August 27, 2009

Bloomsburg Football Wins Battle of Ranked Teams

Box Score

BLOOMSBURG-Senior running back Stefan Adams (West Chester/Henderson) ran for 104 yards, including a key 46-yard run in the fourth quarter, as Bloomsburg University defeated Ashland 10-7 in a battle between two nationally ranked football teams on Thursday night at Redman Stadium.

The 13th-ranked Huskies (1-0) got on the board first with a 28-yard field goal by senior Jon Koenig (Pine Grove/Pine Grove) at the 11:11 mark in the first quarter. The kick came after a nine-play, 29-yard drive that was set up by a 42 yard kickoff return by senior cornerback Jesse Cooper (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.).

After 15th-ranked Ashland's (0-1) first drive stalled at the Bloomsburg 34, the Eagles tried some trickery when punter Derek Reidel's fourth-down pass was intercepted by sophomore cornerback Oscar Rivera (Bethlehem/Liberty). The Huskies then started an eight-play, 85-yard drive that ended when senior quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) bolted into the endzone from eight yards out to put Bloomsburg up 10-0.

The Huskies defense controlled Ashland for most of the game, forcing two fumbles, two punts and stopping the Eagles four times on fourth down plays through nearly three quarters of play. Seniors Justin Presley (Philadelphia/George Washington) and Anthony Smith (Pottstown/Pottstown) led a Bloomsburg goal line stand late in the second quarter, coming up with three stops inside the Husky one yard line.

The Eagles closed the Bloomsburg advantage to three late in the third when Carlin Isles scored from 50 yards out to make the score 10-7. However, the Husky defense stifled Ashland's fourth quarter drives, registering three sacks and forcing Billy Cundiff into 4-of-11 passing for just 24 yards.

Smith led Bloomsburg with 11 tackles while Presley recorded eight, including three sacks. Smith, senior Alphonso Nathan (Philadelphia/Milton Hershey), and juniors Marcus Zimmerman (Lititz/Manheim Central) and Todd Givler (Glenmoore/Downingtown West) were also able to get to Cundiff, combining for three sacks.

Latorre finished the game 16-of-28 for 158 yards, while rushing for an additional 18 yards on eight carries. Four of Latorre's runs went for key Bloomsburg first downs. Senior Jordan Weisman (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and sophomore Branden Wright (Danville/Danville) each caught four passes for the Huskies.

Bloomsburg will hit the road next week as they travel to face PSAC West foe California (PA) on Saturday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.