District College Football Recap for Saturday, September 8th

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Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 11:33 AM


Week 2 saw some offensive showdowns in PSAC crossover games as teams get ready for divisional play next week.

California took on their second ranked opponent of the season and the biggest question, will the Lock Haven losing streak ever end. Details follow, with recaps of all the games:

Shippensburg 55 – Slippery Rock 35
Zach Zulli threw four touchdown passes, three coming in the final 4:30 of the second quarter, he also caught a td pass as the Red Raiders cruised to the crossover win at Seth Grove Stadium. Zulli, who was the PSAC East Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week, staked his claim to a second straight honor with 348 yards passing, Shippensburg had 566 yards of offense and 28 first downs.

Shippensburg led 14-0 in the first quarter on a Zulli 3 yard touchdown pass to Trevor Harman, the Red Raider added a Jake Metz Pick 6 of a Jared Buck pass for 24 yards, following a 55 minute lighting delay. Jaimire Dutrieuille set up the Rock with a 45 yard kickoff return, the freshman notched 235 all-purpose yards on the day. John Schademan took a 48 yard touchdown pass from Buck to cut the score to 14-7, after one.

That didn't last long, on third and goal at the four, with some trickery, Kevin Herod took a lateral from Zulli and tossed it back to the quarterback for the touchdown and a 21-7 lead. Thanks to another great kickoff return by Dutrieuille, the Rock needed just two plays to score, Buck to Schademan for 58 yards and a 21-14 game.

Marquis Knight intercepted Zulli, setting up the Rock with a chance to tie the game, but SRU turned the ball over on downs at the Ship 29. After the teams traded possessions, Zulli connected with Jacob Baskerville for a 35 yard touchdown and the Red Raiders started to pull away.

Trailing by 14, things would take a turn for the worse for the Rock as Buck lost control of the football, he recovered the fumble, but left the game and did not return. Transfer Nigel Barksdale took over for SRU, but could not lead the offense. Zulli connected with Mike Frenette for 30 yards and a score to go up 35-14, Caleb Vescovi went behind center for the Rock but went three and out, allowing Shippensburg the ball back. Zulli hit Sheldon Mayer for a 20 yard score with 21 seconds remaining in the half and a 41-14 lead.

Barksdale marched the Rock offense down the field early in the third, but was sacked on a fourth and five at the Ship 14, turning the ball over on downs for the second time in the game. On the next possession, Akeem Satterfield got into the act, blowing thru the defense for a 56 yard touchdown run.

Shippensburg killed any Rock hope of a comeback, using a 13 play drive that went into the fourth quarter, Frenette scored on a two yard run to make it 48-21. Dutrieuille had another kickoff return of 43 yards, setting up Barksdale to LaQuin Stephens-Howling for 21 yards and a touchdown. But every time the Rock had a glimmer of hope, the Red Raiders rained on their parade, Frenette scored on a 70 yard run. Barksdale scored on a 23 yard run with 37 seconds left to end the scoring.

Frenette had 16 carries for 139 yards, Baskerville had six catches for 126 yards. Shippensburg is now 2-0 on the season.

Satterfield carried 21 times for 138 yards, Barksdale threw for 95 yards and ran for 76 yards. Buck was 6 of 13 for 125 yards before leaving with the injury. Schademan had six catches for 125 yards and the two scores. The Rock falls to 1-1.

Hobart 28 – Geneva 7
One week after posting 53 points in a loss at Frostburg State, the Golden Tornadoes could find no offense in a loss to 18th ranked Hobart in Geneva, New York. Geneva managed just 176 yards of offense, after having over 700 yards the week before.

The Statesmen blocked a Ed Schuster punt and recovered at the Geneva 1, Nick Strang scored on the next play for a 7-0 lead. Geneva dodged a bullet early in the second, Jake Delmonico intercepted a Strang pass at the goal line, but the GT's went three and out, Nolan Toran blocked another Schuster punt, Strang scored on a yard run and Hobart was up 14-0.

Hobart went up 21-0 on a long 14 play drive, Bobby Dougherty scoring from two yards out with 13:48 remaining. The Statesmen took advantage of another Geneva miscue, Rocco Colavecchia fumbled at the Hobart 32. Strang hit Junior Woodard four plays later for a 36 yard touchdown. Colavecchia scored on a 22 yard run for the only Geneva points.

Strang was 13 of 19 for 164 yards. Woodard had six catches for 99 yards. The Statesmen are now 2-0 on the season.

Colavecchia ran 21 times for 57 yards, he was 8 of 20 passing for 100 yards, he was sacked four times. Zach Hayward was 4 of 11 throwing for just 21 yards, he was injured in the first half and did not return. Ryan Fronius led the GT's with ten tackles and forced a fumble. Geneva is now 0-2.

Saint John Fisher 28 – W & J 24
The Presidents dominated the game on the stat sheet but could not hold on for the win. Ryan Kramer's 91 yard touchdown pass to Jason Beaumont with just under six minutes to play was enough to give ninth ranked Saint John Fisher the win at Cameron Stadium.

W & J racked up 28 first downs and 445 yards of offense, but could not score at critical times. The Presidents turned the ball over four times, one was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Adam Burdick on a Pick 6.

The Presidents took the lead on their first possession, Matt Bliss previewing things to come as he connected with Hunter Creel for a 40 yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. W & J had a chance to add on late in the first but Eric Eberle's 39 yard field goal attempt was blocked by Mike Benderski.

W & J drove right down the field again early in the second, to the Fisher 4, but Bliss was picked off and Burdick took it to the house to tie the game. Eberle gave W & J back the lead with a 36 yard field goal. With 1:55 left in the half, the Presidents started the two minute drill, but it wasn't a normal drill with short passes to stop the clock. Tim McNerney carried five times for 53 yards on the drive to the 2, Bliss went in with 29 seconds left and the Presidents were thinking upset, leading 17-7 at the half.

The Cardinals used a ten play 81 yard drive on their first possession of the second half, Kramer to David Kirshner for the 14 yard touchdown. W& J answered with Bliss connected with Creel for their second touchdown of the afternoon, this time a 37 yard score and a 24-14 lead.

St John Fisher scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter, taking advantage of a short field after a 24 yard punt return by Matt Monacelli. Kramer connected with Beaumont for a 25 yard touchdown to cut the lead to three with 12:59 left. The Presidents punted twice and had the Cardinals pinned deep, but Kramer hit Beaumont for the long score and St. John Fisher took the lead.

W & J drove to the Cardinal 35 but turned the ball over on downs with 2:22 left, Bliss was sacked on fourth and six. The defense would hold, the Presidents got the ball back with 1:19 left and 71 yards to go for the winning score. Bliss hit Creel for 14 yards and Alex Baroffio for 11 to move into Cardinal territory. Another completion to Baroffio took the ball to the 31, but Bliss was intercepted on the next play by Troy Sant at the 10 yard line to end the game.

The Cardinal attack was held to just 12 first downs. Kramer was 10 of 24 for 183 yards. Beaumont had two catches for 116 yards, both for scores. St John Fisher now goes to 2-0.

Bliss was 27 of 42 for 228 yards and two scores, he was picked three times and sacked three more. Baroffio had 13 catches for 78 yards, Creel eight for 109. McNerney ran 24 times for 167 yards. Linebacker John Hunter had 9 stops, a career high and two tackles for loss. The Presidents fall to 1-1.

Albany 35 – Robert Morris 10
The defending NEC co-champs led 21-3 at the half and cruised to the win at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township.

Will Fiacchi threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to pace the Great Danes to the win in the conference opener for both teams. Fiacchi went 17 of 21 for 208 yards, all three touchdowns went to Cole King, who snagged five passes for 124 yards.

Greg Langer gave the Colonials the lead early with a 49 yard field goal. But Fiacchi took over the game from that point as the Great Danes scored 28 straight points.

Matt Layman started at quarterback for RMU, he threw a third quarter touchdown pass to Donte Jeter. Layman was 12 of 25 for 121 yards and two interceptions. Robert Morris managed just 83 yards on the ground.

Albany goes to 2-0 overall, Robert Morris falls to 0-2.

Saint Francis 39 – Bryant 28
The Red Flash scored 24 points in the second half to claim the win in Loretto in the NEC opener for both teams. A.J. Alexander scored two touchdowns for Saint Francis, John Kelly tossed two touchdown passes.

Saint Francis trailed 21-15 at the half, the Red Flash took the lead for good in the third with a 46 yard field goal from Josh Thiel and a Khairi Dickson two yard run.

Kelly connected with Alexander for a 42 yard score 63 seconds into the fourth, Mike Dennis sealed the win with a 58 yard interception return.

Jordan Brown scored a touchdown on a three yard run to cut the score to 11, the Bulldogs could not score again.

Kelly threw for 106 yards, but ran for 138 on 18 carries. Dickson ran 21 times for 148 yards as the Red Flash ran for 339 yards, going to 1-1 on the season.

Jeremy Woodson took a fumble 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Mike Westerhaus threw for two touchdowns, he was also picked off twice. Bryant falls to 0-2.

Duquesne 17 – Dayton 7
Gianni Carter caught a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Sean Patterson and Larry McCoy scored on a 7 yard run with 3:03 remaining to give the Dukes the home win.

Charlie Leventry staked the Dukes to a 3-0 first quarter lead with a 26 yard field goal. Will Bardo took the lead back for Dayton with a two yard run also in the first.. The score remained that way until the Carter touchdown in the fourth.

McCoy was the workhorse for the Duquesne offense, carrying 27 times for 124 yards. Patterson threw for 187 yards on 18 of 26. Carter had six catches for 78 yards. The Dukes are now 1-1 on the season.

Bardo was 21 of 42 for 232 yards, he also ran for 50. Branden Johnson had 7 catches for 98 yards. Dayton falls to 0-2.

California 48 – Kutztown 45
Another match up of top 25 teams and the tenth ranked Vulcans came out on top with the road win over the 11th ranked Golden Bears and defending PSAC champions.

Cal jumped out to a 27-0 second quarter lead. Lamont Smith started things off with a nine yard run. Peter Lalich hit Nadir Brown for a 3 yard touchdown and a 13-0 lead. Cody Cook scored on a 7 yard run with 45 seconds left in the first, Lalich ran for a yard score and Cal was looking good with twelve minutes left in the opening half.

But that's when two time PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year Kevin Morton took over for Kutztown. Morton hit Brett Fox for a 19 yard score. Smith fumbled deep in his own territory, Morton took advantage, hitting Josh Mastromatto for a 16 yard touchdown and it was 27-14. Cody Nuzzo missed a 33 yard field goal with 41 seconds left in the half. Morton was not done, he led the Golden Bears down the field, Jack Ruggeri kicked a 31 yard field goal to make 27-17 Cal at the half.

Morton started the second half where he left off in the first, finding Colby Tuell for a 29 yard touchdown on the opening drive. Lalich was intercepted by Matt Connors at the nine, Mastromatto scored on the next play to put Kutztown on top 31-27. All looked lost for Cal on the next set of downs, punter Andrew Cerett couldn't handle the snap, then was called for intentional grounding, giving Kutztown the ball at the two yard line. Morton hit Tuell for his second td catch and the Golden Bears led 38-27.

Cal drove to the Kutztown 16, but turned the ball over on downs, they would get it right back as punter Andrew Deutsch was tackled for a 14 yard loss, giving the Vulcans the ball at the 21 yard line. After a pass interference call, Jeff Knox scored from the six, the two point attempt was no good.

It looked like Cal could take the lead, Morton was picked off by Chaz Veal at the Kutztown 22, but Lalich returned the favor with an interception of his own. The Vulcans forced a punt and took over with 7:26 remaining. Knox scored his second touchdown on a 4 yard run with 4:26 left and Cal led 41-38 with a two point conversion.

Too much time was left however, Kutztown got a great kickoff return by Shahaid Smith to midfield, a personal foul against Cal moved it 15 yards closer. Curtis Wortham scored seven plays into the drive, a two yard run and Kutztown led again with 1:51 left to play. It took Lalich just four plays and 49 seconds, he hit Kowan Scott for a 39 yard touchdown and Cal took home the win.

Lalich was 30 of 59 for 398 yards, Mike Williamson had 9 catches for 138 yards. Smith ran 19 times for 109 yards. Cal is now 2-0 with wins over two nationally ranked teams.

Morton was 29 of 59 for 359, Tuell had 10 catches for 121 yards. Kutztown is now 1-1. 

East Stroudsburg 31 – Lock Haven 0
The woes continue for the Bald Eagles, dropping their 44th straight game, the longest current losing streak in any level of NCAA football.

Nate Daniels threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the first half for the Warriors. He ended the night with 355 yards passing and four scores. ESU is now 1-0.

Brandon Brader ran for 84 yards and 23 carries. It doesn't get any easier for Lock Haven next week as they travel to IUP. 

Mercyhurst 45 – Millersville 7
The Lakers picked up their first win of the season. Brandon Brown-Dukes ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns, becoming only the fifth Laker to run for more than 200 yards in a game. Allen Jones added 132 yards, also a career high and a touchdown for Mercyhurst.

Anthony Vendemia tossed a 52 yard touchdown pass to Paris Bruner, Linnell Robinson picked off a pass and made five stops for the Mercyhurst defense.

IUP 56 – Cheyney 0
IUP cruised to 2-0 with the road win, putting up over 300 yards on the ground again with six rushing touchdowns. IUP is ranked 23rd in the D2football.com poll.

Harvie Tuck carried 10 times for 78 yards, Montay Green had 68 yards and Alex Holland ran for 96 yards on 19 carries, all three had a pair of touchdowns. De'Antwan Williams ran for 83 yards.

The IUP defense held the Wolves rushing attack to just nine yards, Cheyney fumbled five times. IUP led 42-0 at the half. Pat Smith connected with Pat Brewer and Anthony Meriwether for touchdowns.

IUP is now 2-0, Cheyney falls to 1-1.

Bloomsburg 30 – Edinboro 14
The 19th ranked Huskies pounded out 319 yards rushing in the home win. Eddie Mateo ran for 148 yards and a score, Franklin Quiteh tallied 134 yards and a touchdown, it's the sixth time that both have carried for 100 yards in a game. Dan Fisher added three field goals, the Huskies are now 2-0.

The new no-huddle offense didn't go so well for the Fighting Scots in the opener. 4 yard run in the third quarter. Willy Lowe scored on a Cody Harris was 23 of 35 for 209 yards and a td pass to Devin Ghafoor. Free safety Kenny Pettis made 19 tackles, a career high for Edinboro, now 0-1.

LIU Post 46 – Clarion 26
Jon Reid caught 9 passes for 212 yards, the third most in Clarion history, but eight Golden Eagle turnovers were the difference as Clarion falls to 1-1 on the season. Those eight miscues were turned into 39 points by the Pioneers offense.

Post QB Steven Laurino staked the Pioneers to an 18-0 lead with a 49 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Derham and a 10 yard pass to Sean Binckes. Laurino ran for a 17 yard score in the second. Clarion scored on a Bobby Thomas 2 yard run, his first career touchdown. Post scored their next touchdown on a strange play. Laurino fumbled but the ball was picked up by Pat Fitzgerald, who went 59 yards for a score. Laurino added a td pass to Joe Botti and a Jeff Mack yard run to make it 39-8 at the half.

QB Ben Fiscus scored on a 88 yard run, he tossed two fourth quarter touchdown passes. Thomas carried 25 times for 158 yards, Fiscus threw for 280 and ran for 81.

Laurino was only 5 of 10 for 90 yards, but three scores, he ran 18 times for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Pioneers are 1-0.

West Chester 21 – Gannon 17
The Golden Knights trailed early, rallied, but could not hold on for the road victory.

John O'Donnell put West Chester on the board with a 48 yard interception return just two minutes into the game. Gannon turned the ball over again, this time on a fumble, LaRonn Lee caught a 23 yard touchdown from Mike Mattei to put the Rams up 14-0. Matt Szczupakowski kicked a 45 yard field goal and Liam Nadler hit Abraham Ocasio for a 31 yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-10 at the half.

Nadler struck to Justin Caliste for a 66 yard touchdown to give Gannon the lead with 2:22 left in the third quarter. Nadler was intercepted by Carl Barnes at the goal line early in the fourth, he was also picked off by O'Donnell again, this set up a Mattei 29 yard touchdown pass to Erick Brundidge to give West Chester the lead with 5:10 left in regulation.

Nadler was 18 of 35 for 267 yards. Ocasio had 7 catches for 123 yards, Caliste had 5 catches for 116 yards. Both teams are now 1-1 entering divisional play next week.

Urbana 34 – Seton Hill 31
The Griffins fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter as the Blue Knights scored on their first three possessions. D.J. Mendenhall hit Nate Wilburn-Ogletree for a 27 yard touchdown, David Hill scores on a 2 yard run and Mendenhall hit tight end Matt Nowak for a 5 yard touchdown.

Trae Cook scored on a 6 yard plunge to put Seton Hill on the board, Mendenhall answered with a 71 yard touchdown to Joe Webb to put Urbana back up by 21. Derrick Dyer scored on a 44 yard run and Josh Cavalier added a 29 yard field goal to put Seton Hill in range, trailing 28-17 at the break.

Mendenhall found Webb again, this time for 32 yards to double up the score again, setting the stage for a good fourth quarter.

Urbana drove to start the fourth quarter but Mendenhall threw three straight incompletions from the 26 yard line and turned the ball over on downs. Ryan Morris moved the Griffins down the field, hitting Niko Hall-Brown for a 45 yard touchdown with 10:49 left to cut the deficit to 10. Seton Hill held on defense and got the ball back with 8:50 left. Morris led a 13 play 80 yard drive, capped by a td pass of 9 yards to D.J. Carter with just over five minutes remaining.

The Seton Hill defense allowed two first downs, one coming on a pass interference penalty, allowing the Blue Knights to take almost three minutes off the clock and force the Griffins to have to drive 85 yards for the winning score. Seton Hill could not gain a first down and the game ended.

Morris ended 29 of 45 for 312 yards for the Griffins. Carter had 10 catches for 130 yards. Seton Hill is now 0-2, entering WVIAC play for the final time next week. The Griffins move into the PSAC West next season.

Mendenhall was 20 of 34 for 293 yards, Webb had 7 grabs for 149 yards. Urbana is now 2-0.

Carnegie Mellon 37 – Allegheny 7
The Tartans dominated the  Gators in Meadville for the win to go to 2-0 on the season, scoring 30 unanswered points.

Allegheny led 7-3 on a Taylor O'Brien yard run in the first quarter. Patrick Blanks gave the Tartans the lead for good with a 9 yard run in the second. Rob Kalkstein hit Tim Kitka for a 39 yard touchdown late in the half to put CMU up 17-7 at the break, then an 82 yard strike to Kitka made it 23-7. Blanks added td runs of 14 and 4 yards to close the scoring.

Blanks led the way with 52 yards on 14 carries. Seven CMU players rushed for at least 20 yards. Kalkstein was 9 of 12 for 200 yards. Kitka had 4 catches for 158 yards.

Joe Dawida got the start for Allegheny in place of Mike Person, he threw for just 75 yards on 10 of 21. The Gators are now 1-1.

Rochester 17 – Thiel 7
The Yellow Jackets went up 14-0 in the first quarter on two Dean Kennedy touchdowns passes and did not look back, handing the Tomcats their 24th consecutive loss. Kennedy hit Chris Lebano for a 19 yard score on the first drive of the game and found Garrett Kesel for a 50 yard strike.

Thiel rallied in the second half, Taylor Fink scored on a yard run, capping a 13 play drive. Thiel had another long drive in the fourth quarter, but turned the ball over on downs at the Rochester 26. Alex Antonucci kicked a 40 yard field goal with 2:34 remaining to seal the win.

Kennedy was 11 of 17 for 151 yards. Lebano carried 24 times for 79 yards. The Yellow Jackets are now 1-0. Fink carried 15 times for 60 yards to lead the Tomcats.

Wooster 27 – Saint Vincent 21 in overtime
Chase Ullman ran 13 yards for the game winner in the slop at Chuck Noll Field as the Bobcats fall to 0-2 on the season.

The Fighting Scots took a 7-0 lead on the opening drive as Richard Barnes hit Joe Stoffer for a 42 yard touchdown. The Bearcats answered late in the quarter as Cody Strelick caught a two yard score from Huey Ehredt on a halfback pass to even the game.

Jonathan Miller gave Wooster back the lead on a 47 yard run in the second, but Saint Vincent came back again, Ryan Crawford's three yard run tied the game. The Bearcats took the lead at the half, Strelick catching his second touchdown of the game on a 15 yard pass from Manny Speal. 

Barnes hit Shawn Bowman for a 35 yard touchdown to tie the game at 21 with four seconds left in the third quarter. Neither team could navigate the muddy conditions in the fourth and headed for overtime.

Saint Vincent had the ball first in overtime, they lost two yards on three plays. Morgan Porter missed a 44 yard field goal wide left, setting up Wooster for the Ullman touchdown run.

Miller carried 12 times for 103 yards for Wooster, now 1-1. Ehredt carried 21 times for 118 yards for Saint Vincent, now 0-2. 

Grove City 47 – Anderson 10
The Wolverines scored 27 unanswered points to claim the win at Robert E. Thorn Field on Saturday. Shane Kaclik ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns as Grove City is now 1-1.

Kaclik started the scoring with a six yard run in the first quarter. Brian Pell tossed touchdown passes to Tony Britt for 15 yards and Ethan Albinger for 5 yards to put the Wolverines up 20-3.

Marcus Span scored on a 39 yard run to cut the deficit to ten, but Kaclik scored with six seconds left in the half on a yard run. Pell scored on a yard run in the third, Kaclik added another yard run in the fourth and Brandon Miller returned an interception for a touchdown late to end the scoring.

Pell was 16 of 27 for 144 yards, he also ran 12 times for 77 yards. Spann carried 16 times for 103 yards, Anderson falls to 0-2.

Waynesburg 21 – Frostburg State 7
The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 after shutting down a powerful Bobcat offense that posted 56 points in a week 1 victory over Geneva.

Chuky Iweh scored on a yard run, to cash in a 13 play 85 yard drive for Frostburg State late in the first quarter, but that would be it for the Bobcat offense.

Tyler Fatigante led a ten play drive in the second, hitting Adam Moses for a six yard touchdown to tie the game. Fatigante gave Waynesburg the lead for good with a 14 yard pass to Andrew English with 25 seconds left in the half. He capped the scoring with a yard run midway thru the fourth.

Fatigante was 11 of 14 for 122 yards, he also ran 11 times for 64 yards. The defense held Frostburg State to just 10 first downs and sacked quarterback Ken Edmonds four times. Frostburg State falls to 1-1.

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