LHU opens season with dominating victory
LOCK HAVEN — The last time the Lock Haven University football team won a season-opener was 2013 when the Bald Eagles defeated West Virginia State, 31-13.
Hoping to snap that five-game losing skid Thursday night when the Eagles hosted the Lincoln University Lions at Hubert Jack Stadium, they saw their hopes become reality as they silenced the roar of the Lions with a dominating 57-13 win on Community Night at the Stadium to go to 1-0 with the solid start.
“I didn’t really like the way we finished some of our drives,” said LHU coach Dave Taynor. “I wanted to slow things down, but it didn’t happen. “We executed well for most of the game and we got a good look with our quarterback grouping. We have a multitude of good receivers. We started a little slow, but we were able to get a few things rectified and that was good.”
As for the win, Taynor felt it was a very good way to start the season.
“It was a good way to start the season and we got the opportunity to look at a lot of the younger players,” said Taynor. “We made some mistakes, but I was pleased with our groups for the way they meshed.”
The Bald Eagles drew first blood on their initial possession of the game when quarterback Kyle Knight snuck in from the one, Charles Hayes drilled the extra point for a 7-0 LHU lead.
Lincoln answered the LHU score with a touchdown on a quarterback sneak, but the extra point attempt was blocked by Anthony Barber.
The LHU defense set the Bald Eagles up in business for their second score when Alex Welch, a Hughesville graduate, picked off a Lion pass.
Seven plays later, quarterback Knight hooked up with former Williamsport Millionaire and LHU All-American Jalen Jackson for a 14-yard touchdown, Hayes extra point was good and the Bald Eagles increased their lead to 14-6.
Hayes gave the Bald Eagles three more points when he nailed a 29-yard field 19 seconds into the second quarter and after a change of possession, Knight hooked up with Chantz Swartz for a 22-yard score and the Bald Eagle lead ballooned to 24-6.
Again the LHU defense held its ground following the Swartz score and backup quarterback Ethan Persa found Justin White open in the flat and the two connected for a 29-yard catch and run for the score. Hayes’ kick was good and the Eagle lead stood at 31-6 with five minutes left in the first half.
The Bald Eagles closed out their first half scoring with 32 seconds left when Knight fired a bullet to Brian Greene (Bald Eagle
area) for six yards and the score. Hayes adding the PAT.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bald Eagles recovered a fumble and on the first play, Persa hit Chris Hicks for the score, Hayes made it 45-6 with his sixth PAT of the night and the rout was officially on.
Leading the LHU offense through the airways in the first half was quarterback Kyle Knight who completed 20 of 25 attempts for 291 yards and three scores. Knights favorite targets included Jalen Jackson with 107 yards on five catches for one TD, Camron Alabos with three balls for 66 yards and Brian Greene with seven catches for 65 yards and one score.
With the huge difference, the reserves of both clubs finished the game to the final of 57-13.
For the game, Jackson finished with 107 yards and one score while Greene also did the bulk of his work in the first half with his 7 catches for 65 yards. Swartz led the Eagles overland with 80 yards, while Knight finished with 79 yards and one score.
“Starting with a win like this was huge for us especially with the bonds we have,” said Jackson. “We have a bunch of young guys and a win can really us build a bond. When I came here we only won 3 or 5 games and to get a start like this one can lead us to bigger and better things, especially for the younger guys.”
Lock Haven 57,
Lincoln 6 0 7 0 — 13
Lock Haven 14 31 6 6 — 57
LHU-Kyle Knight 1 run (Charles Hayes kick), 11:24.
L-Eban Jackson 1 run (kick blocked), 9:09.
LHU-Jalen Jackson 14 pass from Knight (Hayes kick), 2:35.
LHU-Hayes 29 field goal, 14:41.
LHU-Swartz 22 pass from Knight (Hayes kick), 9:10.
LHU-Justin White 29 pass from Ethan Persa (Hayes kick), 6:13.
LHU-Bryan Green 6 pass from Kyle Knight (Hayes kick), 0:32.
LHU-Chris Hicks 24 pass from Persa (Hayes kick), 0:07.
L- D. Triplett 44 pass from Ebna Jackson (Klubek kick), 12:33.
LHU-Hayes 32 field goal, 7:52.
LHU-Hayes 27 field goal, 2:52.
LHU-Dante Graham 4 run (kick blocked), 5:29.
First downs 12 35
Rushes-yds 23-111 51-223
Passing yds 159 393
C-A-I 12-29-3 25-37-0
Tota yards 270 616
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-yds 10-124 11-132
RUSHING: Lincoln, C. Edward-Smalls 10-60; Justin Johnson 5-28; Richie Goslee 1-27; Eban Jackson 7-(minus 4). LHU, Chantz Swartz 18-80; Kyle Knight 15-79 TD; Dante Graham 9-37 TD; Kevin Cooper 4-14; C. Drayton III 1-9; Gage Ocker 2-8; Camron Abalos 1-2; Ethan PErsa 1-(minus 6).
PASSING: Lincoln, Eban Jackson 12-26-2 159 TD; Emmitt HUnt 0-3-1 0. LHU, Kyle Knight 21-31-0 296 3 TD; Ethan Persa 4-6-0 97 2 TD.
RECEIVING: Lincoln, D. Triplett 3-61 TD; Richie Goslee 4-50; D. Brockington 1-22; Jordan Gray 1-20; Hunter Terrell 1-7; Justin Johnson 2-(minus 1). LHU, Jalen Jackson 5-107 TD; Camron Abalos 4-83; Bryan Greene 7-65 TD; C. Drayton III 3-40; Justin White 1-29 TD; Chantz Swartz 2-27 TD; Chris Hicks 1-24 TD; Ahmir Edwards 2-18.