Grove City Handles Waynesburg for 35-24 Win
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, October 31st, 2009
GROVE CITY — Putting together a complete ball game on offense, defense and special teams, the Grove City Wolverines defeated the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets, 35-24, Saturday afternoon at Robert E. Thorn Field.
“Our kids played a really good game both offensively and defensively and obviously special teams contributed as well,” said GCC coach Chris Smith. “Waynesburg never gave up the fight. When we went up 28-3, I thought that might have been the time for them to evaluate what was going on and live to fight another day, but they didn’t. I told their coach (Rich Shepas) after the game that they (Waynesburg) just ran out of time.”
The Wolverines scored on their first possession, running back Blaine Miller capping the drive with a 3-yard run to pay dirt. Craig Bicehouse’s first of five straight PATs gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead six minutes into the game.
Faced with a punting situation, Yellow Jacket punter Nate Feniello “shanked” a rugby style punt that never crossed the goal line. Standing over the ball, Feniello realized that the ball could be picked up and advanced, and when he did, the ball was recovered and fumbled two more times until GCC linebacker James Jennings pounced on the ball in the Waynesburg end zone for a touchdown. Bicehouse made it 14-0 early in the second period.
“I was watching him (Feniello) standing over the ball thinking he could pick the ball up and run with it because it was behind the line of scrimmage,” said Smith. “I don’t think he realized it right away, but he picked it up and as it turned out, it wasn’t a good decision for him because it turned into a touchdown for us.”
Pacing the Wolverine offensive attack were running back Blaine Miller and quarterback Andrew DiDonato, Miller with his legs and DiDonato with his arms and legs. Miller rushed for 108 yards and a pair of scores, while DiDonato threw for 172 yards while also rushing for 74 yards and two touchdown.
Leading 14-0, the Wolverines upped their lead to 28-3 on another touchdown run by Miller and one by quarterback Andrew DiDonato, but the Jackets hung around as they got a pair of touchdown runs by Justin Falcon to cut the GCC lead to 28-17.
“A number of guys in the huddle said, hey, let’s get it going, especially the guys up front on the offensive line,” said DiDonato about the final drive. “The line today just did an unbelievable job of opening holes for Blaine and he is just a great runner.”
“It is real easy to run through big holes and the offensive line opened a lot of them today,” said Miller. “They just did an outstanding job of blocking today.”
With Waynesburg trailing 28-17, but still hanging around, DiDonato and Miller combined on a final drive that resulted in a touchdown to give the Wolverines a 35-17 lead. On a designed quarterback run, DiDonato took off to his right and Miller destroyed the final defender between DiDonato and the end zone to complete the TD jaunt.
“On that play, Blaine lead blocks for me and he told me to follow him to the end zone,” said DiDonato. “He (Miller) kept his word by throwing a great block out there that allowed me to get to the corner.”
“We were in the backfield and I told him that I was going to lead him into the end zone,” said Miller. “After I told him that, I had to get the guy because he was the only one in the way so I tried to help him out a little bit.”
Now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the PAC, the Wolverines will host Westminster Saturday at Thorn Field before closing out the season in the battle for the Mercer County Cup with the Thiel Tomcats November 14 at Alumni Stadium in Greenville.
Waynesburg hosts Thiel Saturday before traveling to Washington & Jefferson to close out the season on November 14.
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