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November 10, 2007

Geneva nips Grove City, 13-12

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Geneva quarterback Bobby Bondi threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Luke Duriancik with nine seconds left, giving host Geneva a 13-12 victory over Grove City Saturday afternoon in Presidents' Athletic Conference football action at Reeves Stadium in both teams' regular-season finale.

Grove City out-gained the Golden Tornadoes, 315-303, and also held a seven-minute edge in time of possession. Grove City also held Geneva to just 4-of-18 success on third down and recorded five quarterback sacks. 

Grove City (4-6) trailed 3-0 early but eventually took a 12-3 lead by halftime. Freshman Chris Haley (Butler, Pa./Butler) tied the game with a 32-yard field goal at the 3:10 mark of the first quarter. Haley then gave Grove City a 6-3 lead with 12:58 left in the first half by drilling a 26-yard field goal.

The Wolverines extended the lead to 12-3 with 6:20 left in the second quarter as senior split end Jay Yanak (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Andrew DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette). However, Grove City could not add the conversion, which proved pivotal.

Grove City drove deep into Geneva territory in the third quarter but Geneva blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt by Haley that would have extended the lead to 15-6.

On its final drive, Geneva (8-2) drove 76 yards in 14 plays to the end zone. A pass interference penalty on fourth down against Grove City kept the drive alive.

Junior tailback Brian Mercer (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) ran for 101 yards on 17 carries while senior tailback Matt Weil (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) added 44 yards on 17 carries. Weil had missed much of the second half of the season due to injury. DiDonato completed 10 of 25 passes for 97 yards. Junior split end Stephen Mercer (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) hauled in four passes for 59 yards.

Freshman defensive end Kevin Twarek (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) recorded two sacks for the Wolverines while senior nose tackle Justin Fowler (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) recorded a team-high nine tackles. Fowler also had 1.5 sacks. Sophomore cornerback Randy Santina (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) had six tackles, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery.

Sophomore end Shane Mullins (Port Alsworth, Alaska/Tanalian) deflected a punt, giving him two blocked kicks in as many weeks.

The teams had not played since 1983.

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