Last week, Duquesne had to play the role of “David” and take on their Goliath in the FBS Massachusetts Minutemen. The game went about how you would expect, as the FCS Dukes lost on the road 63-15. However, in their home opener the following week, it was the Dukes getting some home cooking in the role of Goliath, swatting down the Division II Lock Haven Bald Eagles 45-0.
It was a complete blow out from start to finish that saw Lock Haven outgained 460-195 in yards. Duquesne took no time getting off to an early lead in this game, scoring on their first possession of the game. A.J. Hines saw two carries on the first drive that combined for 48 yards. A 28-yard touchdown started off the scoring. The game progressively got out of hand from there.
Nehari Crawford took over as the star of the game. On the second scoring drive, it was Crawford breaking free, catching a bomb and trotting into the end zone to extend the lead to 14-0. Crawford had touchdowns of 43 and 46 yards in the game and had a 44-yard punt return for a touchdown where he used the whole field, danced around the sideline and weaved around defenders to find pay dirt.
Crawford caught his second touchdown on the first drive of the second half and was pulled with the rest of the starters after. Still, just a little more than two quarters was enough for Crawford to haul in five passes, record 140 receiving yards and put up three total touchdowns.
With a touchdown reception while leading the team in receiving last week against UMass, it is safe to say that the 2017 All-NEC performer is off to a dynamic season. Crawford will look to continue his strong season as the 1-1 Dukes host Valparaiso next Saturday at Arthur J. Rooney field.
-A.J. Hines had 48 yards on the first drive of the game but finished with just 77 total. He was not held in check though, as he only touched the ball seven times, putting up 11 yards per carry. However, mid-way through the second quarter, a lower-body injury put him on the sidelines walking it off with the trainers.
Hines sat out the rest of the half but did return for the first drive of the second half before being pulled with the majority of the starters. It appears as though despite the lack of a significant workload that Hines is okay.
– Lucas D’Orazio subbed in for Hines and put up a touchdown. He finished the game with 12 carries for 57 yards. Wide receiver Allen Stew also hauled in a touchdown. He finished with just one catch for nine yards.
-On the defensive side of the ball, Jonathant Istache recorded an interception that led to a scoring drive. Duquesne was using trail technique to highlight their advantage in speed and athleticism. They gave Lock Haven space down the field, but recovered and collapsed any separation when the ball was in the air. This coverage helped in holding Lock Haven quarterback Kyle Knight to 11-29 passing with two interceptions. Daquan Worley added the other interception for the Dukes.