Nova Dominates Bucknell in 2021 Home Opener

Photos and story by Rick Pettine

September 11, 2021 – Villanova, PA — It was a dominate performance from the opening snap, as 12th ranked Villanova cruised past Bucknell 55-3. And what an incredible night it was for the return of a packed house under the stadium lights.

Nova QB Daniel Smith passed for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns, while running for another, as the offense totaled 233 rushing yards.

Meanwhile the Wildcat’s defense smothered the Bison’s offensive production, holding Bucknell to 89 total yards. Their only score was a late game 35-yards field goal by Ryan Schatzel.

Other scorers for Nova included #11 Jaaron Hayek (TD), #15 Jaquan Allen (TD), #19 Rayjoun Pringle (2 TDs), #93 William Bartel (FG), #36 Jaylen Jackson (TD, 70 leading yards), #96 Nathan Fondacaro (FG), and #41 Christian Benford (TD).

Check out more action in the sample photo album below

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