GAME NOTES: LHU Football heads to Millersville
The Lock Haven University football team will head to Millersville University on Saturday (Oct. 14, 2 p.m.) looking to make it two wins in a row.
Last weekend, the Bald Eagles dominated Cheyney, 62-0, on the way to their first win of 2017. Lock Haven is now 1-5 overall and 1-2 in PSAC East action.
Millersville is 2-4 (1-2 PSAC East) and is coming off a 12-0 win over East Stroudsburg. It was Millersville’s first win over ESU since 2011.
LHU has won four straight vs. the Marauders.
-Much like last year, LHU started this season 0-5. It was a win last year vs. Cheyney that sparked a strong second-half of the season as Lock Haven looks to repeat itself this year.
-After the 0-5 start last season, Lock Haven finished 4-7 (4-3 PSAC East). LHU beat Cheyney and Millersville back-to-back in Week 6 & 7, respectively, last season.
-This season, the LHU defense has recorded 10 interceptions (No. 4 in the PSAC).
-DB Carlos Balkcom has four interceptions (No. 3 PSAC, tie).
-DB Isaiah Flamer ranks No. 1 in the PSAC in solo tackles (39, tied 12th NCAA DII). His 57 total tackles and 9.5 tackles per game rank No. 5 in the PSAC.
-LHU head coach Dave Taynor (Urbana, ’99) is in his third season as head coach at LHU (3rd season (7-21 at LHU), 10th overall (44-61).
Knight named PSAC
Offensive Player of the Week:
On Monday (Oct. 9), true-freshman QB Kyle Knight was named the PSAC Eastern Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Bald Eagles to their first victory of the season. Knight rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns in one of the biggest wins in school history.
Knight shared PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors with West Chester’s Jarel Elder.
On Saturday vs. Cheyney, Knight made his second career start a memorable one. The true-freshman carried the ball 20 times for a career-high 181 yards. The 181 rushing yards are the highest individual total of any Bald Eagle for a single game this season. Three of Knight’s four TD runs came in the first quarter. In all, his four touchdowns came on runs of 1-yard, 33-yards, 5-yards and 3-yards.
RUNNING TO A RECORD:
In the win over Cheyney last week, the Bald Eagles rushed for a school-record 460 yards.
Week 6 rushing leaders –
-Kyle Knight (QB): 20 CAR, 181 YDS, 4 TD
-Corey Blakey (RB): 9 CAR, 122 YDS, 1 TD
-John Ford (RB): 9 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD
-Ralph Hyland (RB): 13 CAR, 50 YDS
Last Saturday’s 62-0 shutout over Cheyney marked Lock Haven’s first shutout since the Bald Eagles blanked Cheyney, 28-0 on the road in 2014. LHU had three interceptions including one for a TD. Lock Haven also returned a fumble for a score, produced three sacks and had nine total tackles-for-loss to go along with the four takeaways.
THE SERIES WITH
-Saturday marks the 31st meeting in the series
-Lock Haven leads the all-time series 20-9-1
-First meeting: 1928, TIE, 6-6
-Last season: Lock Haven, W, 29-17
-Streak: Lock Haven, W, 4
-Note: LHU has won every year it’s been in the PSAC Eastern Division; Millersville’s last win came in 2011, 21-20 (2011 season-opener)
Next Saturday, October 21 (Week 8), Lock Haven hosts Kutztown University at 1 p.m.