District football roundup: No. 15 W&J improves to 8-0
Washington & Jefferson, the 15th-ranked team in NCAA Division III, reeled off the first 44 points and defeated Geneva, 51-12, on Saturday in Washington to maintain first place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
W&J improved to 8-0, 6-0 in conference games. Geneva dropped to 2-6, 1-5.
W&J’s Pete Coughlin threw for 281 yards and had four TD passes, and Ryan Ruffing rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Coughlin also rushed for 65 yards, and Jesse Zubik caught three passes for 103 yards and two TDs.
Ryan Mosura and Nick Cook had rushing touchdowns for Geneva.
Thomas More 21, Waynesburg 14 — In Waynesburg, Carter Hill passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns, but Waynesburg (7-2, 5-2) dropped a PAC game to Thomas More (7-2, 6-1) in matchup of conference title contenders.
Thomas More, which never trailed, got 142 yards rushing and a touchdown from Domonique Hayden.
Waynesburg was limited to 45 yards rushing, and star back Jake Forsythe had just 30 yards on 15 carries.
Bethany (W.Va.) 34, Grove City 9 — In Grove City, Bethany (6-3, 5-2) reeled off 31 points in the second half to stave off an upset bid by Grove City (0-8, 0-6) in a PAC game. Bethany’s Eric Blinn caught 10 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, and Brian Vales passed for 172 yards and two TDs.
Grove City held a 7-3 halftime lead on Joe Swanson’s 1-yard run and trailed only 10-9 midway through the third quarter.
Thiel 40, Carnegie Mellon 27 — In Pittsburgh, Ryan Radke accounted for five touchdowns for Thiel (3-5, 2-4), which jumped to a 33-7 lead in its PAC victory against Carnegie Mellon (3-5, 3-5).
Radke passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 114 yards and two scores. Marcus Johnson caught seven passes for 165 yards and three TDs.
CMU’s Andrew Hearon passed for 244 yards and two TDs, and Max Reinertsen caught nine passes for 119 yards and two scores.
Westminster 28, St. Vincent 14 — In Latrobe, Paul Columbo threw three TD passes and had 172 yards passing for Westminster (2-6, 2-4) in its PAC game against St. Vincent (3-5, 3-3). Columbo also rushed for a team-high 70 yards.
St. Vincent’s Shavonta Craft rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, and Andy Borgen passed for 191 yards and a score.
Kenyon 35, Allegheny 24 — In Gambier, Ohio, Allegheny (1-7, 1-6) couldn’t hold a three-point second-half lead and lost its sixth consecutive game in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Kenyon (1-7, 1-6).
Nick Deichler rushed for 143 yards and scored on a four-yard run midway through the third quarter to give Allegheny a 24-21 lead. Allegheny’s Jon Nigro passed for 225 yards and a TD.
Division I FCS
St. Francis (Pa.) 26, Duquesne 16 — In Loretto, St. Francis (4-5, 2-2) scored 20 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter, sparking a comeback victory against Duquesne (5-4, 1-2) in a Northeast Conference game.
St. Francis trailed 10-6 entering the final quarter, but it took a 16-10 lead when DaQuan Minter intercepted a Ryan Egolf pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.
Zack Drayer passed for 123 yards and scored on an 18-yard run to give St. Francis a 26-10 lead. Lance Geesey kicked four field goals for St. Francis.
Egolf passed for 200 yards and threw touchdown passes to Chris King and Ryan Ho.
Slippery Rock 29, Edinboro 7 — In Slippery Rock, Jared Buck threw two touchdown passes, and Shamar Greene rushed for 158 yards, to lead Slippery Rock (7-2, 6-2) past Edinboro (1-8, 1-7) in a PSAC West game. The win moved Slippery Rock into a tie for first place in the division with Gannon and California (Pa.). Gannon earned a forfeit win over Cal on Saturday.
If Slippery Rock wins next week at Clarion, it will earn at least a share of the PSAC West title for the second year in a row and third time in the past four years. If Slippery Rock, Gannon and Cal finish with identical records, Cal would win the tiebreaker and play in the PSAC championship game.
Julian Durden’s fumble recovery in the end zone accounted for another Slippery Rock touchdown.
Edinboro’s Anfreenee Williams rushed for 111 yards, and Darren Massey caught six passes for 161 yards and a score.
IUP 31, Clarion 0 — In Indiana, Ackeno Robertson opened the scoring by returning an interception 14 yards for a touchdown, and IUP (6-3, 5-3) rolled past Clarion (2-7, 2-6) in a PSAC West game. The win snapped IUP’s two-game losing streak.
IUP limited Clarion to six first downs and minus-8 yards rushing. Chris Temple (114 yards) and Luigi Lista-Brinza (71) had rushing touchdowns, as IUP rolled up 235 yards on the ground.
Mercyhurst 49, Seton Hill 32 — In Greensburg, two touchdowns in the final 2:42 of the first half gave Mercyhurst (5-4, 5-3) some breathing room in its PSAC West victory against Seton Hill (2-7, 2-6).
Colin Kimball’s 41-yard interception return gave Mercyhurst a 21-13 lead, and Brandon Brown-Dukes’ 28-yard run with 1:01 left in the half made it 28-13.
Brown-Dukes rushed for 158 yards and two TDs. Mercyhurst’s Brendan Boylan passed for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
Three Seton Hill quarterbacks combined for 568 yards passing but seven interceptions. Drew Jackson (287 yards) and Christian Strong (157) each threw two TD passes. FJ Williams had 261 yards receiving and a TD. Jarvis McClam (107 yards) had two TD catches, and Eric Brown caught 13 passes for 118 yards.