Week 2 Football Game Notes: LHU hosts Clarion (Saturday, Sept. 8)

Sophomore Tight End Jalen Jackson of LHU runs the ball during a 2017 NCAA college football regular season game. (Photo courtesy of Lock Haven University Football)

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University football team’s 2018 home-opener is set for Saturday, September 8 at Hubert Jack Stadium. The Bald Eagles will play host to Clarion University with kickoff set for noon.

Setting the stage:

The Bald Eagles (0-1) will host Clarion on Saturday, marking the first meeting between the two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools since 2016. The two met in 2016 and 2015, both season-opening games, and both Clarion wins. Last week, LHU opened the season at FCS Duquesne and lost 45-0. Clarion opened the season last week with a 35-13 loss to Shippensburg.

The series with Clarion:

Clarion leads the all-time series 47-16-1 and won the last meeting between the two schools in 2016, 41-24. That game in 2016 marked the season-opener for both teams. Lock Haven hasn’t beaten Clarion since 2007.

Asare led the way in Week 1:

Sophomore-linebacker Obadiah Asare led the Bald Eagles in Week 1. He as all over the field and finished with a game-high 11 tackles, which included seven solo stops and one tackle-for-loss. He also forced and recovered a fumble.

Starting vs. FCS opponents:

For the second straight season, the Bald Eagles opened a new season with an NCAA Division I FCS opponent. On Saturday (Sept. 1), LHU fell to host Duquesne, 45-0. It marked the first meeting between the two Pennsylvania schools. Last year, Lock Haven dropped its 2017 opener at Saint Francis, 69-3. Last season’s opener marked LHU’s first game vs. an FCS team since the 2012 season-opener at Fordham. In all, Saturday’s game at Duquesne marked LHU’s 13th game vs. an NCAA DI FCS opponent since 2000. Nine of those games served as season-openers. LHU hasn’t beaten a FCS opponent since 1971 when the Bald Eagles opened the season with a 14-7 victory over Delaware State.

Run-game led way in 2017:

Leading the way for the Bald Eagles in 2017 was the run-game. LHU finished with 2,182 rushing yards and Lock Haven finished with 198.4 yards per game, which ranked as the fourth-best rushing offense in the PSAC at the end of the regular season. Leading the way was true-freshman quarterback Kyle Knight who rushed for eight touchdowns. As a team, LHU ran for 20 TDs with 18 of 20 coming in the final six games. As a team, Lock Haven recorded three games with 300 or more rushing yards including a single-game school record of 460 (6 rushing TDs) in the win over Cheyney.

Staton holds down the O-line:

Redshirt-junior David Staton (LT) leads the way on the offensive line. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound left tackle has played in all 23 games of his career for the Bald Eagles and is without question one of the premier lineman in the entire PSAC.

Local-product leads the receiving corps:

Last season as a true-freshman tight end Jalen Jackson helped lead the way on offense. The Williamsport, Pennsylvania native was LHU’s top receiver with 30.2 receiving yards per game. In all, he made 26 catches for 332 yards (11GP/7GS).

Taynor in fourth season:

– Dave Taynor (Urbana, ’99), fourth season at LHU (8-26, 8-13 PSAC East)

– Career Record, 11th season (45-66 overall)

For LHU head football coach Dave Taynor, the 2018 season will mark his fourth at The Haven. On April 12, 2015 he was named the school’s 24th head coach.

2018 LHU Coaching Staff

Head Coach/Quarterbacks: Dave Taynor

Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line/Tight Ends: Bill Nickell

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers: Jeff Smith

Wide Receivers: Matt Zanellato

Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs: Cortez Carter

Defensive Line: Marshall Hall

Assistant Defensive Line: Mat Turner

Running Backs: Shane Baker

Returning stat leaders:

2017 stats

Passing:

R-Sr. Cameron Tobias (77-128, 746 YDS, 1TD)

So. Kyle Knight (54-114, 655 YDS, 2 TD)

Rushing:

So. Kyle Knight (140 ATT, 760 YDS, 8 TD)

Jr. Ralph Hyland (103 ATT, 460 YDS, 2 TD)

Receiving:

So. Jalen Jackson (26 REC, 332 YDS)

So. Bryan Greene (26 REC, 224 YDS)

Defense:

So. LB Obadiah Asare (67 TOT, 30 SOLO, 3 TFL)

Jr. DB Shyheim Brown (49 TOT, 1 INT, 2 BRUP)

R-So. LB Alex Welch (48 TOT, 29 SOLO, 4.5 TFL)

The 2018 schedule:

A second straight season-opener at a Division I opponent, five home games and a trip to Texas to take on the defending NCAA Division II national champions highlight the 2018 schedule. During the 2018 season, the Bald Eagles will host Clarion, IUP, Millersville, Bloomsburg and Shippensburg. LHU’s home-opener is set for Saturday, September 8 at 12 p.m. All five of Lock Haven’s home games will start at 12 p.m. including the Homecoming game on October 20. LHU will also make a trip to The Lone Star State on Saturday, September 29 to take on Texas A&M Commerce, the defending NCAA DII champions.

Up next:

The Bald Eagles will remain at home during Week 3 action as they host perennial national power IUP on Saturday, September 15 at 12 p.m. This week, the Crimson Hawks held the No. 4 spot in the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Top-25 poll.

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