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Football Game Notes (Week 7): Lock Haven heads to No. 19 Kutztown

Tony Dressler (33) of Lock Haven University Football prepares to go into action before a snap during an NCAA college football game. The Bald Eagles face off against No. 19 Kutztown this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Lock Haven University Football)

The Lock Haven University football team is headed back on the road for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division contest. The Bald Eagles are set to take on No. 19 Kutztown University on Saturday, October 13 at 2:05 p.m.

Lock Haven is coming off a 24-6 loss at home to Millersville. LHU is 1-5 overall and 1-1 in PSAC East action. The Bald Eagles only PSAC East win of the season so far came on the road at East Stroudsburg on September 22.

The 19th-ranked Golden Bears are a perfect 5-0 and 2-0 in PSAC East play. Kutztown is coming off a narrow 35-33 win over East Stroudsburg last week.

Live coverage:

Live stats, video and audio links will available at www.GoLHU.com via the Kutztown Athletic Communications office. Fans can also listen to the game on the radio locally via Bear Country Radio, 99.9FM WQBR.

LHU news, notes and storylines:

-LHU is 1-1 in PSAC East action this season.

-The Bald Eagles only PSAC East win of the 2018 season came in Week 4 as Lock Haven downed host-East Stroudsburg, 44-41, in the PSAC East opener for both teams … LHU is 1-0 in PSAC East road games this season … Overall, Lock Haven is 1-2 on the road.

-Kutztown marks Lock Haven’s third nationally-ranked opponent of the season … Lock Haven has already played IUP (then-ranked No. 3) and Texas A&M Commerce z9then-ranked No. 9) … LHU will get a crack at No. 11 West Chester on November 3.

-Next week’s Homecoming game marks the first of two straight at Hubert Jack Stadium for Lock Haven … LHU is 0-3 at home this season … With five total games remaining for The Haven, three will come on the road.

-Since Week 2, LHU has employed a two-quarterback system … Both Cameron Tobias and Ethan Persa have seen time at QB over the last five games … Tobias (R-Sr.) – still seeing the majority of snaps – has thrown for 803 yards and four TDs while averaging 160.6 yards/game through the air … Tobias has aired it out for 200-plus yards in three straight games … Persa has thrown for nearly 400 yards and two TDs.

-Defensive back Javon Whitfield leads Lock Haven with 52 tackles (34 solo, 3 INT).

-Linebacker Obadiah Asare has registered 51 tackles (35 solo, 9 TFL, 3 sacks) … Asare’s 35 solo tackles lead the PSAC.

Series history with Kutztown:

34th all-time meeting

Series: Kutztown leads, 18-15

Last Meeting: October 21, 2017; Kutztown – W, 55-26

Streak: Kutztown, 10

First Meeting: 1930; Lock Haven – W, 14-13

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 28 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 (9-30, 9-14 PSAC East)

-Career Record, 11th season (46-70 overall)

For LHU head football coach Dave Taynor, the 2018 season will mark his fourth at Lock 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

Up next:

The Bald Eagles will host their annual Homecoming Game next Saturday, October 20 at noon when they host Bloomsburg at Hubert Jack Stadium.

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