Football falls flat at Allegheny

From September 24th, 2022

MEADVILLE, Pa. (Sept. 24) – On Saturday the Waynesburg University football team traveled to Meadville to take on the newest member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Allegheny College.   

The Jackets found out the hard way that the Gators had come to play in a 31-15 defeat. 

“One of [our] biggest things from our standpoint as a team and a coaching staff is it doesn’t matter if you’re home or away,” Waynesburg head coach Dr. Cornelius Coleman said. “For us, the stage doesn’t matter who the actual opponent is as long as we’re worried [about how] we operate as a football unit.”

The Jackets for the first time this season failed to score more than 31 points, which they had done in their first three games.  

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but it was the Gators who got going first with a field goal in the second quarter.  

Allegheny followed the field goal with a touchdown on their next drive putting them up 10-0.  

Senior quarterback Tyler Raines, who missed last week’s game, got the offense going after a deep pass to sophomore wide receiver Dakota Romantino. 

A few rushes later, senior running back Justin Flack ended the drought with an 18-yard touchdown run. 

Junior Keegan Raabe, who started as the field goal kicker on Saturday for the first time this season, tacked on the extra point to make the score 10-7.  

Going into halftime, the Gators led 19-7, and the Jackets would only score once more, which was a touchdown coming from Flack, who leads the PAC with 8 touchdowns. The Jackets went for two and got it, but that would be the last score of the day, as they would fall 31-15 to the Gators.

The Jackets are coming up on a bye week before playing a nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon Tartan team for homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 8.

“I feel like the bye week is a great opportunity to refocus and recover,” Raabe said. “Carnegie is a good team, so having two weeks to prepare for them already gives us an advantage.”