Lock Haven football wins at Millersville
MILLERSVILLE – Caleb Walton threw three touchdown passes and Lock Haven turned in a tremendous defensive effort as the Bald Eagles snapped a 30-game road losing streak at Millersville, 26-14, Saturday.
The Bald Eagles (3-5, 2-3 PSAC East) scored 13 second-quarter points thanks to two interceptions and a late fumble recovery, which helped beat Millersville (1-7, 1-4 PSAC East) for the first time since 1959.
The win also marks the third of the year for third-year head coach John Allen and his Bald Eagles, giving Lock haven its most wins since going 3-8 during the 2004 season.
Prior to Saturday, Lock Haven’s last win on the road came in 2007 at Clarion.
Walton, who was making his second consecutive start and the just the second of his career, threw for 181 yards and three TDs. He was 16 of 29 passing with no interceptions. Walton hit three players for scores, including David Cook, Jesse Hoover and Matthew Gibson.
The Bald Eagles defense once again flexed its muscles and proved why it is one of the top units in the PSAC and in Division II football. The Bald Eagles picked off each of Millersville’s three quarterbacks once.
Lock Haven’s balanced defensive effort was led by five players who recorded five total tackles, including Georg Christas, Kyle White, Matt Kirchner, Chris Englar and Nick Suriano.
Marco Olivo had two of Lock Haven’s three interceptions, and the Bald Eagles recorded five sacks.
Lock Haven led 13-0 at halftime, scoring all 13 points in the second quarter. It was the Bald Eagles’ first halftime lead all year.
Kicker Alex Boumerhi put LHU up 3-0 with 8:57 left in the second quarter on a school-record 48-yard field goal. The long field goal was set up after the first of two Olivo interceptions.
Late in the second quarter Mike Williams picked off Millersville’s Jared Pierce and returned it 42 yards, setting up Lock Haven’s first touchdown. Two plays later, Walton hit Cook on an 18-yard pass for a touchdown with just six seconds remaining the half.
Lock Haven wasn’t done and with just 3 seconds left in the first half, the Bald Eagles recovered a Marauder fumble in field goal range at the MU 23-yard line. With no time left on the clock Boumerhi connected on a 40-yarder.
Hoover caught a 37-yard pass from Walton for his 11th career touchdown late in the third quarter and Gibson hauled in a TD pass from Walton on a fake field goal with 5:02 left in the fourth to round out the Bald Eagle scoring.
Lock Haven travels to East Stroudsburg on Saturday for a 3:05 p.m. kickoff.
LHU-Alex Boumerhi 48 yd field goal, 8:57
LHU-David Cook 18 pass from Caleb Walton (Alex Boumerhi), :06
LHU-Boumerhi 40 FG, :00
MU-Ian Sadon 17 run (Evan Stahl kick), 3:20
LHU-Jesse Hoover 37 pass from Caleb Walton (Boumerhi kick), 3:01
LHU-Matthew Gibson 9 pass from Walton (Boumerhi kick), 5:02
MU-T. Petrovich 13 pass from Corey Unger (Stahl kick), :29
Third-down conv.3 of 169 of 17
Fourth-down conv.3 of 40 of 0
Red zon scores-chances2-32-4
RUSHING: Lock Haven-Brandon Brader 10-25; Matthew Gibson 10-23; Caleb Walton 6-23; Lloyd Jackson 3-5; Beau Swales 4-2; J. Cornelius 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 2. Millersville-Ian Sadon 18-74; Corey Unger 8-38; David Coates 1-3; JaredPierce 1-minus 2; Connor Casey 4-minus 2.
PASSING: Lock Haven-Caleb Walton 16-29-0-181. Millersville-Corey Unger 8-20-1-86; Connor Casey 9-15-1-91; Jared Pierce 1-2-1-19.
RECEIVING: Lock Haven-Jesse Hoover 6-75; James Wilbern 2-32; David Cook 2-28; Matt Luebbers 1-14; Jerome Charles 1-11; Matthew Gibson 1-9; Frankie Probst 1-6; Beau Swales 1-6; Eddie Celkos 1-0. Millersville-Brent Collins 5-55; David Coates 3-52; T. Petrovich 3-34; M. Reichenbach 2-22; Kevin Porter 2-14; Mark Damirgian 2-4; Ian Sadon 1-15.