November 16, 2012
SU clips Eagles' wings in victory
The Crusaders (6-4 overall, 5-4 Landmark Conference) defeated Juniata (3-7, 2-7) 21-0 for their second shutout of the season, ending their season a positive note.
The game was scoreless for most of the first quarter, until senior wide receiver Spenser Ercole caught a 24-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Taylor Kolmer to give the Crusaders an early 7-0 lead. Kolmer found Ercole open after a short route and Ercole reversed direction to the middle of the field and went into the end zone.
Early in the second quarter, the Eagles tried to tie the game but sophomore defensive end Adrian Bernard had other plans. Bernard forced a fumble and senior free safety Jalon Scott recovered the ball for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders held onto their slim lead until less than two minutes in the third quarter. Kolmer connected with senior wide receiver Mike Ritter on a 24-yard pass to extend the Crusaders lead to 14-0. Ritter, playing his final game for the Crusaders, led the team on offense with nine catches for 118 yards and the score. The pass capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive to put the Crusaders ahead by two scores.
The Crusaders defense loomed large on the next possession as sophomore cornerback Cody Miller intercepted a pass over the middle of the field. Miller bobbled the ball before coming down with the pick 43 seconds after the Ritter touchdown, keeping the momentum going.
The Crusaders tried to add to the lead early in the fourth quarter on a pass from Kolmer to an open Denzell Walker. The sophomore wide receiver ran to the three-yard line before the ball was stripped and recovered by the Eagles.
As was a constant theme for the Crusaders, the defense stopped the Eagles with a sack on third down by senior co-captain and starting defensive lineman Ken Schetroma.
After a punt, freshman running back Tim Wade capped off the win with a three-yard touchdown after a 40-yard pass from Kolmer to Ritter put the ball at the three.
For the seniors playing their final game in Selinsgrove, it was a victorious end to their careers and a second straight winning season. Their 6-4 record marked the first time in 12 years that the Crusaders had back-to-back winning seasons having gone 6-4 last season as well.
The Crusaders ended their season on a positive note, battling back from early-season injuries that cast questions over the team. Three straight wins culminated with a blanking of the Eagles.
The Crusaders limited the Eagles to 259 yards offensively, stunting the dual-threat ability of Eagles sophomore quarterback Ward Udinski.
"It feels great to have the Goal Post Trophy back where it belongs," Schetroma said. "We worked our tails off all week to ensure a great win and that's exactly what we did. Losing that trophy last year was a heartbreaker, so we made sure we did everything in our power to get it back."
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