September 12, 2009
Huskies Move to 3-0 On Season with 17-7 Victory
ERIE-- Quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) rushed for one score and passed for another to lead fifth-ranked Bloomsburg University to a 17-7 win over Mercyhurst College on Saturday. The win was the 10th straight road win for the Huskies dating back to 2007.
After a scoreless opening period of the game, the Huskies (3-0) finally got on the board on a career-best 47-yard field goal from Jon Koenig (Pine Grove/Pine Grove) with two minutes left in the half. The senior's kick capped an eight-play, 46-yard for the Huskies that included a 20-yard run from Kenny Domzalski (Milford/Delaware Valley) and an 18-yard pass from Latorre to Ben Weaber (Lebanon/Cedar Crest).
On the ensuing drive for the drive Mercyhurst (1-2) quarterback Joe Laffey had a pass intercepted by Bloomsburg linebacker Anthony Smith (Pottstown/Pottstown) who returned the ball to the Laker 23-yard line 1:03 left in the period. The Huskies drove to the Mercyhurst one-yard line, aided with a pass interference call, which set up a one-yard run from Latorre with 19 seconds left in the half making it 10-0 at the break.
Bloomsburg made it 17-0 early in the fourth period when Cory Stiger (Williamsport/Loyalsock) caught a four-yard scoring pass from Latorre to cap a 44-yard scoring drive. The big play in the drive was a 41-yard reception by Chris Tressler (Lewistown/Lewistown) putting the Huskies in scoring position.
Mercyhurst finally got on the board in the fourth period when Laffey completed a one-yard pass to Josh Szeluga with 6:08 to go. The Lakers would get the ball back two more times in the final six minutes, but the Bloomsburg defense stopped the Lakers on both occasions. On a fourth and two at the Bloomsburg 38, the Huskies Thomas McFarland (Pottsville/Pottsville) made a stop for a loss of two yards to turn the ball over on downs, while Domenique Price (Easton/Easton) intercepted a pass on Mercyhurst's final drive to seal the victory.
Domzalski rushed for a game-high 86 yards and went over 1,000 yards for his career. Latorre finished 12-24 for 112 yards and one score. Defensively, Smith had another big game for the Huskies with a team-high 11 tackles, seven of them solo. He also intercepted one pass and broke up another. As a team, Bloomsburg allowed just one touchdown for the third straight game and allowed just 192 yards of total offense. Mercyhurst quarterback Joe Laffey was 19-36 for 130 yards and one interception.
Bloomsburg will play its third straight road game next week at Kutztown with kickoff at 6:05 p.m. in the start of PSAC Eastern Division play.