Saturday’s area colleges games
Mount Union 62, Capital 0
Mount Union senior defensive back Isaiah Scott returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the Purple Raiders posted their fifth-straight shutout. Mount Union (6-0, 5-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) extended its regular season winning streak to 69 games and home field winning streak to 60 games. The five straight shutouts are one shy of the school record set in 2007. Scott had interception returns of 84 and 40 yards. The Raiders also had two sacks and forced two fumbles. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) had 71 yards rushing with a 40-yard touchdown run and threw for two scores.
Wooster 45, Hiram 14
Wooster finished the game with 539 yards of offense (243 rushing and 296 passing) and was led by Richard Barnes who completed 14-of-22 passes for 185 yards with three TD and one interception. Running back John Battaglia led all rushers with 77 yards on 11 attempts. Hiram had 259 yards of offense (102 rushing and 157 passing) with Brandon Rehor completing 4-for-7 passes for 113 yards and a TD. Freshman Zach Bailey (Niles) also saw playing time, completing six-of-18 passes for 44 yards, but threw one interception. Freshman running back T.J. Babauta led the Terriers’ ground attack with 58 yards on seven carries. Richard Simpson led the Hiram wideouts with three catches for 70 yards and a TD. On defense, junior Tyler Williams recorded a game-high 15 tackles (nine solo and six assists) to go along with a forced fumble. Freshman Garrett Primer had 14 stops (seven solo and seven assists) in addition to three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Lake Erie 35, Malone 34
Redshirt junior Brendan Gallagher accounted for four touchdowns and the Storm defense forced three turnovers as Lake Erie won its second straight game. Gallgher threw touchdown passes of 36 yards to redshirt freshman Tyler Lindgren and 10 yards to sophomore Cole Gordon and ran for a 1-yard score for the Storm (2-5, 2-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Malone scored on three straight possessions to start the second half to take the lead. After recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half, the Pioneers got a 26-yard field goal from Jake Hardy and then forced back-to-back three-and-outs from the Storm offense and converted those into touchdowns. Will Szpor tossed a 27-yard pass to Justin McLean and Steven Niewiedzial ran one in from five yards out for a 24-21 lead with 4:27 left in the third quarter. The Storm responded when redshirt freshman Anthony Kukwa took an option pitch and rumbled 52-yards down the sideline to set up the Storm offense inside the Malone 20 yard line. Three plays later Gallagher took it in on a keeper from 2 yards out to give the Storm back the lead. Lake Erie outgained Malone 398-305, picking up 293 yards on the ground. Szpor was 15-of-32 yards passing for 204 yards with a touchdown and one interception.
Washington & Jefferson 24, Westminster 21
Despite leading 14-10 at halftime, the Titans dropped to 2-3, 1-3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Presidents improved to 5-2, 4-1. Senior wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem) caught two passes and is tied fifth-all time in Westminster history with Tim McNeil (‘96) with 129 career receptions. Dak Britt led the Titans as he passed for 158 yards.
Thomas More 28, Thiel 16
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Thiel senior defensive end Tim Taylor recorded three and a half sacks to become the school’s all-time career leader. Andrew Smith finished the game 21-of-31. He threw for 141 yards and one touchdown pass. He also ran for 81 yards on 15 carries. Zane Garza was Smith’s top target, catching six passes for 23 yards. Ethan Ludwig (East Liverpool) and Taylor continued to put up good numbers defensively for Thiel. Ludwig finished with 11 tackles, including three for a loss, while Taylor, who entered the game as the conference leader in sacks, tallied six tackles, four and a half of which were for a loss, and 3.5 sacks. Martae Hainesworth (Warren JFK) added nine tackles and a sack.
Slippery Rock 28, Clarion 20
Junior quarterback Nigel Barksdale passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third score in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division football action. Barksdale completed 19 of 26 pass attempts for 257 yards with one interception with TD completions to freshman Jaimire Dutrieuille (14 yards) and senior Josh Gardner (3 yards). Barksdale also scored on a 2-yard run.