Ship runs by Edinboro

Photo: Tyler Trumbauer
Shippensburg handed the Fighting Scots their second loss of the season this past Saturday by a score of 47-21.

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports/Spectator

SHIPPENSBURG - With Shippensburg’s high-fly-ing offense, one would have thought Edinboro’s secondary would have come into the spotlight when the two schools clashed last week.

However, it was the Fighting Scots’ inability to stop the run that sank their ship.

Shippensburg rushed for 200 more yards than Boro as the Red Raiders (2-0) defeated the Fighting Scots, 47-21, Saturday afternoon on Student Association Field at Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University.

The Scots (0-2, 0-1 PSAC) struggled to achieve any sustainable rushing attack as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference west school totaled a mere 46 yards on the ground. 

Edinboro was able to get it going in the air early on in the game. Facing a third and 10 with the ball on their own one-yard line, Cody Harris (29-36, 300 yds., 2 TDs, 1 int.) found Darren Massey on a 39-yard strike to extend the drive. Sixth-year quarterback, Harris, capped off the seven-play, 99-yard drive with another pass to Massey for a 19-yard touchdown to put Boro in the lead 7-0.

Senior Shippensburg running back, Blair Brooks (18 carries, 170 yds., 2 TDs), found the end zone on the Red Raiders ensuing drive, but a blocked extra point kept Edinboro in the lead, 7-6.

Massey, who finished with 11 catches, for 161 yards and one touchdown, said Shippensburg’s defense caused the Scots some fits.

“Coming into the game we had a whole offense laid out,” he said.

“We tried to execute the deep ball and take advantage of the shell over top, but they played cover for the whole game and we had to change our personnel and do more quick slants and plays like that.”

Despite the offensive adjustment, it seemed early on that Boro could contend with Shippensburg. Defensively, the Scots forced a fumble that was recovered by senior Greg Cunningham, but Edinboro couldn’t garner any points out of it.

Following the first rushing touchdown by Brooks, Edinboro pieced together a solid eight-play, 51-yard drive, but Paul Ortiz’s 39-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Ship’s Brian Sourber.

The Red Raiders recovered it and two plays later Brooks scampered for a 62 yard rushing touchdown to put Shippensburg in the lead, 12-7, after a failed two-point conversion.

Shippensburg tacked on another touchdown before the half as Chris Lawshe (16- 26, 151 yds., 2 TDs) connected with Trevor Harman on a 19-yard pass in the back of the end zone with 32 seconds left in the half to make it 19-7 in favor of Ship.

The Red Raiders struck right away in the second half as Ryan Zapitocky threw a 33- yard pass to Harman (12 receptions, 133 yds, 2 TDs) to extend it to 33-7.

Harris got the Scots on the board with a six-yard rushing touchdown on their ensuing drive to close the gap to 33- 14.

Shippensburg, after a few more trips to the end zone, eventually took this one 47-21 and dropped Edinboro to 0-2 on the season.

“Right now we have to build off of camaraderie,” Massey said of the team after opening the season with two losses.

“We just have to motivate each other and pick each other up after this game and go in strong for the next one.”

The Fighting Scots have their home opener this week as they welcome East Stroudsburg University to Sox Harrison Stadium this Saturday at 12 p.m.

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