Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wilkes 21, Stevenson 17

While Nicky and I were away for the weekend -- visiting Nicky's sister and hospitalized brother-in-law in NYC and meeting up with David Gerstein and Joe Torcivia -- Stevenson was, in all likelihood, kicking away any chance of its first .500 season, thanks to a dreadful fourth-quarter meltdown at Wilkes.  For three quarters, the Mustangs had things their own way against the Colonels, building a 17-0 lead.  Wilkes finally managed to score on a gadget play early in the fourth.  An SU fumble and a subsequent personal foul penalty helped the Colonels narrow the margin to 17-14 with about 1 1/2 minutes left.  The Mustangs needed only one first down to ice the game but couldn't get it.  Working with no timeouts, Wilkes connected on two long pass plays to get down to the SU 1, then scored on another pass to take the lead with :24 remaining.  A desperation pass by the Mustangs was intercepted as time ran out.

The Mustangs' mental mindset will be key as they host winless Misericordia this weekend.  This should be win number four at long last, but who knows how long that Wilkes wilt will linger.

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