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No. 13 IUP Rolls Past Seton Hill, Stays Undefeated

After a two-game road swing, Indiana (Pa.) returned home as the Crimson Hawks continued their offensive onslaught, beating Seton Hill 44-7.

While the running game typically plays a large part in the Crimson Hawks’ success, it was mainly quarterback Mak Sexton and the passing game. Sexton finished the day with 238 passing yards and four touchdowns. The duo of Sexton and wide receiver Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge) was once again highlighted against the Griffins as Brown hauled in three touchdown passes, giving him 11 on the season.

Just as the offense remained potent, the defense continued its dominant stretch of PSAC games. The Crimson Hawks’ defense limited the Griffins from finding any sort of ground game by holding them to negative yardage. Seton Hill quarterback Tyler Bradley (OLSH) was also pressured all game long as he was sacked four times and also threw two interceptions.

With the win, IUP will rise in the rankings once again as the Crimson Hawks improve to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

Three Melvin Blanks Touchdowns Lift Gannon Over Rival Mercyhurst

The successful 2022 campaign continued for Gannon on Saturday as the Niagra Cup returned to the Golden Knights with an impressive 49-14 win over crosstown foe Mercyhurst.

With its sixth win, Gannon has secured its first winning season since 2015. A key part of that success has been running back Melvin Blanks (North Hills) and he carried that over against Mercyhurst. Blanks moved the ball for 173 yards on the ground and powered his way into the end zone with a trio of one-yard touchdowns.

Gannon quarterback Kory Curtis was nearly perfect on the day completing 12 of 16 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Gannon’s defense was stout all game long as the Golden Knights held Mercyhurst to 47 yards on the ground.

The Golden Knights are now 4-1 in conference play as they maintain pace for second in the West Division with Slippery Rock.

Noah Grover Thrives in Slippery Rock’s Road Win Against Cal U

Game after game, quarterback Noah Grover shows why he is one of the best in the conference as he led No. 17 Slippery Rock to a 42-24 victory over California (Pa.).

In the first half against Cal U, Grover threw four touchdown passes, including an 85-yard strike to Kyle Sheets late in the first quarter. Along with Sheets, Grover connected with four different wide receivers for touchdowns on the day.

Two costly interceptions from Cal U quarterback Noah Mitchell hindered the Vulcans from keeping the game close, including one when the Vulcans were driving deep into Slippery Rock territory late in the second quarter.

Edinboro Returns to .500 With Win Over Clarion

Following two consecutive losses at home, Edinboro hit the road to get back on track with a strong 47-17 win over Clarion.

Edinboro came out flying, scoring 24 unanswered points in the first half. Quarterback Isaac Bernard threw for 235 yards while tossing three touchdowns, two of which were caught by Thaddeus Standfield.

The Fighting Scots’ defense also played takeaway throughout the game with four interceptions. Out of those four interceptions, defensive back Allen Stritzinger had two, including a 91-yard return for a touchdown that sealed the game for Edinboro.

RMU Loss Against North Carolina A&T Marks Worst Start in Program History

Another loss was added to the 2022 season for Robert Morris when North Carolina A&T defeated the Colonials 38-14 at Joe Walton Stadium.

With the loss, the Colonials are now 0-7, marking the worst start in program history. 

The Colonials’ offense once again disappointed as they were shut out in the first half. Junior quarterback Anthony Chiccitt (Bethel Park) returned as the starter and finally got RMU on the board in the second half with a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Kupchella. Chiccitt also added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter as he finished out the game, a rarity for Colonial quarterbacks this season.

As for the Aggies, they brought a balanced approach that saw quarterback Jalen Fowler throw for 297 yards and four touchdowns, while the running back unit moved the ball on the ground for 187 yards against the worst rush defense in the FCS.

Carnegie Mellon Holds Geneva Scoreless

No. 17 Carnegie Mellon continued to show its defensive dominance against Geneva, winning 41-0. 

The defensive unit held Geneva’s ground attack to 99 yards while forcing three fumbles. The last fumble of the game was returned by Thomas Coury for 27 yards and a score. Quarterback Ben Mills led the offense with 234 passing yards and an eight-yard touchdown pass to Ben Condemi.

Grove City Handed Second Loss Against Westminster

Despite an early season loss, Grove City was still in the hunt for a Presidents Athletic Conference Title, but those hopes were nearly erased as Westminster held on for a 24-17 victory.

Westminster had a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter as Grove City began to mount a comeback. Wolverines’ quarterback Logan Pfeuffer (Peters) found the end zone on a one-yard run that brought them within a score. On the ensuing offensive possession for Grove City, Pfeuffer was sacked on fourth down which eliminated the chance for a game-tying drive.

Flack’s Three Scores Secure Second Consecutive Win

For the first time this season, Waynesburg strung together back-to-back wins by defeating Thiel, 34-8.

After a game-opening touchdown and two-point conversion for Thiel, it was all Waynesburg. Senior running back Justin Flack (Derry) carried the Yellow Jackets as he powered for 151 yards and three touchdowns, including a 55-yard score in the first quarter.

Saint Vincent Offense Totals 439 yards in Win Over Allegheny

In back-to-back wins, Saint Vincent’s offense exploded as the Bearcats defeated Allegheny 52-35.

A season-high 439 total yards of offense powered the Bearcats over the Gators. Quarterback Brady Walker (Gateway) tied a career-high with five touchdown passes on the day. Walker spread the wealth around the receiver room as five different players caught a touchdown pass.

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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