Vulcan football survives road upset bid from Edinboro

Daniel Beeck, Cal Times Contributor

    Traveling up interstate 79 for a matchup between two familiar foes, the California Vulcans took on the Edinboro Fighting Scots in a PSAC West showdown. The challenge of not having junior Garry Brown in the lineup did not stop the Vulcans from getting a win last week, improving to 2-1, but this week he was back in action.  With the opening kickoff going to the Scots, the defense took the field first, trying to continue their dominance. After a defensive stand, Edinboro sent Austin Reese back to punt. When the ball was snapped, a host of Vulcans swarmed and Luke Smorey tipped the ball, giving his offense prime field position.

    Marching down the field in five plays, going 30 yards, John Franklin III scored from a yard out to make it three consecutive games with a running touchdown to open the game. Just when it looked like yet another penalty would hurt California on defense, a costly fumble gave the Vulcans the ball again. John Franklin III would put the team on his back yet again, scoring from one yard out to put the Vulcans up 13-0. Just when the quarter was coming to a close, however, the Scots came up big forcing James Harris into his own end zone, putting two points on the board for Edinboro. When the second quarter began, the Vulcans saw themselves in control.

    Being up 13-2 Coach Keller wanted to put pressure on Edinboro and see how the Scots reacted. A short drive led sophomore William Brazill to kicking a 34-yard field goal giving them a 16-2 lead. On the ensuing possession, slick running from Ja’maal Eveillard allowed the Scots to score on a two-yard touch pass from Jake Sisson making the score 16-9. Halftime allowed for both teams to catch a breather before California took the field, hungry for another score. Starting to get Garry Brown going seemed like a must after he only had one catch in the first half and during the first drive, he had four, along with a 4-yard touchdown catch. James Harris was also heating up after a measly 43 yards in the air during the first half.

    The Vulcans then took a step back as a 27-yard pass from Jake Sisson ends up in the awaiting arms of Darren Massey to make the score 30-16. Massey again would be the target for Sisson as an 11-yard touchdown pass makes it 30-23 to close out the 3rd quarter. California put some distance between them and the Scots yet again when John Franklin III capped an 11-play, 80 yard drive with 6 more points, counting Brazills kick making it 37-23. Edinboro would not quit though, putting 7 more points on the board with 11 minutes left in the game. California would then shut down the Scots with Aaron Terry getting another game sealing interception with 4:53 left in the game. California won its PSAC West Division opener with a score of 37-30 in an impressive fashion. John Franklin III went off for a career high 196 yards rushing with three touchdowns to his name.

    James Harris also picked up his game in the second half, ending with 238 yards and two touchdowns. The impressive team victory improved the Vulcans to 3-1 and are now second in the west behind Clarion. The Vulcans now look to their next opponent; the Seton Hill Griffins who are coming off a major upset win over Slippery Rock the week before. Seton Hill has never defeated Cal before and their next chance is tomorrow at 1 p.m. from Adamson Stadium.