West Liberty 16, Glenville State 13

WEST LIBERTY – The Mountain East Conference opener turned out to be disastrous for visiting Glenville State here Saturday afternoon at Russek Field as the Pioneers were stymied by host West Liberty, 16-13.

GSC quarterback Sean Steele fumbled the ball early in the second quarter and Hilltopper Sam Robinson recovered it in the end zone as WLU (1-1) took a 7-0 advantage and never trailed.

Bryan Arbes’ 34-yard field goal just before halftime gave the hosts a 10-0 cushion and it was 16-0 with 6:53 left in the third after Dylan Potts hauled in a 13-yard TD strike from Dylan LaGarde.

Glenville State, which allowed only 252 total yards but had four turnovers including three interceptions from Steffen Colon, scored twice in the final five minutes. Colon tossed a 25-yard scoring strike to Rahman Lee, who later added a 10-yard TD run, but it wasn’t enough.

Lee finished one yard shy of the century mark and toted the pigskin 17 times. He also had five receptions for 77 yards.

Kenjay Trueblook rushed 25 times for 93 yards for the victors, who got a combined eight catches and 112 yards from Potts and Daree’ Goodwin.

James Johnson had a game-high 13 tackles for the Pioneers, who also got an interception from Darren Elliott.