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Football denied first three-game winning streak since 1981

Josh Kutchner
Guest Writer
jmk9834@lhup.edu
Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart

Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart

Lock Haven football lost a hard fought game to Kutztown over the weekend, 34-20. It was perfect football weather as the sun was shining and the temperature was a cool 48 degrees. Lock Haven had a lot on the line Saturday as a win would have given the team their first three-game winning streak since 1981. QB Caleb Walton played well in his return to action, throwing for 214 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Walton’s touchdown tied him with Bob McLaughlin for the most passing touchdowns in a single season in school history (18).

RB Malyk Harris (No. 23 below, left) impressed again this weekend, rushing for over 200 yards for the second straight week. Harris averaged an astonishing 9.7 yards per carry against Kutztown on his way to 224 total rushing yards. Harris also managed to run one in for a score in the second quarter. WR Shawn Seif (No. 13 below, right) also impressed in his return to action. Seif played with what appeared to be a hand injury, but still managed to lead the team in receiving. The redshirt junior had a busy day, compiling 10 catches for 108 yards. Junior receiver, Dan Krupko caught QB Walton’s only passing touchdown of the game. Krupko finished with 5 catches for 57 yards.

Defensively, Lock Haven had five players rack up double-digit tackles. Senior LB, Tony Ballon lead the way, totaling 11 stops on the day. Sophomore DB, Carlos Balkcom managed two pass breakups for the Bald Eagles, the only player to record such a statistic. Junior LB, Aaron Hepburn led the team in tackles for a loss with two.

Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart

Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart

Kutztown outgained Lock Haven 524 total yards to 433 total yards. The Golden Bears also outgained Lock Haven in time of possession 36:54-23:06. Each team was close to even in third down conversions with Kutztown going 6-11 as Lock Haven went 6-12. The Bald Eagles suffered 43 penalty yards on 6 penalties, but they played a cleaner game than their opponent, who had 9 penalties for 73 yards. The game featured just one turnover. Unfortunately, that turnover was a fumble by the Bald Eagles that was recovered by the Golden Bears.

The game itself was an entertaining one with each team going back and forth. Kutztown scored first with Lock Haven eventually answering in the second quarter. Kutztown came right back and scored again just a little more than three minutes later. Lock Haven then scored less than four minutes into the second half on a Caleb Walton TD run. That score tied the game at 13. Kutztown then went on a fierce run that Lock Haven couldn’t recover from. The Golden Bears put up 21 unanswered points between the third and fourth quarters until the Bald Eagles finally scored late in the game, leaving fans disappointed in a 34-20 defeat.

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