First year head coach Dave Taynor lead an offensive resurgence in his first season at the helm of the Lock Haven football team, but, for the second consecutive season, the team finished with a record of 2-9.
The Bald Eagles welcomed the California (Pa.) Vulcans to a chilly Hubert Jack Stadium on this past Saturday, Nov. 14. The Vulcans returned home with a sound 56-24 victory over LHU.
After winning the coin toss and electing to receive, redshirt-junior quarterback Caleb Walton lead Lock Haven into the redzone and the offense ended up settling for a 22-yard field goal from senior Alex Boumerhi. The score marked the sixth time this season that Lock Haven got points from their opening offensive possession.
Cal (Pa.) answered with a 10-play, 60-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 5-yard TD run. The following possession for each team ended in a touchdown to concluded the first quarter scoring with Cal (Pa.) ahead, 14-10.
Cal (Pa.) quarterback James Harris connected with WR Garry Brown for one of his five touchdown passes to open the scoring in the second quarter.
Following another Vulcan touchdown, Walton and receiver Shawn Seif found paydirt to draw Lock Haven within 11 with 1:40 left to go in the first half. However, Cal (Pa.) marched right down the field in six plays for 86 yards to go up 35-17 at the half.
That score, paired with their 87-yard touchdown to begin the second half, produced an insurmountable gap for the Bald Eagles. Cal (Pa.) managed to push a 28-17 game to 42-17 without Lock Haven gaining a full possession.
The Vulcans ended up finding the endzone twice more while Lock Haven also scored an additional touchdown which gave the Vulcans the 56-24 victory over LHU.
Walton, on the season, passed for 2,541 yards which is good enough for fourth-most in a single season. He also became the second Lock Haven quarterback to pass for 2,000 yards in two different seasons. The Walton-lead offense also finished set a single-season record for total yards (4,603).
His battery-mate Luke Erdman, who was one of 15 seniors honored before the game, started his 41st consecutive game. Erdman started every game since week four of the 2012 season and been nominated for the 2015 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award.
Fellow senior Tony Ballon had a team-high 10 tackles and finished with the season with 109 tackles, the most for a Lock Haven defender in a single-season since 2002.
The offense is set to return several key pieces on offense next season in the form of their leading rusher and four of their top five receivers. On defense, three of the top four tacklers from the 2015 season are due to return.