Cheyney 6 East Stroudsburg 10
October 29, 2011
“We’re playing hard every game. One of these games we are going to break through. There is still plenty of fight in all of our guys. No one is letting up,” stated Coach Lockard after a 10-6 defeat to East Stroudsburg.
A wintery autumn storm rolled through southeastern Pennsylvania forcing the Wolves and the Warriors of East Stroudsburg to move the start of the game from 1:00 pm to Noon in an attempt to beat the weather.
The early start proved fruitful for the Wolves as Cheyney University was the first to put points on the scoreboard. The teams traded punts to start the game but on the Wolves second possession Chris Anderson was able to orchestrate a five play 52 yard drive in 2:53 capped off with a 36 yard slant to Prince Stewart. It was the longest pass play from scrimmage for either team. The ensuing point after was blocked and returned for a defensive PAT making the score 6-2 at the 9:52 mark of the first quarter.
The weather conditions were horrendous for both teams as the offensives struggled. Cheyney produced only 116 yards while East Stroudsburg was credited with 190. The Wolves were able to force three turnovers (two fumbles) but could not capitalize. The quarterbacks from both teams combined for 10-36 for 128 yards.
On one of the fumble recoveries the Wolves started a drive on the Warriors 28 but turned the ball over on downs at the ESU 2.
East Stroudsburg took the second half kick-off and marched down to the Cheyney 13 before turning the ball over on downs. The Wolves were forced to punt but were the recipients of a roughing the kicker penalty that continued the drive. The drive still stalled and a pour snap over Tyler Wilkinson’s head gave the Warriors a short field that they needed. ESU’s Kendrick Williams found the end-zone three plays later on a five yard dive up the middle. After a blocked PAT the Wolves were whistled for a penalty trying to pick up the loose ball and get two points of their own. The result was ESU having another PAT try from 2. This time Williams ran it in for the final margin of victory. Williams ended the game with 105 yards on 25 carries.
All afternoon punter Tyler Wilkinson seemed to get the Wolves out of dangerous situations. The Wolves were pinned back deep in their own end several times and junior from Avon Grove seemed to always punt his way out of trouble. He punted the ball seven times for 232 yards including two inside the Warriors 20.
Isaiah Fleming led the Wolves with 10 tackles.
Next week the Wolves travel to C.W. Post. Kick-off is slated for Noon. Meanwhile the Warriors travel to Shippensburg.
Notes: It was the first time that Cheyney played a home game in snow.