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IUP Extends Streak Against Mercyhurst

Indiana (Pa.) notched its 11th-straight win over Mercyhurst with a 33-16 victory in the Crimson Hawks’ home opener at George P. Miller Stadium.

Redshirt sophomore running back Dayjure Stewart had himself a day as he carried the Crimson Hawks on the ground with 256 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt senior wide receiver Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge) also had a big day for IUP as he found the end zone on three separate occasions.

Not only did the offense live up to its expectations, but the IUP defense kept Mercyhurst’s high-scoring offense in check. The Lakers entered Saturday’s matchup scoring over 41 points per game, but the Crimson Hawks limited them to two touchdowns and 240 yards of total offense.

Stout Defense Leads Cal U Over Edinboro

While California’s (Pa.) run game carried the Vulcans in a 49-7 win over Edinboro, the defense was equally impressive.

Linebacker Noah Dillow came up with a huge 72-yard interception at the end of the first quarter to put the Vulcans up by two scores. The Cal U defense continued to make it tough for the Edinboro quarterback as Isaac Bernard threw another interception and was sacked four times.

The Vulcans’ defense held Edinboro to 177 yards of total offense, including just 21 yards on the ground. On the other hand, Cal U’s rushing attack totaled 357 yards. Devonte Williams (Sto-Rox) rushed for 162 yards and a score, while Eric McKan III gained 117 yards on the ground as he found the end zone three separate times.

No. 11 Slippery Rock Takes Care of Seton Hill

Seton Hill’s only points of the day came from a safety as No. 11 Slippery Rock handled the Griffins easily, winning 30-2.

Once again, Slippery Rock’s offense reached the 30-point plateau. Quarterback Noah Grove threw for 294 yards and a touchdown as seven different receivers surpassed 20 receiving yards in the win.

As for The Rock’s defense, they stood tall against the no 0-4 Griffins. The Griffins only managed 106 total yards of offense as Jake McCormick (Neshannock) was intercepted once and sacked six times.

RMU Fails to Find End Zone Against ETSU

The early-season struggles continue for the Robert Morris Colonials as East Tennessee State rolled to a 45-3 at Joe Walton Stadium.

ETSU running back Jacob Saylors entered the game averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground to start the year. He continued that trend with 170 yards against the Colonials, along with three touchdowns.

Robert Morris’ run game continues to disappoint as the Colonials totaled 31 yards on the ground. On top of that, the Colonials once again made a quarterback change as Jake Simmons was replaced by sophomore Corbin LaFrance who completed seven out of 12 passes while throwing an interception.

Offensive Explosion Lifts Gannon Over Clarion

The Gannon Golden Knights saw impressive performances from a number of players in its 47-24 victory over Clarion.

Gannon’s offense registered 629 yards of total offense, the sixth-highest single-game total in program history. Redshirt junior quarterback Kory Curtis put up career-high passing numbers with 418 yards. Curtis tossed three touchdowns, including two to Sam East. On the ground, Melvin Blanks (North Hills) surpassed 100 yards for the third time this season while scoring three times as well.

Worship Carries Allegheny Over Waynesburg

Thanks to a 200-yard performance from running back Tre Worship, Allegheny defeated Waynesburg, 31-15.

Worship scored twice on the ground, helping the running back unit surpass 300 total yards on the day. Allegheny pulls back to a 2-2 record as the Gators hand the Yellow Jackets their second loss of the year as they spoiled what was hoped to be one of the better starts in recent years for Waynesburg.

W&J Marches Past Bethany

Washington and Jefferson pulled out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back as it rolled past Bethany, 50-7.

The Presidents opened up a 33-0 lead early in the second quarter before Bethany scored its lone touchdown of the day. Four different quarterbacks saw action for the Presidents against the Bison as the passing game totaled 324 yards through the air and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Anthony Rosati came on the receiving end of two of those touchdowns.

No. 17 Carnegie Mellon Stays Undefeated

No. 17 Carnegie Mellon had its way with Thiel on Saturday with a 35-6 victory.

The Tartans’ defense stifled Thiel all day long as the run game finished with -13 yards, the second-fewest yards allowed in school history. On the flip side, Carnegie Mellon’s ground game found the end zone three times in the winning effort as the Tartans improve to 4-0.

Pfeuffer Gets Grove City Back on Track

Quarterback Logan Pfeuffer (Peters) led Grove City to a 42-7 win over Saint Vincent.

Pfeuffer threw two touchdown passes and added two scores with his legs as the Wolverines improve to 3-1 on the year. The Wolverines’ defense also played a major role in the victory, keeping Saint Vincent nearly off the board if it was not for a six-yard run with 17 seconds left in the game. Grove City picked off Bearcats’ quarterback Brady Walker (Gateway) twice in the win.

Geneva Falls to 0-4 with Home Loss

Case Western Reserve traveled to Geneva and took care of business with a comfortable 34-7 victory.

The Spartans blanked the Golden Tornadoes for the remainder of the game following Geneva’s lone score at 10:35 of the second quarter. Running back Antonio Orsini (Upper St. Clair) led the way for the Spartans with 176 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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