District football roundup: Duquesne, Robert Morris remain unbeaten in NEC
Daniel Parr threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Duquesne cashed in on a turnover to beat St. Francis (Pa.), 30-21, on Saturday to remain undefeated in Northeast Conference play.
The win was coach Jerry Schmitt’s 98th, the most in program history.
Parr’s 15-yard pass to Kellon Taylor tied it at 7, and Mitch MacZura’s go-ahead 28-yard field goal put the Dukes (6-2, 4-0) up for good. Brendan Thompson forced and recovered a fumble that led to Parr’s 2-yard run for a 17-7 lead, and his 16-yard TD pass to Kareem Coles Jr. made it 27-21 in the third quarter.
The Red Flash drove to the Dukes’ 37 in the fourth, but Harvey Clayton Jr. picked off Jason Brown’s fourth-down desperation heave at the goal line. The Dukes stopped St. Francis’s final drive on downs to seal it.
Parr was 16 of 31 for 203 yards, and Taylor caught eight passes for 101 yards.
Brown threw three TD passes for the Red Flash (4-5, 2-3), two to Ra’Shaun Henry and a 7-yarder to EJ Jenkins. Brown was 20 of 38 for 278 yards and Henry caught 11 passes for 183 yards.
Robert Morris 28, Long Island 17 — George Martin threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Robert Morris rallied stay perfect in the NEC.
Robert Morris (5-4, 4-0) took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards in eight plays, with Alijah Jackson capping the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. Long Island (0-8, 0-7) answered with Briant DeFelice’s 34-yard field goal, but Martin directed a 10-play, 73-yard drive and finished it with a 31-yard TD strike to Matthew Gonzalez to put the Colonials up 14-3 after one quarter.
The second quarter was all Sharks. Jacob Cheshire ran it in from 1 yard midway through the quarter, and Malcolm Denbow added an 8-yard TD run to put Long Island up 17-14 at halftime.
Robert Morris reclaimed the lead for good when Martin scored on a 12-yard run with 6:32 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by a 58-yard run from Jackson.
Martin added a 24-yard scoring strike to Garrett Houser in the fourth quarter.
The Sharks had three drives end with interceptions in the second half.
No. 10 Slippery Rock 31, Cal (Pa.) 28 — Jake Chapla hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired as Slippery Rock (9-0, 6-0) clinched the PSAC West with a victory against Cal (Pa.) (6-3, 4-2).
The Vulcans tied the score with 1:14 left on Josh Dale’s 21-yard touchdown pass to JaQuae Jackson. Roland Rivers III led the Rock with 280 passing yards and four touchdowns and added 135 rushing yards. Nelson Brown ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns for Cal (Pa.).
No. 19 IUP 50, Seton Hill 23 — In PSAC play, Justice Evans ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns as IUP (8-1, 5-1) put up 538 yards of offense against Seton Hill (2-6, 2-4).
Quinton Maxwell threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns for IUP, and Jalen Reese added 67 passing yards and one TD in relief.
Seton Hill’s Ryan Barabe threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns to Kinan Humphrey, who caught 12 passes for 142 yards. Michael Elardo added eight receptions for 101 yards for the Griffins.
Edinboro 27, Clarion 20 — C.J. Reyes-Diggs rushed for 178 yards, and Levi Becker threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns as Edinboro (3-6, 3-3) beat Clarion (3-6, 1-5) in PSAC play. Mylique McGriff ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns for Clarion.
Mercyhurst 28, Gannon 7 — Clay Waldron caught six passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard TD from Doug Altavilla, as Mercyhurst (4-5, 2-4) defeated Gannon (2-7, 1-5) in the PSAC.
The win was Mercyhurst’s fourth straight over their crosstown rival in the Niagara Cup. Atavilla threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns, and Garrett Owens ran for 104 yards and two TDs.
Bradley Burrows recorded two sacks and a forced fumble for Mercyhurst, which outgained Gannon, 465-140.
Grove City 35, Saint Vincent 20 — Wesley Schools ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns to lead Grove City (6-2, 5-2) to a PAC win at Saint Vincent (2-6, 2-5).
Josh Ehst threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns to Cody Gustafson, who caught five passes for 133 yards.
David Marshall Jr. and Mike Stasko rushed for 96 and 93 yards, respectively, for Saint Vincent, with Stasko scoring a touchdown.
Bearcats quarterback Lorenzo Cota threw for 110 yards and ran for 51 yards, giving Saint Vincent 261 yards on the ground.