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EXPLORERS SEND GRIFFS TO 22ND STRAIGHT LOSS

Once again, the Canisius College football team held its own in the first half.

And once again, the result was the same -- another loss.

The Griffs (0-2, 0-2) extended their losing streak to 22 games with a 21-14 loss at La Salle (2-0, 1-0) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Saturday.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first two quarters, but La Salle intercepted a Frank Fusco pass in the third quarter and five plays later scored the winning touchdown.

La Salle opened the scoring in the first quarter and Canisius tied it, 7-7, when Fusco and Tom Zabawa connected for a 35-yard touchdown pass to cap a 79-yard, eight-play drive.

The Griffs went ahead at 8:39 of the second quarter on Eric Mitchell's 3-yard run.

But the Explorers tied it before halftime after Jeremy Crimmel ran 24 yards on a fake punt to the Canisius 25. A personal foul against the Griffs after the play gave the Explorers first-and-10 at the 10. Three plays later, Brian Small scored from 5 yards.

Paris McLean's interception in the third quarter set up the winning touchdown for La Salle, giving the Explorers possession at the Canisius 25. Ben Wiedemer caught a 4-yard pass from John Travers for the go-ahead score.

"We played well defensively, only giving up one touchdown in the second half," Griffs' head coach Ed Argast said. "Offensively we moved the ball well, but we kept shooting ourselves in

the foot. . . . What happened? Nothing really. We moved the ball. We just couldn't get in the endzone."

It was a tough day for the Griffs' Fusco, a senior. He completed 10 of 22 for 128 yards with two interceptions and four sacks.

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