Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team fell to the West Liberty University Hilltoppers at home on Saturday afternoon in double overtime, 27-24.
Glenville State would get on the scoreboard first at the 11:34 minute mark of the first quarter as Ralph Gordon caught an eight yard touchdown pass from Sean Steele as the Pioneers took a, 7-0.
West Liberty would answer back at the 4:01 minute mark as they knotted it up at 7-7 after one yard touchdown run by Jeremaih Ortiz.
Glenville State would then go up 14-7 as Antiwone Johnson caught a pass from Sean Steele and took it 53 yards to the endzone. The Pioneers would take that 14-7 lead into halftime.
West Liberty however would tie it up again at 14-14 midway through the third quarter as Braxton Gamble scored on a 13 yard run.
The Pioneers would again take the lead as time expired in the third quarter as Rahmann Lee scored on a six yard run putting GSC up 21-14. The Pioneers would add a 37 yard field goal by Tanner Wright, early in the fourth quarter, as Glenville State took a 10 point lead over the Hilltoppers, 24-14.
West Liberty would add a 31 yard field goal at the 2:03 minute mark of the fourth to pull within a touchdown, 24-17.
Glenville State’s next drive would stall as West Liberty would get the ball back. However GSC would come up with an interception by DeMarcus Davis, or so the fans thought, the refs would gather on the field and overturn the call as the drive continued for the Hilltoppers.
On a fourth and 10 West Liberty would come up big as Dylan Potts caught the 46 yard hailmary from Dakota Conwell as they tied it up at 24-24, as we headed to overtime.
In the first overtime neither team would score as both kickers missed field goal attempts.
In the second overtime West Liberty would take a 27-24 lead after Josh Wilson hit a 43 yard field goal. The Pioneer would have one last possession. Quarterback Sean Steele would hit Rahmann Lee for a 13 yard pass into the endzone however the refs ruled that Lee fumbled the ball into the endzone for a touchback there for game over as West Liberty would come away with a controversial win, 27-24.
The Pioneers offense racked up 559 total yards of offense while the GSC defense only gave up 316 total yards to West Liberty. Glenville State was penalized six times for 100 yards while West Liberty only had two penalties for 20 yards.
Running back Tevin Drake rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries while Rahmann Lee rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.
Quarterback Sean Steele completed 22 passes out of 32 for 362 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Steele’s favorite target was Rahmann Lee as he caught eight passes for 95 yards.
For the Pioneer defense Devin Cain led all tacklers with nine tackles on the day while Gary Henderson finished with seven tackles and a sack.
The Pioneers fall to 0-2 on the early season and will look to bounce back next Saturday as they travel to Fairmont State for the Annual Battle for the Bit. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.