Football Loses Heartbreaker

Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki Redshirt-senior quarterback #17 Tim DiGiorigo (with the ball) sets up the play action pass.
Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
Redshirt-senior quarterback #17 Tim DiGiorigo (with the ball) sets up the play action pass.

By Ronald Hanaki
Sports Editor

Eiler-Martin Stadium was where ESU alumni belonged last Saturday as the Warrior faithful packed the stadium only to watch their beloved Warriors lose a heartbreaker to Bloomsburg University. The Huskies overcame an 11-point first half deficit to beat the Warriors 38-28 and remain tied for first place in the PSAC East.

It was a tale of two halves. Bloomsburg drew first blood on a five-play, 80-yard touchdown scoring drive to take an early 7-0 lead.

But the Warriors would get on the board quickly when redshirt-senior quarterback Tim DiGiorgio fired a 77-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Tim Wilson to tie the game at seven.

That would be the first of three touchdown passes for DiGiorgio as he put on a passing clinic. DiGiorgio threw two more touchdown passes to redshirt-freshman tailback Devante Robinson and junior wide receiver Jylil Reeder to put the Warriors ahead 21-7.

Bloomsburg added a field goal just before halftime to cut the deficit to 11 points.

The Warriors continued to roll in the second half. Freshman linebacker Rich Melito scored on a 25-yard fumble recovery to make the score 28-10.

But with the season on the line for Bloomsburg, the Huskies would rally. Bloomsburg came back to score 28 unanswered points against ESU.

Bloomsburg redshirtsophomore running back Qmac Quiteh scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-17.

After DiGiorgio injured his throwing hand in the third quarter, he was replaced by redshirt-freshman quarterback Ben Moser. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Moser struggled to move the Warrior offense.

The Huskies added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead 31-28.

Late in the fourth quarter, Bloomsburg senior defensive back Eric Schwartz had a 15-yard fumble recovery for the Huskies to make the final score 38-28.

The Warriors (2-6, 1-4) will pay a visit to John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester this Saturday to play the Golden Rams (6-2, 4-1) for West Chester’s Homecoming.

Email Ronald at:
rhanaki@live.esu.edu

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