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Wolverines win home opener in overtime, 27-21
GROVE CITY, PA, September 9, 2000--Senior fullback R.J. Bowers (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex) ran for 155 yards and the winning touchdown in overtime, but it was Grove City's defense that rallied the Wolverines to a 27-21 victory over visiting Kenyon in Saturday's home opener.
recorded four sacks, forced three turnovers and stopped Kenyon four times on
“I think (the defense)
did well,” Grove City coach Chris Smith said. “They had to. I give Kenyon a
lot of credit. They didn’t quit, they didn’t go away. You have to give our
kids credit because we didn’t quit and we didn’t go away.”
Inside linebacker Adam
Corbett (Warren, OH/Champion) led the Wolverines with a pair of quarterback
sacks and a career-high 19 tackles. Meanwhile, strong safety Michael Volchko
(Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) returned an interception 30 yards and posted 10
Kenyon held a 21-13 lead
with under ten minutes remaining in the game and had possession of the ball at
midfield. However, freshman cornerback Dan Roseum (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga)
intercepted Tony Miga’s pass at the Wolverine 39 and returned 43 yards to put
Grove City deep in Lord territory.
The Wolverines quickly took
advantage of the opportunity on the first play of the drive. Halfback Michael
Orlando (Wickliffe, OH/Wickliffe) took Steve Lacinski’s (New Kensington,
PA/Valley) option pitch and raced 18 yards along the sideline for the touchdown.
“We did a great job, I
thought, in the third quarter and went up 21-13,” Kenyon head coach Vince Arduini
said. “I really thought we were going in to score again and we throw the
interception. They really made the most of it.”
Grove City then drew even
as Bowers ran in the two-point
conversion with 9:25 left.
“Defense comes up with a
huge play, a huge momentum swing,” Lacinski said. “It got the crowd back
into it. It revived us, too, and gave us a little extra push. I looked in the
guys’ eyes and I just knew we were getting in the end zone.”
In overtime, Kenyon won the toss and elected to take the first possession. On 3rd-and-4, sophomore nose tackle Kevin Wolf (Jefferson, OH/Pymatuning Valley) sacked Miga for a 7-yard loss. Miga’s fourth down pass was broken up by free safety Josh Sachleben (Ringtown, PA/North Schuylkill), ending the Lord threat.
Grove City, meanwhile,
needed only four plays to secure the winning score. Bowers ran for a half-dozen
yards on the initial play of the drive. Lacinski and Orlando each scratched out
five yards, giving Grove City a 2nd-and-5 at the Kenyon 9. Bowers
then raced into the end zone to give the Wolverines the win.
The score was Bowers’
second of the afternoon, giving him 75 rushing touchdowns for his career. He
picked up his 155 yards on 37 carries, leaving him 155 yards short of the all-time
NCAA Division III record.
Last season, Bowers ran for
a school-record 305 yards at Kenyon.
“I think we’re still
coming together as an offense,” Smith said. “You always give your opponent
credit for a good game plan and a good effort when they do that, and (Kenyon)
Still, the Wolverines
managed a season-high 304 yards rushing.
“They had some beef up
front,” guard Andy Jacks (Bridgeville, PA/South Fayette) said. “When we
tried to run up the middle, we had to make some big kicks and push them out.
They were fairly quick on the outside.”
The Wolverines quickly
grabbed a 7-0 lead on the game’s first possession. From midfield, senior
halfback Jack Gillespie (Imperial, PA/Montour) sprinted 35 yards after receiving
Lacinski’s pitch, putting Grove City at the Kenyon 15.
Orlando capped the drive on
the next play with a 15-yard scoring ramble, breaking several tackles along the
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