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October 27, 2012

Grove City humbles Geneva, 26-8

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team improved to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Saturday night by rolling to a 26-8 victory over archrival Geneva (2-6, 2-4 PAC) at Robert E. Thorn Field.

The Wolverines amassed 413 yards of offense and held Geneva to just 181 total yards. Grove City also held a 36:10-23:50 edge in time of possession.

Senior tailback Shane Kaclik (Mars, Pa./Mars) charged through the Geneva defense for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Junior wide receiver Anthony Ritchie (Big Rock, Ill./Wheaton Academy) caught six passes for 111 yards while junior quarterback Brian Pell (Streamwood, Ill./Wheaton Academy) accounted 233 yards of total offense.

Grove City took a 3-0 lead on its first possession of the game when senior kicker Kurt Devlin (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) booted a career-long 40-yard field goal with 8:23 left in the first quarter.

The Wolverines pushed the lead to 9-0 with 13:48 left in the second quarter when Kaclik scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

Kaclik ignited Grove City's final touchdown drive with a 30-yard run to the Geneva 44. Four plays later, Pell threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Ritchie with 1:14 left.

Geneva cut the lead to 16-8 with 3:38 left in the third quarter on Dylan Jones' three-yard touchdown run.

Grove City answered in the fourth quarter with Kaclik's one-yard touchdown run with 7:38 left. The touchdown capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive that used 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

Devlin closed the scoring with 4:24 left by kicking a 34-yard field goal.

The Wolverines finished the game with 236 yards rushing. Grove City converted 7 of 14 third-down opportunities. Pell completed 13 of 21 passes for 177 yards. He also rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries.

Junior cornerback Chris Gibbs (Akron, Ohio/Revere) recorded a team-high eight tackles while sophomore Jason Skyrm (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and junior linebacker Ryan Althausen (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) each had seven stops.

Geneva quarterback Rocco Colavecchia completed 16 of 32 passes for 82 yards. He also led Geneva with 56 rushing yards on 15 carries.

Kaclik now has 919 rushing yards this year. He is the third Grove City back to rush for 900 yards or more in a season, joining Doug Steiner and R.J. Bowers.

Grove City is 3-0 at home against Geneva since the Tornadoes joined the conference. The 18-point margin of victory is Grove City's largest in a home night game.

The Wolverines visit Saint Vincent next Saturday in conference play at 1 p.m.

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