Oil City Grad McFall Has Career Day but Grove City Football Drops Decision to Case Western

| September 16, 2018

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Grove City College football team dropped a 49-23 decision Saturday night to No. 19 Case Western Reserve in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action at jam-packed Robert E. Thorn Field.

(Photo of Cameron Drake. Photo courtesy of Grove City Athletics)

Grove City amassed 387 yards of offense on the night, including 261 through the air. Sophomore wide receiver Cameron Drake (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) caught a career-high 12 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown while classmate Cody Gustafson (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg) pulled in 10 passes for 122 yards and two scores.?

Junior quarterback Randall Labrie (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) completed 30 of 49 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, junior running back Wesley Schools (Port Jervis, N.Y./Port Jervis) ran for 104 yards on 23 carries. Schools has rushed for 100 yards or more in nine of his last 10 games.

The Wolverines also finished with 23 first downs and held a 37:51-22:09 advantage in time of possession. Grove City also executed 94 offensive plays.

Case Western Reserve (2-0, 1-0 PAC) jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter as Drew Saxton threw a pair of touchdown passes to Colt Morgan, then threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Sam Jenkins.

Grove City broke through at the 10:23 mark with a safety, as sophomore safety Patrick Mark (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Wellington) blocked a punt out of the end zone. The blocked punt came after a high punt snap that sent Case Western Reserve punter Chase Witte back to the goal line.

Gustafson’s 13-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds left in the first half cut the Spartans’ lead to 28-9.

Morgan caught two touchdown passes from Saxton in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Drake caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Labrie with 12:41 left. Gustafson pulled in a 14-yard touchdown pass with 6:14 remaining to cut the lead to 42-23. Case Western Reserve’s Donald Day III closed the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown run at the 4:22 mark.

Junior cornerback Jackson McFall (Oil City, Pa./Oil City) led the Grove City defense with a career-high 12 tackles. He also broke up a pair of passes. Senior linebacker Sam Henson (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) had seven tackles and a half sack. Freshman linebacker Parker Kilgore (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) also had a half sack.

Case Western Reserve finished with 524 yards. Saxton completed 24 of 34 passes for 361 yards.

Grove City will visit conference foe Washington & Jefferson next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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