By Pat Zazzarino
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – On Saturday November 16 at University Field, the Kutztown football team defeated Edinboro University with a final score of 41-10. This game ended the Golden Bear’s season and was the third game won in a row, winning four of their final five games leaving them with a final season record of 4-7.
According to an article on the KU Bears website that was written by Bryan Salvadore, KU’s Sports Information Director, it was an emotional game for the team.
“It shows you the great character of our kids,” said head coach Drew Folmar. “Our kids continued to work and develop, and I think it showed over the course of the season. We got better in numerous areas, and it began to show with the wins.”
Before the game started, the Golden Bears honor their 12 graduating players. These players were Matt Connors, Alex DiNolfi, Dan Mummau, Chase Fraley, Matt Pirolli, Matt Galloway, Alex Atieyh, Justin Michalak, Curtis Wortham, Brett Fox, Nathan Fehr, and Alex Wagner. This list of graduates is the most successful class in Kutztown school history. According to the Bryan Salvadore’s article, Kutztown has held a 32-15 record since the start of the 2010 season, making its first NCAA playoff appearance that same year.
Curtis Wortham ended his career with his best game of the season. He had 132 yards on 20 carries as well as two touchdowns. One play had Wortham breaking numerous tackles and ran 39 yards into the end zone. “I will always remember that run as the best moment of my career,” said Wortham.
KU’s defense had its best game all season. They allowed one touchdown that came from an Edinboro drive that started on the Bear’s 22-yardline. Linebacker Zachary Delp led the defense with a team high of nine tackles and snagged two interceptions. English Peay had seven tackles along with breaking up two passes. KU also blocked two field goals from players Michael Gallagher and Jake Wygant.
“I’m proud of our team and way they completed; it’s hard not to say this wasn’t our best game of the season,” said Folmar. “Our kids were prepared, and came out ready to go. We had bumps in the road and were a bit sloppy at times, but the kids fought hard and found a way to win.”