Monday, October 21, 2013

King's (Pa.) 31, Stevenson 24

This one really stung, not least because it came before a packed Homecoming crowd.  The game could not have started worse for the Mustangs as their starting quarterback was sacked and knocked out of the game on the second offensive series.  On came the backup QB, the same guy who was responsible for dropping a couple of field-goal snaps in the game against Widener.  First play: sack, fumble, which King's returned for a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead.  SU pulled it together, though, and rallied back to take a 17-14 halftime lead.  Tit then repaid tat as the Mustangs intercepted the Monarchs on the first series of the second half and returned the pick for six.  And then... the offense simply stopped, as King's ground out a couple of lengthy drives for touchdowns.  SU had one final chance to tie on the last series and tried the "Cal Play," which failed and led to a game-ending brawl for good measure.  Had an SU player not socked a King's player during the melee, the Mustangs might have gotten one final chance at a "Hail Mary."

So now, the Mustangs are 3-3 and the chances of that first .500 season are suddenly looking a bit slimmer.  A lot will depend on next week's game at 2-4 Wilkes.  Win that game, then beat winless Misericordia at home on November 2, and a .500 record will be assured.  SU will not be favored in the last two games at Lebanon Valley and at home against Lycoming.

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