Huskies Falls to Gannon In Football Finale

The Huskies lost in overtime, 10-7 Saturday afternoon. The Huskies matched up against Gannon lost not only the game, but their change of making the Division II football playoffs this year as well.

stadium08-5Jeremy Ditzler kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime and the Gannon University defense recovered a fumble on Bloomsburg University’s first drive in the extra period to post a 10-7 win in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday.

The loss dropped the Huskies to 8-3 on the season and severely hurts the team’s chances to gain an NCAA playoff bid. The bids will be announced on Sunday between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN News.

With the score tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation, the Golden Knights (6-5) got the ball first on offense in the extra session and drove to the Huskies nine-yard line. Three running plays pushed the ball back to the Huskies 12-yard line where Ditzler connected on his first field goal of the game after missing on three previous attempts.

On Bloomsburg’s possession of the overtime, on the first play, quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) dropped back then took off up field and was hit by Gannon’s Johnny Jones with the recovery by the Golden Knights Khayree Connors ending the game.

In the first half Gannon took the opening kickoff and moved to the Huskies 29-yard line when its drive stalled. However, Ditzler was short on a 48-yard field goal attempt. In the second quarter the Huskies defense forced a fumble that was recovered by Mike Varanavage (Philadelphia/Archbishop Ryan) at the Gannon 22-yard. Facing a fourth and one at the Gannon 13-yard line Latorre was sacked and fumbled the ball ending the scoring threat. Just before halftime Gannon had a chance to get on the scoreboard right, but Ditzler misfired from 29-yards ending the half.

Bloomsburg finally broke the scoring drought in the third period with a short drive set up by a 62-yard kickoff return by Brandon Real (West York/West York) to start the second half. From three plays later Latorre hit Cory Stiger (Williamsport/Loyalsock) with a 25-yard scoring pass to make it 7-0.

Later in the third period after pinning the Huskies back deep in their own territory, the Golden Knights took advantage of a short punt that gave them the ball at the Bloomsburg 28-yard line. Two plays later Zach Boedicker scored on a three-yard line to tie the score at 7-7 with 0:37 seconds left in the third period.

In the fourth period both teams had a chance to go in front, but Ditzler missed a 41-yard field goal try with 3:00 left to play. Then the Huskies had a chance to win the game on the final play, but Jon Koenig’s (Pine Grove/Pine Grove) 45-yard field goal try was blocked forcing the extra session.

Bloomsburg was led statistically by Latorre who was 9-16 for 105 yards and one score, while Thomas McFarland (Pottsville/Pottsville) had a team-high 10 tackles.

Gannon was led by Boedicker who was 13-20 for 104 yards passing and also gained 69 yards rushing.

Gannon vs #19 Bloomsburg (Nov 07, 2009 at Bloomsburg, Pa.)

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4 OT [ 5 ]   Score—————–    — — — — — [ – ]   —–

Gannon…………..  0  0  7  0  3 [ 3 ]  – 10       Record: (6-5,3-4)

Bloomsburg……….  0  0  7  0  0 [ 0 ]  –  7       Record: (8-3,5-2)

Scoring Summary:

3rd 13:01 BLOOM – Cory Stiger 25 yd pass from Dan Latorre (Jon Koenig kick), 3-28 1:48, GAN 0 – BLOOM 7

02:29 GAN – Zach Boedicker 3 yd run (Jeremy Ditzler kick), 2-28 0:37, GAN 7 – BLOOM 7

OT  15:00 GAN – Jeremy Ditzler 31 yd field goal, 7-13 0:00, GAN 10 – BLOOM 7


FIRST DOWNS……………….       18       13

RUSHES-YARDS (NET)…………   50-182   37-142

PASSING YDS (NET)………….      104      105

Passes Att-Comp-Int………..  20-13-0   16-9-1

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS…..   70-286   53-247

Fumble Returns-Yards……….      1-6      0-0

Punt Returns-Yards…………      2-6      1-2

Kickoff Returns-Yards………     2-26     2-81

Interception Returns-Yards….     1-26      0-0

Punts (Number-Avg)…………   6-31.2   6-30.7

Fumbles-Lost………………      3-1      3-3

Penalties-Yards……………     3-19     4-24

Possession Time……………    34:36    25:24

Third-Down Conversions……..  8 of 17  2 of 11

Fourth-Down Conversions…….   0 of 0   1 of 2

Red-Zone Scores-Chances…….      2-4      0-1

Sacks By: Number-Yards……..     1-10     4-33

RUSHING: Gannon-Jon Richardson 24-77; Zach Boedicker 19-69; Tyler Batts

7-36. Bloomsburg-Derrick Price 17-74; Kenny Domzalski 9-43; Dan Latorre 9-18;

Stefan Adams 1-6; Kyle Fisher 1-1.

PASSING: Gannon-Zach Boedicker 13-20-0-104. Bloomsburg-Dan Latorre


RECEIVING: Gannon-Levar Goff 5-20; Jon Richardson 3-13; Tyler Batts 1-25;

Evan Twombly 1-20; Corey Bradley 1-14; Jason Ladouceur 1-7; Jonathon Jones 1-5.

Bloomsburg-Cory Stiger 4-59; Chris Tressler 3-29; Dylan Manni 1-12; Stefan Adams


INTERCEPTIONS: Gannon-Kevin Minor 1-26. Bloomsburg-None.

FUMBLES: Gannon-Zach Boedicker 2-1; Kevin Minor 1-0. Bloomsburg-Dan

Latorre 2-2; Derrick Price 1-1.

Stadium: Redman Stadium        Attendance: 1488

Kickoff time: 12:00 pm  End of Game: 2:29 pm   Total elapsed time: 2:29

Officials: Referee: John Gerbino; Umpire: Nick Pergine; Linesman: A. Ciccaglione;

Line judge: Dan Bush; Back judge: Melvin Riddick; Field judge: Matt Brewer;

Side judge: James Downey; Scorer: Ryan Rebholz;

Temperature: 49        Wind: light     Weather: Sunny and crisp

Gannon vs #19 Bloomsburg (Nov 07, 2009 at Bloomsburg, Pa.)

SACKS (UA-A): Gannon-Keith Yager 1-0. Bloomsburg-Anthony Smith 1-0;

Jarrett Pidgeon 1-0; Justin Presley 1-0; Mike Varanavage 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Gannon-Khayree Connors 7-3; Randy Colling 2-6; Kevin

Minor 5-2; Jon Petrigac 4-2; Anthony Weaver 3-3; Johnny Jones 4-1; Keith Yager

1-3; John Chisolm 2-1; Brandon Carter 1-2; Cory Borden 1-1; Connor Kimball 0-2;

Matt Jones 1-0; Albert Benedict 1-0; Jon Richardson 0-1; Miles Brooks 0-1; Tyler

Batts 0-1; Jason Ladouceur 0-1; Ian Jeffers 0-1; Dominic Jackson 0-1.

Bloomsburg-T. McFarland 6-4; Anthony Smith 6-3; Domenique Price 4-3; Mike

Varanavage 3-3; Alex Landis 2-4; Dan Oliver 2-4; Jarrett Pidgeon 3-2; Jesse

Cooper 2-3; Justin Presley 2-3; Justin Rivera 2-2; M. Zimmerman 2-2; Vince

Browning 2-2; Alphonso Nathan 1-2; Todd Givler 1-2; Kenny Orlando 0-3; Oscar

Rivera 1-0; TEAM 1-0; Ryan Feldman 0-1; John Pettine 0-1; Stefan Adams 0-1; Mark

Daniels 0-1.