District football roundup: Geneva goes distance for first win
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Geneva's first win of the season proved to be the longest in school history.
It also came at the expense of four-time defending Presidents' Athletic Conference champion Thomas More.
Rocco Colavecchia strong-armed his way into the end zone from 5 yards out in the fourth overtime, and quarterback Zack Hayward dived in for the two-point conversion to lead the Golden Tornadoes to a 50-48 victory at Reeves Stadium in Beaver Falls.
Thomas More (1-3, 1-2) seemed to be in control after two fourth-quarter touchdowns gave the Saints a 29-15 lead. But Geneva (1-3, 1-1) answered behind Colavecchia, who scored on a pair of 4-yard runs — the last coming with 56 seconds in regulation — to send the game into overtime. He finished with four touchdowns.
Waynesburg 20, Thiel 19 — Bernie Thompson hauled in a 15-yard touchdown from Carter Hill with 6:58 remaining in the game to lift PAC-leading Waynesburg (5-0, 3-0) to victory. Thiel senior defensive end Tim Taylor had one sack and two tackles for loss, as he became the school's all-time leader with 54. Thiel dropped to 1-4, 1-2.
Grove City 23, Westminster 21 — Brian Pell hit Anthony Ritchie with a 5-yard scoring pass with 18 seconds left in the game to lead Grove City (3-2, 2-1) to the Presidents' Athletic Conference win at Westminster (3-1, 1-2). Westminster took the lead earlier in the quarter on Dak Britt's 21-yard touchdown pass to Geno Pasquinelli. Pell threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for a 5-yard score while teammate Shane Kaclik rushed for 127 yards.
Allegheny 15, Oberlin 3 — The host Gators dominated the fourth quarter, holding the ball for 10 minutes and not yielding a yard against the Yeomen. Allegheny (3-1, 2-0 North Coast Athletic Conference) overcame six turnovers to beat Oberlin (1-3, 0-2).
No. 17 Wabash 54, Carnegie Mellon 28 — Wabash handed visiting Carnegie Mellon its first loss of the season, outscoring the Titans 47-7 after trailing early. Patrick Blanks led Carnegie Mellon (4-1) with 157 yards rushing, moving into eighth place on the school's all-time rushing list.
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Robert Morris 31, Lafayette 28 — Greg Langer connected on a 33-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining to lift the Colonials (1-3) to their first victory. Quarterback Jeff Sinclair threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 84 more and another score. Lafayette (3-1) trailed 28-7 but rallied to tie it midway through the fourth quarter.
Edinboro 31, LIU Post 24 OT — Cody Harris completed 27 of 34 attempts for 381 yards and two touchdowns, including the 20-yard game-winner in overtime, as the visiting Fighting Scots improved to 2-2. Harris' yardage total was the sixth highest in Edinboro history. LIU Post dropped to 2-2.
West Virginia State 21, Seton Hill 13 — Ricky Phillips threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 35 yards to Shanin Bennefie and 26 yards to Ervin Kent to lift West Virginia State (2-3, 1-1) to the WVIAC win at Seton Hill (0-5, 0-3). Phillips completed 18 of 33 passes for 238 yards and he scored West Virginia State's first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. Derrick Dyer ran six times for 62 yards and a 31-yard touchdown for Seton Hill, which led heading into the fourth quarter, 13-7.
Shippensburg 49, Lock Haven 6 — Zach Zuilli completed 32 of 42 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns to lead Shippensburg (5-0) to the PSAC crossover win at Lock Haven (0-5). Bryan Barley caught seven passes for 145 yards and an 89-yard touchdown for Shippensburg, which outgained Lock Haven, 547 yards to 175.
Mercyhurst 36, Cheyney 10 — The Lakers outscored host Cheyney, 23-0, in the second half and limited the Wolves (1-4) to 60 yards of offense after halftime. Redshirt freshman Brandon Brown-Dukes led Mercyhurst (4-1) with 99 yards and tied a career high with three touchdowns.
West Chester 37, No. 6 California (Pa.) 34 — Senior Peter Lalich's 15-yard touchdown to Trey Johnson with two minutes left wasn't enough as the Vulcans (4-1) were upset by West Chester (4-1). Lalich finished 29 of 47 for 342 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. West Chester (4-1) was led by senior quarterback Mike Mattei, who went 23 for 43 for 289 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Indiana (Pa.) 41, Millersville 7 — Junior wideout Pat Brewer had seven catches for 117 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to lead Indiana (4-1) past over Millersville (1-4). Brewer had a 92-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Mike Box went 15 for 24 with 278 yards passing.
Bloomsburg 43, Gannon 24 — Freshman quarterback Liam Nadler completed 30 of 46 for 289 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for Gannon (1-4). Sophomore wideout Abraham Ocasio caught five passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Bloomsburg (5-0) had 483 yards rushing to Gannon's 58.
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