LHU Football set for Senior Day, hosts Shippensburg in final home game

Wide receiver Justin White (87) of Lock Haven University Football gives a thumbs up before a play during an NCAA college football game against Bloomsburg University. The Bald Eagles face off against Shippensburg in their final home game. (Photo courtesy of Lock Haven University Football)

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University football team is set to host Shippensburg University Saturday, October 27 in Week 9 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East action. The game marks Lock Haven’s final home game of the 2018 regular season.

LHU is 1-7 overall and the Bald Eagles are 1-3 in PSAC East play. Shippensburg is coming off a 42-28 loss to Kutztown and the Red Raiders are 3-5 overall (1-3 PSAC East, 1-2 away).

Live coverage:

Live stats, video and audio links will available at www.GoLHU.com. Fans can also listen to the game on the radio locally on Bear Country Radio, 99.9FM WQBR. The Bear is the flagship radio station of LHU Athletics.

Tailgating:

Information regarding the LHU Tailgate Zone at Hubert Jack Stadium is available at www.GoLHU.com.

Special events, promotions planned for Saturday:

Along with a Senior Day celebration, LHU will also host a PINK OUT to raise awareness for cancer research. The PINK OUT is being sponsored UPMC Susquehanna, the official sports medicine provider of LHU Athletics. Saturday is also Veterans’ Appreciation Day and all veterans will get in for free. A number of special event are planned as part of the PINK OUT and Veterans’ Appreciation Day.

Honoring the senior class:

On Saturday, the Bald Eagles will honor their graduating senior class: Jimmy Strickland, Blake Kovin, David Staton, Brent Crushong, Cameron Tobias and Bryan Greene.

LHU news, notes and storylines:

-DB Donate Mason leads Lock Haven with five interceptions … His five INTs are tied for the PSAC lead and rank among the top-10 in the single-season top-10.

-LB Obadiah Asare leads LHU with 60 total tackles … His 38 solo tackles are the fourth-most in the PSAC … Asare ranks ninth in the PSAC in tackles-for-loss with 11.

-WR/Return Specialist Nysir Minney-Gratz is averaging 117.6 all-purpose yards per game, which the 10th-best mark in the PSAC … He’s ranked first in the PSAC in punt return yardage per game and among the top-20 in kick return yardage per game.

-Senior QB Cameron Tobias is looking to break the 1,000-yard passing mark … He has 983 yards so far this season through seven games and is averaging 140.4 yards/game … Tobias has thrown for five TDs.

-RB Chantz Swartz has rushed for over 100 yards on three separate occasions this season including a season-high 120 in the win over East Stroudsburg … He has 543 rushing yards on the season.

-WR Bryan Greene is leading the receiving corps with 50.9 yards/game … He has 29 catches for 356 yards and one touchdown.

-TE Jalen Jackson has two TDs … He has 29 catches for 30.6 yards/game.

Series history

with Shippensburg:

Shippensburg leads the all-time series, 52-18-3 and won last year’s meeting (Sept. 30, 2017), 37-6. The first-meeting game in 1929 and Ship won 26-0. The Red Raiders have won 14 straight over Lock Haven dating back to a 2002 LHU victory, 26-13.

Opened PSAC East

play with a win:

On Saturday, September 22, LHU opened PSAC East play and the Bald Eagles used 31 second-half points and held off host-East Stroudsburg, 44-41, in a second-half offensive shootout. Cameron Tobias threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, Nysir Minney-Gratz returned a punt 84 yards for a TD, and Javon Whitfield finished with a team-high 11 tackles and two interceptions, sparking the comeback. The win – Lock Haven’s first of the 2018 season – came in the PSAC Eastern Division opener for both LHU and host East Stroudsburg. Both teams combined for 55 second-half points, and Lock Haven came back to win after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, 17-13 at halftime and 27-13 midway through the third quarter.

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 30 games of his career for the Bald Eagles and is without question one of the premier lineman in the entire PSAC.

A number of ‘firsts’ vs. IUP:

Despite the Week 3 (Sept. 15) loss to nationally-ranked IUP, the Bald Eagles recorded a number of ‘firsts’ in the game. Rookie kicker Austyn Carson knocked home his first career field goal and fellow true-freshman Dante Graham ran for his first career TD. Sophomore tight end Jalen Jackson hauled in his first touchdown catch of the 2018 season.

Mason makes

history in Week 2:

In the narrow Week 2 (Sept. 8) loss to Clarion, redshirt-sophomore defensive back Dontae Mason made history with three interceptions, which tied the single-game LHU record.

The ‘grand re-opening’ of

Hubert Jack Stadium surface:

During LHU’s 2018 home-opener in Week 2 (Sat, Sept. 8) action, the Bald Eagles took time to celebrate the ‘grand re-opening’ of the Hubert Jack Stadium surface. Prior to the coin toss, there was a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ribbon cutting and as part of the grand re-opening, the LHU offense ran a ceremonial first play and it was only fitting that new LHU President Robert Pignatello scored the first touchdown on the new turf. Last spring, LHU replaced its former surface with Astroturf’s Trionic fiber, one of the most technologically advanced surfaces in the world.

2018 Gridiron Greats:

On Saturday, Sept. 8 (home-opener vs. Clarion), the LHU football team honored its 2018 Gridiron Greats class at halftime: Jim Doran, Brian Sekerak, John Spinosa, Maurice Walker and Chris Kustanbauter.

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 an FCS opponent since 1971 when the Bald Eagles opened the season with a 14-7 victory over Delaware State.

Taynor in fourth season:

– Dave Taynor (Urbana, ’99), fourth season at LHU (9-32, 9-16 PSAC East)

– Career Record, 11th season (46-72 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

The road ahead:

Following this weekend’s – Week 9 – home game vs. Shippensburg, LHU’s final two games of the regular season will come on the road at West Chester (Sat, Nov. 3) and at Gannon (Sat, Nov. 10).

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