By Ronald Hanaki
The Kutztown University Golden Bears mauled the ESU Warriors Football 41-9 at Andre Reed Stadium in Kutztown last Saturday.
The game was scoreless in the first quarter, but Kutztown redshirt-sophomore quarterback Collin DiGalbo completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Amadou Barry and redshirt-junior placekicker Alec Rosenfeld booted two field goals in the second quarter to make it a 13-point deficit for the Warriors at halftime.
ESU rallied as redshirt-junior free safety Billy Inge had a 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown early in the third quarter to make the score 13-6.
However, Kutztown’s offense would explode. KU’s DiGalbo threw two touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Conor Sullivan and redshirt-sophomore tight end Jack Pilkerton to make the score 27-6.
ESU sophomore placekicker Jordan Walters kicked a 33-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
But on the ensuing possession, DiGalbo threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Barry to make the game 34-9 Kutztown.
With the game almost out-of-reach, KU redshirt-freshman Evan Culver added another touchdown for the Golden Bears on a 5-yard scamper in the fourth quarter to make the final score 41-9.
ESU did not have many answers against the defending PSAC East Champions. Kutztown had 560 yards of total offense compared to only 185 yards for ESU, and the Golden Bears almost had a two-to-one advantage in time of possession over the Warriors.
Kutztown’s offense had 25 first downs compared to only 13 for ESU.
There were a few bright spots for the Warriors. Redshirt-junior tailback Jaymar Anderson carried the ball 21 times for 93 yards.
Senior wide receiver Tim Wilson had five receptions for 82 yards.
Redshirt-freshman Devante Robinson had 12 receiving yards and 89 yards as a kick returner for 101 all-purpose yards.
Redshirt-senior quarterback Tim DiGiorgio started the game for injured redshirt-freshman quarterback Ben Moser.
DiGiorgio went 13-25 for 143 yards and two interceptions.
DiGiorgio was also sacked three times by the Golden Bears.
Penalties have plagued the Warriors for most of this season, but ESU only committed five penalties for 40 yards against KU.
The Warriors (2-5, 1-3) are back at Eiler-Martin Stadium to take on archrival Bloomsburg (5-2, 3-1) this Saturday at 4:05 p.m. for Homecoming.
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