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October 1, 2005

Grove City wins 2nd straight

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City amassed 252 rushing yards Saturday afternoon en route to a 21-12 Homecoming victory over Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Bethany at Robert E. Thorn Field.

It is Grove City's second straight win overall and ninth straight victory over the Bison (1-4, 0-3 PAC). Grove City is 1-1 in the PAC and 2-3 overall.

Sophomore fullback Matt Weil (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) ran for a career-high 162 yards on 31 carries to help lead the Wolverine ground attack. His seven-yard touchdown run with 2:24 left in the game helped seal the Wolverine win.

Grove City jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Junior split end Scott Fichter (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Bradford Clark (Letart, W. Va./Wahama) with 6:02 left in the first period. The extra point failed.

Grove City extended the lead to 14-0 with seven seconds left in the quarter as senior wingback Adam Wargo (Champion, Ohio/Champion) scored on a 47-yard touchdown run on a scissors play. Junior wingback Seth Fox (Ford City, Pa./Ford City) scored the two-point conversion.

Bethany cut the lead to 14-6 with 5:52 left in the first half as T.J. Parker caught the first of two touchdown passes. Grove City defensive end Steve Weary (Fredonia, Pa./Reynolds) blocked the extra point. It is Weary's fifth career blocked kick, which sets a new Grove City career record.

Parker caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Brian Wineberg with 12:20 left in the game, slashing the lead to 14-12. However, Grove City stopped Wineberg's two-point attempt and preserved the lead. Weil's touchdown capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive that used over six minutes of clock.

Defensively, Grove City held the Bison to just 28 yards rushing on 34 attempts. The Wolverines also had five quarterback sacks. Senior strongside linebacker Ben Szelong (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) had 1.5 sacks while senior strong safety Aaron Margo (Dover, Ohio/Dover), Weary and junior defensive tackle Jordan Johnston (Clarion, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) all had one sack. Junior linebacker Garret Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) had a half-sack.

The Wolverines owned a 283-194 edge in total offense.

Grove City now has 23 sacks in five games this season. It is Grove City's first Homecoming win since 2000.

Grove City will look to reclaim the coveted Mercer County Cup next Saturday at Thiel in PAC action. Grove City owns a 14-7 edge in the all-time Cup series. 

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