WLU Football beats Glenville State College 37-14

West Liberty football was back in action Saturday afternoon, and they delivered a big away win with their 37-14 victory over Glenville State College. The Hilltoppers now hold a 2-2 record.

There are many positives to take away from the win over the Glenville Pioneers. Glenville managed to score first against West Liberty after a 40 yard touchdown connection between Zay Huff and Tim Heltzel. The Hilltoppers wasted no time in answering this deficit, as a solid drive ended in a touchdown pass to Quincy Wimbish from the WLU quarterback Jack Allison. West Liberty’s defense also stepped up in a major way, as Trent Crawford intercepted a pass from Glenville’s quarterback, Heltzel, for a 35-yard touchdown. After taking a 14-7 lead, West Liberty did not look back.

Transitioning into the second quarter, a nine play drive ended in a 32-yard field goal for WLU’s Owen Rozanc who earned a MEC Player of the Week Award for his performance. After yet another stop from West Liberty’s defense, the offense capitalized yet again thanks to a 20-yard touchdown reception from Allison to Marquis Johnson. Allison connected again with Wisdom Jenkins for a 39-yard touchdown to make the score 30-7. After a fourth touchdown pass from Allison and a late touchdown from Glenville, the Hilltoppers managed to leave with a victory, cementing a happy bus ride home for everyone involved with the WLU team.

In weeks prior, West Liberty looked like a wildcard team, to say the least. In week one, WLU struggled with the defending Mountain East Conference champions, Notre Dame College (Ohio). Following the 70-7 loss to Notre Dame, West Liberty bounced back in a big way against Alderson Broaddus University, winning the week two contest 38-6. West Liberty then lost a gruesome battle against crosstown arch-rival Wheeling University by the final score of 42-19. Now at 2-2 thanks to this weekend’s success, the Hilltoppers season may come to an end in the shortened season.

Where does the team go from here? For starters, unless there are a few upsets within the MEC, the season for the Hilltoppers will likely be over. However, there certainly will not be a lengthy turn around for WLU, as they will have to begin preparing for the fall season upcoming sooner than many realize. There, expect the Hilltoppers season to be more than four games, and finally back to normal. It will be interesting to see where the team goes from here, and Hilltopper fans are more than eager to watch.