BY NICHOLAS FORBES – STAFF WRITER
The Crusaders steamrolled their way to victory against visiting Ursinus on Oct. 24, wrapping up a win of 48-21.
Susquehanna’s offense came out high-powered, and dropped 38 points in the first half against a lax Ursinus defense.
Senior linebacker Jim Barry, normally the defensive leader of the team, was used as a goal line option in this game, lining up with the offense on several occasions. In the first quarter, Barry caught the first touchdown of the game on a one-yard dump from sophomore quarterback Nick Crusco.
Sophomore running back Kyle Neuschatz added two more touchdowns in the quarter, netting 49 yards on the ground. Crusader offense put up 21 points in the first quarter, while the defense, headed by Barry, shut down the Bears and held them scoreless.
Senior wide receiver Casey Crotty came up big time in the second quarter for the Crusaders, adding two touchdowns of his own. One of them coming on a quick 9-yard strike from Crusco.
With 8:55 left in the quarter, Crotty caught a screen pass from Crusco and followed his wall of blockers into the secondary. Making defensive backs miss and changing direction, Crotty found the end zone from 47 yards out.
Junior kicker Evan Argiriou added a field goal right before the two-minute warning to cap a 72-yard drive and give Susquehanna a convincing 38-0 lead.
The route was already on, and it was all Ursinus could do to save some pride. Bears running back Corey Kelly was able to find the end zone on a goal line plunge to erase the shutout and send the teams into the half 38-7.
After another field goal by Argiriou in the third, neither team would score again until the fourth quarter, where Ursinus found small signs of life against the Susquehanna second-stringers.
The Bears were able to outscore the Crusaders 14-7 in the fourth, but the huge first-half deficit was too much to overcome for the Bears, who fall to 2-5 on the season.
The Crusaders (3-4) found an offensive rhythm that had been missing for a few weeks, racking up 566 of total offense compared to Ursinus 249. Susquehanna was also able to finish a game from start to finish and secure a win, something that coach Tom Perkovich preached last week following a tough loss to Moravian.
The Crusaders travel to Franklin and Marshall on Halloween for a showdown with the Diplomats on Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m.