Heading in the right direction

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The Gannon University football team is back on a winning streak.

For the second time this season, the Knights have a three-game winning streak and they hope this one is here to stay.

Gannon opened the season 3-0, but saw its streak snapped with back-to-back losses. Thanks to a 43-28 comeback win Saturday at Seton Hill (2-6 overall, 1-4 PSAC), though, the Knights are back to their winning ways — for now.

At this point in the season, two things are consistent when the Gannon football team plays.

Brock Jones is going to have a big game and it’s going to rain — hard.

For the 14th time in two seasons, Jones ran for more than 100-yards and for the fifth time this season the Knights had to face downpour rain conditions.

The senior running back rushed for all but 81 of Gannon’s 280 rushing yards on 32 carries and ran for two scores to lead the Gannon offense.

Gannon quarterback Liam Nadler was solid in the pocket once again, throwing for 213 yards and two TDs. Nadler finished 8-of-16 passing, with eight of those passes landing in the hands of senior wide receiver Jesstin Hamm.

Hamm had 99 yards and one score, while Joe Sobucki had the other receiving TD, finishing with 79 yards on four catches.

For the second straight week the Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead. This time, Zach Phillips’ 5-yard rushing score just 3 minutes, 44 seconds into the contest gave Gannon an early advantage.

But the Knights would yield the lead, as the Griffins outscored them 21-9 the rest of the first half to lead 21-16 at intermission.

Seton Hill extended its lead to 28-16 on Khalil Howard’s 7-yard run just 3:33 into the second half.

But that would be the last time Seton Hill would find the end zone.

Gannon scored the game’s final 27 points to earn a late fourth-quarter comeback win.

After Nadler found Sobucki for a 55-yard score, Jones ran from 14 yards out to give Gannon a 29-28 lead.

Nadler connected with Hamm from 5 yards out for another score, before PSAC defensive player of the week Mike Zanders ran back an interception 44 yards to seal the victory.

Brandon Stout led the Griffins rushing attack with 93 yards on 20 carries and one score, while Howard finished with 84 yards on just six carries.

Seton Hill quarterback Christian Strong was picked off three times, completing 22 of his 48 passes for 198 yards.

Gannon’s final home game is set for Saturday at noon against California (Pa.) at McConnell Family Stadium.

The Vulcans will enter Saturday’s contest 5-3 overall and 3-2 in PSAC play.

John Franklin leads California with 638 rushing yards.

 

DOMINIC SANSONE

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