District roundup: Cal (Pa.) defeats Clarion
California (Pa.) scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Clarion, 35-7, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West game Saturday afternoon.
Cal (4-2, 2-1) took a 14-0 lead into the final 15 minutes before getting some breathing room against Clarion (3-3, 1-1).
Jeff Knox rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, including a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter that put the Vulcans ahead 21-0. Mike Williams caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and James Harris had 214 yards passing.
Clarion quarterback Darelle Carson scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Gannon 55, Edinboro 14 — Gannon (4-2, 3-0) scored 41 unanswered points to pull away from Edinboro (3-3, 1-2) to take over first place in the PSAC West. Jansen Jones led Gannon with four touchdowns and 209 yards rushing. Quarterback Liam Nadler scored three touchdowns and had 350 yards passing.
Edinboro tied the score 14-14 early in the second quarter on Jeremy Donaldson's four-yard TD run. Donnie Mann's 37-yard field goal put Gannon ahead for good.
Mercyhurst 50, Seton Hill 19 — Mercyhurst (3-3, 1-2) jumped to a 31-7 halftime lead and raced past winless Seton Hill (0-6, 0-3) in a PSAC West game.
Brandon Brown-Dukes rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for Mercyhurst, which rushed for 276 yards and had three players gain at least 82 yards. Alec Swartz threw three touchdown passes.
Seton Hill's Denzel Jackson rushed for two touchdowns, and Rafal Garcarz passed for 193 yards and a score.
Division I FCS
Duquesne 34, Wagner 7 — Duquesne (3-2, 1-0) scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Wagner (2-5, 1-2) in its Northeast Conference opener. Devin Rahming's 62-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Dukes a 27-7 lead, and Ethan Dorsey polished the win with a 40-yard run.
Dillon Buechel passed for 189 yards and a touchdown for the Dukes.
St. Francis (Pa.) 28, Monmouth 10 — Buoyed by three turnovers and six sacks, St. Francis (2-4) defeated Monmouth (3-4) in a nonconference game. St. Francis used two defensive touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Kyle Harbridge rushed for 94 yards and a score.
Washington & Jefferson 45, No. 20 Thomas More 21 — Dion Wiegand rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns and had a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD as W&J (4-2, 3-1) upset 20th-ranked Thomas More (4-1, 2-1) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game. W&J snapped a five-game losing streak against Thomas More, which had three shutouts in four games this season.
W&J's Alex Baroffio caught eight passes for 119 yards and two scores.
W&J scored 17 points in the second quarter to take a 24-14 lead. After Thomas More cut the deficit to three points, Wiegand took the ensuing kickoff the distance and W&J never was threatened again.
Westminster 27, Carnegie Mellon 24 — Tyler Banks scored on a 1-yard run with 2:57 remaining to lift Westminster (2-3) past Carnegie Mellon (3-3) in a nonconference game. Banks rushed for 86 yards and two scores, and Dak Britt threw two TD passes.
CMU's Rob Kalkstein passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns, and Tim Kikta caught six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Waynesburg 38, Grove City 0 — Carter Hill passed for 332 yards and four touchdowns for Waynesburg (5-1, 3-1) in its shutout against Grove City (3-3, 1-3) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game. Waynesburg led 35-0 at halftime.
Brian Pell passed for 212 yards for Grove City, which was held to 54 yards rushing on 36 attempts.
Thiel 30, St. Vincent 3 — Josh Potter rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown and Thiel (1-5, 1-3) prevailed against St. Vincent (0-5, 0-3) in a PAC game pitting previously winless teams. Rob Edwards returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown for Thiel.
St. Vincent was held to 155 yards of offense and got its only points on Morgan Porter's 37-yard field goal.
Wooster 33, Allegheny 16 — Allegheny (0-6, 0-4) built a 10-0 lead but couldn't hold off Wooster (3-2, 3-1) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game.
Jon Nigro threw for 203 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Smith rushed for 66 yards and a score for Allegheny, which allowed 299 yards rushing.