GROVE CITY – Sophomore quarterback Josh Ehst scored on a one-yard sneak on Grove City’s fifth offensive play in double overtime, lifting the Wolverines to a 29-26 home Presidents’ Athletic Conference victory over previously-undefeated Carnegie Mellon (4-1, 3-1 PAC) on Homecoming at Robert E. Thorn Field Saturday.
CMU took a 26-23 on its possession in the second overtime as Josh Lyons booted a 23-yard field goal. On Grove City’s possession, the Wolverines faced third-and-7 but Ehst fired a nine-yard completion to junior wide receiver Cody Gustafson, moving the ball to the CMU 13. Senior running back Wesley Schools then charged through the CMU defense for 12 yards, giving Grove City goal to go.
In the first overtime, Grove City took a 23-20 lead on a 29-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Nick Morrow. Junior defensive end R.J. Debo and freshman nose tackle James Parenti sacked CMU quarterback J.D. Dayhuff for a loss of six yards on third down. But Lyons tied the game with a 42-yard field goal, the first field goal of his collegiate career.
Grove City (3-2, 2-2 PAC) trailed 6-3 at halftime but tied the game on Morrow’s 35-yard field goal with 6:28 left in the third quarter. The Wolverines took their first lead on their next possession as Ehst fired a 71-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Cameron Drake with 3:46 remaining in the period.
CMU cut the lead to 13-12 less than a minute into the fourth quarter as Dayhuff threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Kris Hughes. Sophomore tackle Jared Krout blocked the extra point, however, preserving the lead.
Schools pushed the lead to 20-12 with a four-yard touchdown run at the 11:58 mark. Drake caught passes of 29 and 33 yards, respectively, on the drive to set up the score.
Carnegie Mellon tied the game at 20 when Dayhuff threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Tomasetti with 5:35 remaining in regulation. Hughes caught the two-point conversion. Hughes’ 22-yard touchdown catch with 1:07 left in the first quarter gave CMU a 6-0 lead.
Morrow’s 23-yard field goal with 8:58 left in the first half trimmed the CMU advantage to 6-3.
Schools ran for 176 yards on 34 carries. Drake caught six passes for 148 yards while Gustafson caught five balls for 68 yards. Ehst finished 11 of 31 for 216 yards. Grove City outgained CMU, 387-373.
Junior safety Patrick Mark and sophomore linebacker Nik Grabiec both intercepted passes for the Wolverines. Mark and sophomore end Ryan Appleby both had sacks.
Senior linebacker Luke Salerno led Grove City with 10 tackles. Senior safety Jackson McFall and senior cornerback Jacob Ross each had eight tackles, as did Debo.
Chris Haas led CMU with 119 rushing yards on 27 carries. Grove City limited Dayhuff, the conference’s leading passer, to 166 yards on 14-of-33 accuracy.
SLIPPERY ROCK 45, MERCYHURST 14
ERIE – Slippery Rock University kicker Jake Chapla set the program’s all-time career scoring record on the way to helping 10th ranked Slippery Rock remain undefeated with a 45-14 win at Mercyhurst University Saturday in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division game from Saxon Stadium.
The Rock improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in PSAC West action. Mercyhurst dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in PSAC West games with the loss.
Chapla entered Saturday’s game needing just four points to break the SRU career scoring record of 318 points, which was set by Stan Kennedy (Farrell High) in 2000. It took less than one quarter to achieve that after Chapla booted two extra points and a 37-yard field goal in the opening period to set the mark. He finished the game with nine points to increase the record to 323 career points.
SRU quarterback Roland Rivers III was 23-of-31 for 206 yards with 4 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Colton Richards (Wilmington High) and also connected on TD passes to Jermaine Wynn Jr. (8 yards), Henry Litwin (11 yards) and Qaadir Dixon (8 yards). Rivers also scored on a quarterback sneak.
Wynn grabbed 7 passes for 82 yards and Charles Snorweah led the SRU ground game (15-79).
Mercyhurst’s Doug Altavilla went 13-of-23 for 93 yards with 1 TD and 2 picks and Michael Lowery was 7-of-15 for 81 yards and 2 interceptions. The Lakers had minus-12 rushing yards. Former North East High standout Garrett Owens caught 5 passes for 54 yards, including a 41-yard TD pass from Altavilla.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE 21, WESTMINSTER 13
CLEVELAND – In a big battle of previously-unbeaten teams Saturday night, Case Western Reserve improved to 3-0 in the PAC and 4-0 overall with the win over the Titans (3-1, 4-1).
The Spartans took a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Donald Day and Robertson Albrecht tacked on the extra-point kick.
CWRU held the 7-0 lead at halftime as neither team could score in the 2nd quarter.
Westminster took a 13-7 lead by scoring a pair of 3rd-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Cole Konieczka connected with Connor Cox on TD passes of 42 and 70 yards. Tanner Dudek converted one of the extra-point kicks.
Case Western Reserve put the game away in the 4th quarter with two touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Saxton threw a 31-yard TD pass to Colt Morgan with 11:39 left and then Day scored on a 4-yard run with 1:41 remaining.
Saxton went 25-of-39 for 301 yards with the one TD pass. Morgan grabbed 7 catches for 103 yards. Day was the Spartans’ leading rusher with 63 yards on 17 carries.
Konieczka was 18-of-36 for 267 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception. Cox hauled in 7 of those passes for 172 yards. Tyler Greene was the Titans’ leading rusher with 8 carries for 26 yards.
WAYNESBURG 14, THIEL 13
WAYNESBURG – At John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday, Coach Mike Winslow’s Tomcats (0-4, 0-5) suffered a heartbreaking PAC loss to the Yellowjackets (1-3, 1-4).
Mason Schrenker gave Waynesburg a 6-0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 3-yard TD run. Mike Ryhal (Reynolds High) booted the extra point. The Yellowjackets went up 14-0 in the 2nd quarter on a 2-yard run by Schrenker and Ryhal’s PAT.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Thiel’s Eligah Flynn picked off a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown with 7:13 left in the game. Chris Rosales added the extra-point kick to cut the lead to 14-7.
With only 2:16 left on the clock, Thiel’s Pap Keeler forced a fumble by Waynesburg’s Chad Walker and the Tomcats’ Trou Johnson scooped it up and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown. Chris Rosales’ extra-point kick was blocked and Waynesburg held on for the win.
Thiel QB Marko Bakovic was 2-of-18 for 35 yards with a pair of interceptions. Yoseph Bekele had both catches for 35 yards. Marlon Brown led the ground game with 62 yards on 4 carries.
NORTHERN IOWA 21, YSU 14
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Redshirt freshman Will McElvain threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Weston, and Trevor Allen and Tyler Hoosman ran for scores, as Northern Iowa held off Youngstown State 21-14 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference opener between two ranked teams on Saturday.
McElvain staked the Panthers (3-2), ranked 13th in the FCS Coaches poll, to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with his TD toss to Weston. McElvain directed an eight-play, 79-yard drive — ended by Allen’s 10-yard TD run — to push Northern Iowa’s lead to 14-0 with 5:07 left in the second quarter. On the ensuing possession for the 17th-ranked Penguins (4-1), Nathan Mays needed just one play — a 75-yard scoring strike to Jermiah Braswell — to halve the lead at 14-7. But the Panthers took the kickoff and marched 75 yards, with Hoosman running it in from the 15-yard line for a 21-7 halftime lead.
The only scoring in the second half came on Youngstown State’s opening drive of the third quarter. Mays completed all four of his passes in an eight-play, 75-yard drive, accounting for 56 yards with the last 14 coming on a scoring toss to Kendric Mallory that pulled the Penguins within 21-14.
McElvain finished 10-of-20 passing for 235 yards and a TD for the winners. Allen had a game-high 74 yards rushing on 16 carries. Weston had three receptions for 108 yards.
Mays completed 17 of 23 passes for 239 yards and two scores for Youngstown State. The Penguins were held to 55 yards on the ground on 36 carries.