Glenville football defeats Seton Hill in season finale


Steffen Colon drops back in the pocket to make a pass.

Quarterback Steffen Colon drops back before completing a pass.

The Pioneers won a high scoring affair at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 63-44, against conference opponent, Seton Hill before Thanksgiving break.

            The Griffins didn’t go down without a fight, as the score indicates. Seton Hill jumped out to an early 7-0 lead using a little trickery. A designed wide receiver run play, turned out to be a wide receiver reverse pass. Sean Randall connected with Jorge Valdovinos for a 51-yard pass. The Pioneers answered back at the end of the quarter on a Steffen Colon to Jordan Griffin connection.

            The score didn’t remains tied for very long as D.J Leneham threw a deep pass into the arms of Anthony Armstead. Armstead raced past the Glenville secondary 41 yards to the end zone. The Pioneers not only scored back on the very next drive but also scored on their very next play. A screen pass to Antwan Stewart tied the game back up as Stewart used his speed, agility, and strength to power himself into the end zone. The offenses continued to shine in the second quarter but the Pioneers held the Griffins to a field goal in the redzone. However, the Griffins couldn’t stop the Pioneers from taking their first lead of the game. This time Colon found Jordan Griffin from 19 yards out. Up 21-17 with 35 seconds left in the half the Pioneers attempted to take that lead into the locker room. Seton Hill used a good kick-off return, a penalty, and a 4-yard pass to Armstead to find the end zone at the end of the half.

            In the third quarter the Griffins extended their lead to ten points off a Lenehan to Valdovinos pass. Glenville clawed their way back into the game though. On a key third down, Jakharie Murphy made a leaping catch and then got not only the first down but also a touchdown from 71 yards out. The teams then traded the ball back and forth before the Pioneers were able to score again. Pinned on their own one yard line, the Griffins quarterback Lenehan threw an interception to Matt Parker. Parker took walked into the end zone for the one yard score. With the extra point from Bayless, Glenville went up 35-31. Colon added two more touchdown passes in the quarter to go up 49-31.

            The fourth quarter began without any scoring but a flurry of points went on the scoreboard as the Griffins attempted to mount a comeback. Kareem Alexander went in the end zone from one yard out to give the Pioneers their largest lead of the game at 56-31. Seton Hill found the end zone late in the game and another time as they were able to recover an onside kick. The fans lost all hopes of a comeback though as Alexander found the end zone again and the Pioneers were able to come out of Greensburg, Pennsylvania with a win.

            Joe Mesadieu and Kareem Alexander led the rushing attack for the Pioneers. Mesadieu went over the 100 yard mark with 114 yards off of 20 carries while Alexander only had 35 yards rushing but crossed the goal line twice for the Pioneers.

            Leading the passing game was back-up quarterback Steffen Colon with 293 yards passing off of just 10 completions on 19 attempts. Six of those completions went for touchdowns as Colon has a very bright future ahead of him.

            Three seniors led the Pioneer’s elite receiving corps practically all season and this game wouldn’t be any different. Jordan Griffin had 6 catches for 128 yards. Griffin was responsible for three of Colon’s touchdown passes. Antwan Stewart caught 3 passes for 94 yards and two of those went for touchdowns. Jakharie Murphy only had one catch but it went 71 yards for a touchdown.

            Defensively, Max Beubron and Nate Ingersoll led the team with 8 tackles. Three Pioneers had an interception on the day. Matt Parker returned his interception for a touchdown in a pivotal moment for the Pioneers. Claude Tindong and Terry Reese added interceptions to benefit the team.

            The Pioneers finish their season tied for fourth in the conference with the University of Charleston, a foe that bested them. However, like last season the Pioneers defeated the conference champion, Concord, and should look to build off that for next year.

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