Edinboro football starts 2-0 with win over Lock Haven

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 9:38 AM
Edinboro football starts 2-0 with win over Lock Haven by George Schmidt
Victor Hudson had a huge game on the defensive end for the Fighting Scots, racking up 5 sacks and 12 tackles. | Photo by EU Sports Information

It wasn’t how the team envisioned it, but the Edinboro Fighting Scots pulled out the win Saturday by a score of 44-38 over the Bald Eagles of Lock Haven. 

“I have been getting the question, what does a Justin Lustig team look like and this is not what I am striving to be,” first year head coach Justin Lustig said. 

“The positive thing is that our guys are competing and they’re fighting and that’s saving us going into the fourth quarter,” he continued.

Lock Haven jumped out to an early 7-0 lead at the 10:52 mark in the first quarter. The score came from a 3-yard Malyk Harris run. Edinboro was able to answer as quarterback Jake Sisson called his own number and ran it in from 1 yard out. After an Austin Reese extra point, the score was tied, 7-7, with 5:12 remaining in the first.

Three minutes later, Lock Haven answered back with a sharp 87-yard pass from Caleb Watson to Shawn Seif for six more points, making the score 14-7. 

Not to be outdone, Sisson would connect with a streaking Ta’Nauz Gregory on a 57-yard pass to tie the game once again. 

On the ensuing drive, after a tremendous kickoff return from Seif, Lock Haven opened up shop at the Edinboro 30-yard line. Just two plays later, Lock Haven found pay dirt on an 8-yard Harris run. The extra point attempt would fail due to Victor Hudson tackling Cameron Tobias deep in Tobias’ own backfield. This brought the score to 20-14 in favor of Lock Haven.

Edinboro’s next drive would come to an end as they were unable to convert on third down, but due to the sure footed Reese, Edinboro was able to come away with three points. Lock Haven still had a 20-17 lead, though. 

With 38 seconds left in the first half, Lock Haven turned to their kicker, Ethan Harro, who was good from 28 yards to increase their lead going into halftime. 

On the opening drive, Sisson linked up with James Clark for an 11-yard touchdown. Following the point after, Edinboro lead 24-23, their first lead of the game.

Lock Haven would answer the bell as Nysir Minney Gratz would score on a 7-yard run. The score would now stand at 30-24 for Lock Haven.

 Walter Fletcher, the freshman hero of last week’s game, was then able to take a screen pass from Sisson 64 yards for a touchdown. This put Edinboro back in the lead, 31-30. 

The next Lock Haven drive would stall and the punt from Walton would pin Edinboro at their own goal line.  On the next snap, Sisson would be sacked in the end zone, giving Lock Haven a safety and putting them up 32-31.

Edinboro would regain the lead with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Sisson to Alex Caratelli. Edinboro would go for two to try to ice the game, but the attempt failed and the Fighting Scots had a 37-32 lead. 

Edinboro would not look back, as Sisson, from within his own end zone, found Clark sprinting up the field past defenders for a school record 99-yard touchdown. This is the longest scoring pass play in Edinboro school history and tied the record for longest scoring play overall. This would bring the score to 44-32 in favor of the Fighting Scots.

 Lock Haven would find the end zone again as Walton connected with Seif for six more points. The extra point by Harro was good and the score was set at 44-38.

Lock Haven had to kick the ball back to Edinboro. The Fighting Scots would hold on and run the clock. 

The defense was led by senior defensive end Victor Hudson. He ended his day with 5 sacks and 12 total tackles, in the Lock Haven backfield almost at will. 

 On the offensive side of the ball, Sisson had himself a day as he reached second place on the all-time list for offensive yards as a quarterback by going 28 for 47 with five touchdowns and 508 total yards.

“You know, we just took what they gave us; our game plan goes off their defense, so we were able to exploit it,” Sisson said after the game.

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

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