On a day when redshirt junior quarterback, Caleb Walton, and senior running back, Beau Swales set career highs, the team was unable to pull out a win against East Stroudsburg in a 37-34 defeat at Hubert Jack Stadium.
Walton passed for four touchdowns and also added a rushing touchdown. The four touchdown passes tied a career-high. The four scores also pushed his career total to 32, which is good enough for third most in school history (Three away from second all-time). Eleven of his 32 passing touchdowns have come against ESU. Additionally, he threw for 280 yards to move his career total to 4,169 which puts him fourth on the all-time passing list.
As for Swales, he rushed for 193 yards on 27 carries. That total was eleventh most rushing yards in a single game by a Bald Eagle.
Lock Haven struck first when Walton found Jeremy Cornelius in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
After an impressive goal-line stand, the offense went back to work, but a holding penalty in the end zone resulted in a safety and two points for ESU, their first of the day. The momentum was building for ESU after that play as they scored their first touchdown of the day just 58 seconds later.
Lock Haven showed some resiliency to battle back after being down 23-7 with 7:50 left in the second quarter. However, the final 3:51 of that quarter saw LHU score three touchdowns to send them into the locker room with a 28-23 lead. After the frantic finish to the half, the third quarter was much more tame as neither team could put points on the scoreboard.
After ESU blocked a Lock Haven field goal attempt, they drove down to recapture the lead 37-34 with 1:32 left.
Walton and his offense took the field with two timeouts trying to mount a game-tying drive. He led the team into field goal range, but a 44-yard field goal attempt, that had plenty of leg behind it, was missed wide left.
Walton went 20-38 on the day and a majority of his targets went to the trio of Dan Krupko, Shawn Seif and David Cook.
Krupko was targeted 13 times and only hauled in five of those targets for 67 yards. Seif, meanwhile, was much more efficient. Walton looked his way nine times and Seif caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. David Cook finished his day with five receptions on seven targets for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Walton enjoyed most of his success when he worked in the middle of the field. He was 7-8 over the middle, 7-13 when passing to his left and an underwhelming 5-16 when passing to his right.
When looking at the distance that his passes traveled in the air, Walton completed 64 percent (14-22) of his passes that traveled less than 10 yards. His completion percentage dropped to 38 percent (6-16) when throwing the ball more than 10 yards.
Defensively, the Warriors of East Stroudsburg targeted junior defensive back, Daniel Strawbridge, an astounding 21 times. Eleven of those 21 passes (52 percent) found their intended man.
Spencer Snyder and Carlos Balkcom had nice days in coverage for LHU. Snyder was targeted six times and allowed two receptions. ESU was 1-4 when targeting Balkcom and he came down Lock Haven’s lone interception.
Dave Taynor and his team will be looking for their first win of the season next Saturday when they take on the Golden Rams of West Chester (2-2). The game is scheduled to start at noon at Hubert Jack Stadium.