Shippensburg University’s football team routed Lock Haven University on Saturday 52-14 at Seth Grove Stadium.
Shippensburg (8-2, 5-2 PSAC) built a 31-0 lead in just the first half, leading the way to their third straight win and wrapping up their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division schedule.
Quaterback Brycen Mussina threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 16 completions. He also ran for a touchdown and threw an interception.
Redshirt-freshman running back Nasai Moon had a career-high 123 rushing yards on 17 carries, giving the Raiders their first 100-yard rusher in their last 12 games.
Redshirt-senior Kyle Evans had a team-high five receptions for 91 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown. He also ran the ball for 26 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first player in five years to score a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game.
Freshman fullback Jake DeLuccia scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career as he ran five times for 38 yards. Redshirt-junior tight end David Balint III scored on the game’s opening drive and finished with four catches for 93 yards.
Graduate Evan Morrill hauled in four passes for 61 yards and scored a touchdown on fourth down in the second quarter. Freshman Ian Sheehan caught two passes in the game, starting his collegiate career with ten straight multiple reception games.
The Raider offense totaled 495 yards while picking up 25 first downs and averaging 7.4 yards per play. This was the third game of the season that saw the offense score 50 or more points.
SU’s defense allowed just one touchdown on the day and forced two turnovers, both interceptions.
Junior Mike Brewer picked off a pass in the first quarter and redshirt-sophomore Roland Norfleet intercepted the first pass of his career in the final frame.
Senior Trey Paul had a team-high seven tackles and fellow senior Laron Woody had the team’s only sack and five tackles.
Freshman kicker Jaxson Montross made a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter and now leads the PSAC with 14 field goals on the year. Montross also leads the PSAC in scoring with 80 points.
With a week remaining in the regular season, SU’s offense sits in the top five in scoring, total yards, touchdowns and passing yards.
With a 5-2 conference record, they will be unable to catch up to top seeded Kutztown University in the Eastern Division race.
Kutztown and top seeded Slippery Rock University of the Western Division each have claimed their spot in the 2021 PSAC Championship game.
The Raiders will finish the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they host Mercyhurst University for Senior Day.
20 seniors from the Shippensburg football team will be honored in the pregame ceremonies on Saturday.