Derrick Price ran for 186 yards and Dan Latorre threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more as Bloomsburg cruised past Mercyhurst 24-0 this past Saturday.
Bloomsburg was held in check through the first quarter as they drove the length of the field but failed to achieve a first down after consecutive drop passes on 3rd and 4th downs.
Mercyhurst had their problems throughout the first quarter also as they had Bloomsburg against the ropes on the very first drive of the game. With third down and goal, Mercyhurst tailback Richard Stokes took a handoff and was meet immediately by a pack of Huskies which resulted in a forced fumble which was recovered by Bloomsburg putting an end to that scoring drive.
Bloomsburg got on the board in the second quarter when Kenny Domzalski took a short pass from Latorre and went 43 yards for the score. Domzalski played a huge roll in the win this past week rushing for 112 and catching three passes for 64 yards. Later in the second quarter, Mercyhurst quarterback Garret Kensey was sacked by senior defensive linemen John Ochs which Bloomsburg recovered on the 44 yard line. After some superb running by Price, Latorre faked a handoff and scampered in for Bloomsburg’s second touchdown.
More problems lurked Mercyhurst offense in the third quarter as they were stopped once again on forth down. Running back Richard Stokes was stopped dead in his track by a powerful defense front four forcing another turnover. On the next offense opportunity for Mercyhurst, Bloomsburg sacked quarterback Kensey twice which forced Mercyhurst to punt.
Bloomsburg got on the board again in the third quarter as kicker Jon Koenig connected on a 38 yard field goal into the wind making it 17-0 Huskies.
Latorre wasn’t quite finished yet as he proves that quarterbacks aren’t just pocket passers as he ran for his second score after breaking out of the pocket and charging 15 yards down the field for Bloomsburg’s final touchdown.
Turnovers really hurt Mercyhurst as they forced four including one interception. Rushing yards were also a tragic killer for the Lakers as they were only able to muster 26 yards on 28 attempts. As for Bloomsburg, they rushed for 334 yards thanks to Price and Domzalski leading the way with a combined 298 rushing yards.
Next week, Bloomsburg, 3-0, will host Kutztown, 1-2, at 1pm