November 7, 2009

Bloomsburg Falls to Gannon In Football Finale

Box Score

BLOOMSBURG--Jeremy Ditzler kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime and the Gannon University defense recovered a fumble on Bloomsburg University's first drive in the extra period to post a 10-7 win in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday.

The loss dropped the Huskies to 8-3 on the season and severely hurts the team's chances to gain an NCAA playoff bid. The bids will be announced on Sunday between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN News.

With the score tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation, the Golden Knights (6-5) got the ball first on offense in the extra session and drove to the Huskies nine-yard line. Three running plays pushed the ball back to the Huskies 12-yard line where Ditzler connected on his first field goal of the game after missing on three previous attempts.

On Bloomsburg's possession of the overtime, on the first play, quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) dropped back then took off up field and was hit by Gannon's Johnny Jones with the recovery by the Golden Knights Khayree Connors ending the game.

In the first half Gannon took the opening kickoff and moved to the Huskies 29-yard line when its drive stalled. However, Ditzler was short on a 48-yard field goal attempt. In the second quarter the Huskies defense forced a fumble that was recovered by Mike Varanavage (Philadelphia/Archbishop Ryan) at the Gannon 22-yard. Facing a fourth and one at the Gannon 13-yard line Latorre was sacked and fumbled the ball ending the scoring threat. Just before halftime Gannon had a chance to get on the scoreboard right, but Ditzler misfired from 29-yards ending the half.

Bloomsburg finally broke the scoring drought in the third period with a short drive set up by a 62-yard kickoff return by Brandon Real (West York/West York) to start the second half. From three plays later Latorre hit Cory Stiger (Williamsport/Loyalsock) with a 25-yard scoring pass to make it 7-0.

Later in the third period after pinning the Huskies back deep in their own territory, the Golden Knights took advantage of a short punt that gave them the ball at the Bloomsburg 28-yard line. Two plays later Zach Boedicker scored on a three-yard line to tie the score at 7-7 with 0:37 seconds left in the third period.

In the fourth period both teams had a chance to go in front, but Ditzler missed a 41-yard field goal try with 3:00 left to play. Then the Huskies had a chance to win the game on the final play, but Jon Koenig's (Pine Grove/Pine Grove) 45-yard field goal try was blocked forcing the extra session.

Bloomsburg was led statistically by Latorre who was 9-16 for 105 yards and one score, while Thomas McFarland (Pottsville/Pottsville) had a team-high 10 tackles.

Gannon was led by Boedicker who was 13-20 for 104 yards passing and also gained 69 yards rushing.