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Small School Roundup: Slippery Rock, Mercyhurst, Westminster, Grove City Notch Wins

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The 18th-ranked Slippery Rock University football team put together a dominant second half to run away with a 35-14 win on the road at West Chester University Saturday in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference crossover action from John Farrell Stadium.

The Rock improve to 2-0 on the year with the win and improve to 11-9 all-time against West Chester, while the Golden Rams slip to 1-1 with the loss.

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MERCYHURST 49, LOCK HAVEN 7

LOCK HAVEN, Pa.  – Mercyhurst football continues its dominance over Lock Haven as they improve their record against the Bald Eagles to 8-0 all-time in their win Saturday night.

The Lakers used a terrific second half to secure the big win, outscoring Lock Haven 43-0 over the final 30 minutes in the 49-7 win.

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IUP 38, EAST STROUDSBURG 35

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Crimson Hawks took the road to East Stroudsburg, PA in their first game of the season.

The Hawks took the win against the Warriors in the last three seconds of the fourth quarter, with a score of 38-35. After the loss of IUP Frank Cignetti Sr., the Hawks went out to get the win for the ‘Big Man’. A couple of standouts were transfer quarterback Mak Sexton who threw for 367 passing yards in his first game with the Hawks. Another standout was Duane Brown, the wide receiver is now the 8th player in program history with a 200-yard game.

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GANNON 16, MILLERSVILLE 10 

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Gannon moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2016 with a hard-earned 16-10 win at Millersville.

The Golden Knights had to overcome a pair of first-half turnovers and a slew of penalties in their first road contest of the season but rode another impressive defensive effort and two special teams plays to the win.

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SHEPHERD 41, EDINBORO 7

SHEPERDSTOWN, W.Va. – The Edinboro football team dropped a 41-7 decision to No. 5 Shepherd Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium.

Despite having their first 300-yard passing game since Sept. 1, 2018, the Scots couldn’t overcome the four turnovers and the Rams’ rushing attack.

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KUTZTOWN 24, CALIFORNIA 19

KUTZTOWN, Pa.  – The No. 17 Vulcans were unable to overcome a trio of fourth-quarter touchdowns on Saturday afternoon while suffering a 24-19 loss at defending-league champion Kutztown in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Crossover action.

With the loss, the California (PA) football team moves to 1-1 this season. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears also sit at 1-1 overall after earning their first conference title in a decade last year.

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BLOOMSBURG 42, CLARION 3

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The Golden Eagles once again showed the ability to move the ball on the ground, but Clarion was unable to take advantage in key swing moments as they fell 42-3 to Bloomsburg at Redman Stadium.

Similar to their first game of the season, Clarion moved the ball effectively on the ground, recording 38 rushes for 186 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average against the Huskies.

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WESTMINSTER 42, BETHANY 3

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Coming off an opening-week road loss, Westminster College football team bounced back in a big way against Bethany College Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Gomes ground out 183 yards rushing and tallied 2 touchdowns, and the Titans tallied 42 unanswered points en route to a 42-3 win at Harold Burry Stadium/Memorial Field.

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GROVE CITY 55, GENEVA 17

GROVE CITY, Pa. — The Grove City College football team scored 41 straight points during the final three quarters Saturday afternoon on the way to a 55-17 victory over visiting Geneva at Robert E. Thorn Field.

Grove City trailed 10-7 after one quarter but grabbed a 20-10 lead by halftime, then broke open the game in the second half.

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ALLEGHENY 34, THIEL 6

GREENVILLE, Pa. — A stout defensive performance, including three forced turnovers and an interception return for a touchdown, helped the Allegheny College football team secure a 34-6 non-conference victory over Thiel College for the Gators’ first win of the 2022 season.

The defense shined all afternoon for the Gators (1-1), who held the Tomcats (0-2) to a mere 217 yards of total offense.

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WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON 52, SAINT VINCENT 21

LATROBE, Pa. — Justin Huss (Derry, Pa./Derry) and Raymond Holmes (Verona, Pa./Serra Catholic) each surpassed 100 yards rushing and the W&J offense amassed 539 yards of total offense in a 52-21 rout of Saint Vincent College Saturday afternoon at Chuck Noll Field.

W&J showed great balance offensively, as they rushed for 287 yards and passed for 252.

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