Bald Eagles drop Bloom
True freshman Kyle Knight had a career day which included three second-half touchdowns and he powered Lock Haven to a 27-24 comeback-win at Bloomsburg Saturday in a PSAC East game.
Knight rushed for a career-high 174 yards with three touchdowns and threw for a career-high 137 yards to help the Bald Eagles stun Bloomsburg, which entered the day in a four-way tie atop the PSAC East.
It marked the Bald Eagles second straight win over Bloomsburg and the first at Bloom in 25 years.
LHU hadn’t beaten the Huskies on the road since 1992, snapping a nine-game road-losing streak to BU. Last season when Lock Haven beat Bloomsburg, it marked the Bald Eagles first win in the series since 2003 and snapped an overall six-game losing skid to their nearby rival.
LHU third-year head coach Dave Taynor improved to 2-1 vs. Bloomsburg.
The Bald Eagles had another big day on the ground and finished with 306 rushing yards.
John Ford rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown. For Ford, it marked his fourth straight game with a score and now six of his seven touchdowns this season have come in the last four games.
For the second straight week a pair of true-freshmen from Williamsport led the way in the receiving corps. Jalen Jackson hauled in four catches for 51 yards and Elliot Walker had three catches for 27 yards.
On defense, linebackers Obadiah Asare and Alex Welch of Hughesville both finished with seven tackles apiece. Defensive backs Isaiah Flamer and Dontae Mason both made six stops. Flamer recorded an interception as well.
Ford’s 7-yard TD run 46 seconds into the second quarter tied the game, but Bloomsburg responded with 10 more second-half points and led 17-7 at the break.
The Bald Eagles came out in the second half and powered by Knight’s strong running, ran downhill on Bloomsburg.
Late in the third quarter Knight ran 38 yards for a score which cut the BU lead to 17-14. Early in the fourth quarter Knight did it again – this time on a 49-yard run – and put the Bald Eagles up 21-17.
The host Huskies didn’t go away quietly and a Bloomsburg TD with 6:43 left in the game had the Huskies on top once again at 24-21.
With 52 seconds left in the game, Knight put Lock Haven ahead for good and his five-yard TD run – his third TD of the game – put the Bald Eagles up 27-24.
LHU closes the season with home games the next two weeks against East Stroudsburg and Mercyhurst.
Lock Haven 0 7 7 13 – 27
Bloomsburg 7 10 0 7 – 24
B – Michael Allen 15 pass from Palubinsky (Ryan Abbott kick) 3:!9
L – John Ford 7 run (Nick Boumerhi kick) 14:54
B – Palubinsky 1 run (Ryan Abbott kick) 8:58
B – Ryan Abbott 31 field goal 1:45
L – Kyle Knight 38 run (NIck Boumerhi kick) 6:23
L – Kyle Knight 49 run (Nick Boumerhi kick) 14:22
B – Palubinsky 1 run (Ryan Abbott kick) 6:43
L – Kyle Knight 5 run (Nick Boumerhi kick) 0:52
Team stats L B
First downs 22 24
Rushes-yds 43-306 36-156
Passing yds 137 211
C-A-I 9-13-0 17-32-1
Return yds 55 32
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-0
Punts-avg 2-24 2-33
Penalties-yds 8-84 10-95
Possession time 24:25 35:35
Rushing: LHU Kyle Knight 20-174; John Ford 22-132, Ralph Hyland 1-0. Bloom Qmac Quiteh 13-63-0, Alex Gooden 11-52; Chris Palubinsky 8-32, Michael Allen 1-0, Tre Green 3-8
Passing: LHU Kyle Knight 9-13-0, 137 yds. Bloom Chris Palubinsky 17-31-1, 211 yds, TD
Receiving: LHU Cole Renninger 2-59, Jalen Jackson 4-51, Elliot Walker 3-27. Bloom Michael Allen 4-55, Aaron Allison 4-52, Ethan Price 3-44, Jay Popson 3-43, Duffy Gilhool 2-12, Tre Green 1-5
Records: LHU 2-7, 2-4 PSAC. Bloom 6-3, 4-2.