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October 18, 2008

Thomas More tops Grove City, 35-14

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Saturday afternoon with a 35-14 setback against Thomas More (5-1, 4-0 PAC) on Homecoming at Robert E. Thorn Field.

Grove City opened the game with a 15-play, 60-yard drive but came away scoreless as Thomas More deflected a 30-yard field goal attempt by sophomore kicker Craig Bicehouse (Prospect, Pa./Slippery Rock). Thomas More then countered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Stellman to Nick Dew.

In the second quarter, Thomas More tailback Kendall Owens scored on touchdown runs of 16 and 74 yards, respectively, to put the Saints up 21-0. Stellman's nine-yard touchdown run with 1:11 left in the half gave Thomas More a 28-0 halftime lead.

Grove City broke through on its first drive of the second half as senior tailback Brian Mercer (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) bulled into the end zone from four yards out. Mercer helped ignited the drive with a 26-yard run. The point after touchdown failed and Thomas More's lead remained 28-6 with 10:36 left in the third quarter.

Thomas More extended the lead to 35-6 with 7:37 left as fullback Anthony Knott picked up teammate Cordario Collier's fumble at the 1 and took it into the end zone for a touchdown.

Grove City answered with a 13-play, 58-yard drive that culminated in a four-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Andrew DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) to senior wide receiver Stephen Mercer (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local). DiDonato then threw the two-point conversion pass to Stephen Mercer.

DiDonato finished the day 28 of 39 passing for 174 yards. Stephen Mercer caught seven passes for 39 yards while freshman Clayton Hall (North Canton, Ohio/Jackson), Brian Mercer and sophomore wingback A.J. Tapper (Cambridge Springs, Pa./Cambridge Springs) all caught four passes each. Ten different Grove City receivers caught a pass. Brian Mercer ran for 40 yards on nine attempts.

Owens ran for 143 yards on just seven carries while Knott had 85 rushing yards. Thomas More ran for 351 yards as a team. The Saints out-gained Grove City, 516-259. Stellman completed 14 of 22 passes for 165 yards. Dew had six catches for 70 yards.

Senior middle linebacker Adam Eichler (North Versailles, Pa./East Allegheny) paced Grove City with 11 tackles, along with a forced fumble. Senior linebacker Ian Minster (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) and freshman nose tackle Jarred Frawley (Franklin, Pa./Franklin) also forced fumbles. Freshman linebacker Marc Shamley (Orlando, Fla./Pine Castle Christian) recorded two sacks and seven total tackles.

Grove City is off next Saturday. The Wolverines will visit PAC foe Waynesburg at 1:30 p.m. November 1.

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