The passing game was the strong point for the Shippensburg University football team during Saturday’s matchup with Kutztown University. The Raiders routed the Golden Bears 55–30 in a tough fought game.
SU dominated the game except for the first quarter. Neither the Raiders nor the Golden Bears found a way to put points on the scoreboard.
The Golden Bears scored the first points of the game when Andrew Deutsch knocked in a 29-yard field goal, putting KU up 3–0.
The Raiders retaliated when quarterback Zach Zulli connected with wide receiver Trevor Harman, capping a six-play, 45-yard drive. The score put SU ahead 7–3.
Kutztown battled back and capped off a four-play, 75-yard drive when quarterback Alec Werner hit wide receiver Kellen Williams for a 26-yard touchdown pass, regaining the Golden Bears’ lead, 10-7 with 10:32 left in the half.
The Raiders regained focus and scored five consecutive times, taking back the lead 38–10
The scoring was started by Sheldon Mayer with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Zulli found Harman one more time for a 76-yard touchdown pass.
Harman finished the day with 166 receiving yards, 10 catches and two touchdowns. With the 166 receiving yards Harman now extends his 100-plus receiving yard games to six in a row.
The scoring continued for the Raiders when Drew Newcomer knocked in a 24 yard field goal right before half time.
SU continued to apply pressure in the second half and added a 6-yard touchdown pass from Zulli to Blair Brooks.
Mayer added his second touchdown of the game when Zulli hit him for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
“We stuck together with the game plan. I just stuck with it and made some big catches,” Mayer said.
Mayer made some very big catches for the Raiders today when they needed it. Mayer finished the day with a career-high 163 receiving yards and 11 catches to go along with his two touchdowns.
The Golden Bears still had some fight in them when Josh Luckenbaugh scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, cutting the Raiders lead to 38–17.
The Raiders added two more scores, the first came when Newcomer knocked in his second field goal of the day, this one from 20 yards out.
Brooks added another rushing touchdown when he finished a five-play 89-yard drive with a 69-yard touchdown run, extending SU’s lead to 48–17 with just one quarter left.
The Golden Bears had one more surge left in them. Kodi Reed caught two touchdown passes, one for four yards and the other for 14 yards, pulling KU’s deficit to 48-30.
Raider junior quarterback Chris Lawshe put an end to the Golden Bears comeback when he ran in a 4-yard touchdown, solidifying the Raiders fourth consecutive victory.
Although the offense had big numbers for the Raiders the defense did a stellar job as well.
Linebacker Brian Sourber had a stellar day for the Raiders. Sourber recorded seven total sacks, four of which were solo tackles. Sourber also recorded one sack for the Raiders in today’s game.
“We keep coming together as a group. We are still looking for that complete game but there are some flashes of it,” Sourber said. “It’s all about consistency. We are always looking to improve.”
SU came together and picked up a much needed PSAC East victory.
The Raiders will now prepare for the PSAC power house West Chester University Golden Rams.
The Raiders take on the Golden Rams next Saturday at home for homecoming. Game time is set for 1 p.m.