When Gannon straps it up for Saturday’s 1 p.m. PSAC West game at Indiana (Pa.), junior right tackle Tim Reynolds said the Knights can’t play the Crimson Hawks’ “game.”
“They like to play after the whistle,” That can get us in trouble. Got me in trouble last week (against Lock Haven). I think that’s the hardest part.”
The Knights (3-4, 2-2) have won their last two games against IUP (4-2, 3-1) after losing their first game ever against the Crimson Hawks when they joined the PSAC before the 2008 season.
“There is always a chance after the tackle is made or after the touchdown is made for someone on the opposing team to come and basically try to get in your head,” Reynolds said. “Whether it’s putting words in your ear. Putting hands in your face.
“There is always that opportunity for the other team to try and one up what they did the last play. Try and get in your head that way so you’re flustered going into the next play and not thinking clear. From what I’ve experienced the last two years playing them, it’s certainly not far from what they do.”
Reynolds said the IUP-Gannon game has become a rivalry.
“Just like with Mercyhurst, beating them the past two years, it’s a rivalry,” Reynolds said. “For some reason, we like to step up for games like this. I’m hoping for the third year in a row we can do it again. I know we’re going into their house, which is always hostile territory. They love their football team, but this is something I want for our seniors.”