Shippensburg drops anchor on Bald Eagles

Alex Wahl
Staff Writer

The Lock Haven University football squad (0-6, 0-3 PSAC) traveled to Shippensburg to take on the always-tough Red Raiders (4-2 overall, 2-1 PSAC) last Saturday. Shippensburg went on to win its 12th straight over Lock Haven with a score 44-34.

The win is Shippensburg’s 50th over the Bald Eagles, which is the most wins for them over any other opponent.

Quarterback Caleb Walton once again had a historic day on the gridiron. Walton threw for a career-high 370 yards and tied his own record of four touchdown passes.

On the other side of the ball, defensive back Rahjeir Miles-Eubanks finished the game with an astonishing 18 tackles with 14 of them being solo stops. His 18 tackles are the fourth-most ever recorded by a Lock Haven player in a single game. Miles-Eubanks received the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance.

It was a busy first quarter for both teams. Shippensburg got on board first with Andrew Smith running the ball for an eight yard touchdown. Lock Haven came right back two minutes later with a touchdown pass from Walton to Dan Krupko to tie the game. The Red Raiders came back with four minutes left in the first quarter with a 29-yard pass from Ryan Zapoticky which made the score 14-7 after one quarter.

It definitely didn’t seem that way after the second quarter. The Red Raiders exploded with 20 points, making the score 34-14 after the first half. Walton threw another touchdown pass to Caleb Kephart with 19 seconds left.

The third quarter was rather uneventful much like the East Stroudsburg game. Lock Haven inched closer with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Krupko. The score was 37-21 in favor of Shippensburg after three quarters.

Shippensburg’s Justin Pyle ran for three yards to increase the lead. Lock Haven Head Coach, Dave Taynor got his Bald Eagles to rally in the fourth. With 9:43 left in the game, backup quarterback Shaun Jones threw a touchdown pass to David Cook from the 8-yard line. Later, with only 3:44 left, Walton threw his fourth touchdown pass to Krupko. Walton failed on a two-point conversion attempt which eventually settled the score for Shippensburg.

Lock Haven will play host to Cheyney University this Saturday at the 2015 Homecoming game. Cheyney is currently on a 38-game losing streak. The game, which kicks off at 2:07 p.m. will be produced by FOX56 Sports Productions and aired live on MYTV WQMY.


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