The Shippensburg University football team had its offense get back on track in a big way on Saturday, establishing a 35-0 halftime lead in what was a 44-7 rout over the Lock Haven Bald Eagles as the Raiders wrapped up their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division schedule at Hubert Jack Stadium.
How it Happened
Shippensburg (4-6, 3-4 PSAC East) snapped a three-game losing streak. Lock Haven (1-9, 0-7) was held to minus-6 yards rushing by the SU defense and was out-gained by the Raiders 369-to-91, with its only touchdown of the game coming inside the final 30 seconds. SU produced a season-best 171 of its 369 yards of offense came on the ground.
Senior running back Khalid Dorsey (York, Pa./York (Howard)) scored the Raiders’ first two touchdowns, with first-quarter runs of 16 and 3 yards, and later found the endzone a third time on a 22-yard pass from freshman quarterback Evan Falco (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck).
After Dorsey provided the Raiders with a 14-0 edge after the first 12 minutes, Falco added to the Ship tally on the opening play of the second quarter, finding junior wide receiver Mike Vigliano (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg Area (Gettysburg)) on an underneath route in the red zone to cap a 14-play drive with a 12-yard touchdown.
The SU defense and special teams, so successful in providing points in the first half of the season, got back on track as well in the second quarter.
Redshirt-junior defensive back Nasir Greer (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) stepped in front of a screen pass thrown by Lock Haven quarterback Matt Stanton and returned it 35 yards untouched to give the visitors a 28-0 edge. Just a few minutes later, a punt block by redshirt-sophomore Ray Jones (Wilmington, Del./Saint Elizabeth) set up a 1-yard touchdown run from senior Bill Williams (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) to finish off the 35-0 halftime score.
Dorsey added his third touchdown of the day in what was the only points for either side in the third quarter. A 25-yard field goal from sophomore Jaxson Montross (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock Area) put the Raiders in front 44-0 with 14:09 remaining.
Lock Haven used a time-consuming drive to march 88 yards down the field for a late consolation score, with wide receiver Marquon Williams catching a 14-yard TD pass from quarterback Samuel Barber with just 29 ticks left.
Dorsey tallied a total of 78 yards (46 rushing, 32 receiving) in the Raider victory. Williams added to the run total, gobbling up 61 yards on the ground on a team-high 12 attempts.
Falco spread to ball around to his receivers during another efficient outing behind center. No receiver caught more than four passes, as Falco completed 15-of-21 attempts for 172 yards. Vigliano led the way with three catches for 54 yards.
Shippensburg combined for 15 tackles-for-loss (TFLs) defensively. Sophomore linebacker Javon M. Cruz (Rahway, N.J./Bergen Catholic) recorded a team-high seven tackles, while TJ Wagner had a career-high five tackles. Four different Raiders (Dontae Slocum, Ray Jones, Garrett David and Khi’on Smith) posted a team-best 2.0 TFLs.
Next week, the Raiders close out their regular season with an away matchup against PSAC West opponent Gannon (8-2, 6-1 PSAC West). Kickoff from McConnell Family Stadium in Erie is set for noon.