Courtesy of Bloomsburg Athletics
- Placekicker Daniel Fisher made a school record five field goals and Franklyn Quiteh rushed for 134 yards and a score to lead 13th-ranked Bloomsburg University (8-1, 6-0 PSAC East) to a 36-16 win over C.W. Post (5-4,4-2 PSAC East) on Saturday in a PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Eastern Division matchup.
The win was the eighth straight for the Huskies and sets up a showdown with Kutztown next week for the PSAC Eastern Division title. Kutztown was playing West Chester on Saturday night. Kickoff on Saturday at Redman Stadium is set for 6 p.m.
Bloomsburg started quickly in the game with the help of a turnover from the Pioneers on the first play of the game. On the first carry of the game, C.W. Post’s Thomas Beverly fumbled with the Huskies Mike Varanavage (Philadelphia, Archbishop Ryan) recovering at the Pioneers’ 31 yard line.
Six plays later quarterback Pat Carey (Loyalsock, Loyalsock Twp.) hit Andre Morales (Bethlehem, Liberty) with a two-yard scoring strike to make it 7-0 just 2:29 into the game. A big play on the drive was a 12-yard run by Matt Cox (Lewisberry, Red Land) putting the ball at the CWP two-yard line.
The Huskies added to their lead later in the period following a missed field goal attempt from the Pioneers. After the miss, Bloomsburg moved from its own 21 to the C.W. Post 24-yardline before the drive stalled. From there Fisher connected on a 41-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead after one period.
The Pioneers next drive ended with another fumble, this time with Thomas McFarland (Pottsville, Pottsville) making the recovery at the Post 44-yard line. The Huskies moved the ball to the Pioneers’ 13-yard line before settling for a 30-yard field goal from Fisher and a 13-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff the Huskies recovered an on-side kick giving them the ball at the C.W. Post 47-yard line. Bloomsburg again moved the ball inside the red-zone before the drive stalled with Fisher connecting for the third time and a 16-0 lead.
The Pioneers got on the board with the help of some penalties by the Huskies later in the second period. After starting a drive at their own 10-yard line, Bloomsburg was called for penalties on four consecutive plays with the last being a holding call in the end zone, which by rule is a safety , making it a 16-2 game at halftime.
Bloomsburg made it a 19-2 game on the opening drive of the second half when the Huskies drove to the Pioneers 20-yardline before Fisher hit his fourth field goal of the game, a 37-yarder with 10:35 to play in the quarter.
The BU defense came up with its third turnover of the game on the Pioneers first drive of the second half when Jarrett Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ, Southern Regional) intercepted Eric Anderwkavich and returned the ball 26 yards to the C.W. Post 15-yard line. However, three rushing plays netted just two yards and the Huskies had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Fisher, his record fifth of the game making it a 22-2 game.
C.W. Post cut into the Huskies lead after recovering a fumble by the Huskies. Anderwkavich hit Darnell Williams with a two-yard pass to make it 22-9 through three quarters.
The Huskies stretched their lead on the first play of the fourth period when Carey hit former high school teammate Cory Stiger (Williamsport, Loyalsock Twp.) with a 42-yard touchdown pass to make to 29-9 with 14:50 left in the game.
C.W. Post answered that score on its next drive marching 80 yards in 13 plays with Anderwkavich throwing a 19-yard scoring pass to make it 29-16 with 10:26 to play in the game.
Following a Bloomsburg punt on its next drive, the Pioneers failed on a fourth down conversion at their own 30-yard line. From there Quiteh, Division II’s leading rusher, covered 27 of the 30 yards in the drive scoring from three yards out to make it a 36-16 game. The Bloomsburg defense then held forcing another failed fourth down conversion attempt and taking over on downs. The Huskies ran out the final two minutes and ran their winning streak to eight.
Quiteh finished with 25 carries for 134 yards and one score, while Carey was 7 of 18 with one interception and two touchdown passes. Defensively, the Huskies were led by Mike Varanavage with 11 tackles, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble and one sack. As a team Bloomsburg held the Pioneers, who had 708 yards of total offense a week ago against Kutztown, to just 277 for the afternoon.
For Fisher the five goals in one game break the record he set a few weeks ago when he connected on four in a win over East Stroudsburg.