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1 I Page 4 --- The GlenviUe Democrat/Patldinder -- Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 By Shaun Smith, Sports Reporter, 462-7309, Fax: 462.7300 PIONEERS ON THE MOVE--- Ahead 13-9 in the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoon's first home game against Clarion University (Penn.) with 10 minutes to go, Glenville State College's Arthur Bryant (No. 1, at left), a 5'10", 210 lb. sophomore running back from Lake City, Fla., scampers for 30 yards deep in Clarion territory after catching a Joey Conrad pass. This electric play, which would have set up a possible touchdown attempt to put the game away, was called back to the 40 yard line due to a GSC penalty. After several other Pioneer miscues, notably a costly interception returned for a TD, Clarion took a 23-13 lead with only 1:30 minutes to go, but still had to fight off a determined GSC 11 coming on strong in the final seconds. The final score was Clarion 23-Pioneers 20. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) A HUSHED CROWD -- The loud and spirited GSC crowd was quieted down instantly with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter when Pioneer linebacker, Anthony Johnson (on stretcher), was knocked down and out on the ground. As he lay motionless on the field, a team of medical personnel, trainers, and coaches came to his aid. Dr. Carl Nichols, the Glenville physicians who serves as the team's doctor, identified the problem as a neck injury for the frO', 200 lb. freshman from Hurricane who apparently couldn't move any of his extremities at the time. "Hopefully, it's just a bruise," Dr. Nichols stated at the time. He was rushed to Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston for examination and treatment. By Monday, however, the lad, fortunately, was back in the dorm, according to a school official. THE OTHER COACH SHAFFNER -- College head football coaches have to wear many hats from being strict taskmasters on the field to being kind counselors off the field. Here, GSC's Head Coach Paul Shaffner (left) consoles the the parents of Anthony Johnson-Robin and John-after the freshman linebacker from Hurricane sustained a neck injury in Saturday's contest with Clarion. TITANS DOWN ON THE PLAY-A Titan player takes down a Mt. Hope offensive player with a tackle. The Titans came up short in the game offensively, as Jacob Lilly went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter of play. The Titans will host Doddridge County, this Friday, Sept., 26 at Morris Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, St.) Gilmer topped by Mt. Hope in home opener On Fri., Sept. 19, GilmerCounty an ankle injury that would see him was defeated by visiting Mt. Hope leave the remainder of the game. 42-0 in the Titans season home Head Coach Steve Shuff com- opener, mented, "We will be taking Lilly's Offensively, Dustin Fox had 11 injury day-to-day." carries for 59 yards; Jacob Lilly had "I hate to see this happen to a great four carries for 25 yards; and Logan kid who has worked so hard for four Kinder went 11-11. years. He has really worked his tail As for passing, Fox went 5-16 for off." 44 yards. Wil l Sandy had fourcatches Lilly, a senior, scored a touchdown for 40 yards, while Charlie Smith in the f'n-st quarter for the Titans; how- received one for seven. Total of- ever, due to a penalty on the play, the fenseaccumulatedfortheTitanswas points were taken away. Lilly was in- 130 yards, jured on the very next play. 'Defensive Player of the Week' Next week, the Titans will host honors went to James Blankenship Doddridge County-the No. 3 team in ki . l.oyeff rt.- the state-ar , according toShuff, one Otherdefensive stats included: Brock of the fastest. McVaney (12 tackles); Smith (11 "Doddridge is very fast. We will tackles); Fox and Sandy (nine tack- have our hands full next Friday. But les each), we are praying for him to come back The Gilmer County Titans fought and regardless, we will rally behind hard in the first quarter as they came him and the rest of the team. Gilmer within their opponent's 15-yard line will fight all the way and give it our twice, coming up short both times, best." Unfortunately, Jacob Lilly acquired The Titans will play at Morris Sta- dium at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Be there. 'WVC PIa' Glenville State I impact this Mention Players ofl Antonio Carter for 171 yards and r Joey Conrad passes for 362 off three times; accounted for Gilmer JV On Thurs. hosted a tri-match nasium against Gilmer match, losing Heather Benson (five Estep In match two, ton, winning 20-1 ing were: Szabo Papouschek and S. Estep JAMES 16 Glenvifle Mon.-Sat. 7 Sun. 8 a.m.'! Foodland . con1 ey Follow the Pioneers to Connecticut to see their next game. GO, FIGHT, WIN, PIONEERS on this Sat., Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Ramsey is glad to "PUT MUSCLE" into GSC Football 1 t For a total of 57 minutes on Saturday'seventually caught up with the Pioneers. contest, the Gieaville State Pioneers led The two final interceptions were a part of the hard-fought game against non-confer- a six turnover day. The defensive showing ence foe, Clarion University. However, for the Pioneers, the six turnovers, along the Golden Eagles took advantage of a with 12 penalties for 95 yards, eventually few mistakes on the Pioneers' side to win cost the Pioneers the contest. 23-20. As head coach Paul Shaffner stated Clarion's Golden Eagles returned two before the game, "The key to this game is interceptions for touchdowns in the final going to be turnovers." three minutes.The first was by James Glenville State had more first downs Charles, who returned it 45 yards for the (19-16),passingyards(362),total offense touchdown, which put Clarion ahead for (417-220), and held the Golden Eagles to good 16-13 with 2:49 remaining. The 5-18 on third down conversions. How- second was returned 38 yards for the score ever, the turnovers and penalties at crucial by Jabari Weatherspoon, giving the points of the game eventually cost the Golden Eagles a 23-13 lead with 1:22 Pioneers. remaining. After a celebration penalty The Pioneers' offense was led by Joey against Clarion, Glenville State would Conrad, who went 29-53 for 362 yards, strike back quickly, scoring on an eight- two touchdowns, and three interceptions. yard toss to Antonio Carter from Joey He also rushed for one touchdown. Wide Conrad, making the score 23-20 with :33 receiver Antonio Carter led the Pioneers left in the game. However, the ensuing inreceivingashecaught 12passesfor 171 onsides kick would be recovering by yards and two touchdowns. The Pioneers Clarion. The Pioneers had only two were held to 55 yards rushing on 24 car- timeouts remaining, thus allowing Clarion ries. to run out the clock. Defensively, the Pioneers were led by The Pioneers scored the game's first senior linebacker Rob Hinton's 15 tack- points with 6:27 remaining in the first les.JuniorlinebackerSaimonPatrickalso quarter. Quarterback Joey Conrad found chipped in with 11 tackles. wide receiver Antonio Carter down the The Pioneers, now 0-3, will travel to middle of the field for a 63-yard touch- Connecticut this weekend to play the down. The extra point was missed wide University of New Haven. Kick-off is right, giving the Pioneers a 6-0 lead. scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Clarion would get on the scoreboard with Box Score: 1:49 to play in the half on a 33-yardgoal Clarion 0 3 6 14- 23 byMarkq-lofmeister, cuttingtheGlenville Glenville State 6 0 7 7 - 20 State lead to 6-3 at the half. Glenville would score on a Joey Conrad five-yard Glenville Stats: First Downs (19); Net touchdownrunwith 11:11 leftinthethird, Rushing-Yards (24-55); Passing-Yards giving the Pioneers a 13-3 lead. Clarion (362); Total Offense Plays-Yards (79- would come back with a Felton Woulard 417); Third-Down Conversions (5-16). six-yard touchdown run with 3:47 left in Clarion Stats: First Downs (16); Net the third quarter. Clarion missed the extra Rushing-Yards (57-106); Passing-Yards point, thusleavingthePioneerswithal3- (114); Tota 9ffense Plays-Yards (76- 9 lead. 220); Interception Returns-Yards (3-143); The game would remain 13-9 until late Third-Down Conversions (5-18). in the fourth quarter, when the turnovers Coach Shaffner responded to the tough loss, "this is the hardest loss we've had to endure tiffs year, it was very di/'t~cuit. We beat them in every category and still came up short." Anthony Johnson took a hard hit Satur- day afternoon, and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Several mo- ments of silence and prayers passed before the game resumed play. Coach Shaffner explained Johnson's recovery as a "miracle," because he had lost full feeling from a jammed spinal cord. Johnson never started regaining feel- ing until later Friday night. Johnson is now back in the dorms and is expected to make a full recovery, according to his doctor. Coach Shaffner explained that Johnson will not return to game play for at least two weeks. The Pioneers had a "rough week" pre- paring for the Clarion game as they en- dared many phenomenal spider bites from the brown recluse spider species, not com- monly found in this region of the U.S. Coach Shaffner explained, "We've had about six kids come up with spider bites, and we determined that we needed to fumagate the locker room and weight room. It was a very hectic week moving every- thing out and back into the field house." This Sat., Sept. 27, Glenville State will travel to New Haven in Connecticut. Kick- off time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the Pioneers will leave early on Friday morn- ing to make the estimated 10-hour drive. Head Coach Paul Shaffner commented on this week's matchup with New Haven, "This game will be a test of our character and our maturity. Can we put this loss behind us? We believe we should be 2-1 right now instead of 0-3. We will need to play to our potential, not our record this Saturday. We've got a long trip ahead of us. This game is going to test us in ways we have never been tested before. Hopefully, we can meet the challenge." Sports continued on PageT'--- Choose the level of P.A.C. membership that you're comfortable with and, the j enjoy the benefits. S $ $ $ $ $ Be a Booster for a donation of 35- 149; a Blue, 150- 299; a Silver, 300- 499; *999; Captaixr, $1,000-$2,499; Coach $2,500-$4,999; or a Royal Blue Pioneer details, telephone Athletic Director Greg Bamberger at 462-7361. a winning team and support our local college by making out a check in "GSC Foundation" with a check memo to "P.A.C." for membership. Cut out the coupon below and mail it to: Glenviile State College Athletic Department/P.A.C. Gienville rm ill i i i iii l I i u l1 i i I i i I i n ~1 i llllllll l~ n Pioneer Athletic Club Donation I NAME: I PHONE: I ADDRESS: LIma= IBI IBml ~ iiiii l AMOUNT: $ ____ | I | Ili I I I I | Ill I I I 1 III I Join the Pioneer Athletic Club (P.A.C.)! Then, we will all be winners. Glenville State College's football team is developing a winning tradition. You like to be on the winning side, we. In the past several years, the GSC record proves that winner. Call Athletic Director Greg Bamberger at Don't forget GSC's next game at Home against Concord College on Sat., 0cL 4 at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by sociateq Leon Ramsey, President Glenville