Shippensburg University freshman quarterback Evan A. Falco was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Football Offensive Athlete of the Week on Monday afternoon, marking his first career weekly award from the league.
Falco completed 16-of-32 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns and did not commit a turnover as the Raiders went on the road and defeated Gannon, the No. 7 team in Super Region One, 35-28 in overtime. He completed passes to six different receivers, with his most popular target being sophomore Redd Douglas (seven receptions, 109 yards, touchdown).
His ability to preserve drives with his legs was also a key factor in the win. While his total rushing yards were just 26 due to sack yardage and a recovered fumble, Falco ran for three first downs on a third-down or fourth-down play.
On the opening drive of the game, Falco converted a 3rd-and-15 for a first down with an 18-yard rush, and also had an 8-yard rush for another first down. Late in the second quarter, Falco converted a 4th-and-2 with a 7-yard rush for a first down. On a third quarter touchdown drive, Falco converted a 3rd-and-1 with a 4-yard rush for a first down. On the drive that SU took a 28-21 lead, on a 2nd-and-goal from the 11, Falco ran 10 yards to set up a third and goal from the 1 that RB Khalid Dorsey converted for a go-ahead touchdown.
It is the first time a Raider has received the PSAC Eastern Division Football Offensive Athlete of the Week award since Brycen Mussina on Sept. 27, 2021.
Overall, SU had seven players receive weekly awards from the conference this season. Douglas earned back-to-back Special Teams Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, Ray Jones was Special Teams Athlete of the Week on Nov. 7, Matt Feeney was a two-time Defensive Athlete of the Week (Sept. 26 and Nov. 14) and Tyler Simon was tabbed Defensive Athlete of the Week on Oct. 10.