Lakers Show No Mercy: Bald Eagles dominate on defense in PSAC showdown

By Doug Spatafore
Sports Information

October 11, 2012

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Freshman Bernard Smack returning a kick in the first half.

Despite a tremendous defensive effort on the road, the Lock Haven University football team fell to Mercyhurst, 19-10 on Saturday in PSAC West action after the Lakers rallied for a late fourth-quarter touchdown to put the game away.

Lock Haven (0-6, 0-3 PSAC West) scored with just over 10 minutes to play in the game, making it 13-10 in favor of Mercyhurst (5-1, 3-0 PSAC West), but the Lakers rallied late and went on a long drive that took over eight minutes and produced a touchdown with less than two minutes to play in the game.

Anthony Vendemia’s three-yard touchdown pass capped of a 15-play, 70 yard drive that took 8:13 and put the Lakers up 19-10 (PAT was blocked) with 1:47 to play.

LHU led 3-0 after a first quarter that proved to be a defensive battle, which set the tone for the rest of the game.

Noah Heimer’s (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) 36-yard field goal put LHU up 3-0 with 1:53 to go in the first quarter and  it capped off a 12-play, 78-yard drive that ate up six minutes and thirty seconds.

It marked the first time since Week 3 in 2010 at Kutztown where LHU held a lead after the opening 15 minutes of play.

The Lakers tacked on 10 points in the third quarter and led 10-3 at halftime.

With 10:07 left in the game, Ian Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) hauled in a five-yard TD pass from Jarrett Kratzer (Lewistown, Pa./Indian Valley) to make it a three-point game at 13-10 Mercyhurst.

The Lakes however responded with their big game-clinching drive.

Kratzer finished 13-for-20 for 138 yards.

Seven different players had a catch for the Bald Eagles including Jesse Hoover (Curwensville, Pa./Curwensville, who made three catches for 27 yards.

Brandon Brader (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) carried the ball 14 times for 43 yards in the loss.

The Bald Eagles defensive unit came up huge in the game. James Goins (Marion Heights, Pa./Mount Carmel) and George Christas (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) each made 11 tackles.

Ryan Good (Tower City, Pa./Williams Valley) and Tashawn Bunch (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) each added eight tackles in an all-around solid outing.

LHU returns to action Saturday (October 13) at California (Pa.). Kickoff in the PSAC West clash is set for 3:30 p.m.



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