Roundup: W&J blanks Thiel
Frank Pilato returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as Washington & Jefferson jumped out to a 17-0 lead and hung on for a 17-10 victory over Thiel on Saturday. Thiel (1-2, 0-1 Presidents’ Athletic Conference) didn’t score until Paul Stibich kicked a 46-yard-field goal to open the fourth quarter. Justin Napotnik scored on a 1-yard run four minutes later, but Washington & Jefferson (3-0, 1-0), which entered the game ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division III, held the Tomcats scoreless thereafter.
Bloomsburg 19, Slippery Rock 16 — Mike Ceroli scored on a 1-yard run with 3:26 to play to give Bloomsburg (2-2) the win over Slippery Rock (1-3). Bloomsburg quarterback Jack Lydic completed 9 of 19 passes for a pair of touchdowns and 106 yards. Lydic completed 9 of 19 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Slippery Rock quarterback Luke McCaffery completed 14 of 28 passes for one touchdown and 123 yards.
Edinboro 31, East Stroudsburg 20 — Justin Bouch completed 20 of 26 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns and Edinboro’s defense gave up just seven second-half points as the Fighting Scots upset East Stroudsburg in a PSAC crossover game. Edinboro (3-1) moved the ball well against East Stroudsburg which entered the game No. 16 in NCAA Division II. East Stroudsburg (3-1) came into the game with the third best defense in Division II, giving up just 185.3 yards per game, but yielded 438 to Edinboro’s balanced attack. Brandon Munson gained 142 yards on 19 carries for the Fighting Scots.
Grove City 17, Bethany 3 — Grove City (2-2, 1-0 PAC) forced five turnovers and had four sacks in the victory over Bethany (0-4, 0-1). Bethany scored first on a 31-yard field goal from Paul Barsotti at the 9:02 mark. Grove City answered with a 22-yard field goal by Michael Titzel and a pair of touchdowns, including a 50-yard run by Brandon McGlothin and a 37-yard touchdown pass from Sam Mowrey to Bo Danton. With the victory, Grove City claims a share of first place in the conference.
Gannon 52, West Virginia State 24 – – Darmel Whitfield completed 20 of 31 passes and four touchdowns for 270 yards in the victory for Gannon (4-1). Ron Bailey added 156 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns for Gannon. West Virginia State (0-4) was led by quarterback Kerrick Cooper who completed 13 of 32 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. He also had three interceptions. Gannon, which has won four consecutive games, scored all its points in the first three quarters.
Indiana (Pa.) 35, Millersville 13 — Indiana (Pa.) quarterback Kevin Weidl completed 12 of 24 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Indiana (Pa.) upped its record to 4-0. Millersville (3-1) scored its only points in the fourth quarter.
John Hopkins 21, Carnegie Mellon 0 — Johns Hopkins’ defense forced three interceptions and Adam Cook ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Johns Hopkins (4-0) entered the game ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division III and held Carnegie Mellon (3-1) to 228 yards and an average of less than four yards per play. Jarrod Highberger completed just 8 of 25 passes for 88 yards for Carnegie Mellon.
Northwood 30, Mercyhurst 3 — Northwood (2-2, 2-1, GLIAC) scored the final 23 points of the game in the victory. Northwood finished with 441 total yards to 218 for Mercyhurst (2-2, 1-2). Northwood running back Justin Adams finished with 73 yards on 23 carries.
Tiffin 44, West Virginia Wesleyan 34 – – Runningback Garrion Corbin rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for Tiffin (2-3) in the victory. He also caught a touchdown pass. West Virginia Wesleyan drops to 2-2.
Waynesburg 17, Alfred 7 — Waynesburg running back Dennis Gearhart rushed for 139 yards on 31 carries in the victory while quarterback Jeff Dumm completed 16 of 28 passes for 150 yards, one interception and one touchdown. Waynesburg upped its record to 3-1. Alfred drops to 1-3.
West Chester 33, Shippensburg 20 — West Chester quarterback Bob Findora completed 12 of 22 passes for a touchdown and 251 yards in the victory. Running back Osagie Osunde scored two touchdowns for West Chester (3-1). Rick Henshaw completed 15 of 28 passes for two touchdowns and 168 yards for Shippensburg (3-1).
Westminster 3, Allegheny 0 (OT) — Freshman placekicker Jason Montgomery made a 31-yard field goal — the second of his career — in overtime to lead Westminster over Allegheny. Allegheny had an opportunity to tie the score, 3-3, but a field-goal attempt by Tom Froelich was blocked.