Glenville, WV – The Pioneers opened the football season on Thursday evening against the Carson-Newman Eagles. GSC got off to an explosive start as they capitalized on a Carson-Newman fumble on their opening drive. The Pioneers then drove 43 yards after the fumble with running back Joe Mesadieu scoring on a six yard run as the Pioneers took a 7-0 lead.
On the Eagles next possession safety Matt Parker picked off Carson-Newman’s Jason Brown which later lead to a 31 yard field goal by Eddie McKay as the Pioneers took a 10-0 lead in front of a rocking crowd of about 1,000 fans at Morris Stadium.
On the next Eagles possession the Pioneers had two costly 15 yard penalties, the mark off took the ball down to the Pioneer 20 yard line giving the Eagles a first down and ten which led to a an easy Carson-Newman touchdown by Nate Inman making it 10-7 Pioneers.
The Pioneers then had a quick three and out but caught a break as the Eagles fumbled on their next possession. James Washington recovered the ball on the Eagles own 32 yard line, but the Pioneers could not put the ball in the end zone as they settled for a 32 yard field goal from McKay as the Pioneers took a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The start of the second quarter saw Carson-Newman drive 61 yards as they got on the board with a 36 yard field goal by Carlos Lopez making it 13-10 GSC.
The Eagles then out scored the Pioneers 17-0 in the second quarter as Brandon Baker hauled off a 43 yard touchdown run and Tyron Douglas scored a one yard run as the Eagles went into the half leading 24-13.
The start of the second half saw both teams go three and out on their first possession. However Carson-Newman then began to move the ball at will as Nate Inman and Brandon Baker scored back to back touchdowns making 38-13 .
The Pioneers got on the score board again when Steffen Colon connected with Jordan Griffin on an 18 yard touchdown hook up which brought the score to 38-20.
The Eagles would find the endzone again with 3:09 left in the game as they held on for a 45-20 win.
Joe Mesadieu led the rushing attack with 14 rushes for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Darold Hughes throw for 154 yards as he went 15 for 29 but throw two interceptions, while backup quarterback Steffen Colon went 6 for 9 for 115 yards and a touchdown pass.
Antwan Stewart led the receiving corps with 8 catches for 126 yards while fellow receiver Jordan Griffin hauled in 7 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Donald Marshall led the Pioneers defense with 8 tackles while Ricky Booker and Nate Ingersoll both recorded 7 tackles on the night.
The Eagles were led on the ground by Brandon Baker with 12 rushes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Johnny Foster rushed for 58 yards on 18 rushes and Nate Inman finished with 37 yards on 12 rushes and two touchdowns.
The Pioneers will look to rebound next Saturday, September 10th when they travel to North Alabama as they take on Terry Bowden’s Lions. Game time is set for 7:00PM.