Game Stats November 9, 2002
Kings Point downs Grove City in finale
KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- Grove City (3-7) could not overcome a 28-3 halftime deficit Saturday afternoon in the Wolverines' season finale, dropping a 35-17 verdict to host United States Merchant Marine Academy (7-2).
Quarterback Todd Smargiasso (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) completed 13 of 24 passes for 204 yards, becoming the first Wolverine quarterback in six years to throw for 200 yards or more.
Meanwhile, halfback Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second half that cut Kings Point's lead to 28-17. Roberts led Grove City with 54 yards rushing.
Three first-half fumbles by the Wolverines allowed the Mariners to take their commanding lead. Three of Kings Point's first-half scoring drives started inside Grove City territory.
A Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Irwin) interception set up Roberts' first touchdown run, a two-yard plunge. Roberts' second score, a five-yard run with 10 minutes remaining, slashed the lead to 11. Grove City could get no closer, however.
In addition to Choby's interception, Gene Iannuzzi (Port Jervis, N.Y./Minisink Valley) intercepted a pass and also forced a fumble. Mike Prioletti (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) led GCC with nine tackles and Ross Trimmer (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) added eight stops.
Mike Titzel (Greenville, Pa./Greenville) put the Wolverines on the board with a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Bo Danton (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Jason DeMeo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) each caught three passes while Greg Verch (Warren, Ohio/Champion) and Dave DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) both caught two passes.
The game is the final game for Wolverine seniors Josh Albright (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), Derek Bostick (Akron, Ohio/Coventry), Mark Byrer (Morgantown, W. Va./University), Jordan Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin), Jason Kelly (Madison, Ohio/Madison), Nick Schneider (Erie, Pa./Harborcreek), Smargiasso, Kyle Vuchak (Warren, Ohio/Howland), Jason Walent (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw) and Kevin Wolf (Andover, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley).
Smargiasso's outing is the 17th-highest pass yardage total in school history. His 13 completions also set a season- and career-high.