By Jose Villeneuve
The IUP football team is now 2-0 on the season after another road win this past weekend.
The Crimson Hawks have yet to play their home opener, but the two road wins are crucial heading into the meat of IUP’s schedule.
The Curt Cignetti-led Hawks look comfortable playing on the road, cruising to two high-scoring outputs.
This past Saturday, IUP traveled once again to the eastern side of Pennsylvania to face a Cheyney University of Pennsylvania team that most recently ended its 44-game losing streak in a win over Lincoln University.
The No. 9 Crimson Hawks imposed their will throughout the game, posting their fourth-straight shutout of the Wolves, 55-0.
IUP got contributions from all across the roster. They even scored on special teams.
In the first quarter, wide receiver JoJo Gause (redshirt freshman, communications media) caught his only pass of the game for a touchdown, the second-straight game he has scored. Walt Pegues (junior, communications media) had two catches for 21 yards and a score of his own, but the biggest story of the wide receiving corps was Chris Wuestner (graduate, business), who caught a game-high eight balls for 169 yards and touchdown.
On the ground, Chris Temple (junior, accounting), who was not a major factor in the first game against East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, found his groove, punching in three scores.
The IUP offense seems to be installing a rotation at the tailback position, as five different running backs got at least five carries in the game. Temple himself only had eight for 29 yards.
The leading rusher was Samir Bullock (freshman, management), who ran for 56 yards. The game-high in rushing attempts came courtesy of quarterback Lenny Williams Jr. (redshirt sophomore, accounting) who, after winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) player of the week and IUP athlete of the week last week, cooled down a bit, but still put up a respectable 152 yards passing along with three touchdowns.
Mike Pietropola (sophomore, kinesiology), who moved from defensive back to backup quarterback earlier in the season, spelled Williams for a few series, attempting nine passes and completing four, throwing an interception in the process.
On the opposite side of the ball, the IUP defense may have played the whole roster on Saturday, as a whopping 30 different players recorded a tackle.
Defensive back Anthony Davis (redshirt sophomore, finance and legal studies) and defensive tackle Dondrea Tillman (freshman, undecided business) led the way with seven tackles each.
After only registering one sack in the opening game, the Crimson Hawks addressed the pass rush and recorded four sacks. Davis, Tillman and Jemal Averette (junior, criminology and criminal justice) each had whole sacks of their own. The defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage the entire game, only allowing 49 net yards. The secondary also held their own, allowing 88 yards through the air.
Ackeno Robertson (redshirt senior, accounting) recorded his second interception in just as many games.
Late in the fourth quarter, after the game was in hand, the Wolves marched down into Crimson Hawk territory attempting to score their first points against IUP in more than six years.
Their 32-yard field goal try ended up being blocked, and IUP’s Eric Doe (junior, biology) returned it 95 yards for a score.
IUP will take on undefeated PSAC foe Edinboro University of Pennsylvania next week. IUP defeated Edinboro last season, 42-21.