Pioneers Ground Attack Leads Way For 29-19 Victory

Led by Jerry Seymour's (Jr., Miami, FL) 226 yards and 3 TD's, the Glenville State College Pioneers (1-0) rushed for 286 yards in a 29-19 victory over the Bowie State University Bulldogs (0-1).

The Pioneers built early 1st and 3rd quarter leads and withstood two late efforts for the win in their season opener. Glenville drew first blood at the 8:55 mark as Jerry Seymour raced through middle of the line for a 44 yard touchdown.

GSC's head coach Alan Fiddler (left)

The run capped a 3 play drive lasting just 50 seconds, and after a failed PAT, the Pioneers led 6-0.

After a quick 3 and out stop of the Bulldogs by the defense, GSC rhythmically marched 84 yards, on 7 plays, and went ahead at the 13-0 with 4:25 to play in the 1st quarter on a 14 yard Jared Dearing scamper.

Bowie State would pick up their play in the 2nd Quarter. After forcing GSC to a quick punt to open the quarter, the Bulldogs put together an 8 play, 45 yard drive lasting 5 minutes. The drive was topped off by a Rodney Webb (Fr., Baltimore, MD) 9 yard run, and after a missed PAT of their own, the BSU trailed 13-6.

The Pioneers would only manage 3 yards, and were quickly forced to punt on their ensuing possession. Bowie would follow with a 7 play, 80 yard drive lasting 2:30, as they tied the game at 13 on a Peter Mensah (Sr., Damascus, MD) 4 yard run.

Quarterback Dwayne Thompson, a senior of Miami,
Florida is forced to run as the defense closes in
(Photos courtesy of Drew Moody)

Glenville State answered by putting together a 12 play, 31 yard drive, that ended on a miscued field goal as the half expired, tied at 13 all. GSC opened the 2nd half with the same fire they started the game with, holding Bowie St. to a quick 3 and out and by forcing a just an 8 yard punt by Kenneth Stargel, the Pioneers were in business starting at the Bulldog 38 yard line.

Seymour, a transfer from Division I Central Michigan, rushed for his second touchdown of the evening at the 11:57 mark, this time from three yards out, to put GSC up for good, 20-13. After exchanging punts and a key 4^th down stop of the Bulldogs, Glenville marched 52 yards in just 3 plays in 39 seconds. The drive was keyed by two long Dearing runs, and capped off with Seymour's 3rd touchdown of the night, a 7 yard run, to put GSC up 26-13.

Seymour crosses goal line for a
third period short-run score

On the ensuing kickoff Glenville's Ryan Jannick (Jr., Austin, TX) recovered a Bowie State fumble on the BSU 49. After 7 plays, the Pioneer drive stalled, and Alex Amick buried a 35 yard field goal, to put GSC up 29-13 with 14:45 left in the game.

Bowie State would answer with a 6 play, 59 yard drive, capped off with a Peter Mensah, 6 yard run. After a failed 2 pt conversion, the Bulldogs trailed 29-19 with 11:51 to go in a 4th quarter filled with injuries and penalties.

Neither team was able to manage much offense in the final quarter as fatigue set in. Bowie State twice had drives deep into Glenville territory, but both times the Pioneers were able to come up with crucial 4^th down stops.

Offensively the Pioneers racked up 331 total yards, and in addition to Seymour's huge game. Jared Dearing chipped in 85 yards rushing on just 11 carries. GSC was 5 of 13 on 3rd downs and was turnover free in the game.

GSC's Ryan Jannick brings down RB. Jannick
is a junior linebacker from Austin, Texas

Glenville State was led defensively by Ryan Jannick and Jacob Lilly who each had 6 tackles and JC transfer Randy Dobie (Jr., Lakeland, FL) with 5.5 tackles.

The Pioneers held the bulldogs to just 3 of 14 on 3^rd down conversions. BSU committed 12 penalties, including 5 costly personal fouls.

The Pioneers return to action September 1st , when they travel to California, Pa to take on the CalPA Vulcans. Kickoff is at 5 pm. The game will be carried by Bob Edwards and 100.3 WAFD.