September 10, 2011
Wolverines fall to Dutchmen
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team dropped to 0-2 overall Saturday afternoon with a 27-7 setback against Lebanon Valley (2-0) at Robert E. Thorn Field as part of the Presidents' Athletic Conference-Middle Atlantic Conference Challenge.
Grove City trailed 13-0 at halftime but slashed the lead to 13-7 with 4:55 left in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Blaine Miller (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal).
Miller's run capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive that used 6 minutes, 11 seconds. Grove City converted two third-down situations and one fourth down on the drive.
However, Lebanon Valley answered with a 38-yard scoring drive of its own. Tailback Ben Guiles capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run at the 3:22 mark, extending the lead to 20-7.
Lebanon Valley closed the scoring with nine minutes left when Colt Zarilla threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Joey Miller. Zarilla also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Miller in the first quarter to give the Dutchmen a 6-0 lead.
Senior quarterback Clayton Hall (North Canton, Ohio/Jackson) completed 14 of 24 passes for 101 yards. Sophomore quarterback Brian Pell (Streamwood, Ill./Wheaton Academy) completed 8 of 10 passes for 30 yards.
Junior wide receiver Dustin Anewalt (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) caught a career-high five passes for 35 yards. Miller and sophomore Anthony Ritchie (Big Rock, Ill./Wheaton Academy) each had four receptions.
Eight different receivers caught at least one pass.
Miller and Hall led Grove City with 18 yards rushing each. Lebanon Valley held the Wolverines to 51 yards rushing on 26 attempts.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Ryan Althausen (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) recorded 2.5 sacks and three total tackles for loss. He had eight total stops. Sophomore free safety Chris Gibbs (Akron, Ohio/Revere) led Grove City with 11 tackles and a pair of pass deflections.
Guiles ran for 103 yards. Zarilla completed 16 of 24 passes for 206 yards. LVC owned a 410-187 edge in total offensive yardage. The Dutchmen went 8 for 13 on third down while Grove City converted 6 of 15 third downs.
Grove City will open PAC play next Saturday night at home against Westminster. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
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