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The Glenville Pathfinder - Glenville, WV 26351 The Glen viile Democrat - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Page 9 GSC Beats UC, 35-28; Pioneers open season (3-0) for the first time since 1994 By Jamie Mullins, Spore Editor Just minutes into the Glen- ville State / University of Charleston contest last Satur- day, Sept. 17, things were not looking good fbr the GSC Pio- neers. As quarterback Dante Rob- errs led the offense off the field following another three-and-out possession, he pumped his fist down in frustration. The Golden Eagles were up, 14-0, and the first quarter was not even halfway through. How did this happen? U C had used great field posi- tion, deep in Pioneer territory, twice to find the eudzone. First, a 27-yard inlerception return allowed for a one-yard rush for the score; next, a botched punt gave the Eagles the ball on the GSC 29-yard line. Three plays later, they led, 14-0. Now, the Pioneers were strnggling to find their offen- sive flow. Something had to give, or this was going to be a VERY long game for the blue and white. The defense took the field; a stop had to happen. At third- and-nine, the UC quarterback put the ball in the air. Junior defensive back Earon Settles jumped, pulling the intercep- tion in, and bringing the Pio- neer offense back on to the field. One could argue that was the turning point in the first half. The offense took the field and used a series of Dominique Gibson and Eric Kyle runs and Roberts passes to make their way down the field. Kyle carried the ball in on 11 yard run 12 plays later to finally put the Pioneers on the board. 14-7. The Golden Eagles quickly answered to rebuild their lead, 21-7, but it was too late. The Pioneer offense was ready to play! After being caught in the backfield onthe next play,Rob- erts answered with a short pass to DJ Williams. Williams used his skill and speed to turn that short pass i nto a 68-yard touch- down run, 21-14. FOR THE SCORE- DJ Williams caught all three touchdown passes in the UC contest. This is his second three touchdown game of the season! Before the first quarter had READY FOR ACTION -As the Pioneers storm out of the tunnel at the start of each home contest, it is clear they are ready even come to an end, the two tO play. Here, Andre Dalton.(#24) leads the Pioneers out along side Head Coach Dave Hutchison. laur of the eek oute to teams had combined for five When the Golden Eagles fi- this win belongs to the defense. scores - many expected this to nally made it into Pioneer ten'i- The GSC defense allowed become a high scoring contest, tory' early in the fourth, Lopez only 14 first downs in the con- The Pioneer defense as the once again shut the UC offense test. two teams headed into the sec- down with his third pick of the On the ground, the defense ond quarter, day. had seven tackles for a loss and Defensive line CaptainJavon Unfortunately,with2:301efl a sack shared by Webster and Webster hit a UC rusher for a to play.the Golden Eagles used Robinson. loss on an early quarter fourth- a pass over the middle to tie Settles led the defense with and-one attempt, things up, 28-28. nine stops while linebacker On the next UC possession, The Pioneers had to answer Devonte Brown added eight. defensive back Andre Dalton or face overtime! Thedefensivebackswerethe Roberts has proven strong in true heroes of the afternoon as these scenarios in the past. A they grabbed FIVE intercep- strong two-minute drive upthe tions.Threeofthosewereturned was called for pass interference; this gave the Eagles great field possession deep in Pioneer ter- ritory. Dalton made up for the inter- ference error three plays-later when he ret~mled an intercepted pass 62 yards into the UC red zone. Roberts held onto the ball and carried it in the 10 yards to tie the game, 21 -all. The two teams exchanged possessions over the next eight minutes of action, but both de- fenses were standing their ground. With just under two minutes in the half, sophomore transfer Nick Lopez grabbed another Pioneer interception. His sec- ond of the contest. While the offense had been unable to capitalize on his ear- lier turnover, this time Roberts, again, found Williams open in the endzone. Despite trailing early, Glen- ville had rallied, and the Pio- neers had taken their first lead of the game, 28-21. This was a lead they would carry into in- termission. In comparison to the first half, the second half woukl prove slow. The third and much of the fourth quarters were a series of defensive stops by both teams. Neither team ever entered the red zone in the third quarter. MEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK PERFORMANCE - Nick Lopez, a defensive back transfer from Shepherd University, had three interceptions in Saturday's victory over University of Charleston. In addition, Lopez had three solo tackles and a pair of pass break-ups. Lopez's performance did not go unnoticed by the Mountain East Conference. The sophomore was named "MEC Defensive Player of the Week"! The above interception return resulted in a Pioneer touchdown! Congrats, Nick! into scoring opportunities by the offense. GSC is on the road this Sat- urday, Sept. 24,when they head to UVA-Wise. They return home Saturday, Oct. 1 for Hall of Fame Weekend! DATES TO REMEMBER - Oct. 01 - GSC Hall of Fame Weekend GSC vs. Notre Dame - Kickoff at 1:00 p.m. Oct 08 - Women's Basketball Pioneer Tipoff Golf Outing @Mingo Bottom - Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Oct. t4 - GCHS Rivalry Match-Up GCHS vs. Calhoun - Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. field ended with Roberts con- necting with Williams on a 2 l- yard pass for another TD. One final Pioneer defensive stance left GSC victorious, 35- 28. While the offense racked up 392 yards, including Gibson's first 100 yard game rushing, !~i !i!!! !!i~?i~ ~ii~ iii~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ; / UVa.Wi'se onthe 0ad- 2 p.m. Sat., For more details, telephone the Athletic DepL at 304.462.7361. doin a wtnning team and support our local college by making out a check in any amount to the "GSC Foundation" with a check memo to "P.A,C." for membership. ]lolle: IAddress: Please Send Ckecks 1o: P.A.C. do Glee , WV 2OSl Shuttle Service Is Available!