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Game Stats                                                                                                                                           October 19, 2002

Grove City rally falls short at Waynesburg

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- Quarterback Todd Smargiasso (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) completed 10 of 19 passes and threw two touchdowns while the Wolverine defense intercepted three passes Saturday afternoon at Waynesburg. But it was not enough as the host Yellow Jackets downed Grove City, 30-24, in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at Jack Wiley Stadium.

Smargiasso threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Grove City tried to rally from a pair of double-digit deficits. His 25-yard strike to tight end Mark Byrer (Morgantown, W. Va./University) cut Waynesburg's lead to 22-17 with 10:06. After Waynesburg (4-2, 2-1 PAC) countered with a 51-yard Jeff Dumm-to-Paul D'Imperio touchdown pass, Smargiasso fired a two-yard touchdown pass to Bo Danton (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) with 1:37 left.

Grove City's onside kick attempt failed, though, and the Yellow Jackets were able to run out the clock. 

A 7-yard touchdown run by Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) tied the game at 7-7 midway through the first quarter. Mike Titzel (Greenville, Pa./Greenville) booted a 19-yard field goal nine seconds into the second quarter to give Grove City (2-5, 1-3) the lead.

After tying the game late in the first half, Waynesburg took a 22-10 lead in the third quarter on a pair of Dumm touchdown passes. 

Grove City did intercept three Dumm passes. Mike Prioletti (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley), Gene Iannuzzi (Port Jervis, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and Rocco Milano (North Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) all intercepted passes while Kyle Vuchak (Warren, Ohio/Howland) had a sack. Steve Weary (Fredonia, Pa./Reynolds) and Dan Bukowski (North East, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) combined for another sack.

Inside linebacker Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) led Grove City with eight tackles while Prioletti had seven stops. Roberts led GCC with 87 yards rushing on 16 carries before leaving in the third quarter with an injury. Ken Roudybush (Kittanning, Pa./Kittanning) added 61 yards on 13 carries. Danton and Dave DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) both caught two passes. 

Dumm threw for 350 yards on 28-of-41 passing. Waynesburg out-gained Grove City 451-255. 

Grove City returns to action October 26 against visiting Westminster.

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