The Shippensburg University football team lost its Homecoming game this Saturday against Lock Haven with a final score of 21-7, which puts the Raiders at 2-8 going into the last game of the season.
The second quarter of the game was the most eventful. All scoring by both teams was done in the second quarter with the remainder of the game being a back-and-forth battle of possessions where neither team could make progress.
After a fairly uneventful first quarter, Shippensburg started with possession, but Lock Haven took possession at the 20-yard line after a sack and a missed field goal. The Bald Eagles quickly turned the chance into a touchdown when they passed for a 79-yard play to the endzone.
Shippensburg’s next possession did not have much traction with a few short rushes for a collective nine yards. The Raiders seemed to create an opportunity when senior Nasir Greer made an interception, but the Lock Haven defense had a lock on freshman quarterback Sam Stoner with back-to-back sacks ending the attempt.
Lock Haven’s next successful drive came from a 65-yard run that broke through the Shippensburg defense and a field goal. The Raiders immediately fired back on the next play after the kickoff with a touchdown pass from Stoner to junior Redd Douglas for 65 yards.
With a score of 14-7, neither team had success for their next possessions, but on Lock Haven’s following drive, the Bald Eagles scored a final touchdown with back-to-back passes moving them into the endzone. The half ended with what would be the final score, 21-7 in Lock Haven’s favor.
In the third quarter, Shippensburg seemed to get the best of Lock Haven in yardage, but in the end, it did not amount to any points. Similarly, the fourth quarter passed without a score.
Shippensburg head coach Mark Maciejewski shared his sentiments on the outcome of the game.
Maciejewski said, “This is a heartbreaking loss for us as a program. At homecoming we didn’t play well at all. You know, we let big plays up on defense, which is something we talked about all week not happening, and offensively, we said we need to score points, and we just didn’t do it, so it’s frustrating.”
Looking toward the last game of the season, Maciejewski spoke about what going forward looks like for the team.
“I told them whoever shows up tomorrow are the committed ones, and if you’re not committed, you don’t need to show up,” he said. “And you know, we’ll go from there and work our butts off this week to get a win against Gannon.”
Shippensburg will play its final game of the season against Gannon University next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Seth Grove Stadium.