Glenville State upsets No. 6 Notre Dame
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Javon Butler threw for a touchdown and caught two more, including the game-winning 25-yarder from Jaylen McNair in overtime here Saturday afternoon, as Glenville State shocked No. 6 Notre Dame, 23-20, snapping the Falcons’ 20-game regular-season winning streak.
Butler opened the scoring on a trick play during Glenville State’s first drive when he hooked up with Caleb Wynn on a 57-yard touchdown strike.
The Falcons (9-1, 8-1), who must win next week at W.Va. State to secure back-to-back Mountain East Conference championships, tried to answer on the ensuing drive, but Dom Cizauskas intercepted a Chris Brimm aerial at the 1 and returned it 36 yards, which led to a missed 53-yard field goal by Justin Watts.
Notre Dame, which received game-highs of 37 rushes for 187 yards from Jaleel McLaughlin, had a turnover on its second drive as well. After Jeremy Hamilton caught a pass, Cizauskas forced a fumble, which Dane Lynch picked up and returned 18 yards to the Falcon 32. However, Watts’ 43-yard field goal attempt went wide right.
GSC (6-4, 5-4) first-year head coach Mike Kellar’s squad managed to take a 10-0 advantage into halftime when the visitors marched 70 yards on 10 plays and Watts was true from 27 yards out with just a dozen ticks left in the half.
A 43-yard punt return by Marvelle Ross helped NDC dent the scoreboard at 8:25 of the third. McLaughlin hauled in a 5-yard TD pass from Brimm. Kellar’s team was facing a fourth-and-5 at the NDC 40 on their next drive and they opted to go for it. McNair, who finished 19 of 30 for 266 yards, found Butler for a 15-yard gain and a first down. With 4:41 to go in the third, Butler had a 16-yard TD catch for a 17-7 lead.
A sack against McNair led to a fumble, which Jack Kosko recovered for the hosts. Head coach Mike Jacobs’ team turned that into a 40-yard field goal by Tanner Harding to get within a score.
Watts had a chance to make it a two possession affair in the fourth, but his 44-yard field goal sailed wide left. NDC then went on a seven-play, 73-yard scoring drive which was capped by a McLaughlin 1-yard plunge.
Both teams punted before overtime and in the extra session the hosts got a 38-yard field goal from Harding to go ahead 20-17. After Mario Pender was stopped for no gain on first down, McNair found Butler for the 25-yard TD pass and the upset.
“We played good ‘D’ all day on the McLaughlin kid,” admitted Kellar, whose watched the G-men hold NDC to 276 total yards after the Falcons entered the fray averaging 437 an outing. “We tackled. We just tackled and we got a couple really opportunistic turnovers.
“Offensively, we just made enough plays, got enough running game going to do some play-action. Javon Butler put a show on. I told them to celebrate tonight, but then we got to get ready for Frostburg State (noon next Saturday at Morris Stadium). I’m sure they’ll celebrate this one a little harder than most.”
Pender led the GSC ground attack with 45 stripes on 18 attempts. Butler finished with game-highs of seven catches for 122 yards. Osai Brown (3-97) and tight end Isaac Myers (4-35) also had productive efforts in the triumph.
Cizauskas finished with 11 solo tackles and 14 total stops, which included 2.5 tackles for loss. Teammate Wil Mayes made six solo stops and 11 total tackles.
The G-men held a 382-276 advantage in total yards and finished the day plus-one in turnovers. NDC, which saw Brimm go 13 of 23 for just 85 yards, fumbled four times and lost one.
West Virginia State 24,
WHEELING — West Virginia State posted a 24-0 shutout victory over Wheeling on Saturday afternoon at Bishop Schmitt Field. WVSU led 7-0 at the break and added 17 more points in the second half to secure the win.
The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 7-2) gave up just 11 first downs and 239 yards of total offense on the day.
Taylor Carter led WVSU with 121 yards rushing, while Dant’e Jones had a pair of rushing touchdowns. WVSU ran the ball 49 times for 302 yards. The Yellow Jackets put the ball in the air just 16 times.
Dustin Crouser led WVSU with 10 tackles. Noble Zuschlag added eight more.
Wheeling (0-10, 0-9) was led by Tucker Strachan’s 146 yards through the air. James Reese had 10 tackles in the game, including 1.5 for a loss.
West Liberty 23,
West Virginia Wesleyan 20
WEST LIBERTY — Owen Rozanc’s 22-yard field goal with just seconds left in the game lifted West Liberty to a 23-20 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday at West Family Stadium.
With the win, West Liberty evened its record to 5-5 overall and went to 4-5 in the MEC. WVWC dropped to 1-9 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
With the game tied at 14-14 in the fourth, Wesleyan took the lead on a 59-yard touchdown reception from Jarrett Northrup. However, the point-after attempt failed making it a 20-14 game. West Liberty evened the game up with just over 1:14 left as Zach Phillips connected with Isaiah Robinson from 20 yards out, but the PAT on that score failed to knot the game up at 20-20.
West Liberty’s Brandon Morrison picked off Northrup just two plays later at the Wesleyan 37-yard line to give the ‘Toppers the chance for the win. WVWC looked like it may have picked up the defensive stop, but a pass interference call on 4th-and-12 gave WLU a first down. Phillips rushed for 19 yards on the next play to set up the game-winner from Rozanc. Phillips, who missed the last two weeks with an injury, was 25-of-44 for 272 yards with three touchdowns. Robinson had seven grabs for 153 yards and two scores.
Koty Hudson led WLU defensively with eight tackles. In addition to his interception, Morrison had five solo stops. David Gilcreast had 4.5 TFL in the game, including 2.0 sacks, and forced a pair of fumbles. West Liberty held WVWC to -10 yards rushing on the day.
Northrup finished with 250 yards passing with two touchdowns. Derek Drapen had four catches for 92 yards and a pair of scores. Renard Matthews paced WVWC defensively with nine tackles (2.0 for a loss). Grant Safford forced two fumbles. John Merica had a pair of interceptions to go with seven tackles.
Frostburg State 35,
Kentucky Wesleyan 25
FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State used four second-half touchdowns to eclipse a slow start for 35-25 win over Kentucky Wesleyan. The Bobcats improved to 8-2 on the year with the win.
Junior Lincoln Ikwubuo caught two third-quarter touchdown passes, classmate Gavin Lavat rumbled for a pair of scores and senior Vincent Persichetti put an exclamation point on the afternoon as he returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth.
Brunson finished the afternoon with 179 yards through the air on 14-of-26 completions with two touchdowns. He connected with junior Terrell Brown for 113 yards on six receptions, while Ikwubuo finished with 54 yards on six catches with two scores.
Lavat posted 88 of his 145 rushing yards in the second half. He scored Frostburg’s first touchdown of the afternoon from 17 yards out for a 7-6 edge with 6:52 to play in the first half.
Junior Avery Thurman led both teams with 14 total tackles with one pass breakup. Junior Monte Jones was second on the roster with 13 stops, one tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks. Wiley Cain threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Kentucky Wesleyan (0-10) offense. Corey Johnson, Jr. scored two touchdowns on the ground and ran for 13 yards on 15 carries.