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Senior OLB Jonathan Forbes recorded a team-high 12 tackles, including nine solos and two sacks.

Titans top Wolverines, 16-7


NEW WILMINGTON, PA, October 20, 2001--The Westminster Titans rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit to defeat the visiting Grove City Wolverines, 16-7, Saturday afternoon at Burry Field in New Wilmington.

Grove City (1-5) opened the scoring early in the first quarter when senior QB Mike Kashurba (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) rolled to his right and connected with sophomore HB Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, PA/Hempfield) in the left flat on an 18-yard touchdown pass.  Roberts set up the four-play drive with a 42-yard punt return to the Titan 32-yard line.  Sophomore PK Matt Styer (Greenford, OH/South Range) added the extra point and the Wolverines led 7-0.

It appeared Westminster (3-4) would tie the game late in the second quarter, lining up first-and-goal from the nine-yard line, but the Wolverine defense came up big on three consecutive plays.  Sophomore OLB John Bialowas (North Royalton, OH/St. Edward), who missed last week's game with a shoulder injury, made the key stop on third-and-goal from the three with a four-yard tackle for loss.  On fourth down from the seven, the Titans attempted a 24-yard field goal, but PK Jon McCartney's kick sailed wide right and GCC clung to a 7-0 lead at halftime.

The Titans' comeback began on their first possession of the third quarter when QB Matt Robison hit WR Brian Lipiello on a 69-yard touchdown pass.  PK Josh Simpson failed to convert the point after, however, and Grove City's lead was cut to one, 7-6.  

Westminster kept Grove City's offense pinned deep its own territory throughout most of the second half.  The Wolverine backfield, without senior FB Mike Orlando (Wickliffe, OH/Wickliffe), who suffered a season-sending knee injury last week against Waynesburg, took another hit when junior HB Jason Walent (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) left the game with an injury in the first half.  With the Titan defense keying on Roberts the rest of the afternoon, the Wolverines' signature ground attack stalled.  Forced into several third-and-long passing situations, Grove City was unable to move the sticks.  Roberts finished with 55 yards rushing on 17 carries, but his effort was negated by 10 Titan sacks, which resulted in negative-49 yards.  The Wolverines finished with three net yards rushing and 97 yards of total offense.

Westminster took its first lead with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Simpson split the uprights on 22-yard field goal, giving the Titans a 9-7 egde.

Grove City's comeback hopes were dashed in the fourth quarter when Westminster blocked a punt at the Wolverine four-yard line.  A bad snap led to the miscue.  Three plays later, the Titans bolstered their lead with a three-yard TD pass from QB Kevin Huber to Lipiello.

Defensively, the Wolverines held Westminster to 276 total offensive yards as senior OLB Jonathan Forbes (New Martinsville, WV/Magnolia) led the way with 12 total tackles, including nine solos and two sacks.  Grove City's defense sacked Westminster quarterbacks five times in the game.

Kashurba completed seven of 13 passes for 94 yards.  Senior SE Todd Gibson (Warren, OH/Champion) hauled in three passes 36 yards.  Sophomore P Mike Titzel (Greenville, PA/Greenville) averaged 38.1 yards on seven punts, including a long of 50.

Grove City will try to reverse a four-game losing skid next Saturday at home against the Bethany Bison.  Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

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