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IUP Clinches PSAC Championship Berth

It was a statement game for No. 17 Indiana (Pa.) to claim its 22nd division title and clinch a spot in the PSAC Championship game as the Crimson Hawks dismantled Clarion 45-0.

While there was a three-way tie atop the PSAC West, IUP had the head-to-head advantage over Slippery Rock while Gannon had one loss in the division along with a crossover loss from earlier in the season.

The Crimson Hawks’ defense made their presence felt on the first snap of the game by forcing a fumble. From there, IUP held Clarion to 139 total yards and forced two interceptions.

With the defense playing a stout brand of football, the offense went to work. Quarterback Mak Sexton aired the ball out for 178 yards and three touchdowns. All three of those touchdowns were caught by his trustee wide receiver Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge) who now has 16 receiving touchdowns, the most in the conference. The ground game also chugged along with 256 yards as redshirt sophomore Dayjure Stewart totaled 123 yards and two scores himself.

IUP will host undefeated Shepherd as the Crimson Hawks look to add their 19th conference title.

RMU Continues Lowly Season With Loss to Charleston Southern

With one of the best opportunities presented to grab a win on the 2022 season, Robert Morris failed to do so as it fell to Charleston Southern 34-21.

It was a rocky start for the Colonials as the Buccaneers scored 20 unanswered points. Along with the scoreless stretch, starting RMU quarterback Anthony Chiccitt (Bethel Park) tossed two interceptions which led to his replacement by freshman Zach Tanner.

The rest of the way, Tanner led the Colonials in hopes of a comeback. Despite an interception, Tanner threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns. As for the running game, it continued to be stagnant as the unit totaled 14 yards.

One of the only bright spots continues to be the pass defense for the Colonials as they held the Buccaneers to 180 yards. Freshman Cosey Scarebrook came up with a big 81-yard pick-six to bring the game to a one-score contest.

Gannon Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive

While Gannon may not be competing for the PSAC crown, the Golden Knights kept their hopes alive for a potential NCAA playoff berth with a 25-13 win over California (Pa.).

The win earned the Golden Knights a share of the PSAC West Division title for the first time since 2014. On top of that, they are nearing a potential playoff bid as seven teams make it from Super Region 1 as they currently sit on the bubble.

Gannon secured its win thanks to quarterback Kory Curtis’ play along with strong defense. Curtis finished the day with 265 yards and two touchdown passes while the defense held Cal U’s run game to 60 yards. The defense also provided pressure as they forced six sacks and also snagged an interception.

Slippery Rock Fends of Fiesty Edinboro

Edinboro was trying to shake up the top of the PSAC West with an upset win, but the Fighting Scots came up just short, losing 28-21.

With the win, No. 10 Slippery Rock earned a share of the division title for the fourth season in a row. 

It was a back-and-forth affair throughout the entire game as both offenses responded to each blow. Late in the third quarter, Slippery Rock was looking for the two-score advantage, but Edinboro defensive back Toby Cline (Jeannette) took a 45-yard interception to the end zone to tie the game. 

For Slippery Rock, it was the ground game that kept The Rock moving as the unit totaled 224 yards. With the fourth quarter winding down, it was the running back unit that answered for Slippery Rock as Chris D’Or scored his second touchdown of the game on an 18-yard run for the game-winning score.

W&J Limits Grove City Pass Game in Win

Washington and Jefferson found success in its passing game while holding Grove City’s aerial attack in check in a 31-14 win.

Sophomore quarterback Jacob Pugh (Thomas Jefferson) put together a solid performance against the Wolverines as threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver John Peduzzi hauled in two touchdown receptions on 131 yards. Receiver Ian Hansen (Thomas Jefferson) eclipsed 100 receiving yards as well as he collected a touchdown reception.

All season long, Grove City’s passing game has been a threat, but W&J limited its attack. Logan Pfeuffer (Peters) only accumulated 106 yards through the air while throwing two interceptions in the losing effort.

Westminster Holds Off Spartans Comeback in Defensive Battle

Westminster collected an important conference win over Case Western Reserve on Saturday, defeating the Spartans 14-13. Both teams now sit with 5-2 records in conference play.

The Titans were able to rely on a big defensive performance as the offense sputtered throughout the game. Case Western Reserve totaled 255 yards of offense compared to Westminster’s 121. Three turnovers proved to be costly for the Spartans with the lone interception being returned for a 33-yard score by Corte Williams (Sharon). 

Irefin, Big Start Ignites Saint Vincent in Win

Saint Vincent’s Molayo Irefin stepped up in a big way, recording three touchdowns in a lopsided 53-16 win over Waynesburg.

The junior wide receiver took the opening kick of the game back for a 100-yard score to kickstart the Bearcats’ performance. Then, he found the end zone twice more before the end of the first half with a 22-yard touchdown reception and a 13-yard touchdown grab, respectively.

Bearcats’ quarterback Brady Walker put together one his best performances of the season, completing 76% of his passes while throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. On the flip side of the ball, the defense forced three turnovers including a 76-yard fumble recovery for a score by linebacker Joanes Polynice.

Seton Hill Adds Second Win in Low-Scoring Affair

A two-yard run proved to be the difference maker for Seton Hill in a 7-0 win over Mercyhurst the Griffins’ second consecutive win.

With 12:36 left in the second quarter, Kr-Ron Craggette broke into the end zone on a two-yard run. Craggette finished the day with 24 carries and 90 yards. Seton Hill played nearly mistake-free football to move to 2-5 in PSAC play.

Second Quarter Explosion Leads Geneva Over Thiel

After a scoreless first quarter, Geneva’s offense woke up as the Golden Tornadoes defeated Thiel, 57-20.

The Golden Tornadoes scored 34 unanswered thanks to a multitude of running touchdowns along with a 68-yard touchdown reception from Logan Kent. Geneva found the end zone three more times in the second half to seal the deal. The run game powered for 254 yards and six scores in the winning effort for the Golden Tornadoes.

Allegheny Ends Season with Overtime Winner

Allegheny’s season-ending performance relied on kicker Garrett Paxton (Freedom) as he nailed two important field goals to help lift the Gators 20-17 in overtime.

Outside of a 47-yard touchdown connection between Allegheny quarterback Trevor Brncic (Franklin Regional) and receiver Declan O’Brien (Norwin) and a 26-yard run touchdown run by John Ian Duron, the offense struggled to find the end zone. It was Paxton who had to play hero, first with a 20-yard field goal to tie the game in the third quarter. Then, he nailed the game-winner from 19 yards out to give Allegheny one last win to finish 3-7 on the season.

 



Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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