Bloomsburg University has no trouble with Lock Haven
BLOOMSBURG - Go figure.
On the day Bloomsburg University recognized three running backs that have accounted for a combined 16,960 yards - and counting - for the Huskies, quarterback Tim Kelly and his receiving corps stole the show in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East 56-10 victory over Lock Haven at Redman Stadium.
Franklyn Quiteh added to his all-time PSAC rushing record with his 21st consecutive 100-yard game with a 205-yard performance that gives him 6,116 yards for his career for 13th place on the all-time NCAA Division II list. In the first half he had 125 of his 159 yards on touchdown runs of 64 and 61 yards and he had a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on his 11th and final carry of the game.
Bloomsburg (4-0 overall, 2-0 PSAC) actually trailed 7-0 just 15 seconds into the game when the Bald Eagles (2-2, 1-1) scored on a 73-yard pass play from Dillon Mazzoni to Brandon Brader, but 41 seconds later the score was 7-7 after Quiteh's 64-yard scoring run. That was the first of four unanswered touchdowns that opened a 28-7 lead before Alex Boumerhi kicked a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter.
In attendance to see Quiteh's performance were former Huskies Jamar Brittingham, the previous PSAC rushing leader with 5,689 yards, and Irv Sigler, the 1997 Harlon Hill Trophy winner who rushed for 5,105 yards. Commemorative posters featuring the action photos of the three backs were distributed to the crowd of 2,428 in attendance, which included Quiteh's parents and his high school coach at Pocono Mountain West.
"It was great to see those two guys and for me to have my parents and coach here for the game," Quiteh said. "Irv came down to the sideline and we talked for a while about playing hard on every play and never taking anything for granted.
"I was really glad my high school coach could be here because he was the one who pushed me to be the best I could be. This was all very special."
Kelly and his receivers were equally as special. He completed 12 of 17 passes for 184 yards to seven different receivers for four touchdowns, including one of 33 yards to Quiteh with 56 seconds left in the first quarter for a 21-7 lead. Stealing the show, however, was wide receiver Glenn Hutton, Jr., who may not make the folks back home in the Garden State forget Victor Cruz, but had a breakout performance with three receptions for 67 yards and three touchdowns.
"I played quarterback in high school and passed for three touchdowns in a game, but I never caught three touchdown passes ever," Hutton said. "Coming into every game we wide receivers know our first responsibility to this offense is to block, but today we were able to throw the ball and I'm thankful the way things worked out."
In rolling up 593 yards in total offense the Huskies put coach Paul Darragh into the record books as the first in school history to begin a season with a 4-0 record. Not surprisingly, the most important thing to him was the improvement he saw in the team.
"They caught us off guard with that first play, but to our credit we came right back and responded to their score," Darragh said. "Franklyn certainly played inspired and like the other backs we've had he takes advantage of our system to get the most our of his talent.
"It was also good to see Kelly make those throws and take some pressure off the running game. He just keeps getting better, and that's something we've got to do as a team.
"Coming back and taking control like we did today can do a lot for the confidence of a team."