SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The first win of the season could not have come on a better weekend as the Susquehanna football team grabbed a 27-17 win over Moravian at a packed Lopardo Stadium on Homecoming Weekend.
The Crusaders (1-5, 1-4) opened and ended the game with high-scoring quarters and withstood a late Moravian (0-6, 0-5) charge to hold on for the win.
The big difference in the game came on the ground as SU racked up 192 yards rushing, led by 166 from sophomore Tim Wade (Doylestown, Pa./La Salle College HS). Wade carried the ball 35 times and averaged just under five yards per carry. His 35 carries were the fifth-most in a single game in Crusader history.
Mark Rosenbaum (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) was back behind center after being sidelined due to injury and threw for 169 yards (15-for-22) with one touchdown. Denzell Walker (Baltimore, Md./McDonough School) was on the receiving end for four of those completions, including a touchdown, and had 74 yards on the day.
Susquehanna’s defense also had a huge say in the outcome as Cody Miller (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) returned an interception for a touchdown and Bill Mancini (Malvern, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) tallied 10 tackles (2.5 for loss) with two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a sack. Mason Spangler (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus), meanwhile, had one sack and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Punter T.J. Morton [Elkton, Md./Salesianum (Del.)] certainly got the game started on the right foot as he booted a 65-yard punt – the fifth-longest in SU history – to pin the Greyhounds on their own one-yard line to start their first offensive possession.
Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) then proceeded put his team on the board first with a 29-yard field goal midway through the opening quarter, capping off a nine-play, 26-yard drive.
Six minutes later, Rosenbaum aided his own cause with a one-yard quarterback sneak that translated into a touchdown to put SU ahead 10-0.
Both squads traded field goals in the second quarter with Hotaling knocking a 32-yarder through the uprights with two seconds on the clock to keep it a 10-point Crusader lead (13-3).
The third quarter passed without either team finding the endzone before the offenses exploded for 14 points apiece in the final quarter. Miller accounted for the first touchdown of the quarter with his interception return for a touchdown and Walker followed that five minutes later with a 35-yard touchdown reception that made it a 27-3 Crusader lead.
However, Moravian still had 6:14 left to work with and twice quarterback Robbie Moyer found Jalen Snyder-Scipio in the Susquehanna endzone to suddenly make it 27-17. Fortunately for SU, there were just 31 seconds left in the game after Snyder-Scipio’s second score and the team was able to kneel down to end the game in a Crusader victory.
During halftime, the members of the SU Sport Hall of Fame Class of 2013 were recognized; the class was inducted on Friday night at the annual SU Sports Hall of Fame banquet. The class included: Don Harnum (coach, administrator), Kerri Eshleman ’05 (volleyball), Ryan Gleason ’04 (cross country, track & field), Emily Lepley ’07 Shank (track & field), Rob Sochovka ’87 (football) and Giulia Umile ’03 (women’s lacrosse).
Susquehanna remains at home next weekend to host Centennial Conference opponent Ursinus at 6 p.m.
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