---- — 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.
Cheyney (0-8 overall, 0-5 PSAC-East) elected to defer its decision to the second half and the Huskies went 74 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 run on Quiteh's 2-yard TD run. Then, after a quick Wolves three-and-out, Bloomsburg went on an 11-play, 85-yard drive to take a 14-0 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter. The touchdown came on a play-fake to Quiteh as quarterback Tim Kelly rolled to the left. Quiteh continued on a wheel route and was wide open down the right sideline for the 36-yard TD grab.
"It was business as usual. It was important for us to keep everything going," Huskies center Chris Steck, a Mount Carmel graduate, said. "We had good blocking, good play calling, and we executed. To be honest, there weren't many mistakes on offense and there shouldn't be against a team like this."
Bloomsburg scored the first five times it touched the ball to forge a 35-0 lead with 8:18 left in the first half on Quiteh's 18-yard untouched scoring run. The Huskies' scoring surge ended with a 43-yard missed field goal with 2:31 left in the second quarter.
Bloomsburg started the season 8-0 for the third consecutive season (5-0 PSAC-East), and faces its toughest stretch of the season with Shippensburg visiting followed by a trip to West Chester on Nov. 9. West Chester (8-0, 5-0) beat the Red Raiders (5-3, 4-1) 32-29 on a last-second field goal Saturday.