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IUP Manhandles LHU, 56-6

Written by: on Saturday, November 5th, 2011



LOCK HAVEN — On a beautiful day at Hubert Jack Stadium, the display of football on the Lock Haven University side of the field was anything but pretty.

Scoring on the first play of the game, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks immediately set the tempo as they scored at will while demolishing the Bald Eagles by the final of 56-6 in a PSAC-West matchup.

IUP quarterback Pat Smith his Pat Brewer with a 69-yard scoring aerial 20 seconds into the game and for all intents and purposes, the race was on.

During the first half, the Crimson Hawks scored six times and it didn’t take them long to take care of business.

The Brewer to Smith connection took only the one play, while the other five scores were the results of four, two, five, one and six play possessions.

Add to the porous defensive effort by the Eagles, the LHU offense also aided the IUP cause by turning the ball over three times on interceptions in the first half, five times for the game.

The domination by IUP was not only evident on the scoreboard but on the stat sheet as well.

James Johnson, who scored four times for the Hawks, rushed for 97 yards himself, while the LHU running attack only showed a net of 23 yards as a team. For his busy afternoon, Johnson was Mr. Efficiency as he finished with the 97 yards on just six touches for the four scores.

The Bald Eagles had their only scoring opportunity of the opening half negated by a holding call. Quarterback Jarryd Kratzer found Devin Sims streaking down the left sideline and hit him in stride for what appeared to be a nifty 67-yard catch-and-run and a LHU touchdown. However, back up field, a little yellow piece of laundry on the turf nullified arguably the best play of the game for the Eagles.

Trailing by a 42-0 count, things didn’t get any better for the Bald Eagles as IUP picked off their fourth pass 54 seconds into the third period. To make it a perfect four-for-four in “pick sixes“, Marvens Toussiant returned the theft 29 yards for the six-pointer before the Crimson Hawks tacked on their final score with 2:59 left in the third period.

Avoiding the shutout, the Bald Eagles scored inside the final minute of the game when the former Indian Valley connection of quarterback Jarrett Kratzer and wideout Jay Hartman hooked up for a 24-yard scoring play to set the final.

Offensively, bright spots for the Bald Eagles were another century mark in rushing by Brandon Brader as he finished with an even 100 yards on 30 lugs, while in the receiving department, Hartman grabbed four balls for 57 yards and the lone Haven score and Jesse Hoover added five catches for 43 yards.

Defensively for LHU, Skylar Wool led with five tackles (one for loss), while Tyrai Anderson, Ibrahim Smith, Donovan Norris and George Christas each registered four stops.

Now 0-9 overall and 0-7 in the PSAC-West, the Bald Eagles will close out their season next Saturday when they travel to Bloomsburg for a 1 p.m. crossover matchup with the Huskies at Redman Stadium.

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