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Week four preview: vs. East Stroudsburg

Jayson Moyer
Sports Editor
jpm362@lhup.edu

The Lock Haven University football team dropped its third straight game of the season in as many tries on Saturday, falling at IUP 38-13.

Lock Haven (0-3) put the first points on the board on Saturday, as senior kicker Alex Boumerhi nailed a 34 yard field goal to cap a nine play, 34 yard drive, giving the Bald Eagles a 3-0 lead.  Boumerhi is 3-3 on field goal attempts this season, with his long being that 34 yarder.

That would be the only lead Lock Haven would be able to muster for the rest of the game, though, as IUP (2-0) outscored the Eagles 38-10 for the final three quarters.  Lock Haven has been outscored 105-36 in three games this year.

IUP tied the game in the second quarter with a 22 yard field goal, and then Drew Harris rattled off a 22 yard touchdown run to put IUP up 10-3.  Harris had 17 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown.

With the score 10-3 at the beginning of the third quarter, Lenny Williams capped off a 10 play, 75 yard drive for IUP with a seven yard touchdown run.  Williams had 10 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown while also completing 5-13 passes for 44 yards and an interception.

A little over a minute later, Dorian Lane picked off a pass from Lock Haven quarterback Caleb Walton and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown, giving IUP a 24-3 lead.

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The Bald Eagles put together a decent drive of 10 plays, 67 yards in 2:39 following Walton’s interception that ended with a 24 yard field goal from Boumerhi, making it 24-6 in favor of IUP.

Early in the fourth quarter, IUP ended their own 67 yard drive, running 13 plays, with a two yard run from Luigi Lista-Brinza, putting IUP up 25.  Lista-Brinza carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Lock Haven scored their lone touchdown on a 27 yard pass from Walton to junior transfer Dan Krupko, making it 31-13.

IUP put the icing on the cake late with under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, as Shannon Jackson scored from two yards out to make it 38-13.  Jackson was the fourth different IUP player to score a rushing touchdown on the day.  He had four carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.

IUP put together an impressive game on the ground for the second straight week, with 372 yards on 53 total attempts as a team, averaging seven yards per carry and scoring four touchdowns.

Lock Haven’s leading rusher was senior Beau Swales, carrying the ball 15 times for 78 yards.  It was Swales’ first game carrying the ball more than 10 times this season, and his first game topping 50 yards.  The Eagles averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Shawn Seif had two carries for 21 yards and caught five passes for 28 yards.  The redshirt junior now has 16 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns in three games this season.

Walton completed 18-35 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.  He also had 11 carries for 13 yards.

Lock Haven welcomes East Stroudsburg to Hubert Jack Stadium on Saturday for their second home game of the year after two straight away games.

East Stroudsburg sits at 1-2 on the season, losing 41-40 to LIU Post week one, 34-9 to Slippery Rock, but is coming off a 56-12 rout of Edinboro on Saturday.

East Stroudsburg is averaging 473 yards of total offense per game, but giving up 496 yards of total offense per game as well.  They average 340 passing yards per game and 133 yards per game on the ground.

Also, they give up 260 rushing yards per game, so this could be a great time for Lock Haven to jumpstart their rushing game and get the offense moving.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12p.m. on Saturday at Hubert Jack Stadium.  The forecast looks great, with a high of 75 and partly cloudy skies.

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