Fairmont, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team traveled to Fairmont State University this afternoon and suffered a tough 36-40 loss in the Annual Battle for the Bit.
The Fairmont State Fighting Falcons would get off to a fast start as they would score the first 24 points of the ball game to take a 24-0 lead over the Pioneers. However GSC would not give in as they would score the last 14 points of the first half to cut Fairmont State’s lead to 10 points, 24-14, as both teams headed into halftime.
In the third quarter GSC’s Tevin Drake would fumble on their first possession as Fairmont State would recover the fumble. FSU offense would then drive it 87 yards and score a touchdown on a Terrell Charles five yard run to take a 31-14 lead.
On the Pioneers next possession GSC was forced to punt out of their own territory but a high snap over Tyler Czajkowski head resulted in a safety for the Falcons defense as FSU took a 33-14 lead over GSC.
The Pioneers would cut into the Falcons lead at the 4:25 minute mark of the third quarter as Sean Steele hit tight end Jake Harper for his first touchdown catch of the season making it, 33-20 FSU.
As GSC headed into the fourth quarter FSU would add another score at the 14:52 minute mark as Nick Alvaro scored on a 30 yard pass from Cooper Hibbs as they took a 40-20 lead.
However GSC would cut into the lead again at the 11:33 minute mark as Jake Harper caught his second touchdown pass of the day making it,40-28, after the two point conversion was good.
The Pioneers defense would then do their job and get the ball back the GSC offense. GSC would then take the ball 42 yards as Dante Roberts, who came in for the injured Sean Steele, scored on a four yard quarterback sneak as GSC cut the lead to four points, 40-36.
The Pioneers would get another chance late in the fourth quarter but would turn it over on downs as Glenville State would fall to Fairmont State, 40-36.
The Pioneers racked up 544 total yards of offense on 71 plays while the GSC defense allowed Fairmont State a total of 435 yards. Penalties killed the Pioneers today as they racked up 15 penalties for 145 yards.
Rahmann Lee had another fabulous day as he rushed for 220 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Tevin Drake rushed for 98 yards on 17 carriers for the Pioneers.
Quarterback Sean Steele went 18 of 27 for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
Steele’s favorite receiver was Rahmann Lee as he caught seven passes for 80 yards while tight end Jake Harper had a great day as he caught four passes for 33 yards and had two touchdowns.
On the defense side of the ball Zack Mayes had nine total tackles for GSC while Gary Henderson also had nine total tackles and a sack.
For Fairmont State quarterback Cooper Hibbs finished with 384 yards as he went 25 of 36 with three touchdowns and an interception.
The Pioneers fall to 0-3 on the season they return to action next Saturday, September 27th when Urbana University travels to Glenville. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.