August 4, 2009 at 2:53 am #539
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 78 – Albany Firebirds 21
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers got their playoff season started on a high note with a dominating 78-21 first round win against Albany Saturday night at Wachovia Arena.
QB Ryan Vena got the ball rolling with two consecutive completions to set the Pioneers up first and goal from the 2-yard line. After being stopped twice by the Firebirds, FB Kirby Griffin took it in for the score with 11:49 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the Firebirds’ returner was stopped on his own 1-yard line. Then the Pioneers’ defense got involved. DL Justin Parrish sacked QB Stephen Wasil causing him to fumble where the Pioneers recovered and took over first and goal from the 2-yard line.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defense didn’t stop the dominance and came up with another turnover that was recovered by Royce Morgan who returned it for a touchdown. Albany scored again when QB Adam Bednarik took it in for the touchdown making the score 69-21. Later on in the game DeLuise connected with Irving Campbell for his 4th touchdown of the night. The last minutes of the game resulted in a safety for the Pioneers, which made the final score 78-21.August 4, 2009 at 11:20 pm #541
Ah, Colgate(Vena) and Lehigh(Morgan) team up for a victory. Colgate did try to recruit Morgan, but I don’t know if Lehigh was after Vena.August 5, 2009 at 4:08 am #542
I don’t think Lehigh or anyone else, for that matter, knew much about Vena. The story, as I remember it, was that his Dad sent video’s to colleges all over the country. The Colgate coaching staff was lucky enough or smart enough to watch the video and contact him. He was one hell of a player. What he did didn’t always look pretty but it sure was effective. Lehigh has always tended to look more for classic drop back passers so we probably wouldn’t have been interested in him anyway. In those years our quarterback was Phil Stambaugh who was also one of the best quarterback’s to ever play in the Patriot League. We could debate all day who was better Vena or Stambaugh. The bottom line is that were both great players.August 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm #549
4 members of the East Division Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers were selected to the 2009 All-Af2 American Conference team: QB Ryan Vena, FB Kirby Griffin, DL Royce Morgan, and DB Micheaux Robinson. This is Vena’s 3rd straight 1st team all-af2 selection. Defensive end Justin Parrish and kicker David Davis were earned 2nd team all-af2 honors…August 8, 2009 at 7:55 pm #557
SACKS Team G UA A Yds Total Avg/G
1. MCCOMBS, Ben…….. SPO 16 13 5 82 15.5 0.97
4. MORGAN, Royce……. WBS 16 11 0 60 11.0 0.69
TACKLES FOR LOSS Team G UA A Yds Total Avg/G
1. MCCOMBS, Ben…….. SPO 16 13 7 82 16.5 1.03
10.MORGAN, Royce……. WBS 16 11 1 63 11.5 0.72
SWB is in semi finals – game AUG 8th – next step finals in VegasAugust 11, 2009 at 12:40 am #560
I wish Royce nothing but the best. He was a great young man to be around.
I always wondered "what could have been" if he didn’t hurt his leg that year. It was obviously a huge loss…August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm #581
WAY TO GO ROYCE…BEAT SPOKANE!2009 ag2 CHAMPIONSHIP: PIONEERS VS. SHOCK
Las Vegas to host af2’s 10th Championship Event
National Conference Champion Spokane Shock face American Conference Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers on Saturday, Aug. 22
CHICAGO – The 2009 ArenaCup matchup is officially set as the American Conference Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers will face the National Conference Champion Spokane Shock. The af2’s 10th anniversary title game is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22 at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. This will be the first time the af2 championship game will be held in Las Vegas.August 24, 2009 at 4:08 am #604
For the second time in four years, the Spokane Shock took home the ArenaCup Championship trophy Saturday night when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers by a resounding 47 points, 74-27.
Spokane took a quick and early lead over the Pioneers, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton didn’t let the Shock remain comfortable, however, scoring a touchdown of their own one minute before the end of the first. The Pioneers tied the game up in the second in a dramatic fashion. After failing to score, the Shock attempted a field goal but it was blocked. DL ROYCE MORGAN picked up the loose ball and ran it into the end zone to tie the game at 14-14
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