LHU rolls ESU in record-setting performance

Alex Sklar
Sports Editor

The Lock Haven University football team turned in their best offensive performance of the season on Saturday, pounding East Stroudsburg 66-41.

The Bald Eagles didn’t take long to open the scoring against the Warriors.  In the first quarter alone, Lock Haven hung a 25 spot on the Warriors.

39 seconds into the game senior quarterback Caleb Walton dropped backed to pass and hit senior receiver Shawn Seif for 68 yards and a score to put Lock Haven up — a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the entire game.

In the first quarter, Walton threw for three touchdowns: two to Sheif and another to senior running back John Ford.

With 4:21 left in the first quarter, ESU brought out the punt team on 4th down. Jacob Jones blocked the punt and Adrian Pritchett ensued to return the block 26 yards for a Bald Eagles score and the rout was on. Lock Haven’s lead swelled to 25-0.

The Warriors did score in the first quarter but Lock Haven led 25-7 after the one.

To start the second quarter, ESU came out and scored again, pushing Lock Haven’s lead to only 12. The Warriors never got close again.

Walton threw two more touchdowns to Seif and then Ford capped off the first half for the Bald Eagles in style with a 52 yard touchdown run to put the game in control for the Haven as they went to halftime. Lock Haven had a commanding 45-13 lead.

In the first half alone Walton threw for five touchdown passes, four of those going to Seif.

Lock Haven would add three more scores in the second half and picked up a monster win over the Warriors.

The five-TD passes Walton threw (all in the first half) were a career best. He also rushed for 101 yards on the day.

Walton wasn’t the only player topping 100 yards on the ground as Corey Blakey added 111 yards and Ford ran for another 206 yards, a career-best day. He recorded the ninth most rushing yards in a game in school history.

Walton now has amassed 2,892 passing yards, only 81 yards away from the all-time school record. He is 10th in Division II in passing yards overall, and only 108 away from being the first LHU quarterback to throw for 3,000 in a season.

Seif totaled 210 yards on the day, which is sixth most in school history and pushed his season total to 1,227 yards. Seif is now the school’s all-time single season receiving yard leader. His four touchdowns on the day pushed his season total to 11, which are both school records. Seif is now fifth in the receiving yards in Division II.

Loch Haven also set the school record for points scored in a game.

The Bald Eagles victory over ESU marked the fourth win in five games and matched their best win total since 2002, when the Haven finished that season 4-7.

Lock Haven looks to keep the momentum rolling in their season finale. The Bald Eagles finish up this season Saturday, November 12 at Mercyhurst.  

Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.


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