Glenville Comes Back From West Liberty With a Win

The Glenville State College Pioneers hit the road to Wheeling this past Saturday to pick up their second conference win of the season against the West Liberty Hilltoppers. After their first possession of the game, the Pioneers flew the ball down to West Liberty’s 10 yard line on the fourth down. Before the Pioneers had a chance to score, Darold Hughes threw an interception, turning the ball over to West Liberty.

Fortunately for the Pioneers, West Liberty fumbled the ball on their first offensive play of the game. Nate Ingersoll who is a defensive standout for the Pioneers from the linebacker
position, jumped on the ball to recover it for Glenville State on West Liberty’s six yard line. This time, the Pioneer’s offense would not allow another mishap. Darold Hughes threw the ball to Darian Cleckley, who scored his first collegiate touchdown, making the score 7-0 with the Pioneers in the lead. With 16 seconds left in the first quarter, Hughes threw another touchdown pass to Orlandus Harris from 29 yards out. This extended the Pioneer’s lead to 14 points as they finished the quarter up 14-0.

In the second quarter, after a 15 yard run, West Liberty came in contact with the end zone making the score 14-7, still in favor of the Pioneers. After three interceptions thrown by Hughes in the first half, Glenville State managed to stay on top of the scoreboard going into halftime.

In the second half, Eddie McKay’s field goal kick went flying right throw the uprights building the Pioneer’s lead 17-7 with a lot of time still left to play. West Liberty was quick to come
out of their cave to try and come back after scoring a touchdown making the score 17-14, with 7:26 left to play in the fourth quarter. After the Pioneers drove the ball to West Liberty’s 35 yard line, Hughes would then throw his fifth interception of the game. This would give the Hilltoppers another chance to tie or take the lead, but the Pioneers defense kept them from scoring. With only 1:07 left to go in the game, the Pioneers were forced to punt, giving the Hilltoppers one last chance, but they threw four incomplete passes as the clock ticked away and the Pioneers came out on top.

Rahmann Lee led everyone on the ground, with 21 carries for 81 yards. While Darold Hughes led the Pioneer air attack by completing 19 of 34 passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns but had a total of five interceptions. Hughes also ran the ball ten times for 21 yards. Scoring his first college touchdown, Darian Cleckley caught five passes for 36 yards.
Orlandus Harris caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Darren Elliott led the defense with 9.5 tackles and an interception while Devin Cain brought in seven tackles in the game.

The Pioneers are now 2-3 overall and remain undefeated in the conference with a record of 2-0, where they are ranked second in the WVIAC. They will see more conference action this Saturday at Concord University starting at 2:00p.m.

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