Post Pioneers vs. California (Pa.) Vulcans
By Matthew Saur
The Pioneers rolled through week one of their 2010 season with a 20 – 11 victory over America International College, however, week two provided a much tougher opponent.
Facing fourth ranked Division II – California (Pa.) Vulcans in the home opener at Hickox field, Post got off to a great start when sophomore wide receiver Grayson Laurino caught a pass from quarterback Erik Anderwkavich for the first score of the game.
The Vulcans would eventually tie the game with a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Portis. Yet Post came back again and scored on a two-yard run from sophomore running back, Thomas Beverly, however they failed to connect on the extra point due to a botched snap that forced holder R.J Kuhn to attempt a pass that was unsuccessful.
That would be the last time the Pioneers saw the end zone in the game because the Vulcans came right back and connected on a 36 yard pass from Portis to third year wide out Derrick Jones to end the first quarter trailing by one.
The Vulcans would run away with the game in the second quarter scoring early on a safety by tackling Laurino in the end zone for two points and increasing their lead by three. This proved to be the turning point in the game as Post seemed to lose all momentum from then on.
The Vulcans came out strong scoring again in both the third and fourth quarters to push the final score to 40-13.
Although the C.W Post offense got off to a quick start in the first quarter it disappeared over the next three. Anderwvich struggled, throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice, while the running game was halted gaining only 148 yards.
On the bright side, week one PSAC East Defensive player of the week Billy O’Connor had another strong game with eight tackles, including one for a loss of two yards. Sophomore line backer Ty Booth lead the team with 11 tackles and Junior Ronnie Modik helped out with 10.
The Pioneers next game is Saturday at Hickox field when Mercyhurst College visits and Post will seek out their second win of the season. Don’t forget coverage on 88.1 FM and wcwpsports.com begins at 12:30 PM, kick off is at 1:00pm.