Wolves Put A Big Scare into Nationally-Ranked Bloomsburg
October 29, 2012
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 59 - Wolves 14 | Two Fourth Quarter TDs Prevent Shutout
The Cheyney University Wolves (1-7:0-5) gave the fourth-ranked Bloomsburg Huskies (8-0:5-0) all they could handle in front of 3,386 faithful as homecoming and seniors were celebrated on the Cheyney campus.
The Wolves used their patented ball control option offense to perfection in limiting the Huskies. However, the Huskies would prevail 27-13.
Bloomsburg got on the board first with a 42 yard pass from Tim Kelly to Ryan Dickerson on the Huskies fourth play from scrimmage. Cheyney answered with a 17 play, 73 yard drive that ate up more than 10 minutes of the opening quarter. The drive was capped by a Darrius Watson five yard run around right end. During the drive the Wolves converted two fourth down plays. The drive consisted of fifteen rushing plays. “When we execute our offense we are going to be a handful,” commented Head Coach Ken Lockard. The Wolves ran their offense to near perfection controlling the clock and not turning the ball over. Cheyney held the ball for nearly 24 minutes in the first half and 38 minutes of the contest.
The Huskies, resorting to a hurry-up offense, took the second kick-off and marched down the field 65 yards in seven plays in just under three minutes. Bloomsburg’s Franklin Quiteh capped the drive with a seven yard rush up the middle. The Wolves answered on their first possession of the second half with another long time-consuming drive. Cheyney ate up 7:24 while going 68 yards on 11 plays with Marcus Jones taking the ball in from one yard out. However, after a failed PAT, the Huskies were on top 14-13 with 4:38 remaining in the third.
After the teams traded punts, the Huskies took over on their own 34 and posted their longest drive of the afternoon. Bloomsburg took a page out of the Cheyney play book and went 68 yards on 14 plays consuming 7:28. During the drive, the Huskies also converted two fourth and one situations including a fake punt. Quiteh again capped the drive with a four rush but a missed PAT gave the Wolves hope leaving the score 20-13, a one possession game. After an Ernest Polite 33 yard kick-off return, the Wolves took over on their own 39 with 5:47 to play. After two short rushes the Wolves were faced with third and five. Cheyney quarterback Blaze Wasserleben thought he completed a pass down the near sideline to a diving Khalif Dandy at the Huskies 26 but it was ruled that he stepped out of bounds before he caught the ball; thus an incomplete pass. On the following play Wasserleben was intercepted. It was the first turnover of the game. Kelly once again found Dickerson in the end-zone on a 28 yard pass and catch on fourth down to round out the scoring. The Wolves would turn the ball over on their final possession.
“I am extremely proud of the guys,” commented Lockard. “We went head to head with one of the best teams in the country and more than held our own. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We had a great week of practice and we know that when we run our offense correctly we can compete with anyone.”
The Cheyney defense was led by Isaiah Fleming. Fleming registered 12 tackles. Coming into today’s game, Bloomsburg’s Quiteh led the nation in rushing at 177 yard per game. The Wolves held him to 108 yards. It was the first time this season that Bloomsburg scored less than 30 points. The Huskies came into today’s contest averaging 349 rushing yards per game, second in the country. The Cheyney defense held them to 228. “This was a total team effort,” commented Lockard.
Marcus Jones led the Cheyney rushing attack with 78 yards including a rush on 35. The 35 yard rush was the longest Bloomsburg has given up this year. Wasserleben was 8-11 for 72 and one interception. Bloomsburg signal caller Tim Kelly was 7-14 for 110 and two touchdowns. Six of his receptions went to Ryan Dickerson for 107 yards.
Next week the Wolves will travel cross-town to face West Chester. The game time has been moved up to Noon to accommodate the Golden Rams who will be hosting the PSAC Field Hockey Championships. Bloomsburg will travel to Shippensburg with the PSAC East title in the balance as both teams are undefeated.