Huskies Collapse in Weeks 5 & 6: Seek Redemption In Upcoming Homecoming Game

Anna Watson, Sports Writer

A view from the bleachers from last Saturday’s game vs. Kutztown (Photo: Anna Watson)

Despite the tight contest between the Huskies and the West Chester Golden Rams in Week 4, the Bloomsburg Football team was unable to hang on and achieve the victory. Additionally, the Huskies fell to the Kutztown Golden Bears, 34-7 in last Saturday’s game on Parents Weekend.

Much was at stake in the high rival game vs West Chester, as they celebrated their homecoming. The Huskies were looking for redemption, as they fell to Shippensburg in the previous week.

Quarterback David LePoidevin (Middlesex, N.J.) was 13-20 with three touchdowns and one interception, throwing 222 yards. When asked what his expectations were going into the tense matchup, he stated, “We have a great team this year despite our record. I believe we can play with anyone when we execute. I would expect nothing less of our team than the performance last Saturday against West Chester.”

Regardless of the loss, the Huskies remained optimistic as they fought back to the best of their ability, and worked together as a team in the contest vs. West Chester. Likewise at this PSAC matchup, Bloomsburg’s side was well attended, despite being the away team. Sites of maroon and gold dispersed across the stadium, and cheers of “Go Huskies” deflected off the stadium’s walls.

As a player in this competitive environment, LePoidevin remarked, “Going into the game in the locker room we knew it was going to be a battle and it would come down to who wanted it more.”

Moving forward, the Huskies need to urgently improve their kicking game. In the contest vs. West Chester, the Huskies kicker Torsten Hartmann (Bloomsburg, PA) missed two field goals, one from the 21 yard line, and one from the 28, as well as a missed extra point. If the Huskies would have made those kicks, they would have won the game.

When asked how he believes the team could improve going into the matchup vs. Kutztown, number 12 stated, “I believe our team can still come together more and play better complimentary football. As a young team we have been improving week by week, we just need to continue to push ourselves every day during practice and in the film room to be as prepared as we can be to execute the game plan.”

Saturday’s game vs. Kutztown started off well, as the Huskies struck first on their third drive of the game, with David LePoidevin leading the way. After a Bloomsburg timeout, LePoidevin found wide receiver Malik Langley (Chester, PA) for 13 yards and Bloomsburg scored a touchdown just before the end of the 1st quarter. This gave the Huskies their first and only lead of the game, 7-0. Unfortunately, the rest was downhill for Bloomsburg, as Kutztown’s offense dominated the Huskies defense for the remainder of the game.

On the bright side, QB LePoidevin threw for 148 yards on 17 completions, with one touchdown. Offensively, the Huskies were led by running back Kaleb Monaco (Pocono Pines, PA) with 83 yards on 19 carries. Also, Langley had three catches and 30 yards with one touchdown for the day.

Looking ahead, the Huskies are in desperate need of a win in this weekend’s upcoming Homecoming game vs. Lock Haven. LePoidevin gave his thoughts stating, “Coach Sheptock preaches playing complimentary football. Like I said before we can play with any team when we execute and play complimentary football to our full potential. If we do that this weekend we will come away with a win.”

Husky fans, don’t miss all the action, starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 16th at Danny Hale Field at Redman stadium.