LHU Football’s Cameron Tobias named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week
LOCK HAVEN — Redshirt-senior quarterback Cameron Tobias (Centre Hall, Pa./Penns Valley) and sophomore Nysir Minney-Gratz (Easton, Pa./Easton) both played a huge role in leading the Lock Haven University football team to victory on Saturday (Sept. 22) at East Stroudsburg.
The two were rewarded, as today, Tobias was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week and Minney-Gratz was named the PSAC East Special Team’s Player of the Week.
Both players played a key role in Saturday’s comeback-win, as the Bald Eagles held off host-ESU, 44-41, in a second-half offensive shootout. 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.
Tobias’ exceptional play at quarterback, particularly in the second half, sparked the Bald Eagles to their first win of 2018.Tobias threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his TD-passes came in the first minute of the fourth quarter, as he rallied Lock Haven back in the second half to down the Warriors. Tobias was 18 for 27 passing with one interception. He also ran for 39 yards. Thanks to Tobias’ play, LHU scored 31 second-half points to rally past host-ESU after trailing until late in the third quarter.
Minney-Gratz, one of the elite return specialists in all of NCAA Division II football, sparked the Bald Eagles to victory Saturday at East Stroudsburg, thanks to an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second half. The electrifying return tied the game (27-27) with 3:09 left in the third quarter and started the LHU offensive surge.
Minney-Gratz’s punt return touchdown was the first for Lock Haven since the Bald Eagles recorded a punt return for a TD after a block, back in the 2016 win at East Stroudsburg. Minney-Gratz also caught a TD-pass in the fourth quarter and the wide receiver finished with two catches for 45 yards. He scored on a 24 yard catch-and-run pass-play. In all, Minney-Gratz racked up 218 all-purpose yards in the win thanks to 10 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards, 82 kick-return yards and 81 punt-return yards.