Week 6: Boro captures Erie Country Crown

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 6:44 PM
Week 6: Boro captures Erie Country Crown by George Schmidt

The Edinboro Fighting Scots now stand alone atop Erie County college football teams. Edinboro defeated Mercyhurst, in what seemed more like a home game for the Fighting Scots than an away game. Even the Fighting Scots marching band performed at halftime.

And with that home cooking at hand, Edinboro rolled Mercyhurst, 45-16.

“We have the best fans in the PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference). The fact we are only a half hour away from Edinboro, you know they were going to show up and that gets us really hyped up,” defensive end Victor Hudson said.

Feeding off this energy, Hudson had a heck of a day, including two sacks and an interception, which he returned for a 5-yard gain. Hudson was not alone, though, as

Gabe Tillman got into the act and had an interception of his own. Jon Girvin had a solo sack, as well. The defense held Mercyhurst to 96 yards rushing and 136 yards passing.

On offense, the Fighting Scots had three receivers gain over 100 yards. James Clark had 147 yards on 7 receptions. Alex Caratelli had 128 yards on 7 receptions. T’Nauz Gregory had 110 yards on 9 receptions. Jake Sisson threw for a total of 435 yards and went 28 of 42 with no interceptions. He was sacked twice.

“[The] offensive line does such a great job and those guys get no glory; I mean they had a couple of sacks today, but that is not on them. That was just miscommunication between me and my receivers,” Sisson said after the game.

Special teams did more than its fair share, as Walter Fletcher scored off a blocked punt. Marquis Spence blocked the punt, which rolled into the end zone and Fletcher recovered it for the score.

Austin Reese also had a career long 47-yard field goal.

Despite the loss, Mercyhurst drew first blood on a Dylan Kondis field goal from 37 yards out after a stalled Edinboro drive. It would take only a minute after that score for Edinboro to answer back, as Sisson found Gregory in the end zone for a 16-yard strike. Mercyhurst senior running back Richie Sanders would run the rock in from four yards out at the 14:25 mark in the second for Mercyhurst’s only touchdown on the day. Four minutes later Sisson would find Caratelli for a 2-yard strike.

Next tally on the board would be Reese’s 47-yard field goal. However, Edinboro was not done as Sisson hit a streaking Clark for a 16-yard touchdown.

The second half would start out much the same way as Mercyhurst would score off another Kondis field goal from 33 yards out. Worn out from all the passing, Sisson handed the ball off to Fletcher, who walked it into the end zone untouched from 2 yards out. Fletcher was not done scoring, as on the next Mercyhurst possession, Spence would block the punt and Fletcher would recover in the end zone for six.

With 1:35 left to go in the third quarter, Sisson would find Jordan Williams on a 47-yard bomb good for six more points. The final score of the game would come once again from a Kondis field goal. This time he hit from 27 yards out. The fourth quarter would pass by uneventful as Edinboro began to cycle in some of its second string players.

“I believe the guys are actually buying into how good we really are and that is going to really help us going forward, especially with the games we have coming up,” head coach Justin Lustig said.

The Edinboro Fighting Scots will take on Slippery Rock University next Saturday at 2 p.m. for Slippery Rock’s homecoming game.

George Schmidt is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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