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2017 Week 2: Saturday MEC Football Roundup

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Notre Dame 35, Glenville State 10

Malik Grove threw for 263 yards and accounted for five touchdowns on Saturday, propelling Notre Dame to a 35-10 win over the visiting Glenville State Pioneers.

Grove completed 18-30 pass attempts with four touchdowns while leading the Falcons’ ground game with 88 yards on nine carries and one score. Marvelle Ross tallied seven receptions for 78 yards with two touchdowns. Emmanuel Smith notched 71 receiving yards on the day with one touchdown with Tay Johnson recording two catches for 110 yards and one score for Notre Dame (1-1, 1-1).

Ja’Quay Garmon threw for 243 yards (21-35) with one touchdown in the game for Glenville State (0-2, 0-2). DJ Williams hauled in seven passes for 111 yards with Javon Butler tallying 101 receiving yards on five grabs. Dominique Gibson accounted for 88 rushing yards on 15 carries.

With 18 seconds left in the first quarter, Grove connected with Ross on a 12-yard touchdown pass to put the Falcons on the board. Grove found Ross again with 7:36 on the clock in the second quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass to leave Glenville State trailing 14-0.

The Pioneers answered back after the halftime break with a 30-yard field goal by Kelvin Flores. Grove’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Johnson on the next drive pushed the Falcons ahead 21-3. Down but not out, Glenville State capped a six play, 75-yard drive with Garmon’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ratliff to cut the deficit. Notre Dame would add two more scores before the close of the contest to earn the 35-10 win at Mueller Field.

Defensively, Cory Roberts paced the Pioneers with nine tackles (six solo). Curtis Collins notched seven stops (three solo) on the day.

Glenville State racked up 467 offensive yards with Notre Dame recording 407 over the course of the contest.


Fairmont State 27, Urbana 24

Despite trailing 24-17 with 5:34 left in the fourth quarter, Fairmont State used a late scoring drive and a 45-yard field goal to take home a 27-24 win over Urbana on Saturday.

The Falcons held a 17-9 lead heading into halftime before Tajuan Green’s five-yard touchdown pass to Trey McFadden followed by a successful two-point conversion by Urbana knotted the score 17-17 in the third quarter.

With 5:34 left in the game, Rodell Rahmaan hauled in a two-yard pitch from Green and Josh Cole’s PAT was good, leaving the Falcons trailing 24-17. JuJuan Young-Battle answered the call for Fairmont State, connecting with Jeff Iweh on a 60-yard touchdown pass to shift the momentum. On the next drive, Abu Kai Kai recovered an Urbana fumble at the Blue Knights’ 24 to set the stage for the late win. A 45-yard field goal by Sam Keil for the Falcons secured the 27-24 victory at Urbana University field.

Young-Battle completed 16-33 pass attempts for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the win for Fairmont State (1-1, 1-0). He connected with six different receivers in the contest including Andre Hall five times for 71 yards and Iweh 3 times for 108 yards. Terrell Charles recorded 61 of the team’s 80 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Green threw for 202 yards (13-23) with two touchdowns in the setback for Urbana (0-2, 0-2). Saunders led the receiving corps with six receptions for 127 yards. Maurice Warren accounted for 57 of the team’s 73 rushing yards on 15 carries.

Fairmont State totaled 341 offensive yards (80 rushing, 261 passing) on the afternoon while holding Urbana to 277 (73 rushing, 204 passing). Jerry Iweh had nine solo tackles for the Falcons along with an interception (61 yards). Duray Hall recorded 10 stops on the day (eight solo) with one sack (five yards). Clayton Bullard added two sacks for the Blue Knights, totaling 14 yards while L.A. Kelly had two blocked punts and a safety on the afternoon. Fairmont State recorded three blocked punts on the day, tying an MEC record (Shepherd vs. Assumption, 2016).


West Virginia Wesleyan 34, West Liberty 0

West Virginia Wesleyan scored 20 points in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a 34-0 win over West Liberty.

Jujuan Linzy jump started the Bobcats’ offense after returning Christian Morris’ punt 72-yards for a touchdown. Tyler Fischer’s PAT was good, leaving the Hilltoppers trailing 7-0. On the next drive, Kobe Vinegar blocked Morris’ punt leading to a touchdown by Anthony Robinson, propelling West Virginia Wesleyan to a quick 14-0 advatange. Ryan Deal would connect with Linzy on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 4:43 on the clock in the first quarter to give the Bobcats a commanding 20-0 lead.

West Virginia Wesleyan (2-0, 2-0) added a score in the second and fourth quarter and held West Liberty (1-1, 1-1) off for the remainder of the contest to earn the 34-0 win.

Ryan Deal threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns with Kenny Lewis Jr. and Sterling Dewdney each recording 48 receiving yards on the day. Devin Montgomery tallied 17 carries for 67 yards.

Brenton Colabella notched 132 passing yards on the afternoon. Osman Kargbo hauled in three passes for a game-high 62 yards. Jeremiah Ortiz had 20 carries totaling 109 of the team’s 110 total rushing yards in the loss.

The shutout is the first for the Bobcats as part of the MEC.


UVa-Wise 34, West Virginia State 24

UVa-Wise held off West Virginia State with a 34-24 win over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night at Carl Smith Stadium.

The Cavaliers improved to 2-0 (2-0 MEC) for the first time since 2008. The Yellow Jackets had their record evened at 1-1 (1-1 MEC).

UVa-Wise came up with a pair of critical turnovers in the game, the first was a Donavan Montague interception return for a touchdown to get the Cavs on the board, and Montague came up with another big interception in the fourth quarter as West Virginia State was looking for a game-tying or go-ahead score with 4:07 to play.

WVSU appeared to have forced a tie going into halftime after Dionta Brown caught a touchdown pass from Matt Kinnick with 1:46 left, but the Cavaliers answered just :42 seconds later when Brycen Lee hit James Cousins from 38 yards out to give UVa-Wise the 21-14 lead at the break.

The two teams traded scores in the third quarter, and West Virginia State’s Aaron Ball hit a 24-yard field goal to pull the Yellow Jackets to within three at 27-24 with still 8:35 to go. The Yellow Jackets got the defensive stop they needed on UVa-Wise’s next possession, but Montague’s pick effectively ended the State rally. The Cavaliers went on to punch in another touchdown for the final 34-24 margin.

Lee finished 15-of-25 passing for 251 yards with two scores and an interception. Carlton Griffith rushed 10 times for 67 yards and a touchdown, and Kaian Duverger had four catches for 52 yards and a score.

Along with Montague, Ed Kargbo helped lead the defense with 14 tackles (nine solo) and Dylan Giovine had 10 stops and two sacks.

WVSU’s Calil Wilkins piled up 201 yards rushing and had one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets. Kinnick finished 15-of-33 for 195 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Quinton Gray and Brown had touchdown catches. Trent Williamson led the defense with 10 tackles and a sack.


Charleston 27, Concord 0

Charleston posted a 27-0 shutout over Concord on Thursday night in the MEC Game of the Week at UC Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (1-1, 1-1) held Concord (0-2, 0-2) to under 100 yards of total offense while piling up 458 yards, including 292 on the ground. Mason Olzewski was a dual-threat for UC competing 16-of-21 passes for 168 yards and one score, while adding 76 yards on the ground and two more scores. Tevion Cappe added 85 rushing yards and a touchdown.

The UC defense came up with five sacks on the night, led by a pair from Jalen Nelson. John Cominsky had a team-high 11 tackles. Concord was led on defense by Dominic Wilson’s game-high 19 tackles, and Zach Malone had 12 stops and a sack for the Mountain Lions.

Charleston, which fell behind early last week, turned the tables on Concord scoring on its first two possessions of the game and then added another touchdown in the second to complete the scoring.

Concord had chances early in the second half to get back into the game, but had a field goal attempt blocked after a fumble recovery at the UC 10-yard line. Later in the quarter, CU blocked a Charleston punt and recovered at the Charleston 28, but was unable to manage any points. The Golden Eagles put the game away with a 13-play, 91-yard drive that covered nearly seven minutes and left CU with no time to recover.

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