Erie, PA – The Club Football team will not have the chance to defend their title, as they were defeated this past weekend in Erie by the Oakland Grizzlies. The Pioneers entered the postseason having been ranked #1 by the NCFA all season, but after defeating Johnson & Wales in the NAC Championship game, the Pioneers dropped to #2 in the standings. The game was held in Erie, Pa which also has been the neutral site for the last several years.
The Pioneers kicked off to start the game and after a big return, started deep in their own territory with their backs against the wall. After several quick plays, the Pioneers were down 7-0 early in the first. After a few stalled drives, the Pioneers finally put some points on the board with a score by David DePalma who scampered outside and dove across the pylon.
As the game progressed, the deficit grew and the Pioneers had to try and dig themselves out of a hole. Right before half, the Pioneers moved within one score. Several big plays by the Pioneers on defense gave the team a shot coming out of the second half, but due to several big penalties before the half, Oakland was given another shot. A questionable flag on Mario Cimino, who was flagged for roughing the kicker on a blocked field goal, gave Oakland a shot at a 35 yard field goal which was converted.
Down three scores after halftime, the deficit was just too large to come back from. The Pioneers eventually fell to the GLC Chamipon Oakland Grizzlies, who will continue on to the NCFA National Championship game in Wheeling, WV against The Apprentice School on December 1st.