Saturday, September 3, 2016

River Hawk Football Drops Rivalry Game Against Warriors

Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna University Athletics
THE STORYLINE: The Susquehanna River Hawks opened their 2016 football campaign with the goal of retaining the Stagg Hat Trophy in its rivalry game with Lycoming College. Unfortunately, a late SU rally was not enough and the Warriors took a knee three times to end the game for a 27-24 win over Susquehanna.

THE STAGG HAT TROPHY RIVALRY: With Saturday’s win, Lycoming brings the trophy home and the series evens itself at 28-28-1 all-time.

TEAM RECORDS: SU opens the year 0-1 while Lycoming is 1-0.

LATE RALLY: With 3:40 remaining in the game, starting quarterback Matt Thiesled the River Hawks on a three-play, 35-yard scoring drive that made it 27-24 with 2:38 remaining. Unfortunately, those marked the final SU points of the afternoon. 

THIES’S NUMBERS: Thies went 15-for-22 with two touchdowns and zero picks. He threw for 196 yards but was sacked twice. 

A PEEK INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: SU had 21 first downs to Lycoming’s 20 and finished with 357 total yards to the Warriors’ 336. 

Luke Robertson led the ground game with 58 yards on 15 carries. Diamente Holloway, the reigning Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, reeled in six passes for 61 yards. 

Senior C.J. Williams led SU with 10 tackles – eight solo – with one sack. Connor Thompson added eight solo tackles. 

TURNING POINT: With 7:12 on the clock, Lycoming went on a seven-play, 72-yard scoring drive that culminated in a Blake Bowman two-yard rushing touchdown that made it a 10-point game, 27-17, and effectively put the game out of reach. 

FIRST HALF STATS SYNOPSIS: Lycoming had 231 offensive yards to SU’s 216. The River Hawks had 122 passing yards with Tommy Bluj catching four passes for 52 yards and one touchdown. Thies was 12-for-15 with one touchdown but was sacked twice. Thompson led Susquehanna with six tackles with Williams tallying five tackles, including a sack. 

FIRST SCORE OF THE SEASON: Thies’s one-yard run with 6:51 left in the first quarter marked SU’s first points of the season and put the River Hawks ahead 7-6. 

ROOKIE QB MAKES DEBUT: At the 5:32 mark of the third quarter, freshman quarterback Bobby Grigas took the field for the first time in a regular season game. He finished 6-for-11 for 43 yards.  

LYCOMING’S LEADER: Bowman had 164 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. 

UP NEXT: SU hosts Johns Hopkins at 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 for Homecoming Weekend. It marks the Centennial Conference opener for both squads.

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