By: Jennifer Jones
Director of Sports Information
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HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Juniata College football held on for the 17-10 win over Centennial Conference rival Susquehanna University Saturday afternoon in the annual Battle for the Goal Post game in Knox Stadium. Susquehanna (1-9, 1-8 Centennial) leads the all-time series 38-33-3, but Juniata has won two straight at home against the Crusaders. The Eagles 7-3 overall record ties them for the most wins since 1990. And this is the first time they have finished the regular season third in the Centennial and are tied with two other teams at 6-3 in league play.
"We sure hope that Juniata football is back," said head coach Tim Launtz of the Eagles turnaround season. "What it will take is the next group of leaders to step up and a good off-season and continue to do the things that we need to do."
Sophomore Charles Sweigert (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) scored the game winning touchdown towards the end of the third quarter. After the Crusaders made a goal line stand to earn the ball back on downs, Sweigert snatched a pass from Mark Rosenbaum on second and 12 and ran it 34 yards through the Susquehanna offense to the end zone. Juniata's defense dominated Susquehanna for most of the contest, holding the Crusaders to just 159 total yards, including only 54 on the ground.
"To make a play, you got to be in the right place and that pick-six was a heck of an effort by Charles," added Launtz. "He was in the right place and, I mean, the effort that he displayed on that return, wow. Our defense just played so focused, their discipline to execute, and today they read their keys. They played so well as a unit. And when I talk about defense, I mean defensive staff, and just all those guys. It was outstanding how well we played today."
The win meant the coveted Goal Post trophy was coming back to Huntingdon for the second time in three years. It was also senior day for the Eagles who graduate 11 from this 2013 roster. This Eagle senior class has made the second biggest turnaround in program history during their career. Only one other class has gone from a winless season, to one of such success in their four years. They will graduate with at least 11 wins under their belt, more than any class since 2004.
"They have been through a lot in the last four years," said Launtz of the group. "I can't say enough about those 11 Juniata men. The trust and respect they showed this program, and for themselves and their teammates, are just beyond belief. It really is."
Juniata now waits to see if they will be selected for postseason play.
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