Run game stagnant, football drowns at Mercyhurst Saturday

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Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 9:08 AM
Run game stagnant, football drowns at Mercyhurst Saturday by Chris Rosato Jr.
Photo: Shayma Musa

For the first time this season, the Edinboro Fighting Scots football team failed to score a touchdown.

Instead, they settled for two field goals en route to a 24-6 loss at Mercyhurst University on Saturday.

Edinboro fell to 1-2 in the PSAC and 4-2 overall, while the Lakers earned their first division win to improve to 1-2 and 2-4 overall.

Freshman Jake Monroe continued his impressive debut season, hitting a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 25-yarder with less than 3 minutes left in the half. Unfortunately for Edinboro, the positives just about ended there.

“We didn’t play hard enough. We didn’t execute anywhere,” Head Football Coach Wayne Bradford said after the game. “It all comes back to me. You want to point the finger at someone today, we weren’t ready to play. That falls on the head guy. That falls on me.”

After beginning the season with four 100-yard games through the first five weeks, running back Walter Fletcher rushed for just 67 yards, and ‘Boro managed just 92 yards on the ground overall. Meanwhile, Mercyhurst’s Garrett Owens ran for 148 yards.

“We couldn’t get off the field,” Bradford said of the loss. “All they did was line up and hand it to the tailback; [they] just ran it all day. Didn’t matter if we had nine, 10, 11 guys in the box.”

Bradford said the team needs to focus on their own play and get back to fundamentals if they want to succeed in the rest of their season.

“Every guy in the room is accountable for that loss today. Every flipping guy. So that’s the message afterwards,” he said. “Every guy has got to look in the mirror, and if you want to be a championship program, if you want to be elite, the guys in the locker room gotta hold the guys in the locker room accountable. It can’t come from the staff.”

Unable to get the run game going, Edinboro turned to the pass, outpacing the Lakers with 237 yards despite not scoring a touchdown in four visits to the red zone.

Ta’Nauz Gregory had eight receptions in the game, bumping him up to sixth in career receptions at Edinboro. James Clark is currently second with 190. 

Edinboro’s defense was less potent than usual. Maurice Sims paced the defense with 11 tackles, and the team combined for four sacks. They had just one forced turnover after averaging 5.2 per game through the first five weeks.

“It’s a long season and you’ve got to grind. You’ve got to continue to grind,” Bradford said. “You can’t wear down. I think we’re a little worn down and we just gotta keep going.”

Chris Rosato Jr. can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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