Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pac Foes Renew Rivalry in Style

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pac Foes Renew Rivalry in Style

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One of the best rivalries in Western Pennsylvania will be renewed today when Geneva travels to Grove City's Robert E. Thorn Field, as the two teams fight to remain in the top half of the Presidents' Athletic Conference standings.

Geneva (2-5, 2-3 PAC) leads the all-time series 41-35-7 and won the game last year but has lost in its past two trips to Thorn Field.

The game is a clash in styles as the Wolverines (3-4, 2-3) feature a ball-control offense while the Golden Tornadoes have a big- play offense.

Grove City, 2-3 in night games at home, leads the PAC in time of possession (33:05 minutes per game) and features the top rusher in the conference in Shane Kaclik (751 yards).

The Golden Tornadoes, though, feature the second-highest ranked quarterback in the PAC, Zack Hayward, who averages 228 passing yards per game and has thrown for 12 touchdowns.

OTHER GAMES

Monmouth at Duquesne, 12:10 p.m., Art Rooney Field -- The Dukes (5-2, 3-1 Northeast Conference) are holding out hope that they can still win the NEC. But they can't afford another loss as they trail first-place Albany (6-1, 4-0) by one game. Duquesne plays host to Albany Nov. 10.

Monmouth (3-4, 2-2) has had the Dukes' number, winning four of the past five games in the series.

The Dukes, who won the game last season against Monmouth, are coming off a 35-3 victory against Sacred Heart and is bolstered by the return of running back Larry McCoy, who needs only 69 yards to become the school's all-time leading rusher.

Mercyhurst at Edinboro, noon, Sox Harrison Stadium -- Mercyhurst (6-2, 4-1 PSAC West) is coming off a loss to IUP, but still can tie for first place in the conference by winning the rest of its games.

Edinboro (3-4, 2-3) features a strong passing attack (288 yards per game, fourth in PSAC).

The Fighting Scots are led by quarterback Cody Harris, who has thrown for 2,016 yards and 12 touchdowns and is the team's leading rusher with 332 and seven rushing touchdowns. …

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