2013-14 Rewind: Top Moments in Wolverine Athletics

Moment 11: Ritchie accounts for four TDs, Pell scores on keeper in OT to lead Wolverines to Mercer Co. Cup victory

Quite a few college football players will score a touchdown over the course of their careers. Some will account for touchdowns in multiple ways (receiving, rushing, passing, return, defensive) during their four years. Some may even score in two of those ways in the same game. But to account for touchdowns in three different manners in the same game is a pretty rare feat.

Grove City College senior wide receiver Anthony Ritchie accomplished that very achievement at an opportune time, passing for a touchdown, rushing for one and receiving a pair to lead the Wolverines to a 50-44 overtime victory over local and Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Thiel to retain the coveted Mercer County Cup in the game's 30th edition.

After trading first quarter touchdowns with the Tomcats, it looked as if the Wolverines might pull away for the win. Ritchie found senior tight end Pat Donoughe for a 16-yard touchdown pass - the first touchdown completion of his career - to give the Wolverines a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter and, following a Ben Manwaring fumble recovery, extended their lead to 21-7 just 49 seconds later when senior quarterback Brian Pell found Ritchie for a 42-yard score.

Following a Thiel score, Pell and Ritchie would connect for the second time - this time a 22-yard completion - to push the Wolverine lead back to 27-14. Thiel would not waver, scoring 10 unanswered to close the half and cut the lead to 27-24.

Thiel continued its surge, retaking the lead at 37-30 early in the fourth quarter but Coach Smith continued to bring out every play in the book and the Wolverines executed. Sophomore halfback Zach Rader found Khalil Ervin for a 30-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 38 and Grove City went back on top 44-37 when Ritchie rushed 22 yards to the end zone on a reverse.

The Tomcats, however, would answer once again with a game-tying touchdown with just 29 seconds remaining in regulation.

In overtime, Thiel had possession first, but senior free safety Joe Diani intercepted a pass to end Thiel's drive. That was the break that the Wolverine offense needed, and Pell took care of the rest, scoring on a 13-yard option keeper to seal the victory and send the seniors off with a win.


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