District College Football Recap for Saturday, September 25th

Sunday, September 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Great defense was the story in the fourth week of the area college football slate. A shutout in the PSAC, a goal line stand in the PAC and good battles for the top spot in both the PAC and NCAC. Plus a big win for an area team in their first ever conference game.

Here are recaps of all the games:

IUP 17 – Slippery Rock 0

IUP dominated the PSAC-West division opener as the Rock was held to 143 yards offense, including just 24 rushing yards. It's the first shutout of SRU since 1996, a 22-0 loss at Youngstown State.

The troubles started early for Slippery Rock, as quarterback Ryan Sabo fumbled the opening snap, setting IUP up at the Rock 24. But the defense held and Craig Burgess missed a 42 yard field goal. After a very short Slippery Rock punt, Teddy Brakeman scored on an two yard run, capping an eleven play drive.

In the second quarter, Slippery Rock drove down to the IUP 20, but C.J. Bahr missed a 37 yard field goal wide left with 4:27 remaining in the half.

There was no scoring until the early stages of the fourth quarter, Burgess tacked on a 25 yard field goal, making the score 10-0. Slippery Rock drove to the IUP 30, but removed all doubt of the final score with a 75 yard Pick Six.

Akeem Satterfield was shut down, he gained 56 yards on 27 carries. Sabo was 10 of 30 for 119 yards, he was sacked four times. Junior linebacker Zach Sheridan had twelve tackles for the Rock. Slippery Rock falls to 3-1 overall, after winning the first three games of the season for the second straight year.

Blakeman ran for 87 yards on 24 carries for IUP, Bo Napoleon was 10 of 15 for 79 yards, he did not throw a pick after throwing five last week. IUP did turn the ball over twice, they go to 3-1 overall.

Thomas More 29 – Washington & Jefferson 21

In an early battle for PAC supremacy, the 15th ranked Saints ruled the second half for the victory at Bank of Kentucky Stadium.

Thomas More jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead, Dustin Zink kicked a 28 yard field goal after a Gino Rometo fumble was recovered at the W & J five. Kendall Owens went 80 yards with a Robert Kues touchdown pass. W & J rallied with a Gino Rometo 32 yard touchdown pass to Jordan Roycroft to cut the lead to 10-7 after one.

The Saints extended the lead with a Kues touchdown pass to M. Doucette of 3 yards on a short field,, after Rometo was intercepted. W & J rebounded to take the lead at the half, Rometo and Roycroft connected on a six yard strike just 1:15 later to cut the Saints lead to three. The Presidents took the lead on another Rometo to Roycroft hookup with five seconds left in the half, going in up 21-17.

Zink hit on a 39 yard field goal late in the third quarter to make it a one point game. Dominque Hayden scored on a one yard run to put the Saints back up with 10:33 remaining, Zink added a 19 yard field goal to close the scoring. W & J was able to advance to the Thomas More 31 with 2:30 remaining, but Rometo was sacked twice, the Presidents turned the ball over on downs.

Rometo was 24 of 38 for 270 yards, Roycroft caught fourteen passes for 145 yards. W & J is now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the PAC. Kues threw for 160 yards and ran for 87, the Saints are perfect at 3-0 and winners in the PAC opener.

Geneva 37 – Bethany 33

The Golden Tornadoes rallied with 17 fourth quarter points to pull out the win under the lights on Saturday, including a goal line stand on the game

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