Family Affair as Pioneers Beat Rams

Matthew Saur

            Steven Laurino tossed four touchdown passes this past Saturday, two of which landed in the hands of his older brother Grayson Laurino. The pair of brothers starred in the Pioneers 34-23 victory over the West Chester University Rams, Grayson catching the two touchdown passes and totaling 50 receiving yards, and Steven passing 14 of 19 for 162 yards.

The Rams waited no time before they scored their first points of the day, scoring on the first play of the game from scrimmage on a 75 yard pass from West Chester quarterback Sean McCartney to wide out Tim Keyser.  The Pioneers tied the score up later in the quarter after Steven found brother Grayson for their first of two touchdowns.

West Chester took back the lead on a 39 yard field goal from Shawn Leo, and increased the lead to 13-6 on their next drive on another Leo field goal. The Pioneers took the lead before halftime on Anthony Brunetti‘s rushing touchdown, and the Pioneers were ahead 14-13 by the end of the half.

In the third, both offenses went off, combining to score a total of 30 points. The Pioneers scored first, the second of the two touchdowns between Laurino’s. After that touchdown, they never relinquished the lead, although the Rams scored right back to cut the lead to just 23-20.

Jeff Mack, the star of last week’s victory, rushed for 126 yards this week including a touchdown in the third with 3:15 remaining. Before the Rams offense could retaliate, defensive back Evan Flowers intercepted the first play from scrimmage, giving the ball back to C.W. Post. Mack got the Pioneers closer to the end zone rushing for a 35 yard gain and then Laurino connected with Sean Persch in the end zone and the extra point was good to give the Pioneers a 34-20 lead.

In the fourth, both teams tossed zeros on the board thanks to stellar defense. The Pioneers have been consistent on defense all season, but really put on a show Saturday, totaling seven sacks, three interceptions and 70 tackles. Ronnie Modik led the team with 12 tackles, and recorded a pair of sacks. With the win, the Pioneers improved to 2-3 and 2-0 in PSAC play. Post looks to even their record out this Sunday, when they hit the road against Millersville, coverage on 88.1 FM will start at 12:30pm with kickoff at 1pm.

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