District football roundup: Indiana (Pa.) grabs PSAC West berth
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Two interceptions by Johnny Franco in the final 1:19 staved off an upset bid and allowed 14th-ranked Indiana (Pa.) to claim the PSAC West title with a 38-35 victory at Gannon.
IUP (9-1, 6-1) will host No. 7 Shippensburg next weekend for the PSAC championship. IUP and Mercyhurst finished as division co-leaders, but the Crimson Hawks will play in the state title game by virtue of their victory over the Lakers.
The game featured eight lead changes, with De'Antwan Williams' 3-yard TD run giving IUP a three-point edge with 3:16 remaining. Liam Nadler threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns for Gannon (2-8, 1-6).
Mercyhurst 40, No. 22 California (Pa.) 7 — Brandon Brown-Dukes rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mercyhurst (8-2, 6-1) to a decisive win over 22nd-ranked California (7-3, 5-2). Mercyhurst jumped to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Brown-Dukes set a Mercyhurst freshman rushing record with 1,221 yards.
Edinboro 48, Clarion 13 — Cody Harris threw five touchdown passes and had 460 yards passing for Edinboro (4-5, 3-4) in its PSAC West victory at Clarion (4-6, 2-5). Harris also scored on a 5-yard run. Marcus Johnson had 143 yards receiving and a touchdown for Edinboro, and Ben Eisel had nine catches for 110 yards and a score. Clarion's Ben Fiscus passed for 209 yards and a touchdown.
Slippery Rock 35, Lock Haven 7 — Nigel Barksdale threw four TD passes and ran for a score to lead Slippery Rock (6-4, 5-2) to a PSAC West victory over Lock Haven (0-10, 0-7), which lost its 52nd consecutive game.
No. 7 Shippensburg 61, Cheyney 9 — Zach Zulli threw four touchdown passes and had 284 yards passing, as seventh-ranked Shippensburg (10-0, 7-0) beat Cheyney (1-9, 0-7) in a PSAC East game for its 14th consecutive win.
St. Anselm 52, Seton Hill 45 — Andrew Jackson completed 38 of 63 passes for 543 yards and four touchdowns, but Seton Hill (0-10) dropped its nonconference game against St. Anselm (2-8).
Washington & Jefferson 27, Geneva 17 — Matt Bliss threw a touchdown pass and rushed for a score to help lead W&J (7-2, 5-1) past Geneva (2-7, 2-5) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game, setting up a showdown with unbeaten Waynesburg next weekend for the conference title. Geneva's Zack Hayward threw two touchdown passes to Corey O'Patchen.
Grove City 27, St. Vincent 10 — Shane Kaclik rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns for Grove City (5-4, 3-4) in its PAC victory at St. Vincent (0-9, 0-7). Kaclik has 1,059 yards rushing on the season. Andy Borgen led St. Vincent with 56 yards rushing, and Juan Hernandez caught a touchdown pass from Kevin Corona.
Thiel 16, Westminster 10 — Brandon Wolfe's blocked punt return for a touchdown opened the scoring for Thiel (3-6, 3-4), which defeated Westminster (3-5, 2-5) in a PAC game. Thiel's Andrew Smith passed for 160 yards and ran for a touchdown.
Thomas More 13, Bethany (W.Va.) 10 (OT) — Luke Magness scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to help Thomas More (6-3, 6-2) avoid the upset against Bethany (2-7, 2-5) in a PAC game. Justin Evans' 22-yard field goal on Bethany's OT possession provided a 10-7 lead.
Carnegie Mellon 31, Chicago 14 — Patrick Blanks rushed for 159 yards and three TDs, and CMU (6-3, 1-1) had three unanswered scores in the second half to defeat Chicago (4-5, 0-2) in a University Athletic Association game.
Ohio Wesleyan 34, Allegheny 7 — Tim Werley rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown for Allegheny (4-5, 3-3) in its North Coast Athletic Conference loss to Ohio Wesleyan (8-1, 5-1).
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