GREENSBURG – The Edinboro football team scored their first victory in 701 days – and the first for head coach Jake Nulph – with a 17-7 victory over PSAC West opponent Seton Hill, Saturday.
The Fighting Scots special teams unit turned out to be huge with a pair of field placement blocks. Sir Dennis II had a block in the first half and then a Bishop Simmons block was sent back 56 yards for a touchdown by Nick Cunningham.
Quarterback Jordan Castelli completed 12 of 20 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He was Edinburgh’s top rusher with 16 carries for 44 yards. Mike Watkins had six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Castelli and Watkins hung on a 22-yard passing play as Edinboro took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Dennis recorded his block in the second quarter to keep the score at 7-0.
Edinboro (1-3, 1-1) was leading 10-7 when Simmons hit his block in the fourth before Cunningham’s touchdown made the game a two-possession fight.
Deandre Dowdell was the Fighting Scots’ top tackle with 10 saves. Saige Ley made nine tackles. Tarique Smith and Clay Cunningham recorded sacks.
Logan Wiland had 24 carries for 112 yards for Seton Hill (2-3, 0-2).
# 25 IUP 28, Gannon 23: In Indiana, running back Melvin Blanks of Gannon had 114 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Knights’ return effort failed.
Gannon (2-3, 1-1) scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and had a chance to win the game, but returned the ball to the downs on his final possession.
Golden Knights quarterback Kory Curtis finished 18 of 35 for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Those two touchdowns came to Blanks, who totaled 10 carries for 63 yards and four receptions for 51.
Damerisse Freeman Jr. was Gannon’s top receiver with three catches for 101 yards.
Linebacker Trey Baker was the Knights’ top tackle with 14 saves. Defensive back Tre McNeill added 10 saves.
Harry Woodbery led IUP (3-1, 2-0), completing 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
# 25 Cal U 37, Mercyhurst 0: In California, a pair of interception and return touchdowns helped host Vulcans to the victory in the first half.
Mercyhurst trailed 10-0 before Cal U returned two different Lakers interceptions at paydirt. Kavon Morman had a 29-yard return and Noah Dillon added a 12-yard return. The touchdowns came 63 seconds apart and left the Vulcans with a 24-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Cal U quarterback Noah Mitchell completed 24 of 35 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebackers Thomas Zacharyasz and Jacob Holl were Mercyhurst’s top tacklers with 10 saves each. Holl also had a forced fumble. Defensive back John Allen made an interception.