Alle-Kiski Valley Campus Clippings: Plum's Jake Chapla lifts Slippery Rock in OT
Jake Chapla gave a top-five team the boot.
Slippery Rock's sophomore kicker, a Plum graduate, made a 36-yard field goal in overtime to give The Rock (5-0) a 47-44 victory Saturday over No. 5 Cal (Pa.).
Chapla tied the score with an extra point with 42 seconds remaining in regulation before his field goal on No. 18 Slippery Rock's first possession of overtime.
He also made a 42-yard field goal in the first half.
For Cal, redshirt freshman Tyson Hill (Valley) caught his first career touchdown, a 49-yarder on the Vulcans' opening possession.
The New Kensington/Valley contingent again shined as the Gators (2-3) posted a 57-40 victory over Hiram.
Junior Tyler Balla (New Kensington/GCC) rushed for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Gators' best single-game rushing performance since 2006.
It was Balla's third consecutive 100-yard game, making him the first Allegheny running back to accomplish that since 2005.
On defense, juniors Marcus Davenport (Valley) and Colten Buzard (Valley) combined for 5 1⁄2 of the Gators' eight sacks. Davenport had 13 tackles, 4 1⁄2 tackles for loss and 2 1⁄2 sacks, and Buzard added nine tackles, including three for a loss, and three sacks.
Freshman Justice Evans (Vandergrift) rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the No. 14 Crimson Hawks' 57-14 rout of Seton Hill on Saturday.
Men's cross country
Washington & Jefferson
Senior Colin Meehan (Freeport) finished sixth overall in 28 minutes, 59.11 seconds at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational on Friday.
Women's cross country
Sophomore Megan Aller (Kiski Area) turned in a 10th-place finish with a time of 22:59.8 at Saturday's George Mason Invitational.
Sophomore Molly Kennedy (Riverview) finished in 11th place with a time of 19:11 as the Lakers took third of 11 teams at Saturday's Greater Louisville Classic.
Sophomore Morgan Camerlo (St. Joseph) took first place at Friday's Washington & Jefferson Invitational. Camerlo finished in 19:9.3 to help the Titans win the women's team title.
Among other local runners at the meet, Clarion sophomore Letizia Collini (Kiski Area) placed 14th in 21:03.46, and Pitt-Greensburg senior Kelsey Oddis (Burrell) finished 27th in 22:43.85.
Sophomore Ashley Amato (Plum) tallied the Zips' lone goal in their 1-1 draw Friday against Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan.
Freshman Kelly Gay (Valley) was Chatham's Cougar of the Week after scoring the first two goals of her career in Chatham's 3-0 victory over Franciscan.
Sophomore Zoe Pawlak (Freeport) recorded back-to-back matches with double-digit digs, getting 14 in a 3-1 victory at Army on Friday and 10 in a 3-2 win at Colgate on Saturday. Pawlak added three blocks and three kills against Army.