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September 11, 2010

Wolverines rally past Dutchmen

ANNVILLE, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team evened its overall record at 1-1 Saturday by pulling out a 17-14 victory over host Lebanon Valley (0-2) at Arnold Field in non-conference action.

Grove City trailed 14-10 midway through the fourth quarter but rallied to take the lead with 4:12 left. Junior tailback Blaine Miller (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Clayton Hall (North Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) to cap a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Earlier in the drive, Hall fired a 26-yard pass to junior wingback Ed Reith (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) in a third-and-6 situation.

Following the go-ahead score, the Grove City defense forced a Lebanon Valley punt. The Wolverines regained possession with 3:13 left and did not relinquish the ball. Hall threw a 16-yard pass to Miller on third down to help seal the victory.

Grove City trailed 7-3 at halftime but took the lead early in the third quarter. After junior nose tackle Jarred Frawley (Franklin, Pa./Franklin) recovered an LVC fumble at the Grove City 49, the Wolverines moved ahead on Hall's 13-yard touchdown pass to Miller. Miller also ran for 29 yards on the seven-play drive.

Miller finished the day with eight catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 35 yards on 14 attempts. Reith added 33 yards on five attempts. Hall led Grove City with 72 yards rushing on 17 attempts. He also completed 17 of 26 passes for 205 yards.

Senior wide receiver Luke O'Hara (New Castle, Pa./Shenango) added three catches for 21 yards.

Defensively, Grove City limited Lebanon Valley to 2-for-11 efficiency on third downs. The Wolverines also held LVC scoreless on three of five trips inside the Grove City 20-yard line. In addition, Grove City forced the Dutchmen to punt five times from Grove City territory, including twice in the fourth quarter.

Grove City outgained Lebanon Valley 354-325 and held a two-minute edge in time of possession. Grove City went 8 for 17 on third down.

Junior inside linebacker Vince Angelo (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) led Grove City with a career-high 11 tackles. Junior inside linebacker Jason Ferguson (Mineral Ridge, Ohio/Mineral Ridge) added 10 stops and forced a fumble. Frawley and junior defensive tackle Marcus Chakot (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) recovered fumbles. Chakot's recovery came at the Grove City 2.

Lebanon Valley took a 7-0 lead with 10:14 left in the first quarter on Ben Guiles' 18-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines cut the gap to 7-3 with 5:42 left in the half when senior kicker Craig Bicehouse (Prospect, Pa./Slippery Rock) kicked a 34-yard field goal. Bicehouse also went 2 for 2 on extra points.

Guiles' second touchdown of the day - a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter - gave Lebanon Valley a 14-10 lead. He led the Dutchmen with 158 yards on 26 carries. The Wolverines did limit quarterback Caleb Fick to just 7-for-17 accuracy and 85 passing yards.

Grove City battled unfavorable field position the entire game. The Wolverines' average drive started at the Grove City 21. Lebanon Valley, on average, began its possessions at its own 42-yard line.

The teams had not played since 1959. The all-time series is tied 1-1. The teams met as part of the inaugural Presidents' Athletic Conference-Middle Atlantic Conference Challenge Series. Next year, Lebanon Valley will visit Grove City in Week Two.

Grove City opens PAC play next Saturday at Westminster. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

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