District College Football Recap for Saturday, September 14th

Sunday, September 15, 2013 | 12:32 PM

Another Saturday of college football around the region and some more high scoring games.

The PSAC started Eastern-Western crossover play and the PAC had one conference game.

Here are recaps of ALL the games from Saturday:

Slippery Rock 58 – Shippensburg 38
The Rock jumped out to a 30-0 lead and handed the Red Raiders their second straight loss. Shippensburg was ranked in the top 10 to start the season. Nigel Barksdale threw four touchdown passes for the Rock in the victory as SRU goes to 2-0.

Slippery Rock started with a score two plays into the game as Shamar Greene went 61 yards for a touchdown. Brent Crenshaw added a one yard run just four minutes later to fire up the home crowd at Thompson-Mihalik Stadium. Mike Wainauskis added a 33 yard field goal on the Rock's third possession and a 17-0 lead. SRU used the big play late in the quarter as Barksdale connected with Ken Amos for a 70 yard strike and a 24-0 after one period.

A 15 yard td pass from Barksdale to Julian Harrell gave the Rock the 30 point lead, Shippensburg got on the board on the next drive, Zach Zulli to Justin Pyle for a 15 yard touchdown. Crenshaw scored on a 4 yard run with three minutes to play, but Slippery Rock wasn't done as Calvin Anderson blocked a punt and Levi Sager picked it up and took it for a touchdown. Drew Newcomer kicked a 49 yard field goal but the Rock was up 44-10 at the half.

Shippensburg scored on the opening drive of the third, Blair Brooks went in from a yard out, Chase Fleming recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to give the Red Raiders back the ball. Zulli hit Sheldon Mayer for a 13 yard touchdown seven plays later and then connected with Trevor Harmen for a 60 yard bomb on the next possession to cut the Rock lead to 44-31. Barksdale got the Rock back in the scoring column as he hit John Schademan for a 30 yard touchdown. The duo connected for a 30 yard touchdown 30 seconds into the fourth quarter to put the Rock up by three scores.

The remainder of the fourth quarter was all Shippensburg, Zulli led the Red Raiders to the Rock 27 yard line but turned the ball over on downs, four plays later Mayer returned a Rock punt 85 yards for a score with 4:30 remaining, Shippensburg recovered the onsides kick and drove to the Rock 36 but again turned the ball over on downs.

Barksdale was 19-35 for 209 yards, Schademan had 5 catches for 109 yards. Greene carried 15 times for 108 yards.

Zulli was 32-65 for 380 yards and 3 scores. Mayer had 9 catches for 70 yards, Harmon 8 grabs for 120 yards.

St. John Fisher 42 – W & J 21
The 19th ranked Cardinals broke a 21 all tie in the third quarter and pulled away for the win. Cody Miller ran for 202 yards and two scores, both in the second half.

St John Fisher scored on their first play from scrimmage. Tyler Fenti hit Kevin Francis for a 82 yard touchdown. W & J answered with a Matt Bliss to Dion Wiegand 14 yard score. Bliss gave the Presidents on a Dan Lucas 39 yard touchdown with 21 seconds left in the quarter. Fenti evened the game on a 32 yard pass play to Nathan Nigolian. The Presidents drove to take the lead again but Eric Eberle had a chip shot field goal blocked by Ryan Seymour. Fenti hit Ryan Kramer for a 44 yard touchdown. Brendan Carey missed a 41 yard field goal on the last play of the half.

W & J scored on their first drive of the third to tie the game, Bliss to Baroffio for 2 yards and a score. Miller scored on a 77 yard run on the next play to give the Cardinals the lead for good. The Presidents drove to the Fisher 28 but turned the ball over on downs. The Cardinals looked to add to the lead, but Kramer fumbled at the 6 yard line, Alec Schram forced and recovered to end the threat and the third quarter.

Three plays into the final quarter, Baroffio took an end around and got to the 10 yard line, he fumbled the football, Zach Hildebrand recovered to end the Presidents chance to score. Fenti hit Nigolian for 80 yards, setting up Fenti to Francis for 7 yards and a 14 point lead. Miller added a 30 yard run to end the scoring.

Fenti was 18-26 for 453 yards, a single game school record. Francis had 6 catches for 174 yards, Kramer made 5 catches, Nigolian had 150 yards with 4 catches. The Cardinals are 2-0.

Matt Bliss was 32-47 for 339 yards and 3 scores. Baroffio had 13 catches for 139 yards. Lucas 8 receptions for 96 yards. The Presidents are now 1-1.

Geneva 51 – Bethany 33
The Golden Tornadoes went over the 50 point mark for the second straight week at Reeves Field, winning their PAC opener in an offensive battle. Both teams went over the 600 yard mark, combined for 102 pass attempts and 55 first downs.

For Geneva, it was the Lawrence County Connection once again working hard for the win, Shenango's Rocco Colavecchia ran for four scores and Laurel's Dylan Jones added two more and 146 yards rushing, he averaged 7 yards per carry.

It was Bethany having a chance to take an early lead after a 12 play drive. Dez Ball missed a 20 yard field goal wide to the left. Geneva scored on their second possession, a 16 play 90 yard drive capped by a Colavecchia 3 yard run on the final play of the quarter.

Geneva scored on their second drive of the second period, this time going 71 yards in 8 plays with Jones scoring on a 4 yard run. It was time for Bethany's outstanding senior quarterback Matt Grimard to get into the act. 2 plays after the Jones touchdown, Grimard hit Chris Colins for 82 yards and a touchdown. The Bison drove on their next possession but stalled out at the 15, deciding not to try for a field goal of 32 yards. Geneva looked to run out the clock, but QB Zack Hayward was picked off by Dion Williams, setting Bethany up at the Geneva 30 with 1:41 left in the half. Grimard hit Jaylen Jennings for a 15 yard touchdown, the two point attempt failed.

But Geneva had time, with 64 seconds left. It was Hayward's turn to redeem himself, hitting Josh Guiser for 21 yards, Lemuel Fuller for 14 and Fuller again for a 28 yard touchdown and a 20-12 halftime lead.

Geneva took the second half kickoff and was set up by a Guiser return to the 43 yard line. Hayward hit Fuller for 29 and then let the connection do their work as Jones carried twice to the Bethany 11 and Colavecchia scored on the next play. Again it didn't take Bethany long to answer, Phil Acrie ran for 52 yards on the first play, Grimard hit Jennings two plays later for a 5 yard touchdown. Geneva tried to make it a two possession game but Mike Gardner hit the right upright on a 31 yard field goal attempt. Grimard led Bethany down the field again, going 11 plays but the Bison passed on a 39 yard field goal attempt and turned the ball over on downs. After the Bison got the ball back, Grimard hit former Western Beaver star Eric Blinn for a 9 yard touchdown, after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Grimard could not connect on the two point conversion and Geneva led 27-25 heading to the fourth.

The GT's went 10 plays to start the 4th quarter, Colavecchia scored on a 2 yard run to go back up 9 at 34-25. Josh Glover picked off Grimard two plays later and Colavecchia scored from a yard out to add to the lead. Jones ran twice for 29 yards and set up Gardner for a 31 yard field goal. Acrie scored on a 10 yard run with 2:12 left to make it 44-33. Geneva recovered the onside kick and Jones was looking to run out the clock, Bethany sold out to stop the run and Jones broke thru the line and went 49 yards for a touchdown. 

Jones carried 21 times and had 5 catches for 50 yards, Colavecchia ran 10 times for 69 yards, he also had 4 catches for 76 yards. Hayward was 35-48 for 417 yards, Fuller had 14 catches for 140 yards. Guiser had 8 catches for 104 yards. Geneva is now 1-0 in the PAC.

For Bethany, Grimard was 30-53 for 462 yards and 4 scores, he becomes the all time touchdown pass leader at Bethany, he now holds most of the Bison passing records. Blinn had a great day, 16 catches for 183 yards. Jennings pulled in seven balls, Collins had 4 for 113 yards. Bethany falls to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the PAC.

Dayton 21 – Robert Morris 14

The Colonials could not recover an onside kick attempt late in the fourth quarter and fell to the Flyers at Joe Walton Stadium.

Paul Jones threw two touchdown passes but completed just four other throws, going 6 of 24.

Dayton scored on the opening drive, Will Bardo hit Branden Johnson for a 22 yard touchdown. RMU answered late in the quarter as Jones hit DJ Pearson for a 16 yard touchdown.

Bardo and Johnson connected again for a 41 yard touchdown in the early stages of the fourth quarter. Connor Kacsor's 2 yard run with 5:44 remaining made it a 14 point lead but Jones was able to lead RMU, hitting Duane Mitchell for a 40 yard td with 1:43 left in regulation time. The Colonials could not get the ball back and Dayton left Pittsburgh with the win, going to 2-1. Johnson had 6 catches for 133 yards to lead the Flyers. Jones threw for just 112 yards, the Colonials also struggled to run, with just 75 rushing yards. Robert Morris is now 1-2.

James Madison 24 – Saint Francis 20

The Red Flash put a scare into the 17th ranked Dukes on the road.

Terell Smith caught a 72 yard td pass from Max Ward on the opening play of the game to put Saint Francis up 7-0. That score held up until Cameron Starke kicked a 21 yard field goal late in the first half.

Kyle Harbridge, showing no signs of the knee injury that forced him to miss the 2012 season, ran for a 50 yard touchdown and a 14-3 Red Flash lead early in the third. But Michael Birdsong hit Marquis Woodyard for a 11 yard touchdown and just over two minutes later Dae'Quan Scott scored on a 24 yard run to put the Dukes back on top.

Lance Geesy kicked a 45 yard field goal to tie the game at 17 with 9:58 remaining in regulation time. Scott put James Madison back on top with a 22 yard run. Geesy kicked a 47 yard field goal with 3 and half minutes to play. Saint Francis got the ball back with 1:04 to play but could not manage a first down.

Harbridge carried 20 times for 100 yards.Da'Quan Minter picked off two passes for the Red Flash, now 0-2.  

Scott ran 32 times for 190 for James Madison, now 2-1.

West Chester 56 – Gannon 41
The teams combined for over one thousand yards of offense in Erie on Saturday afternoon but it was the 23rd ranked Golden Rams with the win to go to 2-0 on the season.

West Chester jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter on two Sean McCartney touchdown passes and a Rondell White 58 yard run. Gannon came back with two Liam Nadler touchdown passes and a Mike Zanders 26 yard Pick 6. There was three scores in the final 2:05 of the half. McCartney hit Erik Brundidge for an 8 yard score, Nadler found former Ringgold star Quad Law for 69 yards, the 2nd connection of the day for the duo, but McCartney hooked up with Adam Dempsey for a 20 yard score and a 35-27 lead at the break.

Rondell White threw a halfback pass to Brundidge for 18 yards and a score, White added a 20 yard run to put West Chester 49-27 after three. Nadler threw two touchdown passes to Abraham Ocasio to end the scoring.

White ran for 245 yards on 32 carries. McCartney threw for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns. White and Brundidge each had 7 catches.

Law had 10 catches for 132 yards. Nadler was 34-55 for 337 and 5 scores. Gannon falls to 1-1. 

Mercyhurst 49 – Millersville 7
Just up the street in Erie, the Lakers led 21-0 and never looked back in the home win. Brandon Brown Dukes ran for 3 touchdowns and Anthony Vendemia threw for two scores.

Brown-Dukes carried 15 times for 142 yards, including a 66 yard td run. Vendemia was 17-20 for 220 yards, hitting 13 different receivers. Mercyhurst is now 1-1.

Brent Collins ran 11 times for 123 yards, Millersville is now 0-2.

East Stroudsburg 70 – Seton Hill 7
Matt Soltes threw for 4 first half touchdowns as the Warriors welcomed the Griffins to the PSAC at Offut Field. ESU ran for 343 yards, including Robert Healy's 111 yards on 16 carries. Soltes was only 12-23 for 188 yards.

The Warriors also added two safties and a fumble return for a touchdown. Nick Hafhill hit Norman Darden for a 71 yard td for the only score for Seton Hill. The Warriors are 2-0, the Griffins 0-2.

Clarion 30 – Lock Haven 13
After a scoreless first quarter the Golden Eagles scored 17 straight points and never trailed to pick up their second home win of the season at Memorial Stadium. Ben Fiscus threw a 18 yard touchdown to Mark Nicholas and Travis Day ran for a 22 yard touchdown. Dillon Mazzoni got the Bald Eagles on the board with a 14 yard pass to Brandon Brader, cutting the Clarion lead to 17-6 lead.

Darelle Carson scored on a 3 yard run for Clarion in the third, Brader ran for a 45 yard touchdown early in the fourth but Bobby Thomas ran for a 37 yard score to put the game out of reach.

Thomas ran 17 times for 147 yaard, Day added 77 yards. Brader ran 20 times for 121 yards.

Bloomsburg 47 – Edinboro 35
The 15th ranked Huskies escape Erie County with a victory in a back and forth affair at Sox Harrison Stadium. Franklyn Quiteh ran for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns, he also became the all-time leading rusher in PSAC history with 5,741 yards.

Edinboro took the lead on a Cody Harris 54 yard pass to D'Andrea Vaughn but Dan Fisher hit a 36 yard field goal and Quiteh scored on a five yard run to put Bloomsburg up 10-7 after one. The Huskies extended the lead on touchdown runs by Tim Kelly from a yard out and Dai'Shon Munger from 4 yards. Harris hit Marcus Johnson for a 50 yard score but Quiteh scored on a 2 yard run to make the score 31-14 at the break.

Harris scored on a 3 yard run with 3:10 left in the third, Fisher kicked his 2nd field goal but Harris hit Jordan Williams for a 35 yard touchdown and cut the lead to just 6 points. But an 8 yard run for Munger and a 47 yard run from Quiteh allowed the Huskies to pull away. Harris hit Ben Eisel for a 6 yard touchdown but Edinboro could not score again.

Quiteh carried 31 times. Munger added 133 yards on 21 carries. Bloomsburg is now 2-0.

Harris was 25-32 for 360 yards, he ran 18 times for 95 yards. Johnson had 9 catches for 185 yards, Eisel had 8 catches, the Fighting Scots are 1-1.

California 45 – Kutztown 10
It was all Vulcans in the home opener at Adamson Stadium as Cal led 31-0 in the third quarter and never looked back.
Cody Schroeder tossed touchdown passes to Paul Butler for 8 yards and Kowan Scott for 36 yards. Cody Nuzzon added a 34 yard field goal in the second, Schroeder hit Mike Williams for a 41 yard touchdown and Noah Taylor returned an interception 7 yards for the big lead.

Schroeder hit CJ Goodwin for a 6 yard touchdown, James Harris came on and connected with Gary Brown for a 50 yard score. Justin Michalak scored on a 2 yard run for the only Bears td. Schroeder was 20-28 for 267 yards and 4 scores. Williams had 8 catches for 132 yards.

IUP 49 – Cheyney 0
The 8th ranked Crimson Hawks led 35-0 at the half and continued their winning ways at George P. Miller Stadium.

D'Antwan Williams ran for 3 touchdowns, Erik Finklea scored on a 16 yard run and Mike Box hit Terrill Barnes for 56 yards.

Box threw two touchdowns in the second half, finishing with 10-15 for 210 yards. Barnes had 5 catches for 106 yards.

Waynesburg 59 – Frostburg State 49
The Yellow Jackets put up 556 yards of offense to go to 2-0 in Maryland. The Bobcats allowed over 50 points for the second straight week. Waynesburg rallied from a 15 point deficit in the third quarter to win by 10.

Jake Forsythe staked Waynesburg to an early lead on a 4 yard run. QB Ken Emmonds ran for 51 yards and a score to tie the game. Carter Hill tossed his first td pass to Mike Ferraro of 8 yards and mdmonds hit Haydan Robers for 8 yards to tie things up at 14 at the quarter.

Alex Henry kicked a 41 yard field goal for Waynesburg, Frostburg State got an Edmonds 4 yard run and a Emmons to  Myles Burgess 25 yard touchdown with 55 seconds left in the half. Henry kicked a 41 yard field goal to make it 28-20 going to halftime.

Emmonds hit Antonio Wood for 28 yards to give the Bobcats the 15 point lead. Waynesburg tied the game on a Hill pass to Andrew English and a Jake Forsythe 4 yard run, plus a Hill pass to Bennie Thompson, last week's hero for the two point conversion.

Waynesburg took the lead one minute into the fourth on a Hill 2 yard pass to Zac Capan. Edwards tied the game 1:21 later on a 36 strike to Burgess. Henry gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good with a 40 yard field goal.

Emmonds hit Janai Billips four plays later, John Sikora forced a fumble that was picked up by Kyle Richey for a 45 yard touchdown. Emmonds scored on a 3 yard run to cut the lead to 3 with 5 minutes remaining, on a punt, Willie Leavell recovered a fumble deep in Bobcat real estate and Forsythe scored his second touchdown to put the game away.

Hill was 38-53 for 483 yards passing, English had 13 catches for 157 yards. Thompson made 10 receptions for 173 yards. Waynesburg is now 2-0.

Emmonds threw for 384 yards on 24-41, he ran for 137 yards on 16 carries. Roberts had 9 catches for 135 yards, Burgess grabbed 6 for 97 and Antonio Wood made 4 catches for 130 yards.

Rochester 28 – Thiel 27
Dean Kennedy hit Thomas Hayes with a 3 yard td pass with 15 seconds left and then ran for the two pointer to give the Yellowjackets the win in the season opener in Greenville. T

The Tomcats saw an 11 point lead slip away to fall to 0-2.
Nick Perpignan opened the scoring with a 29 yard run midway thru the first quarter, Thiel countered with an Andrew Smith to Nate Blazevich 4 yard pass. Jon Fennick kicked a 30 yard field goal in the second. Kennedy found Derek Wager for a 4 yard td but Smith connected with Matt Fedzen for 54 yards near the end of the half to put the Tomcats up 17-13.

Smith scored on a 10 yard run and Thiel extended the lead but Perpignan scored on a 3 yard run off left tackle to cut the deficit to four. Fennick kicked a 21 yard field goal with 13:13 remaining and the Tomcats were back up 7.

Rochester was driving for the tying score, Perpignan was stripped of the ball inside the 10 yard line, RJ Mason recovered and Thiel dodged a bullet. The Yellowjackets took the ball back with 3 minutes to go, Perpignan set up the score with three big running plays. Kennedy was able to find Hayes in the left corner, who made the catch with a defender hanging on him for the score. Kennedy faked left on the two point try then bootlegged to the right, just tucking the ball inside the pylon.

Thiel got the ball to the 48 on a hook and lateral with Smith going to Ron Howard but a pass for Howard down the right sideline was incomplete as time expired. Smith was 14-24 for 181 yards. Kennedy was 22-39 for 228 passing, he also had 97 rushing yards on 10 carries. Hayes had 8 catches.

Grove City 42 – Anderson 0
The Wolverines scored 21 points in the second quarter to pull away for the road win, going to 2-0 on the season.

Brian Pell hit Khalil Ervin for a 12 yard touchdown for the only score of the opening quarter. Pell ran for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 14-0. Steve Maskrey added scoring runs of 2 and 1 yard to make it 28-0 at the half. Pell scored on a 1 yard run late in the third and hit Brian Wells for a 4 yard td early in the fourth.

Pell was 16-21 for 187, he ran for 42 yards. Ervin had 5 catches. The Wolverine defense had 5 sacks and forced two interceptions.

Carnegie Mellon 26 – Allegheny 7
The Tartans posted 19 second half points to break a 7 all tie at the half and pick up their first win of the season at Gesling Stadium.

Zachery Erra-Hernandez opened the scoring with a 1 yard run midway thru the second. Allegheny scored on the final play of the first half, Jon Nigro to Andrew Niklaus for 39 yards.

Troy Witt had touchdown runs of 13 yards in the third and 8 yards in the fourth. Max Reinertsen scored on a 13 yard run with 4:09 remaining.

Witt ran for 103 yards on 16 carries, Erra-Hernandez picked up 89 yards. Niklaus had 8 catches for 113 yards for the Gators, now 0-2. CMU is now 1-1. 

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