October 3, 2009

Fourth-Ranked Bloomsburg University Rolls Over Millersville

Box Score

Brandon Real Post Game Interview

BLOOMSBURG --Quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the fourth-ranked Bloomsburg University Huskies (6-0, 3-0 PSAC East) to a 45-10 win over Millersville University (1-5, 0-3 PSAC East) on Saturday night. The win was the 90th win of this decade (2000-09) for the Huskies and giving them an overall mark of 90-22.

After the Huskies stopped the Marauders on the opening drive of the game, Bloomsburg moved the ball 75 yards in 11 plays with Latorre covering the final seven yards with his 20th career rushing touchdown with 5:17 left in the first period.

Bloomsburg went ahead 14-0 later in the first period with the help of the defense. Defensive end Justin Presley (Philadelphia/George Washington) intercepted Millersville quarterback Bill Shirk at the Marauders 40-yard line and returned it seven yards to the 33. Three plays later tailback Derrick Price (Burlington, NJ/Burlington) scored from three yards out to put the Huskies on top by two scores with 2:19 left in the first.

In the second period, the Huskies made it 21-0 when Price scored his second touchdown of the game, this one from four yards out with 12:48 left in the half. After the BU defense forced its second three and out of the game, the Huskies drove 55 yards in seven plays with Latorre hitting Jordan Weisman (Mt. Laurel/Lenape) with a nine-yard scoring pass with 7:07 left before the break.

Millersville got on the board later in the second period putting together a 40 yard drive capped off by a 47-yard field goal by John Banzhof with 2:06 before halftime. The Huskies, though, answered right back. After a 54-yard kickoff return by Brandon Real (West York/West York) gave Bloomsburg the ball at the Marauders 46-yard line, the Huskies drove downfield in five plays with Latorre running 17 yards down the sideline and diving to the end zone for a score and a 35-3 lead at the half.

Real brought the fans to their feet early in the third period when he took a punt at his own 32-yard line and found a seam in the center of the field and went 68 yards for a score. It was the Huskies first punt return for a score since the 2006 season.

In the fourth period the Huskies added to their score with a 22-yard field goal by Jon Koenig for a 45-3 lead for the Huskies. Millersville's Cardoza Jack's got the Marauders only score of the night when he scored from a yard out with 2:32 to play to make the final 45-10.

Latorre finished with 69 yards rushing on six carries and two scores and 10 of 12 passing for 115 yards and one score. Defensively, Mike Varanavage (Philadelphia/Archbishop Ryan) made eight tackles for Bloomsburg, while Thomas McFarland (Pottsville/Pottsville) has seven. As a team the Huskies limited Millersville to just 246 yards of total offense.

Bloomsburg plays at East Stroudsburg on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.