Records were broken and one team stayed undefeated in an eventful weekend in PSAC West football action. Clarion sits atop the West with a 5-0 record overall and in the league, followed by Cal (4-1, 2-0), IUP (3-1, 2-0), Slippery Rock (4-1, 1-1), Seton Hill (2-3, 1-1), Gannon (3-2, 0-2), Mercyhurst (3-2, 0-2) and Seton Hill (0-5, 0-2).
IUP 42, Edinboro 21
IUP took a 28-0 halftime lead and turned it into a solid victory over Edinboro at home Saturday. All four touchdowns in the first half for IUP came from running back Chris Temple, who finished with all six touchdowns and racked up 234 yards on the ground. His six rushing scores set a new school record. Edinboro really never got anything going but did score off an 88-yard interception return from Mitch Thomas in the third quarter. IUP moves to 3-1 with the win while Edinboro falls to 0-5.
Slippery Rock 41, Gannon 14
Slippery Rock held Gannon scoreless in the second half and poured on the offense en route to a 41-14 win on the road Saturday. The Rock got 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Shamar Greene and held the Knights to just 58 yards on the ground despite Brock Jones getting 82 and a TD. Gannon’s Liam Nadler threw 45 passes, completing just 18 for 22 yards in the loss. SRU improved to 4-1 while Gannon fell to 3-2.
Cal 38, Seton Hill 34
Cal scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overcome a late-game deficit en route to beating Seton Hill at home Saturday. Down by three, Garry Brown caught a 37-yard TD pass from James Harris with 1:47 left to give the Vulcans the win. Harris threw for 309 yards and four TDs in the win, which improved Cal to 4-1 and dropped Seton Hill to 2-3. The Griffins’ quarterback Christian Strong threw 65 passes, completing 44 of them for 473 yards and three scores.
Clarion 41, Mercyhurst 27
Clarion jumped out to a 10-point first-quarter lead and never trailed in a lopsided victory at home Saturday. Golden Eagles QB Connor Simmons had another strong game, completing 26-of-33 passes for 431 yards and three scores with no interceptions. Clarion was able to pick up the win despite letting Mercyhurst running back Brandon Brown-Dukes top the century mark with 100 yards on 12 carries. Clarion is now 5-0 while Mercyhurst fell to 3-2.
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