Fairmont, WV – On a beautiful afternoon in Fairmont, West Virginia the Glenville State Pioneers defeated the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons in three overtimes by a score of 36-30, giving Head Coach David Hutchison his first victory as the Pioneers Head Coach.
It was a hard hitting contest as both teams battled back and forth. FSU placekicker Frank Kennan hit a 30 yard field goal to put the Falcons up 3-0. Fairmont would then find the end zone after a fumble by Joe Mesadieu, when Logan Moore hit Chris St. Hilaire for a 49 yard TD pass as Fairmont State took a quick 10-0 lead early in the second quarter with 13:33 to go before the half.
But the Pioneers battled back and scored on a 13 play, 84-yard drive as Darold Hughes hit Mario Wright on a 4 yard TD strike in the back of the end-zone as GSC drew to within 3, 10-7 heading into halftime.
The Pioneers came out firing on all cylinders as Kareem Alexander scored on a 10 yard TD run and Joe Mesadieu scored on a 2 yard TD run to give the Pioneers a 21-10 lead with 14:13 left in the fourth quarter.
But, when the Falcons and Pioneers get together there is sure to be fireworks. FSU scored on a two yard TD run and a one yard TD run, both by Daniel Monroe, and the Fighting Falcons took a 24-21 lead with 7:59 left to go in the game.
Eddie McKay missed a 40 yard field goal with just over two minutes left in regulation that would have tied the game. FSU then was unable to run out the clock and punted to GSC. The Pioneers took over at the FSU 45 yard line and drove inside their 20 with McKay redeeming himself hitingt a 30 yard field goal with 00:05 left in the game to tie it up a 24 apiece.
FSU won the toss and elected to go on defense first in the first OT. The Pioneers would have to settle for a 26 yard field goal from McKay to take a 27-24 lead. Fairmont State came right back and hit a 20 yard field goal to send it to OT number two tied 27 apiece.
The Pioneers would play defense first and held Fairmont to a 22 yard field goal. FSU took a 30-27 lead. The Pioneers then had to settle for another McKay field goal, this one from 25 yards as they sent it to OT number three.
The Pioneers would then retake the field with their offense and Kareem Alexander found the end zone for the second time scoring on a one yard TD run to give the Pioneers a 36-30 lead. Fairmont then stopped GSC on the mandatory two point conversion.
On the first play of the Falcons drive Ricky Booker forced a fumble, Terry Reese recovered he ball, and GSC held on for a 36-30 triple OT win!
Darold Hughes led the Pioneers passing attack passing attack as he went 29 for 49 for 284 yards and a touchdown pass. His favorite target was Jordan Griffin, as he hauled in a game high 10 catches for 109 yards, while fellow wideout Mario Wright caught 4 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown catch. Antwan Stewart also caught 4 passes for 39 yards.
Joe Mesadieu led the ground attack with 75 yards on 22 rushes and a touchdown run, while Kareem Alexander ran for 66 yards on 16 attempts for two touchdowns.
Nate Ingersoll racked up 10 tackles on the day while Matty Porter recorded 7 tackles and a sack. Matt Parker also had a big interception in the third quarter for the Pioneers.
Fairmont was led by Logan Moore as he went 17 for 28 for 292 yard with one interception and one touchdown pass. Chris St. Hilaire was Logan favorite target as he caught 9 passes for a game high 186 yards and a touchdown. Tim Orange also caught 3 passes for 50 yards for the FSU offense.
Daniel Monroe led the rushing attack with 83 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns, but had the costly fumble to end the game.
Garrett Davis had a great game as he led the FSU defense with 18 tackles, while Greg Underwood recorded 16 tackles.
The Pioneers improve to 1-2 (1-0) on the season as they travel to UNC-Pembroke next Saturday, September 24th. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.