District football roundup: W&J advances in Division III playoffs; Slippery Rock ousted
Eight interceptions, a school record, helped No. 21 Washington & Jefferson defeat No. 12 Wittenberg, 41-25, on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Springfield, Ohio.
The win gives W&J (10-1) a date in the second round next Saturday against No. 3 Mt. Union, one of the division’s top programs.
Billy Kelley and Alec Schram intercepted three passes each, and Dan Graziano had two picks for W&J, which won its first playoff game since 2008.
The interceptions offset 536 total yards, including 393 passing, for Wittenberg (9-2).
W&J’s Pete Coughlin completed 22 of 40 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.
Jesse Zubik caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, and Daniel Lis caught 11 passes for 71 yards and a score. Max Creighan added a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Division II playoffs
West Chester 46, Slippery Rock 20 — In West Chester, the No. 15 Rams (11-1) scored five touchdowns in the first half — all on Sean McCartney TD passes — and rolled past Slippery Rock (9-3) in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
West Chester faces Concord (W.Va.) in the second round.
Slippery Rock played without injured quarterback Jared Buck and lost all-PSAC linebacker Austin Miele on the second play of the game.
Slippery Rock trailed 32-6 at halftime and 46-6 until scoring twice in the fourth quarter. Zack Newsock threw three touchdowns passes, but he completed only 13 of 31 attempts for 127 yards and was intercepted once. McCartney passed for 405 yards in addition to the five touchdowns. Slippery Rock was held to 31 yards rushing and 158 total yards.
Central Connecticut St. 22, St. Francis (Pa.) 17 — In Loretto, St. Francis (5-6, 3-3) had a 10-point lead in the first quarter and four-point lead in the fourth, but fell in its season finale to Northeast Conference opponent CCSU (3-9, 3-3) when Nick SanGiacomo scored on a 1-yard run with 11 seconds left.
Zach Drayer’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Abeid with 12:09 provided St. Francis a 17-13 lead, but CCSU pulled within a point with 4:54 left. St. Francis’ Khairi Dickson rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Buffalo State 59, Waynesburg 36 — In Waynesburg, Carter Hill threw five touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough for Waynesburg (8-3) in its ECAC Southwest Bowl loss to Buffalo State (8-3). Hill completed 18 of 35 passes for 282 yards.
Willie Leavell caught five passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns, and Bernie Thompson had seven catches for 81 yards and a score.
Waynesburg allowed 551 yards of offense to Buffalo State.
Stevenson (Md.) 29, Bethany(W.Va.) 7 — In Owings Mills, Md., Bethany (6-5) was shut out until the fourth quarter and lost the ECAC Southeast Bowl to Stevenson (8-3).
Bethany’s Brian Vales passed for 229 yards and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Ambush, who caught 10 passes for 89 yards.