District football roundup: Cal (Pa.) dumped in return from layoff
Cal (Pa.), returning to play after forfeiting it previous game, had its season continue on a downward spiral, losing a key PSAC West game to Mercyhurst, 59-49, on Saturday in Erie.
Cal forfeited its game Nov. 1 after five players were arrested after a beating outside an off-campus restaurant left a man hospitalized with brain injuries. A sixth player later was arrested in connection with the incident.
Cal held a 21-17 halftime lead, but Mercyhurst reeled off 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to take control of the game. The loss dropped Cal to 7-3, 6-3 in conference play and out of contention for the division championship. Mercyhurst (6-4, 6-3) won its sixth consecutive game and clinched a winning record for the third consecutive season, the school’s best streak since 1983-89.
Mercyhurst’s Brendan Boylan set multiple school records while completing 37 of 49 passes for 544 yards and six touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown and totaled 563 yards. Stephen Yarbrough caught 12 passes for a school-record 238 yards and three TDs.
Cal’s James Harris passed for 473 yards and four scores. Gary Brown caught eight passes for 282 yards and three TDs. Terrell Roberson had three rushing touchdowns.
Slippery Rock 45, Clarion 8 — In Clarion, Jared Buck passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns to help Slippery Rock (8-2, 7-2) defeat Clarion (2-8, 2-7) and clinch a spot in the PSAC championship game. Slippery Rock finished tied with Gannon for the PSAC West division title but advanced based on winning the head-to-head matchup this season.
Slippery Rock will host PSAC East champion and No. 5 Bloomsburg (10-0, 9-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Jaimire Dutrieuille caught seven passes for 126 yards and two TDs, and Shamar Greene rushed for 113 yards.
Clarion had just 148 total yards.
Gannon 31, IUP 21 — In Erie, Gannon (8-2, 7-2) clinched the division co-championship for the first time in school history with its victory against IUP (6-4, 5-4).
Liam Nadler passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns, and Brock Jones rushed for 106 yards and two TDs on 28 carries. Jesstin Hamm caught nine passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.
IUP’s Chase Haslett passed for 288 yards and three TDs. Walt Pegues caught 13 passes for 193 yards and a score.
Edinboro 31, Seton Hill 27 â¢— In Edinboro, Cody Harris passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Edinboro (2-8, 2-7) past Seton Hill (2-8, 2-7) in a PSAC West game.
Darren Massey and Connor Hollenbeck each had 73 yards receiving and a touchdown catch. Anfreenee Williams rushed for 66 yards and a TD.
Seton Hill’s Christian Strong completed 43 of 69 passes for 445 yards and three TDs. Jarvis McClam (146 yards) and Eric Brown (134) each caught 13 passes. McClam had a receiving TD.
Bryant 20, Duquesne 17 — At Rooney Field, a missed 28-yard field goal with 58 seconds left kept Duquesne (5-5, 1-3) from tying the score against first-place Bryant (8-1, 4-0) in their Northeast Conference game.
All of the scoring took place in the first half. Duquesne’s Michael Lopresti threw his first career touchdown pass, a 6-yarder to Chris King. Wayne Capers had a 15-yard TD run. Lopresti had 182 yards passing in relief of starter Ryan Egolf (53 yards).
Wagner 20, Robert Morris 0 — In Moon, Robert Morris (1-8, 1-3) was held to minus-17 yards rushing and 132 total yards in its NEC loss to Wagner (5-4, 3-1).
Four Robert Morris quarterbacks were sacked five times and intercepted twice. Nic Lamica caught six passes for 73 yards.
No. 13 Washington & Jefferson 49, Thiel 18 — In Greenville, 13th-ranked W&J (9-0, 7-0) clinched its 24th Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship and a spot in the D-III playoffs with its victory at Thiel (3-6, 2-5).
Ryan Ruffing set a career high with 196 yards rushing and had two touchdowns, and freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik caught three touchdown passes and had 190 yards receiving.
Pete Coughlin passed for 334 yards and four scores for W&J, which amassed 701 yards.
Thiel’s Ryan Radke passed for 230 yards and three TDs — two to Alex Horvatis. Radke also rushed for a team-high 88 yards. Marcus Johnson caught nine passes for 125 yards.
Geneva 34, St. Vincent 30 — In Beaver Falls, Geneva (3-6, 2-5) blew a 27-point lead but pulled out the PAC win against St. Vincent (3-6, 3-4) when Josh Guiser returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown with 12:11 remaining.
St. Vincent took a 30-27 lead with 12:24 to play on Darius Brown’s 64-yard punt return. But Guiser regained the momentum for Geneva when he took the ensuing kickoff for a score.
Aaron Channing threw two TD passes in the first half to help Geneva build a 27-0 lead. Nick Revis’ fumble recovery in the end zone began St. Vincent’s comeback.
St. Vincent’s Shavonta Craft rushed for a game-high 93 yards and a touchdown.
Westminster 41, Grove City 7 — In New Wilmington, Paul Columbo threw four touchdown passes and scored on a 96-yard run to lead Westminster (3-6, 3-4) past Grove City (0-9, 0-7) in a PAC game.
Columbo passed for 340 yards, and Khurazze Williams caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Aaron Lundmark’s 5-yard run in the fourth quarter accounted for Grove City’s only touchdown.
Chicago 28, Carnegie Mellon 7 — In Chicago, Andrew Hearon passed for 223 yards and a touchdown, and Sam Benger had 73 yards rushing for Carnegie Mellon (3-6, 0-2) in its University Athletic Association loss to Chicago (7-1, 2-0).
Denison 45, Allegheny 7 — In Granville, Ohio, DuShawn Brown caught 15 passes for a conference-record 339 yards and four TDs to help Denison (5-4, 4-4) defeat Allegheny (1-8, 1-7) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game.
Allegheny’s Jon Nigro passed for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Nick Deichler rushed for 74 yards.