Pioneers squeak by Bobcats

The only thing hotter than the heat this past Saturday was the Wesleyan passing attack against the Pioneer defense. However, the Pioneers were able to battle the temperature and a late surge from the Bobcats to hang onto a narrow 35-32 homecoming day victory Saturday at Morris Stadium.

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Glenville Players run through the team tunnel during homecoming.

After obtaining an early 28-0 lead, it seemed too many in attendance that the Pioneers were well on their way to a very easy victory. Although Wesleyan scored a touchdown late in the first half it seemed that the Pioneers would resume their dominance in the second half. After a trip to the parking lot and a forty five minute wait at the concession stand, many fans returned to the stands to view an entirely different ballgame.

Instead of watching a Pioneer blowout, fans returned saw the Bobcats outscore the Pioneers 24-7 in the second half. However, a late interception by Devin Cain wrapped up the Pioneer victory and increased their record to 2-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.

Although Wesleyan managed to produce nearly four hundred yards through the air, it was the balanced attack of the Pioneers that stood the test over the course of the game. Glenville managed only a meager 154 yards through the air, however; freshman quarterback Sean Steele was able to find Seth Jordan in the end zone on two separate occasions. Steele also found the end zone on a scramble. Running back Rahman Lee also provided the Pioneers with another 100 yard rushing game as he provided the Pioneers with 116 yards on the ground.

The Pioneer defense, despite giving up over 400 yards on the day, played a solid game. On the day, the Pioneers were able to come up with four turnovers on the day. This total could have been much higher as Darren Elliot broke up nine passes on the day.

Next up for the Pioneers are the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston. These two teams have a lot on common as they both bring 2-3 records into the contest after having high hopes to begin the season. This game will serve as a turning point for one of these teams this weekend. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. this Saturday in at Laidley Field in Charleston.

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