KU uses 21-point run to knock off Mer­cy­hurst

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS -

ERIE » Craig Reynolds (Wil­low Grove, Pa./Abing­ton) scored three touch­downs as part of a 21-point run that led the Kutz­town Univer­sity foot­ball team to a 21-16 road vic­tory over Mer­cy­hurst Univer­sity on Satur­day at Tul­lio Field.

The Golden Bears (1-1) over­came a 10-0 first-half deficit as the Lak­ers (0-2) held the ball for 13:15 of the open­ing 15:00 and scored on their first two pos­ses­sions for the early lead.

Reynolds found the end­zone twice in the sec­ond quar­ter on re­ceiv­ing touch­downs, in­clud­ing one for 57 yards in the fi­nal minute, to give KU a 14-10 lead at the half. KU opened the sec­ond half with a 7-play, 58-yard drive that was capped with Reynolds’ third touch­down of the day – a two-yard run – for a 21-10 Kutz­town lead.

With 5:00 to play in the game, Mer­cy­hurst con­verted on a 3rd-and-16 with a 27-yard touch­down pass, but failed the two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to keep the game at two scores. Kutz­town con­verted two third-downs on its fi­nal drive by way of a 19-yard pass to Reynolds and a 17-yard run by quar­ter­back Collin DiGalbo (Se­cane, Pa./Mon­signor Bon­ner) to se­cure the team’s first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Reynolds had 205 all-pur­pose yards, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-high 125 re­ceiv­ing yards on eight catches. He ran the ball 22 times for 52 yards and a score, mov­ing him into sev­enth all-time at KU with 19 ca­reer rush­ing touch­downs.

DiGalbo com­pleted 20-of-26 passes for 268 yards and the two touch­downs to Reynolds, with no in­ter­cep­tions. He also ran for 46 yards.

Conor Sul­li­van (White­hall, Pa./White­hall) had a strong day with five catches for 78 yards – both ca­reer­highs – while Amadou Barry (Up­per Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) and Josh Lee (Wil­low Grove, Pa./Abing­ton (Thad­deus Stevens)) had three catches apiece.

De­fen­sively, Jalen Nieves (Ben­salem, Pa./Ben­salem) led the charge with 10 tack­les, in­clud­ing nine solo stops. Shawn Turber-Or­tiz (Northum­ber­land, Pa./Shikel­lamy) had a solid day in his sec­ond ca­reer start, pick­ing up nine tack­les with a sack and a forced fum­ble.

Chris Kim­biz (Brick, N.J./Brick Town­ship) had two sacks to lead the de­fen­sive line.

The win pushes head coach Jim Cle­ments’ record to 16-1 when hold­ing op­po­nents to 24 or fewer points.

Mer­cy­hurst run­ning back E’An­dre Smith ran for 96 yards on 21 car­ries. Quar­ter­back Doug Al­tavilla threw for 192 yards on 20-of-34 pass­ing and a sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down pass to Gar­rett Owens.

Kutz­town re­turns home for the next two weeks, be­gin­ning on Satur­day, Sept. 16, against Se­ton Hill Univer­sity. Kick­off at An­dre Reed Sta­dium is set for 12:05 p.m.

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