By RONALD HANAKI
ESU Football beat the Lock Haven Bald Eagles 37-27 in an entertaining game at Lock Haven’s Hubert Jack Stadium last Saturday.
The Warriors were led by redshirt-junior tailback Jaymar Anderson, who carried the ball 30 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. It only took 20 seconds for the Warriors to score. ESU redshirt-junior tailback and kickoff returner Marquis Fells took the opening kickoff 57 yards to the Lock Haven 43-yard line.
Then on the first play from the line of scrimmage, Anderson rumbled 43 yards into the end zone for ESU’s first touchdown.
ESU’s second touchdown came later in the first quarter when redshirt-freshman quarterback Ben Moser hit redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Anthony Guarino on a 35-yard touchdown pass to put the Warriors ahead 14-0.
On the ensuing possession, Lock Haven freshman quarterback Kyle Knight’s fumble was recovered by redshirt-senior linebacker Sekou Jones in the end zone for ESU’s third touchdown. Just like that, ESU was up 21-0.
But the Bald Eagles wouldn’t go away quietly. They scored two touchdown in the second quarter, and ESU’s lead was cut to 27-14 at halftime.
Lock Haven would make it close in the end, but ESU did enough to hang on for the 37-27 victory.
ESU’s Moser was an efficient 8-for-17 for 114 yards and one touchdown pass. Overall, he did a decent job of protecting the football.
Along with the aforementioned Jones, ESU senior linebacker Dakota Everett, reshirt-senior linebacker Mike Wiand and redshirt-junior cornerback Mark Collins, Jr. forced Lock Haven into committing four turnovers in the game. The defense’s ability to force turnovers and to give the offense additional scoring opportunities has been a bright spot for the Warriors all season long.
ESU (3-7, 2-5) will close the regular season at home against California (8-2, 5-2) this Saturday. The Vulcans will not represent the west this year, but they are still defending PSAC Champions.
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