October 20, 2012
Thomas More tops Grove City
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team dropped a 27-0 decision to visiting Thomas More (4-3, 4-2) Saturday afternoon in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at Robert E. Thorn Field.
Grove City (3-4, 2-3 PAC) limited the Saints to just 52 yards rushing while also holding a 37:18-22:42 advantage in time of possession.
Thomas More took control of Saturday's game with 20 second-half points, however. The Saints took a 7-0 lead with 10:33 left in the first half on Zach Autenrieb's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Saints pushed the lead to 10-0 with 11:23 left in the third quarter on Tim Gormly's 35-yard field goal. The lead grew to 17-0 with 1:51 left in the period on Jensen Gebhardt's six-yard touchdown pass to Cody Hinkel.
Thomas More sealed the win with 10 fourth-quarter points. Gebhardt threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Goose Cohorn with 12:36 left. Gormly closed the scoring with a 23-yard field goal at the 3:44 mark.
Senior quarterback Mike McDonald (North Brunswick N.J./North Brunswick) made his first start for Grove City and threw for 98 yards on 12-of-23 accuracy. Freshman quarterback Josh Peach (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) completed five of nine attempts for 37 yards. Each quarterback threw one interception.
Junior wide receiver Anthony Ritchie (Big Rock, Ill./Wheaton Academy) led Grove City with six catches for 70 yards. Senior wide receiver Dustin Anewalt (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) had six receptions for 39 yards.
Senior tailback Shane Kaclik (Mars, Pa./Mars) ran for a game-high 62 yards on 22 carries.
Gebhardt completed 20 of 28 passes for 207 yards. Cohorn led the Saints with five catches for 58 yards. Adam Rauch led the Saints with 24 rushing yards on seven carries. The Saints averaged just 2.3 yards per carry.
Senior safety Shawn Mercer (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) led Grove City with eight tackles. Senior defensive end Marc Shamley (Orlando, Fla./Pine Castle Christian) and junior linebacker Brandon Miller (Corry, Pa./Corry) both had sacks.
Grove City held Thomas More to a 2-for-9 effort on third downs. Thomas More outgained Grove City, 259-253.
Grove City will host archrival Geneva next Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the annual night game at Robert E. Thorn Field.
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