October 04, 2013
Football looking for elusive first winCrusaders Head Coach Steve Briggs took his football team to play Gettysburg Saturday, losing to the explosive offense of Gettysburg, 42-28.
The Crusaders were down by 21 points in the third quarter, 35-14, before the tide started to shift.
Sophomore running back Merle Moscarello scored from five yards out with 3:33 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 14.
Sophomore running back Tim Wade added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to decrease Gettysburg's lead.
Moscarello made an impact in his first collegiate start, running for 176 yards and a third-quarter touchdown.
The Bullets pulled out a trick play to score their last touchdown with a halfback pass from junior halfback Fred Caruso to junior wide receiver Alec Pacelli.
The Crusaders fell behind largely due to the play of Gettysburg senior wideout Aden Twer. Twer was on the same page as junior quarterback Zach Miller throughout the game, connecting seven times for 135 yards and two scores to lead the Bullets.
The Crusaders had an opportunity to tie the game with eight minutes left in the game, but their drive went three-and-out to turn the ball over.
A pass from sophomore quarterback Cam Olson to sophomore wide receiver Colin Buckley on fourth-and-three fell incomplete to end the drive in Crusaders territory at the 41.
Gettysburg grabbed the ball, taking advantage of a short field to score.
Olson threw for two scores in his first collegiate start, amassing 308 yards passing.
With the loss, the football team is still looking for its first win, falling to 0-4 for the season. The obstacle Briggs and his team have to overcome, now, is finding a way to reverse fortunes for the remainder of the season.
When asked about how he was planning on beating an opponent like Gettysburg, Briggs said: "Tackling them in space, as we call it, and I think we did a pretty good job of that. What we did, was give up some big plays. That's what hurt us."
Even though the score makes it appear the game was easily won by the Bullets, it was actually a gritty back-and-forth battle until midway through the fourth quarter.
A late interception led to a subsequent Gettysburg touchdown, putting the Bullets two touchdowns ahead of the visiting Crusaders, and that is how the score remained.
Junior quarterback Taylor Kolmer, spoke about the current predicament the team is in, saying: "Obviously, right now we're not where we want to be. A couple close games, games that we could've -- should've won, but that's in the past."
Even though the team hasn't started the season way they hoped, Kolmer explained that this team had been in a similar situation last year and managed to pull itself out of the fire by ending with a winning record.
"We really turned it around last year." Kolmer said. "And we're hoping for the same thing this year."
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