Edinboro Fighting Scots football has huge offensive day, totaling 826 all-purpose yards, two shy of conference mark

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 5:54 PM
Edinboro Fighting Scots football has huge offensive day, totaling 826 all-purpose yards, two shy of conference mark by Mike Lantinen
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University football team toppled Seton Hill with a colossal performance, scoring 69 points over 60 minutes. A final score of 69-20 improves Edinboro’s record to 6-3 on the season. 

Their 826 yards from scrimmage helped them to 10 touchdowns on the day — six of which were receiving and four rushing. The Fighting Scots came two yards shy of the all-time PSAC record. 

In one of Jake Sisson’s most impressive performances of his career, he tallied 465 yards for five touchdowns. Running back Walter Fletcher accounted for 239 yards on the ground. Fletcher, who has 1,464 yards on the season, has placed himself sixth on the all-time Fighting Scots rushing list. This is Fletcher’s second consecutive performance over 200 yards.

Backing up Fletcher and having a career day as well was third down back Kyle Galyk. In only 11 attempts, Galyk ran for 105 yards for 9.5 yards a carry. 

Earning this week’s PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Week was James Clark. The redshirt junior broke Edinboro’s all-time record for receiving yards with 289. Clark has moved into third place in career receptions, fourth in receiving yards, and has tied for second in receiving touchdowns. In regards to his current season standing, he is second all-time in receptions, third in receiving yards and third in touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Edinboro only allowed three touchdowns, all of which came in the opening quarters as Edinboro proceeded to shut them out in the second half. 

“We have a great secondary coached by coach Hoff who’s done a great job. We only have two linebackers out there and five DBs, more guys than at any other position, so they better get a lot of tackles. We even put them in the box sometimes; we dare teams to throw the ball so your DBs are going to have a lot of tackles,” defensive coordinator Colin Neely said.

After not allowing a sack and helping the offense to a career day, Edinboro’s offensive line continues to show improvement and prowess across the PSAC. 

“It’s really a testimonial to coach Jack Corry. Coming here I was part of an offensive line that gave up a lot more [sacks], 50 a year and now we’re at six on the season. So it’s all about how he’s built us through his time being a coach here,” redshirt senior R.J. Hughes said.

It all starts in the trenches for Edinboro to have a chance against their upcoming opponent, the reigning PSAC champions California University.

“Cal’s a tough team, but I also believe we’re a tough team right now. Undefeated at home. Defensively...we average four takeaways. We’re gonna need that type of effort to beat a team like Cal,” said coach Colin Neely.

Neely continued: “Preseason All-American quarterback, great wide-receivers, a big offensive line, they’re going to be a tough challenge for sure. I stayed up late last night, late Sunday night to figure them out, but I feel we have a good plan. We have to execute and have great practices.”

Everything will be put to the test against Cal who has shown the ability to compete against the best in the conference. A 47-44 overtime loss to Slippery Rock and 26-10 loss to IUP shows Edinboro has the firepower.

“We had a bunch of mini-camps over the summer, and we were all working really hard. We have really good coaching and they have put us in position to be good,” defensive tackle Derek Dorr said.

He continued,  “I also want to give a shoutout to Nick Pettigrew; he’s getting double teams all day so that’s freeing me up too.”

Cal’s All-American contending quarterback, Michael Keir, an already intricate part to the Edinboro defensive game plan, will need to be limited. 

“The quarterback to me is an awesome player. He extends plays very well, kind of like a Ben Roethlisberger type. Knows how to take hits, stays in the pocket, stand their tough, he likes to stretch the ball downfield and he’s got a big arm,” Coach Neely finalized.

Michael Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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