Lock Haven falls short
LOCK HAVEN – The Lock Haven football simply ran out of time in its PSAC-East battle with Shippensburg Saturday afternoon at Hubert Jack Stadium.
Shaking off a sluggish start that saw the Bald Eagles dig a 23-point deficit, Lock Haven battled back to outscore the Red Raiders by 10 in the second half only to fall short in a 30-24 loss.
“We made up our minds coming out at halftime that we were going to stop thinking about other peoples’ jobs and doubting each other and just focus on our jobs and what we need to do,” Lock Haven head coach John Allen said. “We have been saying for the last couple of weeks that if we just do our thing, good things will happen. We have great skill kids on our side that can make good things happen, but we just have to execute on each opportunity and not wait for the big play to happen. That is what we did in the second half.”
Although the Bald Eagles (2-4, 1-2 PSAC-East) fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter, their defense played well when it only gave up a field goal on a first-and-goal for the Raiders while also forcing Shippensburg into several punting situations during the first 30 minutes.
“I thought our guys did a great job in that first half,” Allen said. “We bent, but we didn’t break. They had a couple of plays, but for the most part, we stayed in there. Unfortunately we left them (the LHU defensive unit) out on the field and I think we got a little tired at one point. Then in the second half when we got some plays together, they played really, really well.”
A look back at the flow of the game would indicate that two of the lapses the defense was guilty of occurred in the final two minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the third quarter.
Backed up in its own territory, Shippensburg marched 75 yards on eight plays for a TD with 42 seconds left before taking the second-half kickoff and moving into the end zone for the second score with 1:24 off the clock.
“Those two situations hurt, but I wish we could have gotten the touchdown earlier in the game when we got the field goal,” Allen said. “I wish I would have called a couple of different plays. Coming out of the half we talked about the importance of holding your opponents to at least a field goal or getting them off the field without a score. Offensively you want to come out of the half and get points, but unfortunately they were able to do just that. We just continue to learn and grow and hopefully this will start a different trend from here on out.”
Lock Haven’s was dealt a blow in the first half when starting quarterback Dillon Mazzoni left the game and spent the rest of the afternoon on the sidelines with crutches.
Redshirt freshman Caleb Walton guided the Lock Haven offense the rest of the way.
“He (Walton) absolutely grew up today,” Allen said. “He was shaky in that second quarter, but he absolutely settled down and things started making sense to him and clicking for him. He is going to be all right. Although I have been saying it, he needs to see it on the field in a game and unfortunately (with Mazzoni’s injury) today he had no choice. I was really, really proud of him in that second half.”
Trailing 30-11 with 11 minutes left in the game, the Bald Eagles scored the final 13 points on touchdown runs by Beau Swales and Brandon Brader.
Brader finished with 87 yards on 16 carries.
Shippensburg10 6 7 7-30
Lock Haven0 0 3 21-24
S; (10:42)- Drew Newcomer 27 yd FG
S; (5:31)- Zach Zulli 13 yd pass to Trevor Harman (Newcomer kick)
S; (0:42)-Zulli 1 yd pass to Quran Kent (Newcomer kick failed)
S; (13:36)- Blair Brooks 30 yd run (Newcomer kick)
LH; (1:49)- Alex Boumerhi 32-yd FG
LH; (14:47)- Caleb Walton 53 yd pass to Cornelius (Matt Luebbers run)
S; (11:53)- Chris Lawshe 1 yd run (Newcomer kick)
LH; (7:25)- Beau Swales 3 yd run (Boumerhi kick)
LH; (5:19)- Brandon Brader 14 yd run (Boumerhi kick failed)
FIRST DOWNS 28 14
RUSHES-YARDS 40 – 209 30 – 82
PASSING YARDS 292 210
Passes Att-Comp-Int 43 – 31 – 2 27 – 17 – 0
Fumble Returns-Yards 0 – 0 0 – 0
Punt Returns-Yards 3 – 39 1 – 13
Kickoff Returns-Yars 5-131 5-127
Interception Returns-Yards 0 – 0 2 – 30
Fumbles-Lost 0 – 0 0 – 0
Penalties-Yards 6 – 55 4 – 17
Posession Time 28:55 31:05
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-4 3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 5 – 36 4 – 24
RUSHING: Shippensburg – Blair Brooks 16-145 yds TD, Zach Zulli 11-48, Chris Lawshe 6-10, TD, A. Williams 4-25; Shannon Maura 1-8. Lock Haven – Brandon Brader 16-87, TD; Beau Swales 4-19, TD, Dillon Mazzoni 1-5.
PASSING: Shippensburg – Zach Zulli 30-41-2 280 yards, 2 TDs; Chris Lawshe 1-2-0 12 yds. Lock Haven – Caleb Walton 15-22-0, 206 yards, TD, Dillon Mazzoni 2-5-0 4 yards.
RECEIVING: Shippensburg – Trevor Harman 15-122, TD; Sheldon Mayer 6-80; Quran Kent 3-26, TD; Blair Brooks 3-11, Dan Wheeler 2-33; Kyle Kush 2-20. Lock Haven – James Wilbern 4-75; J. Cornelius 2-74, TD; Jesse Hoover 4-29; David Cook 2-15; Matt Luebbers 2-7; Jerome Charles 1-7; Javonte Huggins 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: none
INTERCEPTIONS: Lock Haven – George Christas, D. Strawbridge.
RECORDS: LHU (2-4); Shippensburg (4-2).