September 17, 2005
Wolverines fall at Thomas More
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- The Grove City defense recorded nine sacks and limited host Thomas More (2-1, 2-0 PAC) to just 36 rushing yards and three offensive points Saturday afternoon. However, Thomas More returned two Grove City fumbles for touchdowns on their way to a 15-7 win over the Wolverines in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game at Thomas More Stadium.
Thomas More's Terry Runion returned a Grove City fumble 40 yards for a touchdown with 8:35 left in the second quarter, giving the Saints a 6-0 lead. Early in the third quarter, Rashawn West returned a Wolverine fumble 15 yards for a score, extending the lead to 12-0.
Grove City (0-3, 0-1 PAC) cut the lead to 12-7 with 6:49 left in the third quarter on a 65-yard touchdown pass from senior Bradford Clark (Letart, W. Va./Wahama) to junior Scott Fichter (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills). However, Grove City could not overcome five turnovers.
Grove City sacked Thomas More quarterback Nate Berkley nine times on the afternoon. Senior strong safety Aaron Margo (Dover, Ohio/Dover) helped lead the defensive effort with a season-high 15 tackles and three sacks. Junior linebacker Garret Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) posted a career-high 15 stops along with a pair of sacks.
Junior defensive end Richard Welch (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) added 1.5 sacks while sophomore cornerback Gary Maurer (Herndon, Pa./Line Mountain) and freshman defensive tackle Jason Dudas (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) each tallied their first career sack.
Senior defensive end Steve Weary (Fredonia, Pa./Reynolds) had a half sack and also blocked an extra point. It is Weary's fourth career blocked kick, tying the College career record that is held by Jonathan Forbes (1998-2001).
In addition, sophomore middle linebacker Bill Waugh (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) added 10 stops and forced a fumble.
On its final drive, Grove City took over at the Thomas More 35 but the Wolverines fumbled with 1:10 left in the game and the Saints recovered. Clark finished 14 of 29 passing for a career-high 196 yards. Fichter caught seven passes for 150 yards, both career highs. Junior tight end Dan Jeltes (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) and sophomore halfback Ian Tobin (Titusville, Pa./Titusville) each caught two passes.
Sophomore fullback Wes Basham (Nokesville, Va./Brentsville) ran for 28 yards on seven carries. Thomas More limited Grove City to just 40 rushing yards on 31 carries.
Grove City will host Muhlenberg Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
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