September 9, 2006
Carnegie Mellon tops Grove City, 28-0
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team opened the 2006 season Saturday afternoon with a 28-0 loss to visiting Carnegie Mellon at Robert E. Thorn Field in non-conference action.
Carnegie Mellon (2-0) accumulated 360 yards rushing and 478 total offensive yards. CMU also converted 10 of 14 third-down situations.
Junior tailback Matt Weil (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) led Grove City with 104 yards rushing on 15 attempts while freshman quarterback Andrew DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) completed 10 of 16 attempts for 53 yards. Senior split end Scott Fichter (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) caught five passes while sophomore quarterback/receiver Stephen Mercer (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) had three catches.
CMU took a 3-0 lead with 5:37 left in the first quarter on a 25-yard field goal by Nathaniel Greenstein. Travis Sivek's one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter extended the lead to 10-0. With 8:05 left in the first half, Robert Gimson ran 13 yards to the end zone on a crossbuck, giving the Tartans a 16-0 lead at halftime.
In the fourth quarter, CMU quarterback Kevin Mulkern threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Colby Whitman and Andrew Lovrovich scored on a four-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore safety Shane Coughlin (Medford Lakes, N.J./Medford Lakes) had a team-leading 11 tackles for Grove City (0-1) while cornerback Chris Schwamberger (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison) added 10 stops. Sophomore defensive end Ryan Rylands (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) had a sack while junior defensive tackle Justin Fowler (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) blocked an extra point.
Carnegie Mellon held a 15-minute edge in time of possession.
Grove City re-dedicated Robert E. Thorn Field prior to the start of Saturday's game. During the summer, the College installed CSTurf, lights and a new track surface at Thorn Field. Grove City College President Dr. Richard Jewell, former head coaches Jack Behringer (1956-72) and Joe Kopnisky (1973-83), current head coach Chris Smith and R.J. Bowers, who ran for an NCAA-record 7,353 yards at Grove City from 1997-2000, all participated in the pre-game ceremony.
The Wolverines will open Presidents' Athletic Conference play next Saturday at Thorn Field against visiting Thomas More. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.
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