Football finishes strong, falls to Lakers

Alex Wahl
Sports Editor
ajw7885@lhup.edu

The Lock Haven University Football team capped off a season for the ages on the road to take on the Mercyhurst University Lakers last Saturday (November 12th).

After an anticipated matchup in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), the Lakers (3-8) walked out victorious over the bald eagles (4-7) with a 49-14 score.

Lock Haven kept the game tied at zero for most of the first quarter until 1:49 left in the game with Richie Sanders earning a receiving touchdown from Doug Altavilla to make the score 7-0 after the first 15 minutes.

Mercyhurst kept it going in the second quarter with a 34-yard touchdown run from Drew Robinson to increase the Laker lead to 14-0.

The bald eagle quarterback Caleb Walton kept the game close thanks to a 58-yard pass to Kyeef Williams to make the score 14-7 halfway through the second quarter.

The Lakers, however, made sure that Lock Haven would pay for scoring at all. The defense responded the seven points with a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown thanks to Tarique Ellis.

Mercyhurst scored one last time in the first half with a touchdown run from Sanders to make the score 28-7 heading into the locker rooms.

During halftime, Lakers head coach Marty Schaetzle told his players to keep punishing the bald eagles and that’s exactly what they did.

Laker quarterback Altavilla didn’t waste anytime to score in the third quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Clay Waldron.

Sanders received his third touchdown run of the game with a 22-yard run to make the score 42-7 after three quarters.

Mercyhurst continued to punish the bald eagles in the fourth quarter after another touchdown run from Sanders to make the score 49-7 with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Lock Haven wouldn’t give up however. Running back John Ford responded to the 35 unanswered points with a touchdown run to make the final score 49-14.

Caleb Walton finished his historic career with 223 passing yards and a touchdown in the season finale. John Ford rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown run to cap off his season.

Lock Haven finished the season with four wins, the most since 1979. As a team, Lock Haven broke single season records, including total points with 323, passing offense with 3,158 yards, and total offense with 4,954 yards.

Photo: By Robert McCool

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