Scots stay undefeated with double OT thriller

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 11:14 PM
Scots stay undefeated with double OT thriller by George Schmidt
Defensive line coach Colin Neely riles up the team for another in a string of winning games. | Photo by Michael Lantinen

Edinboro Head Football Coach Justin Lustig became the first head coach in Edinboro’s history to start his career 3-0, following
a 54-51 win in double 
overtime over preseason conference darling West Chester University.

In early interviews, Lustig said they had this game circled on the calendar as a must win.

“They’re fighters man,” he said of his team.

“They’re buying in, not worrying about the score, not worrying about what happened. Guys are just stepping up [and] making plays at the end when we need them to.”

He continued, “That’s a product of them believing in themselves and believing in us, and everybody being a tight knit group.”

When the game kicked off, it looked like Edinboro would roll for their first home win, coming into the half with a 24-7 lead.

But in the second, West Chester would prove to be a second half team, scoring 34 points. Edinboro would keep pace with the Golden Rams furious rally, scoring 17 points of their own. That lead it to a 41-41 tie at the end of regulation.

On to overtime. The rules for overtime are a little different than professional, as each team gets a chance to score from 25 yards out. The other team then has a chance to score and match it.

Edinboro would get the ball first. After a seemingly stalled drive, Jake Sisson would find Alex Carateli 8 yards out for a touchdown. The Austin Reese extra point kick would be good and Edinboro would lead 48-41.

West Chester would get their chance, though. Andrew Derr would seek out and find his favorite target today of Tyler Karpinski for a 20-yard pass for pay dirt. The try for the extra point would be good and we would be tied once again.

Moving on to the second overtime, West Chester would have the ball first. The Fighting Scot defense would come up huge though, holding the Golden Rams to only a field goal. The scoreboard then stood at 51- 48 in favor of West Chester.

Sisson would then, on a fourth down, come up with a 16-yard pass to Caratelli for 6 points and the game.

The tail end of the game really came down to penalties, as West Chester was penalized 12 times for a loss of 125 yards. In comparison, Edinboro suffered only 6 penalties for a loss of 50. There were behavioral penalties on both sides of the field.

Jake Sisson had a record- setting game on the offensive end, totaling 7 touchdowns total, with 6 through the air. He passed for 289 yards total. The 7 touchdowns was the school record.

On paper, this game would not have been predicted as close. Wester Chester was picked to be the number one team coming out of the PSAC East. On the other side of the coin, Edinboro was picked to finish dead last in the PSAC West.

“It’s just numbers and opinions,” said Lustig in August.

After this win though Coach Lustig and the Edinboro Fighting Scots are changing both numbers and opinions. 

George Schmidt is a sports writer for EdinboroNow. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

Additional Photos:

Defensive line coach Colin Neely riles up the team for another in a string of winning games. | Photo by Michael Lantinen
 

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