California (Pa.) drops West Chester
California (Pa.) cemented its status as the top team in the Northeast Region of Division II with a 30-14 victory Saturday against West Chester in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference crossover game.
California, ranked No. 5, improved to 10-0 and set a school record for wins in a season. West Chester, ranked No. 11, dropped to 8-2.
Daine Williams rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown for Cal. Joe Ruggiero threw two touchdown passes, two to Cory Garver, and Jermaine Moye returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. West Chester entered the game averaging 434 yards of offense, but was held to just 182 by the Cal defense, including 21 yards rushing.
IUP 30, Shippensburg 0
IUP (8-1, 5-1) kept its playoff hopes alive with its second shutout in a victory against PSAC-West opponent Shippensburg (3-7, 2-3). Andrew Krewatch completed 19 of 30 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, IUP held Shippensburg to minus-16 yards rushing.
Edinboro 49, Clarion 30
Trevor Harris threw four touchdown passes and 415 yards and also scored on a run to lead Edinboro (7-3, 3-2) to a PSAC-West win over Clarion (0-10, 0-5). Harris established Edinboro single-season record for touchdown passes (28) and passing yards (2,893). Clarion's Tyler Huether (Penn-Trafford) threw two touchdown passes and was 22 of 35 for 262 yards.
Fairmont State 47, Seton Hill 20
Seton Hill (3-6, 3-4) couldn't keep up with high-scoring Fairmont State (5-5, 2-5) in its West Virginia conference game. Seton Hill's Matt Dowdell completed 24 of 40 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns, two to Derek Thompson.
W.L. State 27, Charleston 13
Zach Amedro threw two touchdown passes and Eddie Hills ran for two scores to lead West Liberty State (7-3, 5-2) to a West Virginia conference victory over Charleston (7-3, 5-2). Hills rushed for 138 yards.
Indianapolis 43, Mercyhurst 37
Mitch Phillis threw five TD passes for Mercyhurst (4-7, 3-7), but Indianapolis rallied from a 17-point deficit to record the Great Lakes conference victory. It was Mercyhurst's final game in the conference; it will join the PSAC next season.
N. Michigan 27, Gannon 23
Bob Bartley (Hampton) had a pass batted down in the end zone with 13 seconds remaining, and Gannon (0-10, 0-9) was unable to pull off the Great Lakes conference upset of Northern Michigan (4-5, 4-5). Gannon's Jon Richardson rushed for three touchdowns and 147 yards.
Division I FCS
Albany 45, Robert Morris 17
Robert Morris (3-6, 2-3) was no match for Albany (6-3, 4-0) in its Northeast Conference matchup, as David McCarty rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 61-yard TD pass. Robert Morris' Julian Ellison caught 6 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Monmouth 47, St. Francis (Pa.) 17
St. Francis (1-7, 1-4) was led by Antoine Rivera's 5 catches for 106 yards in its loss to Monmouth in a Northeast Conference game.
Youngstown St. 40, Indiana St. 7
Jabari Scott rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns for Youngstown State (6-4, 2-3) in its Gateway Conference win over Indiana State (0-10, 0-5). Kevin Smith added 123 yards and a touchdown.
Geneva 24, Waynesburg 17, OT
Gabe Gordon's touchdown on an end-around on the first possession of overtime lifted Geneva (7-2) to a Presidents Athletic Conference victory over Waynesburg (7-2). On its possession, Waynesburg drove inside the 10, but Andy Lauterbach's fourth-down pass fell incomplete. Waynesburg's Bo Heller, averaging 199 yards and leading Division III in rushing, was held to 113 yards on 36 carries.
W&J 42, Thomas More 0
No. 6 Washington & Jefferson (9-0, 5-0) clinched the first-ever automatic bid to the Division III playoffs from the PAC with its shutout of Thomas More (4-5, 2-4). Curt Jones rushed for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns. Bobby Swallow completed 20 of 28 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Carnegie Mellon 42, Bethany 19
Carnegie Mellon gained 355 yards on the ground in its win at Bethany (4-5). Robert Gimson ran 15 times for 140 yards and a touchdown, and Travis Sivek carried 21 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns for Carnegie Mellon (5-4). The win seals Carnegie Mellon's 33rd consecutive non-losing season. Bethany's Matt Cruse caught two TD passes and tied the school record for single-season touchdown receptions (9).
Grove City 44, St. Vincent 0
Brian Mercer ran for a career-high 179 yards and scored four touchdowns, as Grove City (4-5) totaled 603 yards of offense on 90 plays in the shutout win over St. Vincent (0-9). Sophomore Andrew DiDonato (South Fayette), who threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns, became Grove City's all-time career passing leader with 3,023 yards. St. Vincent managed only 127 yards on offense.
Westminster 20, Thiel 16
Nick McKolosky ran for 105 yards and one touchdown, as Westminster (5-4, 2-3) held the ball for 40:45 in the victory against Thiel (2-7, 1-5). Kevin Franz (Thomas Jefferson) completed 27 of 38 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown for Westminster, which ran 84 plays to Thiel's 53. Westminster's Brett Ziegler (11 catches, 102 yards) moved into second place in school history with 137 career receptions and is three from the record set by Matt Dvorsak (1995-99).
Wittenberg 17, Allegheny 6
Allegheny (5-4, 3-3) could muster only two Josh Whiteside field goals in a North Coast conference loss to Wittenberg (7-2, 5-1). T.J. Salopek (Norwin) completed 26 of 43 passes for 255 yards and two interceptions in the loss.
Dickinson 41, Juniata 14
Juniata (0-9, 0-8) concluded Centennial Conference play with a loss to Dickinson (7-2, 5-2) despite 271 yards passing from Jay Leonard.