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Weekend District College Top 10: Slippery Rock football survives record-setting day by Gannon RB Marc Jones

| Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 4:21 p.m.
Slippery Rock quarterback Tanner Garry (Fort Cherry) threw for 518 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's win over Gannon.
Mark Gallagher
Slippery Rock quarterback Tanner Garry (Fort Cherry) threw for 518 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's win over Gannon.

1. No. 21 Slippery Rock overcomes record day by Gannon RB

Senior Tanner Garry (Fort Cherry) went 33 of 51 for 518 yards — the second-best single-game total in SRU history — and five touchdowns in a 49-45 victory Saturday. Garry hit senior Marcus Johnson (University Prep) for a 73-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute, 36 seconds left for the winning score. Gannon junior Marc Jones ran for a PSAC-record 354 yards and broke the school record with 449 all-purpose yards. He had five touchdowns. Johnson had 10 receptions for 183 yards and tied his school record with four TD catches. He added an 88-yard touchdown on a kickoff return. Slippery Rock (4-0, 1-0) hosts No. 5 Cal (Pa.) (4-0, 1-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

2. No. 5 Cal (Pa.) football rallies past Seton Hill

Senior quarterback Michael Keir ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 18.8 seconds left as the Vulcans escaped 44-41 in a PSAC West game Saturday. Cal (4-0, 1-0) had 199 rushing yards, including 129 and two touchdowns by senior Nick Grissom. Senior Christian Strong threw for 476 yards and five touchdowns for Seton Hill (0-4, 0-1).

3. No. 6 IUP picks apart Edinboro

The Crimson Hawks intercepted Fighting Scots standout quarterback Jake Sisson five times, and redshirt junior quarterback Lenny Williams Jr. (Sto-Rox) threw for 274 yards and a career-best four touchdowns in IUP's 38-7 win in the PSAC on Saturday. Sophomore linebacker Damon Lloyd had two of the interceptions for the Crimson Hawks (4-0, 1-0), and sophomore linebacker Nick Amendola (Norwin) recorded 14 tackles.

4. Grove City football ends 33-game skid

Sophomore running back Wesley Schools had 177 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolverines topped St. Vincent, 24-14, on Saturday to give second-year coach Andrew DiDonato his first victory. The Wolverines (1-3, 1-1 PAC) recorded five sacks and held the Bearcats to 233 yards, the fewest by a Grove City opponent since 2012. St. Vincent dropped to 2-2, 1-1.

5. Another 200-yard game for Geneva's Marshall

Junior Trewon Marshall (Quaker Valley) finished with 227 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lift the Golden Tornadoes past Thiel, 33-24, in a PAC game Saturday. The Tomcats had a chance to tie the score late, but Geneva blocked a field-goal attempt, and Zach Hall returned it for a touchdown. Marshall upped his season rushing total to 824, which is third among all divisions. Geneva evened its record at 2-2, 2-1. Junior Nick Barca (Baldwin) had 215 yards rushing for Thiel (1-3, 1-1).

6. Passing game leads Carnegie Mellon past Thomas More

Senior receiver John Prather became the Tartans' all-time leader in receptions, and junior quarterback Alex Cline threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Saturday in CMU's 37-17 victory over the defending Presidents' Athletic Conference champion Saints (1-3, 0-2). Prather had five catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, giving him 152 receptions for his career. Brian Carlock (1970-73) held the previous mark with 148. The Tartans (4-0, 2-0) will look for their first 5-0 start since 2006 when they visit Bethany at 2 p.m. Saturday.

7. Slippery Rock, IUP field hockey pull upsets

Senior Kailee Krupski scored with 2:53 left as The Rock knocked off No. 3 West Chester, 4-3, on Saturday in their PSAC opener. Slippery Rock (6-3) equaled its win total from each of the past two seasons. IUP, meanwhile, beat No. 6 Millersville, 1-0, on a goal by junior Kalista Gioglio in the 54th minute. The Crimson Hawks improved to 4-4.

8. Pitt volleyball goes 2-0 in ACC, gives coach 100th win with team

The Panthers (9-4, 2-0 ACC) defeated Boston College and Syracuse over the weekend to extend their winning streak to six. Pitt beat the Golden Eagles, 3-1, on Sunday, with sophomore Nika Markovic recording 17 kills, six blocks and nine digs. On Friday, fifth-year coach Dan Fisher earned the milestone victory after a 3-1 triumph against the Orange. Markovic had 19 kills, and senior Mariah Bell had 14.

9. Duquesne women's soccer edges previously unbeaten Saint Louis

Junior Casey Aunkst (Penn-Trafford) and senior Linnea Faccenda scored in the Dukes' 2-0 home victory in the Atlantic 10 on Sunday. Junior Kyra Murphy (Canon-McMillan) made 10 saves for Duquesne (5-3-2, 1-1). Saint Louis (9-1-1, 1-1) entered as one of only six undefeated NCAA Division I teams in the nation.

10. W&J women prevail in double overtime

Junior defender Nicole Walters (Seneca Valley) scored on a header off a corner kick by senior Josie Madden (Elizabeth Forward) in the 104th minute to propel Washington & Jefferson past Case Western, 2-1, in a nonconference game Sunday. The Presidents improved to 4-3-1.

Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.

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