By The Daily Item
WEST CHESTER -- Franklyn Quiteh's place in Division II football history is secure and so is Bloomsburg University's place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game.
The Bloomsburg senior rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown and the Huskies survived a late rally from previously unbeaten West Chester to win, 31-28, on Saturday.
With the performance, Quiteh became the third running back in Division II history to surpass 7,000 career rushing yards. He also kept the Division II career touchdowns record in Bloomsburg, passing former Husky Jamar Brittingham with his 86th career score. The record-setting TD came on a four-yard run in the second quarter.
West Chester (9-1, 6-1 PSAC East) put together a drive, scoring with 1:45 left in the game to cut the Huskies' lead to three. However, the Huskies recovered the ensuing onside kick and drained the rest of the clock to seal the victory and move on to face Slippery Rock next week (9-1). The Huskies (9-1, 6-1) will host the PSAC title contest at Redman Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
After Quiteh's score, Selinsgrove graduate Matt Wenrich found the end zone with a 6-yard scamper to put the Huskies ahead, 17-7. Wenrich finished with four carries for 25 yards.
The Huskies found consistent running room throughout the game, finishing with 310 yards on 59 carries and three of their four scores on the ground.
Tim Kelly rushed for a 32-yard score early in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 10-point lead which held until the fourth quarter. Kelly finished the day with 262 yards on 16-for-27 passing.
JP Patrick picked off West Chester quarterback Sean McCartney midway through the fourth quarter and returned the ball 45 yards for a touchdown.