November 12, 2011
Wolverines roll to 5th straight Cup win
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Grove City College football jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game and rolled to a 35-3 victory over host Thiel Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium in the 28th Mercer County Cup game. Grove City retains possession of the Cup for the fifth straight season and now owns a 19-9 Cup series edge over Thiel.
Senior tailback Blaine Miller (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns while sophomore wingback Jimmy Bailey (North East, Pa./North East) accumulated 172 all-purpose yards.
Defensively, sophomore safety Joe Diani (West Leechburg, Pa./Leechburg) intercepted two passes, helping lead an effort that forced five Thiel turnovers while also limiting the Tomcats to just 215 yards of offense.
Grove City (3-7, 3-5 PAC) took a 7-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game when Bailey scored on a 49-yard run over left end. The lead grew to 14-0 at the 6:34 mark of the first quarter when Miller scored from two yards out to cap an 11-play, 64-yard drive.
The Wolverine defense forced a three-and-out on Thiel's next possession and Bailey returned the ensuing punt 66 yards to the Thiel 14. Three plays later, Miller bulled in from the 1, pushing the lead to 21-0.
Thiel cut the lead to 21-3 with 11 minutes left in the half on Cody McClelland's 31-yard field goal. The Wolverines fumbled away the ball near midfield but quickly regained possession when senior cornerback Aaron Palmieri (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) recovered a fumble at the 50. Senior linebacker Vince Angelo (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) forced the fumble.
On the eighth play of the subsequent drive, Miler scored on a six-yard run, giving Grove City a 28-3 lead. During the drive, sophomore quarterback Brian Pell (Streamwood, Ill./Wheaton Academy) completed a 27-yard pass to senior wide receiver Joe Gulaskey (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) on third-and-13.
Grove City quickly regained possession as freshman safety Jason Skyrm (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) forced and recovered a fumble on the kickoff. The Wolverines punctuated the four-play, 25-yard scoring drive when Pell threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Dustin Anewalt (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley).
Sophomore kicker Pat Donoughe (Summerhill, Pa./Forest Hills) kicked his fifth extra point of the half after Anewalt's score.
Junior cornerback Mike Brown (Corry, Pa./Corry) snuffed out Thiel's first possession of the second half by intercepting a pass at the Grove City 18 early in the third quarter.
Angelo and sophomore linebacker Ben Manwaring (Lisle, N.Y./Whitney Point) each had nine tackles for Grove City. Manwaring added a half-sack. Senior defensive end Zack Patterson (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks.
Pell completed 11 of 17 passes for 110 yards. Bailey finished with 55 yards rushing. Anewalt had three catches for 28 yards.
Thiel quarterback Jared Soell went 17 of 30 for 148 yards. De'Von Drish ran for 32 yards on 11 carries. The Wolverines held Thiel (0-10, 0-8 PAC) to 67 rushing yards on 26 attempts. For the game, Thiel had no play longer than 15 yards.
Saturday's game marked the final game for Grove City's seniors: wingback Jeff Amstutz (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster), Angelo, guard Lucas Chakot (Indiana, Pa./Indiana), defensive tackle Marcus Chakot (Indiana, Pa./Indiana), linebacker Jason Ferguson (Mineral Ridge, Ohio/Mineral Ridge), nose tackle Jarred Frawley (Franklin, Pa./Franklin), Gulaskey, quarterback Clayton Hall (North Canton, Ohio/Jackson), linebacker Tim Irwin (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central), wide receiver Tim Jorgensen (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown), guard Tyler Kwasnicka (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville), defensive end George Matthews V (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes), Miller, center Nick Nosker (Brookville, Pa./Brookville), Palmieri, Patterson, tight end Anthony Reda (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-La Salle), wingback Ed Reith (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and tackle Zach Start (Vandergrift, Pa./North Catholic).
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