Game Stats September 21, 2002
Wolverines fall to Defiance, 37-14
DEFIANCE, Ohio -- Defiance jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead and held off a Grove City rally to claim a 37-14 win over the Wolverines at Justin Coressel Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Early in the third quarter, Grove City slashed the Yellow Jacket lead to 24-14 on a pair of touchdown runs. A 41-yard touchdown sprint from Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) on Grove City's fourth play of the second half ignited the Wolverines' comeback attempt.
On Grove City's next possession, Jason Walent (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw) bulled in from the 2, cutting the lead to 24-14. The plunge capped a 10-play drive that consumed nearly six minutes. A 52-yard pass from Todd Smargiasso (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) to end Bo Danton (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake)
on third-and-24 kept the drive alive.
However, Defiance put the game away on a one-yard run by Corey Minnfield and a 19-yard scoring run from Mike Moran. Defiance took a 17-0 lead on a pair of touchdown passes by Minnfield. The lead grew to 24-0 when Kevin Dixon blocked a Grove City punt and recovered the ball in the end zone.
Defiance outgained Grove City 408-225 and held a six-minute edge in time of possession.
Roberts led Grove City with 83 yards rushing on 15 carries while Smargiasso completed five passes for 88 yards. Five different receivers caught a pass.
Inside linebacker Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) led GCC with 11 tackles while safety Greg Grupp (Harmony, Pa./Slippery Rock) made 10 stops. Kyle Vuchak (Warren, Ohio/Howland) made nine tackles, including four for loss.
Grove City (1-2) begins Presidents' Athletic Conference play at Bethany next Saturday.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE -- Steve Roberts
"His touchdown run in the third quarter really got everything going," head coach Chris Smith said. "It allowed us to make a little bit of a comeback
Jordan Choby and Jason Kelly
"They shared time at right guard and together, they graded out at 93 percent," Smith said. "That's the best we've had from that guard spot this year."
DEFENSE -- Monte Bell
"Monte had his normal, outstanding game," Smith said. "He has developed into one of the finest nose tackles in the area."
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