Football Struggles to Find Footing

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Heather Norris

The C.W. Post football team has seen a rough start to the 2011 season.  The team tabbed fourth out of eight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East teams in preseason polls has yet to find its pace in the first two games of the season, losing 13-7 in overtime against American International College on September 3rd and 41-13 most recently against California University (Pa.) last Saturday, September 10th.

The home opener on September 3rd was a nail biter down to the last play. After earning a 7-0 lead going into the half, the Pioneers relinquished their lead less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The rest of regulation time passed without another goal, sending fans into a frenzy and the game into overtime.

The drama carried into overtime, however, came to an unfortunate climax for the Pioneers when Yellow Jacket defensive back Markell Rice intercepted a pass by the Pioneers’ redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Laurino. Rice carried the ball 95 yards and into the end zone for AIC, scoring the winning touchdown and handing C.W. Post an 0-1 record to start the season off with.

The team did not fare any better in their first away contest of the season against 22-ranked California. Boasting transfers from Division I schools like West Virginia, Ole Miss, Towson, Army, Alabama, Temple, Virginia and Navy, the Vulcans made the Pioneers easy prey, allowing only one C.W. Post touchdown, by junior running back Thomas Beverly, to break the shutout.

The Pioneers will be back in action this Saturday, September 17th in Erie Pennsylvania as they face Mercyhurst and try to get back on track.

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