BY ALEX KURTZ – STAFF WRITER
Thanks to big performances by sophomore quarterback Nick Crusco and senior wide receiver Pat Cutillo, Susquehanna’s football team beat Dickinson 42-35 on homecoming weekend.
Crusco was able to show off his ability as a dual-threat quarterback. He not only threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, but also added another 65 yards rushing, and three more scores on the ground, including the game-winning touchdown with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter. He was named the Centennial Conference offensive player of the week.
“[The] main thing that was going through my mind was executing my job and getting the ball in the end zone,” Crusco said. “Everyone on the drive stepped up and helped us to score. We trusted in what our coaches were telling us all week in practice and stuck with it.”
A large part of Crusco’s success was thanks to Cutillo, as he sliced through the Dickinson defense, making ten catches for 122 yards and two touchdown catches, including a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter, which gave Susquehanna an early 7-0 lead, and a 2-yard touchdown early in the second.
This early surge helped Susquehanna jump out to a 21-7 lead, but it would be diminished quickly, as Dickinson finally got their strong rushing attack going in the second quarter, making it 21-14 at the half, and tying it 21-21 after scoring a touchdown to begin the second half.
Crusco and the Crusader offense responded quickly though with a nine play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Devon Pascoe in corner of the end zone. Crusco then took one in himself after Dickinson fumbled on their own four-yard line to make it 35-21.
Once the fourth quarter began, it was all Dickinson for a while, as senior wide receiver Anders Overhaug rushed for a 20-yard touchdown run, and then a 3-yard touchdown on Dickinson’s next possession, which was set up by a 64-yard run by senior defensive back Teddy Airoldi on a fake punt to tie the game 35-35.
Crusco and the offense then went to work for the final drive, but failed to convert on third down, leaving them with a fourth and two on their own 42-yard line.
Susquehanna went for it, and Crusco found Cutillo for an 8-yard gain to keep the drive alive.
Eventually, the fourteen play drive ended with Crusco pushing his way into the end zone on a quarterback sneak for a 1-yard touchdown, giving the Crusaders the lead with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter.
With two minutes still on the clock, Dickinson still had time to operate a game-tying drive, but those hopes were shot down when sophomore linebacker Joe Scaglia intercepted Dickinson senior quarterback David Clemens on the first play of the drive to seal the victory for the Crusaders.
“Our defense was expecting the pass because it was late in the game and we had the lead. I recognized the formation the offense was in and had an idea of what play they were going to run because our coaches did a great job of preparing us during the week,” Scaglia said. “I just dropped back into coverage and made a break on the ball to seal the deal. It was a great team win and we are very excited about it but we must get better and move forward if we want to have continued success.”
Susquehanna improved to 2-1 (1-1) on the season. The Crusaders will be on the road next week to face conference foe Gettysburg.