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September 24, 2005

Grove City topples Muhlenberg

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City converted four Muhlenberg turnovers into 13 points Saturday afternoon as the Wolverines earned their first win of 2005 with a 16-6 victory over Muhlenberg at Robert E. Thorn Field.

The Wolverines (1-3) forced four Muhlenberg fumbles and held a 12-minute edge in time of possession. Senior strong safety Aaron Margo (Dover, Ohio/Dover) forced two of the fumbles and recorded a team-high eight tackles while sophomore middle linebacker Bill Waugh (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) had eight tackles and a sack.

Junior defensive end Richard Welch (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) and junior strong safety Clay Piper (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) each had a sack and a fumble recovery.

Grove City opened the game with an 11-play drive that sophomore kicker Brandon McCall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Duquesne) capped with a 39-yard field goal.

Following a fumble recovery by sophomore defensive tackle Justin Fowler (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) at the Muhlenberg 26, Grove City extended the lead to 10-0 on a one-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Ken Roudybush (Worthington, Pa./Kittanning). McCall added the extra point.

Muhlenberg slashed the lead to 10-6 late in the first half as Kyle Douglass caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tom Kelleher. The Wolverines pushed the lead to 16-6 with 4:22 left in the third quarter as Roudybush scored again from the 1. Piper's sack and fumble recovery at the Mules' 13 set up the short touchdown drive.

Grove City held possession for 11:33 in the fourth quarter, allowing Muhlenberg to run just 10 fourth-quarter plays. Grove City held Muhlenberg to just 81 yards rushing on 31 attempts.

Senior quarterback Bradford Clark (Letart, W. Va./Wahama) completed eight of 19 attempts for 70 yards. He also ran for 34 yards. Sophomore fullback Matt Weil (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) ran for 48 yards on 15 attempts. Junior split end Scott Fichter (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and senior wingback Adam Wargo (Champion, Ohio/Champion) each caught two passes.

Kelleher completed 10 of 20 attempts for 172 yards.

The victory snaps Grove City's eight-game losing streak, dating back to 2004. Grove City will return to Presidents' Athletic Conference action next Saturday against Bethany in the annual Homecoming game.

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