Edinboro did the right thing regarding Justin Caliste: Kick away from that young man.
The No. 19-ranked Scots (4-0, 1-0 PSAC West) didn’t allow Gannon’s impact true freshman to dictate their game today against the Knights (1-3, 0-1 PSAC West) and that helped them prevail, 27-0, at Gannon University Field.
Caliste, who has three returns for touchdowns with two of those coming in Gannon’s 47-0 win against Millersville last week, had just two punt returns for 25 yards and two kickoff returns for 36 yards.
Caliste’s longest return was 25 yards for kickoff and punt, respectively, but his most memorable return didn’t gain a yard. Chasing a punt from Ryan Genco laterally to the left sideline, Caliste caught it and was immediately nailed by senior linebacker Ryan Skelton, a General McLane graduate, for no gain at the Gannon 33.
Edinboro kicked away from Caliste after taking a 7-0 lead on the game’s opening drive. David Olszewski kicked the ball right. Trying to field it, Joe Sobucki touched the ball near the sideline. Edinboro almost recovered it at Gannon 2-yard line, but the ball barely touched the out-of-bounds line.
Other times, Edinboro had freshman Noah Ackerman, a Cathedral Prep graduate, pouch kick the ball short, which is why Gannon fullback Danny Giegerich had three kickoff returns. He gained 21 yards total.