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October 6, 2012

Waynesburg holds off Grove City, 21-14

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team dropped a 21-14 decision to Presidents' Athletic Conference leader Waynesburg (6-0, 4-0) Saturday afternoon in league action at John F. Wiley Stadium.

Grove City (3-3, 2-2) trailed 21-7 entering the fourth quarter but cut the lead in half with 3:33 left in the game when sophomore wingback Sam Ivan (Whitehouse, Ohio/Toledo Christian) caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brian Pell (Streamwood, Ill./Wheaton Academy). Ivan's touchdown capped a seven-play, 79-yard drive.

Waynesburg picked up two first downs on its final drive after Grove City's touchdown, sealing the victory.

The Wolverines took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter when junior safety Joe Diani (West Leechburg, Pa./Leechburg) intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown at the 12:36 mark. Senior Kurt Devlin (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) kicked the first of his two extra points.

Waynesburg tied the game with 6:26 left in the half on Carter Hill's two-yard touchdown pass to Adam Moses.

Waynesburg took its first lead of the game, 14-7, with 7:23 to go in the third quarter as Hill threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Doogie Sanner. Three minutes later, Moses caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from halfback Dominic Moore.

Pell completed 12 of 17 passes for 91 yards and one interception. Senior wide receiver Dustin Anewalt (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) caught four passes for 30 yards and senior tailback Shane Kaclik (Mars, Pa./Mars) had three catches for 15 yards.

Kaclik ran for a team-high 64 yards on 17 carries. He had rushed for 100 yards in each of Grove City's previous four games.

Defensively, senior linebacker Jason Ferguson (Mineral Ridge, Ohio/Mineral Ridge) recorded a season-high 15 tackles and freshman linebacker Bobby Tuttle (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) added 12 stops.

Hill completed 14 of 24 passes for 109 yards. Christian Jackson led the Yellow Jackets with five catches for 55 yards. Bertrand Ngampa ran for 68 yards on 18 carries and Dominic Moore had 67 rushing yards on 18 attempts.

Waynesburg outgained Grove City 281-211. On average, Waynesburg started drives at its own 38 while the average Grove City possession started at the Wolverine 20. Waynesburg held a 32:45-27:15 edge in time of possession. Waynesburg converted six of 15 third-down situations while Grove City went 2 for 10.

Diani leads the team with four interceptions, which is the most for a Grove City player since Randy Santina picked off four passes in 2009.

Saturday's game took just 2 hours, 19 minutes.

Grove City returns to action October 20 against visiting Thomas More in conference action. Kickoff at Robert E. Thorn Field is 1:30 p.m.

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