It was a windy and brisk day in Moon township Pennsylvania for the Robert Morris Colonials and the LIU sharks today. We ultimately saw Robert Morris win this game 28-17 when the final whistle sounded. This marks the 4th win in a row for Coach Clarks bunch, and the Colonials improve their record to 5-4 (4-0 in NEC play.)
RMU’S passing game
George Martin had another excellent game tossing the ball for 150 yards with two touchdowns (Houser and Gonzales) and also getting involved in the running game with a 12-yard scamper into the endzone. When I asked Coach Clark about Martin and their confidence in his QB play, he responded, “he’s shown consistency throughout the games. He’s struggled a bit in the middle, but in the second half, he got it going again.”
RMU’s rushing dynamic
Again we saw a lot of running from the Colonials; they rushed the ball 44 times in total and rushed for 197 (4.5 yards per rush.) Alijah Jackson was the leading rusher today with 128 yards 1 touchdown on 15 rushes. Jackson did get injured in the game when I asked Coach about their concerns he said, “we’re always concerned we will have mike evaluate him tomorrow. He fell awkwardly on his left shoulder and will evaluate tomorrow.” Other rushers on the day were Stephens (11 carries 53 yards) and Johnson (7carries 17 yards.)
Defense stepping up big again
Before this week, RMU held opposing teams to under 300 total yards two weeks straight. This week nothing changed; they held the Sharks to 169 total yards (90 passing 79 rushing.) The defense led by defensive coordinator David Plungas forced 3 INT’s ( Jacob White, Tavin Harville, and Tiheem Crocker.) Aniel Buzzacco had another phenomenal game with nine total tackles and two tackles for loss on the day he shared the team lead in tackles with Mason Gray.
This game was a good one. Next week is when the festivities will stop, and serious mode will need to kick in. The Colonials will face off against in-state foe Duquesne who won today 30-21 over St Francis. Which makes them 4-0 in NEC play as well. As of today, we have a three-way tie for the NEC. Central Connecticut St and Duquesne with all of them at 4-0. So if Robert Morris plays the way they have been like the past four weeks, Duquesne has a hell of a fight on their hands.