By Matthew Saur
Homecoming involves all different types of activities but the main focus is on the football game. Itís the game on the schedule that all the players circle, and anticipate.
This Saturday when the Pioneers host East Stroudsburg, the Pioneers should expect the largest crowd of the season. ìYou feel better because there is a big crowd,î said senior team captain Will Strano. ìItís easy to get excited and hyped up for the game because you want to perform at your best.”
Of course the players love being a part of the game but that isnít the only thing that they like. Strano enjoys meeting the alumni who come back, while senior defensive back Aaron Hall is a fan of the pep rally that they hold for the team in the Pratt Center.
Since both are seniors, Hall and Strano have experienced the joys of homecoming before. One of Stranoís favorite homecoming moments was last season when the Pioneers beat the eventual conference champions Shippensburg in front of a packed Hickox Field. Hallís favorite moment includes the support that he gets from his family and friends who attend the game.
The game itself should be in the Pioneersí favor. Post comes into the game with a record of 4-2 and exploded on offense this past weekend against Millersville in a 49-21 victory, while East Stroudsburg comes into the match up at just 1-5.
The Pioneers stumbled a bit out of the gate, but a victory on homecoming would solidify their contention this season. Senior Quarterback Erik Anderwkavich continues to be a game changer this season with both his legs and arm. Anderwkavich has rushed for 431 yards so far this season while throwing for over 1100 yards. One of Anderwkavichís favorite targets this season has been Darnell Williams who has averaged over 90 yards a game while catching four touchdown passes this season. Thomas Beverly has also had a nice season compiling 449 yards and three touchdowns, while battling an ankle injury.
Although the offense has been great for the Pioneers, the defense has been solid all season. Line backer Billy OíConnor has lead the team in tackles with 69, but 15 other players have recorded 10 or more tackles so far this season. Ronnie Modik has three interceptions so far, and Xavier Brown has a team high six sacks.
If you canít make it down to support the Pioneers, coverage on 88.1 FM and wcwpsports.com begins at 12:30 p.m., while kickoff is scheduled at 1 PM.