Hawks hamper homecoming for Edinboro

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Edinboro’s Anfreenee Williams (far right) looks for room to run last Saturday as the Scots lost to Indiana (Pa.), 18-8, on homecoming at Sox Harrison Stadium.
Edinboro is defeated by Indiana

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor /Spectator

September was not kind to the Fighting Scots, as it presented a grueling schedule filled with long road trips, which proved to be daunting as ‘Boro fell to 0-4. With the calendar changing to October, Edinboro was hoping their fortunes on the gridiron would as well.

Unfortunately for the Scots, they didn’t.

Edinboro (0-5, 0-4 PSAC) fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania 18-8 last Saturday on homecoming at Sox Harrison Stadium in front of a crowd of over 5,000.

Early in the game the defense of the Scots was outstanding as Edinboro forced IUP (4-1, 3-1) to settle for field goals on their first two drives of the contest, which was a victory for the Scots as the Crimson Hawks had not attempted a field goal this season heading into Saturday.

IUP’s Brett Ullman connected on both of the tries, the first from 37 yards and the second from 25, to give the preseason PSAC West favorites a 6-0 lead heading into halftime. Edinboro’s 45-yard field goal attempt by Paul Ortiz was short and hit off the post   early in the second quarter.

“I think our defense played extremely well,” head coach Scott Browning said. “Ultimately we held them to those field goals early. I thought that was really critical.”

The Crimson Hawks opened up their offense a bit more in the second half behind freshman tailback Luigi Lista-Brinza (24 car., 118 yds.). He amassed 22 yards on the ground, as well as 12 in the air on IUP’s opening drive of the third quarter. That drive would go 61 yards on 11 plays and was capped off by a touchdown catch by Drew Carswell (5 rec., 68 yds., 1 TD) on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone to extend Indiana (Pa.)’s lead to 13-0.

Offensively, the Scots struggled to muster any real threat for the Crimson Hawk defense as Edinboro failed to move the ball, punting on 7 of their 12 drives, as well as totaling -6 rushing yards as a team.

The offensive line did not help matters either, allowing nine sacks in the game, bringing its season total to 32 sacks allowed, leading the PSAC.

“Their defensive line is strong. We just didn’t play well up front,” admitted Browning. “I don’t know if we got worn out in the second half, maybe their defensive line did wear us out…we just got to get better on offense.”

“It is tough,” quarterback Cody Harris said about the amount of sacks. “It is just little game things that we weren’t picking up. Honestly, I’m just at a loss for words about it right now.”

The defense kept the Scots in the game as it kept IUP out of the end zone late in the third by forcing a fumble by Lista-Brinza at the goal line, which was recovered in the end zone by O’Sha Jackson to keep the score at 16-0 IUP as the Crimson Hawks booted in a field goal earlier in the third.

Edinboro’s offensive unit showed some signs of life early in the fourth quarter. Harris (1622, 135 yds., 1 TD) connected with freshman Kolbe Hughes (3 rec., 32 yds., 1 TD) on a sixyard touchdown pass with 9:45 left in the game to prevent the shutout. The Scots elected to go for two and converted as freshman Marcus Hill caught a tipped pass by Harris to make it a onescore game, 16-8.

The suddenly stingy Boro defense forced IUP to punt and the Crimson Hawks downed the ball at Edinboro’s 10-yard line. Following a seven-yard sack to start the drive, the Scots were called for offensive holding in the end zone, on the next play, resulting in a safety, giving IUP two points, possession of the ball, and essentially the game.

“All we can do is go back to work now,” said Browning. “I believe we have Clarion next. So go back to work and prepare for them as well as try and get better each week.”

Edinboro travels to Clarion to take on the Golden Eagles this Saturday at 6 p.m.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com