November 20, 2013
Ritchie honored by ECAC, Presidents' Athletic Conference
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College senior wide receiver Anthony Ritchie (Big Rock, Ill./Wheaton Academy) earned weekly honors from both the Eastern College Athletic Conference and Presidents' Athletic Conference in recognition of his performance Saturday at Thiel.
Ritchie earned ECAC Division III Southwest Offensive Player of the Week and the PAC's Offensive Player of the Week award after accounting for four total touchdowns in Grove City's 50-44 overtime win over Thiel in the 30th Mercer County Cup game.
Three of Ritchie's four scores game in the second quarter of Saturday's game. He threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Pat Donoughe (Summerhill, Pa./Forest Hills) on the first play of the period to give Grove City a 14-7 lead. Moments later, Ritchie hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Brian Pell (Streamwood, Ill./Wheaton Academy) to put the Wolverines up 21-7.
Ritchie then scored Grove City's final touchdown of the first half with 7:59 left when he caught a 22-yard pass from Pell out of the Swinging Gate formation.
With the game tied at 37 in the fourth quarter, Ritchie raced 22 yards on an end around to give the Wolverines a 44-37 lead with 3:17 remaining.
Ritchie finished the day with six catches for 114 yards. He became the first Grove City player since Andrew DiDonato to throw a touchdown pass, run for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass in the same game. DiDonato accomplished that feat November 4, 2006 in a 40-33 win over Case Western Reserve.
For the season, Ritchie led Grove City with 55 catches for 774 yards and five touchdowns. The 774 yards are the fourth-most in one season at Grove City and the most since 1995, when Tom Flenner gained 843 receiving yards. Ritchie also led Grove City with 899 all-purpose yards and became the first wide receiver to lead the team in that category since Scott Fichter in 2005.
With his two touchdown catches Saturday, Ritchie tied Rick Sems' school record of 17 career touchdown catches. Sems also caught 17 touchdowns from 1989 to 1992. Ritchie ranks third all-time in program history with 144 receptions and 1,801 receiving yards.
Earlier this month, Ritchie earned Academic All-District honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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