Shippensburg University’s football team belted Lock Haven University 44-7 on Saturday in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup at Hubert Jack Stadium.
SU completely dominated the game on both sides of the ball, scoring 35 points in the first half and only giving up a touchdown in the final 30 seconds of the game.
The first two scores of the game came courtesy of senior running back Khalid Dorsey, with first quarter touchdown runs of 16 and 3 yards.
On the opening play of the second quarter, freshman quarterback Evan Falco made the score 21-0 with a 12-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Mike Vigliano.
The next score of the game belonged to the SU defense, as redshirt-junior defensive back Nasir Greer jumped a screen pass for an interception and took it 35 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing possession, redshirt-sophomore Ray Jones blocked a punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown rush by senior Bill Williams. Williams’ score ballooned the Raider lead to 35-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, Dorsey would score his third touchdown of the game, but a missed extra point would keep the score at 41-0.
Sophomore kicker Jaxson Montross would redeem himself in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard field goal, capping the scoring for Shippensburg and making the score 44-0.
Lock Haven put together a long 88-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes to save a shutout, but the Raiders would go on to win 44-7.
SU produced a season-high 171 yards on the ground in the contest, with Dorsey accounting for 46 of those yards. Dorsey also added 32 receiving yards in the contest as well. Williams totaled 61 yards rushing on the day on a team-high 12 attempts.
Falco was an efficient 15-21 on the day for 172 yards and a touchdown. Vigliano led the way for the receivers with three catches for 54 yards and a score.
The Shippensburg defense played ferociously Saturday, combining for 15 tackles-for-loss (TFLs) in the win. Sophomore linebacker Javon M. Cruz recorded a team-high seven tackles, and tight end TJ Wagner posted a career-high five tackles. Four different Raiders were credited with 2.0 TFLs.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak and moves the Raiders record to 4-6 on the year. The Bald Eagles stay winless in the PSAC Eastern Division with the loss.
SU will conclude their regular season next week at McConnell Family Stadium as they travel to Erie to take on Gannon University, Saturday at noon.