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September 27, 2003

Wolverines claim share of first in PAC with 17-3 win

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Led by a defensive effort that forced five turnovers and sacked Bethany quarterbacks four times, Grove City moved into the early lead in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 17-3 victory over Bethany at rain-soaked Robert E. Thorn Field Saturday afternoon.

Grove City (2-2, 1-0 PAC) limited Bethany to just 162 yards of offense and allowed the Bison to convert just two of 12 third-down attempts.

Junior defensive end Dan Bukowski (North East, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) recorded a pair of sacks and forced a fumble while junior linebacker Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) had a sack and a half. Strong safety Greg Grupp (Harmony, Pa./Slippery Rock) recovered two fumbles while fellow defensive backs Ross Trimmer (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), Dave Issler (Portersville, Pa./Slippery Rock) and Gene Iannuzzi (Port Jervis, N.Y./Minisink Valley) all intercepted passes.

Grove City fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter as Bethany's Paul Barsotti booted a 31-yard field goal to cap the opening drive of the game.

But the Wolverines scored the final 17 points of the game in securing their seventh straight win over Bethany. Michael Titzel (Greenville, Pa./Greenville) tied the game with a 22-yard field goal with 3:41 left  in the first half.

Following an exchange of punts to open the third quarter, Grove City took the lead for good as fullback Brandon McGlothlin (Freedom, Pa./Freedom) broke through the pile and sprinted 50 yards to the end zone, putting Grove City up 10-3.

McGlothlin finished with 80 yards on 17 carries, including his career-long 50-yard run. 

After a short Bethany punt, Grove City doubled its lead as quarterback Sam Mowrey (Titusville, Pa./Titusville) fired a 37-yard touchdown pass to split end Bo Danton (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) on a post pattern. Titzel's second extra point pushed the lead to 17-3.

Grove City forced three straight Bethany punts after the Danton touchdown catch, then forced turnovers on each of Bethany's last three possessions.

Iannuzzi intercepted Brian Wineberg with 7:12 left in the game to end one drive while Issler picked off his first career pass as he caught a Wineberg attempt at the Wolverine 5 with 2:48 left. 

Bethany's final drive ended when Wineberg fumbled at the Grove City 2 after a hit from Grove City linebacker Jake Tobolewski (Girard, Pa./Girard). Grupp recovered and the Wolverines ran out the final 63 seconds. 

Senior nose tackle Monte Bell (Blairsville, Pa./Blairsville) led Grove City 11 tackles while junior inside linebacker Mike Prioletti (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) had 10 stops and a half sack. 

Mowrey finished 5-for-14 with 74 yards. Wineberg went 5-for-9 for 46 yards with two interceptions. Fullback Mike Doyle led Bethany (0-4, 0-1 PAC) with 62 rushing yards on 17 attempts. 

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