EWING – On Senior Day, running back Victor Scalici carried the TCNJ Lions to their third win of the season. The Senior helped the Lions defeat the Southern Virginia Knights, 14-6, at Lions Stadium this afternoon.
Scalici, who only played in two games last season, had 35 carries for a 222 yards and two touchdowns in his final game at home.
Just last weekend, he had a career-high 134 yards against the William Paterson Pioneers. But he obviously set a new career-high with his performance today.
With the senior leader running past the Knights, the Lions improved to 3-5 on the season. However, the Knights fell to 0-9 on the season.
“It was big to get this season turned around,” Scalici said. “It’s big, and we want to end the season strong. We’ve wanted to win out, and we have Rowan (next). And they’re a very good team. We have to work hard and come out with a W.”
He had two touchdowns in the game with a two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also had an 11-yard touchdown in the third.
“It’s just a great game,” he said of his performance. “They were grinding up front. We keep talking about hunger and the offensive line was hungry. Have to give the offensive line big props. It was everyone, the wide receivers blocked and the defense was off the charts.”
As Scalici was rushing towards the end zone when he broke 200-yards, he fumbled and Knights defensive back Morgan Smith recovered. He then rushed down the sideline for a 98-yard touchdown, 21-12.
Then, on the extra point attempt, which was fumbled. Sean Kelley then picked up the ball and ran down the middle of the field untouched for a two-point conversion.
“That’s reminiscing of Canadian Football,” head coach Wayne Dickens mentioned. “They have the big field and all the kicking game rules. But those things can happen in a football game. We’d like for them to not happen, but they can happen. It’s a credit to our guys, as we didn’t make it easy for them to run it back for a touchdown. When our defensive got on the field, I thought they were going to do another fake.
“We had a mindset that we were going to stop it, and we did. Kelley scooped it up, and in college football, you can take it the other way and score. It’s something that we practice, but we don’t ever really expect it to come into play.”
The Knights got on the board when Tristen Burnett picked off Lions sophomore quarterback Trevor Osler, who then returned it for a 46-yard touchdown. The Shawn Honeycutt two-point conversion attempt failed.
“I’m disappointed,” Dickens said. “We gave them both touchdowns. If it wasn’t for those mistakes, we could have had our first shutout of the season. As we’ve done all season, we’ve made mistakes, but we’ve been able to overcome them as of late.”