HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The Grove City College football team opened its 125th season Saturday afternoon by rolling to a 49-28 win at Juniata in non-conference action at Chuck Knox Stadium.
Grove City amassed 605 total offensive yards, producing a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard receivers and a pair of 100-yard rushers. Additionally, the Grove City defense forced three turnovers and recorded a pair of sacks.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Ehst completed 16 of 24 passes for a career-high 363 yards and four touchdowns. The 363 yards are the fourth-most in Grove City history.
Junior wide receiver Cody Gustafson hauled in seven passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns while fellow junior Cameron Drake pulled in four receptions for 163 yards and a pair of scores.
Sophomore quarterback Cameron Roth relieved Ehst and ran for 108 yards on eight carries. Senior running back Wesley Schools scored three rushing touchdowns and finished with 106 yards on 27 attempts. Schools also went over the 4,000-yard mark for his career as he now has 4,016 rushing yards.
Grove City led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 28-14 at halftime. The Wolverines then outscored Juniata 21-14 in the second half.
Junior safety Patrick Mark intercepted a pass for the Wolverines while sophomore inside linebacker Parker Kilgore recovered two fumbles. Senior defensive end Chris Wolfe and freshman linebacker Ryan Fleming both recorded sacks.
Senior linebacker Luke Salerno posted 14 tackles for Grove City while Kilgore had eight stops. Sophomore linebacker Nik Grabiec also had eight tackles.
Grove City has now won eight straight games. That is the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division III. It is Grove City’s longest win streak since the 1997 team won eight straight games to close the regular season.
Alfred 42, Thiel 0
GREENVILLE – Saturday was a rough start for Reynolds High and Thiel alum Mike Winslow as his Tomcats fell to the Saxons at Alumni Stadium.
Thiel had a net total of 5 yards rushing and 102 passing while Alfred rolled up 520 yards.
Casey Boston went 5-of-6 for 107 yards with 1 TD pass for Alfred while Ben Burk was 7-of-8 for 71 yards and 1 TD. He also led the team in rushing (6-98). James Jones III pulled in 4 catches for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Thiel quarterback Marko Bakovic was 10-of-15 for 96 yards. Emmanual Ramsey had 18 carries for 32 yards. Caleb Shuler led the receiving corps with 7 catches for 64 yards.
YSU 54, Howard 28
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Nathan Mays threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, Joe Alessi rushed for two scores and Youngstown State amassed 640 total yards of offense in beating Howard 54-28 on Saturday for its second straight win.
It was YSU’s sixth-most total yards in school history and the most since 638 yards against Indiana State in 2017.
The Penguins gained 454 total rushing yards — the fourth-most in school history — led by Farrell High grad Braxton Chapman’s 132 on eight carries and London Pearson’s 126 on six tries.
Alessi capped the Penguins’ opening drive with a 6-yard TD run, but Howard led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter after Caylin Newton hit Kyle Anthony on a 50-yard TD strike and John Smith VI picked off a Mays pass to set up Dedrick Parson’s 2-yard scoring run.
The Penguins scored three straight second quarter TDs for a 27-14 halftime lead, with Mays hitting Jeremiah Braswell on a 38-yard pass, Christian Turner scoring on a 5-yard run and Mays tossing a 15-yard pass to Ryan Emans. Antoine Cook’s recovery of a Bison fumble set up Turner’s TD run.
The Bison closed to 27-21 in the third quarter on Newton’s second TD strike to Kyle Anthony, a 22-yarder, before the Penguins scored four unanswered TDs.
Mays, 8 of 14 for 182 yards passing, scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and Alessi burst untouched through the line to score on a 40-yard run for a 40-21 lead. Chapman scored on a 78-yard run and Pearson scored on a 75-yarder.
Newton was 16 of 27 for 266 yards passing with an interception. Anthony, 10 catches for 146 yards, also caught a 16-yard TD pass from backup Quinton Williams in the fourth quarter.