Saturday afternoon, Seventh ranked Lackawanna College beat College of DuPage by a score of 31-21.With the win, Lackawanna improved their win/loss record to 9-0 and pretty much assured themselves of an invitation to one of the NJCAA sanctioned bowl games.
Going into the game the Lackawanna players were aware of the importance of Saturday's contest,which may have contributed to the two uncharacteristic first half turnovers which gave the College of DuPage the opportunity to take an 11-0 lead with 11:49 left in the first half.
However, the Falcons bounced back quickly to cut the lead to DuPage lead to 11-8, as David Pindell struck Juwan Green with an 83 yard scoring strike and then rushed successfully for a two point conversion. Lackawanna then took a lead which they would not relinquish, when with 4:04 left in the half, Marcellias Sutton scored on a run from DuPage's 18 yard line and Eric Hill converted the point after touch down.
Lackawanna took that 15-11 lead into halftime, only to see the Chaparrals come within a point of tying Lackawanna in the third quarter when they scored on a 28 yard field goal with 08:51 on the clock. After that score, the Falcons took control of the scoreboard as they scored on two third quarter touchdown passes from Pindell to Umar Muhammad-Wyatt and, a fourth quarter safety, when Terrance Harris sacked the DuPage quarterback in the Chaparrals' end zone with 06:48 left in the game. The Pindell to Muhammad-Wyatt scoring strikes were from 14 yards (with 06:44 on the Clock) and from 28 yards, when Muhammad-Wyatt made an amazing one hand catch in the back of the end zone (with 05:13 on the Clock).
The last score of the game came with 2:04 left in the game, on a 17 yard DuPage scoring pass.
Leading rusher for Lackawanna was Jo-El Shaw, who netted 103 yards on 14 carries; the leading passer was Pindell, who threw for 285 yards on 15 completions in 24 attempts; and the leading receiver in catches was Mallory Claybourne with 4 receptions and Juwan Green in yards with 92.
The defensive star of the game was the defense. Nine players had 3 to six tackles and the team totaled 10 sacks. Linebacker, Justin Walker added the flash grabbing the only interception of the day by either team and returning it for 27 yards which set up one of Lackawanna's third quarter touchdowns.
Lackawanna will not return to the field again until November 13 when they play Georgia Military College at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Kick off for that contest is 1:00 PM.