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Wooster trims Wolverines, 6-0

by Ryan Briggs

GAME STATS

GROVE CITY, November 16, 2001 – The Grove City College defense kept visiting Wooster out of the end zone all afternoon. Unfortunately, the Wolverine offense could not punch the ball in, either.

Wooster rode a pair of field goals from kicker Richie McNally and pulled out a 6-0 win over Grove City in both teams’ season finale Friday afternoon at Robert E. Thorn Field on Senior Recognition Day.

The Grove City defense limited Wooster to 171 total yards of offense, forced seven punts and held the Scots (4-6) to just 2.4 yards per carry.

“The defense did a fantastic job,” Grove City head coach Chris Smith said.

Trailing 6-0 early in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines assembled a 15-play drive that started on the GCC 23. Early in the drive, the Wolverines were stuck in a third-and-19 situtation. But senior quarterback Mike Kashurba (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) fired a 24-yard completion to senior split end Todd Gibson (Warren, Ohio/Champion). An 11-yard Kashurba-to-Gibson strike moved the ball down to the Wooster 31. However, the drive appeared to stall out as Grove City faced fourth-and-10. But Kashurba and Gibson came through again, as Kashurba pitched a 24-yard completion to the 6-foot-3 Gibson, giving Grove City first-and-goal at the 7. A one-yard loss and three incompletions stopped the drive and Grove City turned it over on downs with 7 minutes left.

The Wolverine defense forced a three-and-out and a short punt gave Grove City the ball at the Scot 39. But a Wooster sack short-circuited the drive and Kashurba’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 2:36 remaining in the game. 

Wooster led 3-0 late in the third quarter and appeared ready to put the game away after having a first-and-goal situation from the 4. Two incompletions and a short run brought up fourth down. Justin Alaburda’s fourth-down pass fell short but the Wolverines were flagged for defensive holding, giving the Scots four more shots at the end zone. Inside linebacker Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) threw Scott Jones for a five-yard loss. An offensive pass interference penalty forced Wooster to settle for a 25-yard field goal from McNally.

Choby led the Wolverine defense with 12 stops while senior Jesse Kohser (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) added nine hits. Inside linebacker Adam Corbett (Warren, Ohio/Champion) closed his career with a school-record 345 total tackles after making eight against Wooster.

Cornerback Greg Grupp (Harmony, Pa./Slippery Rock) intercepted a pass and deflected three other passes.

Kashurba threw for 111 yards. Gibson and tight end Mark Byrer (Morgantown, W.Va./University) each had four receptions while Dan Stoffer (North Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) added an 11-yard catch. Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) hauled in a pair of passes, also.

Seniors who are graduating from the program are: nose tackle John Baverso (Mount Lebanon, Pa./Mount Lebanon), outside linebacker Matt Craig (Chicora, Pa./Karns City), Corbett, outside linebacker Jonathan Forbes (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia), Gibson, Kashurba, Kohser, cornerback Nathan Nosal (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston), fullback Mike Orlando (Wickliffe, Ohio/Wickliffe), safety Josh Sachleben (Ringtown, Pa./North Schuylkill), Stoffer, safety Mike Volchko (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) and defensive end Jeremy Young (Erie, Pa/Harborcreek).

“We’ve had great leadership from our senior class,” Smith said. “They have been a very good class. They have served as excellent models for the younger kids. I think that’s the most important legacy that can be left by a senior.”

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