October 2, 2004
Grove City thumps Bethany in PAC opener, 63-6
BETHANY, W. Va. -- Visiting Grove City (3-2, 1-0 PAC) piled up 499 offensive yards and forced six Bethany turnovers Saturday afternoon as the Wolverines rolled to a 63-6 victory at Bethany in Grove City's Presidents' Athletic Conference opener at Rine Field.
It is Grove City's biggest margin of victory since a 62-0 win over Carnegie Tech in 1962 and the Wolverines' biggest victory ever in their 21 seasons of competition in the PAC.
Grove City blew the game open with four touchdowns in a 5-minute span early in third quarter, turning a 21-6 halftime lead into a 49-6 advantage. Junior free safety Ross Trimmer (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) and senior cornerback Gene Iannuzzi (Port Jervis, N.Y./Minisink Valley) each returned interceptions for touchdowns in the 28-point outburst.
Trimmer returned his pick 100 yards for a score, establishing a new Grove City record for an interception return. It is also the longest play in Grove City history. Meanwhile, Iannuzzi returned his interception 42 yards for a touchdown just two scrimmage plays after Trimmer's return.
Early in the third, Grove City took over on its own 20 after a Bethany punt. Junior quarterback Bradford Clark (Letart, W. Va./Wahama) faked a handoff and kept the football on a bootleg along the left sideline. Clark raced through the Bethany secondary for an 80-yard touchdown run, pushing Grove City's lead to 28-6. He finished the game with a career-high 118 rushing yards.
On Bethany's next play from scrimmage, Trimmer intercepted a Nazih Banna pass and returned it 33 yards to the Bison 34. The Wolverines quickly converted the turnover into points as Clark lofted a 34-yard touchdown pass to senior split end Bo Danton (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) on a flea-flicker, extending the lead to 35-6.
Bethany moved the ball deep into Grove City territory before Trimmer intercepted another Banna pass in the end zone and returned it along the right sideline for his first collegiate touchdown. Iannuzzi would then intercept his second pass of the game and returned it for his first collegiate score.
Grove City took the opening possession of the game and marched 68 yards in 10 plays, all runs. Clark capped the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run. The first of seven extra points from sophomore kicker Matt Campbell (Canton, Ohio/Canton McKinley) put Grove City up 7-0.
Bethany mishandled a punt snap later in the quarter, giving Grove City possession at the Bison 29. On the fourth play of the drive, senior fullback Brandon McGlothlin (Freedom, Pa./Freedom) burst up the middle for a six-yard touchdown run with 2:11 left in the period.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Clark fired a 46-yard touchdown pass to senior split end Dave DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette). Clark finished 3-for-5 for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, freshman fullbacks Wes Basham (Nokesville, Va./Brentsville) and Ian Tobin (Titusville, Pa./Titusville) each ran for touchdowns. Basham scored on a four-yard run while Tobin capped the game's scoring with a 45-yard scoring run.
Junior wingback Adam Wargo (West Farmington, Ohio/Champion) added 81 yards rushing on 10 carries. As a team, Grove City ran for 416 yards.
Defensively, Grove City held Bethany to just 66 rushing yards on 32 attempts. Bethany also went 0-for-11 in third-down situations. Senior inside linebacker Mike Prioletti (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) led Grove City with 10 tackles and a sack while junior strong safety Aaron Margo (Dover, Ohio/Dover) and sophomore linebacker Garret Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) both recovered fumbles.
Earlier this year, Margo returned an interception 94 yards for a score against Manchester to set the previous interception record.
Grove City will host Thiel next Saturday for Homecoming. It is also the 21st annual battle for the Mercer County Cup.
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