downs throughout the game, although the majority would come in the first half. The real tale of the game can be told by looking at one statistic: penalties. Going into this game, Edinboro was the least penalized team in the PSAC and Cal was the most penalized. But here Edinboro was flagged 10 times for 90 yards, while Cal was flagged nine times for a total of 65 yards. And those Edinboro penalties were often untimely. Following the loss, Edinboro still holds the seventh overall region ranking, which would currently qualify them for the playoffs. The Fighting Scots face Cheney this Saturday at home for Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day

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