Pioneers have plenty of room to improve

The Utica College football team did what it set out to do against St. Lawrence last Saturday, walking out of Charles A. Gaetano Stadium with a 20-7 win.  That doesn't mean though that the Pioneers are satisfied.

"It wasn't really a clean win," head coach Blaise Faggiano said.  "We did very well defensively holding them to under 300 yards of offense, but I think overall we made a lot of mistakes.  Anytime that you can win and make mistakes it's nice."

The Pioneers won in spite of quarterback Peyton Miller, who completed just 9/28 passes for 54 yards.

"It's all about the win," Miller said.  "Everyone rallies behind you whether you play the game of your life or you don't play well.  That's what it's about in college.  There are other ways to win in a football game than with the quarterback and we showed that."

Fifth-year senior Nicodemus Gambill picked up the slack on offense, rushing for a career high 167 yards and two touchdowns as Utica College build a 20-0 fourth quarter lead.

"(Gambill) can do that every time he touches the ball," Miller said.  "He's an incredible athlete and one of the fastest guys I've ever seen."

The Pioneers will now depart for Washington D.C. for a matchup against The Catholic University of America on Saturday.  The team will also be paying a visit the Lincoln Memorial.

"Guys may not do that the rest of their lives," Faggiano said.  "It will be a positive educational trip for our student athletes."

Kickoff is set for noon.


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