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October 17, 2009

Valiant effort comes up short

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- The Grove City College football team fell to 1-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a hard-fought 17-7 setback against conference leader Thomas More (6-0, 4-0) Saturday afternoon at the Bank of Kentucky Field.

Grove City limited Thomas More, ranked 21st in the poll, to just 53 passing yards and a 4-for-14 effort on third downs. However, Thomas More held the Wolverines to 200 total yards and a 3-for-15 performance on third down.

Grove City jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 5:36 left in the first quarter as junior wide receiver Zach Summy (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) took an end around and lofted a 28-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Anthony Reda (Upper St. Clair, Pa./Seton-La Salle). The touchdown came on fourth-and-4. Junior kicker Craig Bicehouse (Prospect, Pa./Slippery Rock) added the conversion.

Thomas More tied the game at 7 with 48 seconds left in the opening period on a five-yard run by quarterback Joey Zerhusen.

The Saints then took their first lead of the game, 10-7, on Dustin Zink's 29-yard field goal at the 1:30 mark of the third quarter. Thomas More sealed the win in the closing moments as Cordario Collier scored on a 29-yard run with 2:11 left. Collier's run came on third-and-7.

Late in the first half, Thomas More drove to the Grove City 14 but junior safety Butch Kriger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) intercepted a Zerhusen pass in the end zone with 1:11 left.

On the first drive of the third quarter, freshman linebacker Mitch White (Norton, Ohio/Nordonia) picked off a pass at the Grove City 27 to snuff out a Thomas More drive.

Sophomore linebacker Jason Ferguson (Mineral Ridge, Ohio/Mineral Ridge) racked up a game-high 14 tackles for Grove City while Kriger had nine stops. Senior linebacker James Jennings (Twinsburg, Pa./Twinsburg) also had nine tackles and a sack.

Senior quarterback Andrew DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) completed 12 of 25 passes for 75 yards. Sophomore wingback Clayton Hall (North Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) caught two passes for 22 yards while sophomore wide receiver Will McCoy (Newark, Ohio/Newark) had two catches for 21 yards.

Sophomore tailback Blaine Miller (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) ran for 38 yards on 12 carries while DiDonato ran for 34 yards.

Field position also played a pivotal role in Saturday's game. Grove City's average starting position was its own 21 while Thomas More took possession at its own 45 on average.

Grove City is off next week and will host Waynesburg October 31 at 1:30 p.m.

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