The Gannon and Edinboro football teams opened their season with dramatic victories Thursday night, and many local products helped in the winning efforts.
Gannon piled up 639 total yards — the game featured 1,294 yards — in a 36-33 comeback victory over Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. That game included 398 yards passing from GU’s Liam Nadler and 218 yards rushing from Jansen Jones. The Golden Knights survived a missed tying field-goal attempt on the final play.
Meanwhile, Edinboro held on for a 35-34 win over Walsh in Canton, Ohio. The Fighting Scots preserved the win by stopping a Walsh two-point conversion with 8 seconds remaining. Cody Harris led the Scots by passing for 306 yards and four touchdowns.
Many former District 10 standouts contributed to both wins. Here’s a look:
For Gannon, former Strong Vincent standout Alex Davis, a Northwest Collegiate Academy graduate, started at left guard and helped open holes for Jansen.
In Edinboro’s victory, former McLane standout Kellen O’Neill, a senior wide receiver, had two receptions for 23 yards. Both receptions gave the Fighting Scots first downs during a second-quarter touchdown drive.
Bradford grad Jimmy Grove had 10 tackles, including one for a loss.
Former Northwestern standout Blaine Iskula earned a start at defensive end and finished with two tackles. Vincent graduate Brandon Marlow also played defensive end for the Scots. He had two tackles, including one for a loss. Alec Gluvna, a sophomore out of Corry, had three tackles from his defensive tackle spot.
Youngsville graduate T.J. Hardy had six kickoffs for 235 yards for Edinboro, including a long kick of 61 yards. His average was affected by a squib kick and a Walsh 15-yard penalty.
Fairview graduate T.J. Lawrence also played but did not have any stats.