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Keystone College football headed onto the field at Wilkes University Sunday, as the Giants suited up for the gridiron for the first time in 70 years.

Keystone College put up some good numbers, just not the most important one, as the Giants fell to Wilkes University’s junior varsity squad, 23-19, in Sunday’s game at Schmidt Stadium.

It was Keystone’s first football game in 70 years.

Johnathan Bates connected with Angel Rodriguez for a 30-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the program’s first score, tying the game at 7.

Overall, the Giants finished with 378 yards of total offense, including 253 passing as freshman quarterback Thomas Roach went 12 of 24 for 127 yards. Bates was 8 of 15 for 126 and also had 67 rushing yards.

Damir Green scored on a 16-yard TD run to cut the lead and Edward Sichilongo booted a 29-yard field goal for Keystone’s other points.

Green carried 12 times for 66 yards.

Brandon Davis had three tackles and an interception for the Giants.

This season, the team is playing an independent seven-game schedule that features three JV opponents (Wilkes, Morrisville State, King’s); three varsity opponents (Misericordia, Alfred State, The Apprentice School); and one junior college (Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology). All games will be on the road.

In 2020, Keystone will play a full varsity schedule as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, joining Alfred State, Anna Maria College, Castleton University, Dean College, Gallaudet University and SUNY-Maritime.

Keystone heads to Misericordia University on Saturday, Sept. 14 for a varsity contest at 1 p.m.

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2019 schedule

Sept. 14 at Misericordia, 1 p.m.; Sept. 22 at Morrisville State JV, 1 p.m.; Oct. 5 at Alfred State, 1 p.m.;
Oct. 13 at King’s College JV, 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 19
at Thaddeus Stevens, 1 p.m.; Oct. 26 at The Apprentice School, 1 p.m.