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Saints, Cardinals win Top 25 battles


It was elation on the field, dejection on the sidelines and in the stands after Demarre Nelson's second pick.
St. John Fisher athletics photo

Hjavier Pitts was the leading ground gainer for Thomas More.
Thomas More athletics file photo

Oftentimes it seems key conference battles come at the end of the season. But in Saturday's afternoon games, both the Presidents' Athletic Conference and Empire 8 saw key clashes that will shape the chase for their automatic bids.

Thomas More used a long drive at the beginning of the first half, then intercepted Pete Coughlin on the next possession and scored one play later to expand its lead to 21-3 and went on to pull away from Washington & Jefferson 35-9 on Saturday. 

The Saints, ranked No. 20 in the latest D3football.com Top 25 poll, intercepted Coughlin again on the next possession for the No. 23 Presidents and turned that into a score as well. In all, Coughlin was 15-for-32 passing, a week after throwing seven touchdowns in the first half. Brenan Kuntz was 19-for-31 for 246 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints, while running for an additional 75 yards. Daylin Garland was his top target, with eight catches for 139 yards and a score. The Saints limited W&J to 204 total yards and held the ball for 38:58.

Demarre Nelson intercepted passes to end each of Cortland's final two possessions, giving No. 21 St. John Fisher a 31-24 road win vs. No. 15 Cortland in a battle of Empire 8 contenders. The Cardinals (3-0, 1-0 E8) jumped out to a 21-3 on the first play of the second quarter, then held on as Cortland (2-1, 0-1) cut the lead to seven on a 15-yard run by Alex Wasserman in the fourth quarter. Nelson's interceptions came at the 9-yard line with 2:49 left and at the 17 with under 10 seconds remaining.

K.J. Kearney put the Christopher Newport passing record at a more respectable total, completing 30 of 44 for 400 yards, and the Captains pulled away to defeat No. 17 Wesley 42-28. The Wolverines fall to 1-2 for the first time since 2003. CNU scored 21 fourth-quarter points in the win.

Moravian scored twice in the fourth quarter to make it an eight-point game, but the Greyhounds could get no further as No. 11 Johns Hopkins was able to close out a 29-21 win. Moravian had two more shots to tie, including one following an interception, but Marcus Spearman picked off a pass at the 8-yard line with under 2:30 left and the Blue Jays got two first downs to run out the clock. Jonathan Germano was 34-for-53 passing for 331 yards and two scores in the win.

No. 14 Delaware Valley scored on its first six possessions and held the ball for more than three-quarters of the game as the Aggies had no trouble with King's in a 49-14 win. Delaware Valley outgained the Monarchs on the ground, 278-2.

Ryan Jones threw for 108 yards and a touchdown, led an offense that had four players rush for more than 70 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 159 yards himself as No. 16 Salisbury had little trouble in a 40-20 win vs. Montclair State. 

No. 24 Stevenson won its first game as a ranked team, scoring the first 21 points and cruising to a 24-13 win vs. Lebanon Valley. Daniel Williams was 23-for-28 through the air, while Jimmy Lauer had nine tackles (six solo) and an interception to pace the Mustangs defense.

B.J. Mitchell ran for three touchdowns in the first half and top-ranked Mount Union had little trouble with Marietta as the Purple Raiders cruised to a 56-0 win in their OAC opener. Mount Union led 50-0 at the half. Mitchell's last carry was with 4:47 left in the second quarter. ... St. Thomas scored three touchdowns in the game's first 6:34 and the Tommies rolled to a 48-3 lead at the half en route to a 62-10 win vs. Carleton. St. Thomas averaged 9.9 yards per snap. ... North Central intercepted six Illinois Wesleyan passes and held the Titans to 94 passing yards in a 34-7 win in the CCIW opener for both teams. 

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Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
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at Guilford 28, Ferrum 27
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Westfield State 41, at Fitchburg State 27
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Wilkes 31, at FDU-Florham 16
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at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
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Plymouth State 29, at Framingham State 28
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at Hamilton 62, Bowdoin 27
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at Gallaudet 35, Castleton 25
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at Hobart 52, Rochester 7
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Nichols 23, at Becker 15
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Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
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at Hope 70, Finlandia 6
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King's 51, at Alvernia 7
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at Morrisville State 41, Utica 24
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at Centre 33, Trinity (Texas) 28
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at Cortland 41, Buffalo State 7
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Husson 56, at Alfred State 14
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Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
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Western Connecticut 23, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
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at Amherst 35, Colby 9
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Stevenson 20, at Widener 6
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Wesleyan 44, at Bates 13
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at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
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at Carnegie Mellon 17, Bethany 14
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at Salisbury 17, Montclair State 15
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Maryville (Tenn.) 34, at Methodist 9
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Wabash 7, at Ohio Wesleyan 0
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Misericordia 25, at Lebanon Valley 21
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Denison 20, at DePauw 12
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at Western New England 56, Curry 21
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Randolph-Macon 45, at Shenandoah 14
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Kalamazoo 20, at Albion 19
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Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Thiel 7
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Wooster 27, at Oberlin 21
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at Washington and Lee 40, Emory and Henry 29
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at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
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at Hiram 28, Kenyon 24
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Wesley 54, at Kean 6
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Trine 50, at Olivet 49
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Southern Virginia 23, at Apprentice 21
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at St. John Fisher 42, Hartwick 14
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MacMurray 27, at Crown 21
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at Martin Luther 28, Westminster (Mo.) 12
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at Macalester 47, Lawrence 21
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Ithaca 24, at Union 0
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at Marietta 63, Wilmington 21
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at Coast Guard 15, Maine Maritime 0
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Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Tufts 24
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Franklin 42, at Mount St. Joseph 34
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Manchester 21, at Bluffton 17
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John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
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at Hanover 48, Defiance 7
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at Baldwin Wallace 44, Muskingum 7
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at Grove City 28, Waynesburg 3
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Merchant Marine 17, at Springfield 14
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Middlebury 21, at Williams 10
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at Huntingdon 52, Brevard 17
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Hampden-Sydney 42, at Bridgewater 21
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at SUNY-Maritime 35, Dean 7
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Endicott 66, at University of New England 38
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at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
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Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
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at Texas Lutheran 28, East Texas Baptist 21
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Augustana 41, at North Park 7
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Louisiana College 35, at McMurry 23
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at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
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Wartburg 31, at Coe 19
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Eureka 44, at Concordia-Chicago 14
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Carleton 36, at Augsburg 34
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Rockford 37, at Lakeland 20
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Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Hamline 14
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at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
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Concordia (Wis.) 23, at Aurora 20
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at Benedictine 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 31
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at Loras 44, Nebraska Wesleyan 20
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St. Norbert 21, at Chicago 20
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Bethel 35, at St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 41, Buena Vista 26
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Millikin 32, at Carthage 29
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Knox 28, at Grinnell 7
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at Central 17, Simpson 16
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at Ripon 49, Beloit 14
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at UW-River Falls 21, UW-Stout 19
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Monmouth 45, at Illinois College 13
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at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
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UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
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Austin 34, at Millsaps 23
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at Lake Forest 42, Cornell 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
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at Bridgewater State 44, Mass-Dartmouth 28
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at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
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Pacific 23, at Puget Sound 22
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George Fox 28, at Willamette 6
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at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
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at Southwestern 21, Belhaven 10
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Rowan 17, at TCNJ 14
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Adrian 28, at Alma 23
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Averett 24, at N.C. Wesleyan 14
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Heidelberg 21, at Otterbein 7
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Anderson 63, at Earlham 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
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at UW-La Crosse 63, UW-Stevens Point 27
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Birmingham-Southern 13, at Sewanee 10
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at St. Scholastica 47, Greenville 13
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 20, Minnesota-Morris 17
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La Verne 42, at Whittier 23
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at Chapman 62, Occidental 0
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20, at Redlands 10
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at Cal Lutheran 28, Pomona-Pitzer 24
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LaGrange 43, at Greensboro 16
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
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at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
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Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
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Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
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at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
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Wesley 54, at Kean 6
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Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
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Trine 50, at Olivet 49
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at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
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Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
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John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
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Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
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at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
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at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
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at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
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at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
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UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
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at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
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at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
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at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
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at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
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