Local College Football Roundup
NO. 9 SHEPHERD 45, GLENVILLE STATE 19
GLENVILLE – Ben Watts blocked a punt and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter for host Glenville State here Saturday afternoon at Morris Stadium, but No. 9 Shepherd responded with 31 unanswered points en route to an easy 45-19 Mountain East Conference win.
Rahman Lee finished with 148 yards rushing on 22 attempts, but the only offensive scores for GSC (4-5, 4-4) came via the pass. In a game that was 17-7 at halftime, the Pioneers fell behind 31-7 before Dante Absher caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Sean Steele.
However, CJ Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The final score for Glenville State came with 7:31 left to play when Seth Jordan had a 5-yard TD catch from Steffen Colon. Jihad Rasheed iced the game for the Rams (8-0, 7-0) with a 17-yard TD scamper.
Glenville State, which witnessed the Rams have a halftime advantage of 41-21 in total plays and 20:12-9:34 in time of possession, still led 7-3 after the first quarter.
However, a Jabre Lolley 3-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard interception return for a score by Corey Washington before the break turned the tide.
Shepherd, which knocked off the Pioneers for a third straight season, got the second half going with a bang when Jeff Ziemba found Justin Ford open for a 61-yard touchdown hook-up. Following a Lee fumble on the next series, which was forced by Dominique Dixon, Lolley scored his second TD of the game on a 9-yard dash.
Lolley rushed 17 times for 87 yards and Allen Cross (22-99) led the Rams’ backfield.
BALDWIN-WALLACE 31, MARIETTA 7
MARIETTA – Dan O’Brien’s 43-yard interception return for a touchdown with 31 seconds to play in the first half broke a 7-7 tie and propelled the Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets to a 31-7 Ohio Athletic Conference victory over the Marietta College Pioneers Saturday afternoon at Don Drumm Stadium.
O’Brien’s pick-6 off of a Tom Fulton pass came one play after the Pioneers forced a turnover of their own and appeared to have the momentum in their favor heading to intermission.
Yellow Jacket quarterback Kyle Ohradanzky got the scoring underway with an 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but the underdog Pioneers came charging right back with a 14 play, 73-yard drive, capped by Tim Conner’s five-yard touchdown run to even the score at 7-7.
The Pioneers were their own worst enemy in the first half as a pair of long touchdown passes from Fulton to senior wide receiver Kirby Harris were nullified by a holding penalty and an illegal block below the waist.
B-W appeared to get a huge break when Jerry Scholle intercepted a Fulton pass late in the second quarter to give the Jackets possession deep in Pioneer territory at the 17-yard line. But the stingy Pios defense rose to the occasion when senior linebacker Franklin Holmes sacked Ohradanzky, forcing a fumble that was recovered and returned to the 45-yard line by Daryl DeWindt.
The momentum gained from the turnover was short-lived however, as O’Brien jumped the route of Fulton’s screen pass intended for Josh Lianeza and raced into the end zone to give Baldwin-Wallace a 14-7 lead at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets added to their lead on a 13 -yard touchdown run by Issac Reed III midway through the third quarter and capped the scoring in the final period on a 35-yard field goal by Chris Mohler and Reed’s four-yard run.
Reed III led all rushers in the game, collecting 101 yards on just 15 carries, while Ohradanzky completed 7-of-10 passes for 58 yards while rushing for 44 yards on nine touches.
Conner led the Pioneers with 71 yards on 21 carries while freshman Roger Bush carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards.