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October 16, 2004

Presidents down Grove City in PAC tilt

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Host Washington and Jefferson jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter and did not look back en route to a 56-14 victory over Grove City in Presidents' Athletic Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Cameron Stadium.

The Presidents (7-0, 3-0 PAC) led 14-0 after the first quarter, then stretched their lead to 35-0 early in the third quarter. Grove City bounced back in the third quarter as senior split end Dave DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Bradford Clark (Letart, W. Va./Wahama) with 5:03 left in the period.

However, President quarterback Chris Edwards threw a pair of touchdown passes in a 64-second span, boosting Washington and Jefferson's lead to 49-7. Grove City countered after the second touchdown pass, though, as junior kick returner Ross Trimmer (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) returned the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

It is Grove City's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 1993. It is also the longest kickoff return in Grove City history, surpassing Greg Magness' 88-yard return at Hobart in 1968.

Clark finished the day 6 of 13 for 73 yards and one interception. He also led the Wolverines with 21 yards rushing while DiDonato had a team-high four catches for 46 yards. Trimmer also had an interception while senior All-American linebacker Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) tied a career-high with 19 tackles. He also had a sack and forced a fumble.

Junior strong safety Aaron Margo (Dover, Ohio/Dover) added 13 stops while junior defensive end Steve Weary (Fredonia, Pa./Reynolds) also had a sack.

Washington and Jefferson outgained Grove City, 484-154. Edwards completed 21 of 28 attempts for 277 yards and five touchdowns. Aaron Krepps caught four of the touchdown passes, finishing with nine total catches for 144 yards. Jon Miller and Jacob Shields each had five catches for the Presidents, ranked No. 13 in this week's d3football.com poll.

Grove City visits Waynesburg next Saturday in PAC action at 1:30 p.m. It is the Wolverines' final road game of 2004.

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