Glenville, W.Va. – The Pioneers are coming off a huge win over arch rival and Mountain East Conference (MEC) foe Fairmont State in the Annual Battle for the Bit, 31-14 in front of a packed crowd at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium.
The Pioneers offense gained 25 first downs to Fairmont State’s 9. GSC also rushed for 302 total yards while the GSC defense only allowed the Falcons 94 total rushing yards.
The Pioneers offense also gained over 500 yards of total offense while FSU only tallied 131 total yards.
GSC running back Rahmann Lee was the team’s leading rusher with 164 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Lee was also named MEC Offensive Player of the Week. Freshman quarterback Sean Steele went 14 for 29 on the night for 209 yards and a touchdown. Steele’s favorite target was Delvon Purvis. Purivs caught 5 passes for 72 yards, while Lee also caught 3 passes for 74 yards. Gary Henderson was the team’s leading tackler for the Pioneers as he had 6 total tackles.
This week GSC travels to Urbana University as they take on the Blue Knights.
Urbana is coming off a tough loss to MEC foe Shepherd 21-28. The Blue Knights are ranked fourth in NCAA Division II in Passing Offense with 397.3 yards per game. The Blue Knights quarterback D.J. Mendenhall is ranked third in the NCAA Division II in Passing Yards Per Game with 397.3 average and also ranked third in Passing Yards with 1,192 yards on the year.
The Pioneer defense will need to continue to play well this week if the Pioneers want to walk away with a win on Saturday.
This will mark the first matchup between the Pioneers and Urbana as members of the Mountain East Conference.
Kickoff is set for 12:00pm.