SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna football record book does not keep track of single-game sack records, but Saturday's 11 sacks against the visiting Moravian Greyhounds had to set or approach a single-game record as SU came away with a 20-0 blanking of Moravian.
On a windy day that limited the passing game for both sides, 11 Crusader defenders had at least a half sack apiece with Bill Mancini (Malvern, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and Ken Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia) leading the way with two apiece. Sacks aside, the SU defense also made 67 tackles, had three forced fumbles, six pass break ups and 20 combined tackles for loss. Trevor Terpening (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) led with 11 total tackles and also added a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
As a unit, the SU defense held the Greyhounds (1-5, 1-4) to 128 total offensive yards with just 54 coming on the ground. The Crusaders (4-2, 3-2), meanwhile, had 262 yards with 187 coming through the air and 75 on the ground.
Both offenses were blanked in the opening half before Susquehanna broke through for 20 points over the final 30 minutes. Rich Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa./Wallenpaupack) had a solid effort considering the gusty conditions, going 13-for-25 for 157 yards and did not throw a pick.
Alex Patchin (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) caught one ball for a touchdown and finished with 45 yards on three catches. Greg Tellish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) again took the majority of the handoffs, racking up 90 yards on 22 carries with one score. The other touchdown came on a Jared Minori (Tyrone, Pa./Bellwood-Antis) 56-yard fumble recovery that iced the game at 20-0 late in the fourth quarter.
Patchin broke open the scoring with 10:47 on the clock in the third quarter when he reeled in a 30-yard pass from quarterback Mark Rosenbaum (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central), who entered the game for a series in place of Palazzi.
SU struck twice in the fourth quarter in a seven-minute stretch. Tellish picked up a six-yard touchdown run that made it 14-0 and seven minutes later, Minori returned a fumble recovery and ran it back 56 yards to give his squad the 20-point cushion.
Susquehanna was flagged for 12 penalties which cost them 133 yards, but Moravian was never able to capitalize on its second chances.
This marks the first Crusader shutout since the 2009 season opener when SU blanked this same Moravian program 24-0. Over the past three meetings, the Greyhounds have scored just 12 points against Susquehanna.
The Crusaders remain at home next weekend to host Ursinus at 1 p.m. at Lopardo Stadium.
Sack Attack Leads to SU Shutout of Moravian