Football falls in season finale

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Matt Soltes threw for 435 yards and five touchdowns to lead East Stroudsburg past visiting Gannon, 49-37, in the final game of the season for both teams Saturday.

East Stroudsburg and the Knights both finished the 2015 campaign 6-5.

Senior quarterback Liam Nadler connected with Jesstin Hamm for a 17-yard score to get within 21-17 with 9 minutes, 52 seconds left in a high-scoring first half.

A pair of Soltes TD passes put the Warriors up 35-17 before Nadler capped a two-play drive with a 25-yard scoring pass to Brandon Mansell to make it 35-24 with one minute remaining in the half.

Gannon took the momentum from that quick-strike drive and carried it into the third quarter, pulling to within 35-31 less than six minutes into the half.

The Knights capped an eight-play, 81-yard drive when Nadler found Mansell again, this time for a 15-yard score.

But it was all East Stroudsburg after that, as the Warriors outscored the Knights 14-6 the rest of the way to secure the victory.

Nadler, who played considerable minutes since being hurt in a few weeks ago, finished 23-of-37 for 357 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Nadler finished his career at Gannon starting every game behind center as he rewrote the Gannon record books.

The 6-foot 7-inch Ohio native finished as the Knights’ all-time leader in 300-yard passing games, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, 200-yard passing games and passing touchdowns.

Hamm recorded his third 100-yard receiving game with 105 yards on a career-high seven catches, becoming Gannon’s all-time receiving leader with 2,394 yards.

His mark surpassed Justin Caliste’s 2,375 record set last season.

Four-year coach Brad Rzyczycki led Gannon to its third consecutive winning season. It is the longest streak of winning seasons since 1992-95.

 

DOMINIC SANSONE

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