STATE COLLEGE, PA - There were a lot of Stafford-LBI fans who made the trip out to Penn State on Saturday to cheer on their hometown hero tight end Mike Gesicki. Gesicki tied Jesse James for the program record of touchdowns scored by a tight end with 11 after his 16 yard touchdown. He had 4 catches in the 35-6 victory over Rutgers.
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Gesicki Groupies: Local Stafford-LBI fans gather to enjoy the game and cheer on Southern Regional Alumni Mike Gesicki. The fans pictured here include Donna Gesicki, Kelsey Gesicki, Coach Jenna Lombardo, Jake Logue, Denise Logue, John Kaszuba, Morgan Moffitt and others.
Penn State ranked No. 14 overcame a slow start Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium, as quarterback Trace McSorley led the Nittany Lions in that 35-6 win over Rutgers. The local fans from the Jersey Shore got to witness Penn State celebrating Homecoming and Veterans Day in style while cheering for Gesicki and enjoying the game.
Chris and Kathy Taylor
After winning the coin toss and electing to defer, the Scarlet Knights kicked it short to Saquon Barkley, who couldn’t find the football in time. Rutgers took over at Penn State’s 21-yard line, but the Nittany Lions held strong on defense to force a 33-yard Andrew Harte field goal. He hit another from 25 yards out to give the Scarlet Knights a 6-0 advantage.
PSU's Mike Gesicki with John Kaszuba Sr, the "Voice of the Rams"
Penn State failed to score a point in the opening quarter for the first time this season, but finally took the lead, 7-6, on McSorley’s 20-yard touchdown run with 9:32 left before the half. McSorley found DaeSean Hamilton for a 22-yard strike to make it 14-6 just ahead of the intermission.
Gesicki and Jake Logue were a dynamic duo as two of Southern's top basketball players in history.
With 6:00 to go in the third quarter, Hamilton and Barkley pulled off the famous hook and ladder trick play, which saw Barkley go airborne for another spectacular hurdle at the goal line. Two plays later, he delivered his first touchdown of the afternoon on a 1-yard run. Barkley would make it 28-6 on Penn State’s next drive thanks to a 4-yard score.
The Gesicki family posting with former long time Southern Regional teacher and football coach David DiEugenio. Coach D's son Stephen is also in the photo.
Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda paced Penn State’s defense with a game-high 11 tackles, while Brandon Smith followed close behind, posting 10 of his own.
Southern head field hockey coach Jenna Lombardo and her fiance Stephen Adams with Gesicki
Donna, Ashley and Kelsey Gesicki with former SRHS field hockey standout Morgan Snyder
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Congratulations to Mike Gesicki on his fine season and career at Penn State. The Nittany Lions' record improves to 8-2 on the season. Penn State hosts Nebraska next Saturday, Nov. 18.