Kane, KU clob­ber Cheyney

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS - Cour­tesy KU ath­let­ics

CHEYNEY » Red­shirt-se­nior quar­ter­back Chris Kane (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle Col­lege) made the most of his first ca­reer start, throw­ing for 311 yards and five touch­downs. On the other side of the ball, Kutz­town Uni­ver­sity’s de­fense posted its first shutout of the sea­son and held Cheyney Uni­ver­sity to neg­a­tive rush­ing yards in a 65-0 vic­tory Satur­day af­ter­noon in a Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (PSAC) East­ern Divi­sion game from Cheyney’s O’Shields Steven­son Sta­dium.

Kane con­nected on 21-of25 passes (84.0 per­cent) in his first 300-yard per­for­mance. He threw touch­down passes to three dif­fer­ent re­ceivers, in­clud­ing two apiece by Conor Sullivan (White­hall, Pa./White­hall) and Diego Tor­res (York, Pa./ West York Area), to lead the KU of­fense.

The Golden Bears (7-3, 5-2 PSAC East) out­gained the Wolves (1-9, 0-7) in to­tal yards by a 602-60 mar­gin. It marked KU’s most yards of the sea­son, while the 60 yards al­lowed were the fewest for KU since 2014. While Cheyney threw for 73 yards across three quar­ter­backs, Kutz­town held the Wolves to -13 rush­ing yards, the fewest for KU since 2014.

Kutz­town scored touch­downs on 6-of-7 first-half pos­ses­sions (one turnover on downs). Kane com­pleted 14-of-17 passes for 216 yards and three touch­downs in the first half.

Evan Cul­ver (Heller­town, Pa./Sau­con Val­ley) scored two touch­downs in the first half — one rush­ing and one re­ceiv­ing. It marked Cul­ver’s fifth-straight game with a touch­down. Ab­dul-Has­san Ne­blett (Ne­wark, N.J./ Para­mus Catholic) ran in a score from seven yards out — his se­cond of the year.

Kutz­town capped off the first half with its most mem­o­rable score of the day. On first-down from the Cheyney 4-yard­line, the Golden Bears sent se­nior cap­tain Ronny To­masetti (Dick­son City, Pa./MidVal­ley), a de­fen­sive end, into the game at run­ning back. He gained three yards on his first carry down to the 1-yard line, and ran in for a 1-yard touch­down for his first ca­reer score.

The To­masetti touch­down gave KU a 42-0 half­time lead.

De­fen­sively, Kutz­town forced Cheyney to go three­and-out eight times, with Cheyney’s other drives end­ing in two punts, a fum­ble, the end of the first half, a safety and an in­ter­cep­tion.

Nick Palmer (Montville, N.J./Ber­gen Catholic) tack­led the Cheyney run­ning back in the end­zone in the third quar­ter, Kutz­town’s first safety since 2014. Palmer also hauled in an in­ter­cep­tion in the fourth quar­ter.

On spe­cial teams, Shane Snisky (Jim Thorpe, Pa./ Jim Thorpe Area) blocked a punt.

Jalen Nieves (Ben­salem, Pa./Ben­salem) had a team-high six tack­les, as nearly ev­ery Golden Bear that trav­elled saw ac­tion. Palmer and TwyNique Chisholm-Wilk­er­son (Har­ris­burg, Pa./Steel­ton-High­spire) each had five tack­les. Nieves and Eric Miller (Ma­cungie, Pa./Em­maus) each reg­is­tered sacks on the day.

Kutz­town wraps up its sea­son next week­end, Satur­day, Nov. 11, at home against Slip­pery Rock Uni­ver­sity. Kick­off for Se­nior Day, Hall of Fame and Mil­i­tary Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day is set for 12:05 p.m.

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