HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The Susquehanna football team defeated rival Juniata 24-17 in the last game of the season, bringing home the Goal Post Trophy in the process.
The Crusaders (5-5, 4-5) are now 29-26-1 against the Eagles (3-7-, 2-6) in the Goal Post Trophy rivalry series after Saturday's Centennial Conference win.
After the first quarter SU was down 10-7 but it would be the last Juniata lead of the game.
With the game scoreless and almost six minutes left in the first quarter, Juniata scored on a 24-yard field goal by Kevin Bonalle.
Two and a half minutes later, the Crusaders answered with a with a two-yard rushing touchdown from Cameron Ott to take the lead 7-3. The Eagles scored a touchdown with eight seconds remaining to end the quarter up by three (10-7).
A big second quarter put Susquehanna ahead 17-10 going into the half. A 3:37 drive at the beginning of the second ended in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nick Crusco to Diamente Holloway and with the Evan Argiriou extra point SU took the 14-10lead.
With five minutes remaining in the half and the ball on the 21 yard line, the Crusaders increased their lead to 17-10 on a field goal form Argiriou which would be the score at halftime.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the third quarter with the Eagles scoring first to tie the game at 17. The Crusaders followed with a 13- play, 58-yard run that ended with a one-yard rushing touchdown by Crusco and an extra point by Argiriou for a Susquehanna lead (24-17).
The fourth quarter went scoreless for both teams with the Crusader defense holding Juniata to 13 plays and only 10 offensive yards. SU recovered a punt fumble with seconds remaining in the game to finish with the 24-17 win.
Crusco led the Crusaders with 20 completions on 37 attempts and no interceptions for 208 yards and one touchdown. Kyle Neuschatz led in rushing yards with 94 yards on 14 carries while Crusco followed with 84 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. Ott rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Holloway totaled seven receptions for a total of 115 yards and one touchdown.