By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- With a game against Shippensburg for a national audience on CBS Sports Network less than a week away and winless Cheyney visiting Danny Hale Field at Robert Redman Stadium on Saturday afternoon, all signs pointed to a possible letdown for Bloomsburg.
It happened last season when the Wolves trailed by just a point heading into the fourth quarter before the Huskies pulled away.
However, from the opening possession, when Bloomsburg marched down the field for a touchdown, the Huskies left no doubt they were ready for the Halloween showdown with the Red Raiders.
Franklyn Quiteh ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns, plus caught a 36-yard TD pass -- all in the first half -- as the undefeated Huskies rolled to a 35-7 victory over Cheyney in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Eastern Division contest.
"Last year, we overlooked this team. I told the guys before the game we can't afford to overlook anyone," Quiteh said. "It was great for us to come out and put together a good football game. It showed we're ready for our big game this week."
I was happy with the way we practiced and prepared this week. We had some challenges with them last year, so we weren't taking them lightly," Bloomsburg interim coach Paul Darragh said. "We were looking to get some guys in the game because we were banged up, which we did."
After taking a 35-0 lead at the half, most of the Huskies' starters played sparingly in the final 30 minutes of the game. Senior fullback Matt Wenrich, a Selinsgrove High graduate, missed the game with an injury.
Quiteh's 113-yard performance pushed him to 6,848 yards in his career, moving him into fifth place on the NCAA Division II career rushing list past Josh Ranek of South Dakota State. His three touchdowns gave him 80 for his career, three short of the all-time PSAC mark held by former Bloomsburg standout Jamar Brittingham.