/seasons/2011/contrib/20111008b7rw19

Graham explodes in 47-33 Waynesburg win over Geneva

More news about: Waynesburg

Senior quarterback Josh Graham had a monster game and led his team to its fourth-straight victory, a 47-33 decision over the Golden Tornadoes. With the homecoming win, Waynesburg improved to 4-1 on the season and 4-0 in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play. The loss dropped the Tornadoes to 1-5 on the season and 1-3 in conference action.

 

The home team got off to a fast start on defense, forcing Geneva into a quick three-and-out on offense. The Yellow Jacket offense followed suit by scoring on its first possession of the game, which covered 69 yards in four plays. Graham recorded his first of a personal-best six touchdown passes when he found sophomore Cody McGee on a 19-yard touchdown connection with just 3:21 gone by in the game. Senior Chris Marini nailed down the extra point to make it 7-0 Jackets.

 

After another Geneva three-and-out, Waynesburg doubled its advantage with a four-play, 56-yard drive that lasted just 1:51. Once again, it was Graham capping the possession, this time finding junior Christian Jackson on a 28-yard catch-and-run to make it 13-0 Jackets. Another Marini field goal pushed the score to 14-0 with 7:43 still to play in the opening quarter.

 

Geneva got back into the contest with an early second-quarter touchdown that trimmed that Jacket advantage to 14-7, but Waynesburg responded two possessions later with its only rushing touchdown of the game. Sophomore Bertrand Ngampa ended a four-play, 50-yard possession with his team-leading fifth touchdown run of the year, which came from four yards out. Marini's third PAT of the afternoon pushed his team back ahead by 14 points (21-7) halfway through the second period.

 

The Golden Tornadoes were once again able to respond with a touchdown of their own that cut their deficit down to 21-14, but that was the last time the visitors would be within a single score of their hosts on the afternoon. Two possessions later, Waynesburg re-established a two-touchdown advantage when Graham found senior teammate Jeff Young on a drive-capping six-yard scoring pass that ended an eight-play, 47-yard possession. Another successful kick by Marini put the home team ahead 28-14, which was also the score at halftime.

 

The trip to the locker room did nothing to slow down the Jacket offense, which picked up right where it left off during its first possession of the third quarter. After a fantastic kick return by Jackson set Waynesburg up at the Geneva 26-yard line, Graham found Young for a second time in the Geneva end zone to end a four-play possession and move the home team ahead 34-14. Marini's extra point gave the Jackets a 35-14 advantage.

 

After the Waynesburg defense forced Geneva to go three-and-out, the Jackets put the game out of reach with a six-play, 39-yard drive that ended with Graham floating a pass right into the waiting arms of sophomore Pat DePizzo for a Jacket touchdown. With 8:18 showing on the third-quarter clock, the Yellow Jackets held a 41-14 advantage in front of their homecoming crowd.

 

To Geneva's credit, the Golden Tornadoes posted back-to-back touchdowns during the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-27 with 11:59 showing on the clock. However, Waynesburg was able to stop the momentum with its seventh touchdown drive of the game, which started at the Jacket 40-yard line. Nine plays later, Graham hooked up with Young for a third time, this time on a 17-yard strike that put the Jackets ahead 47-27 with eight minutes left to play.

 

Geneva was able to tack on one more late touchdown, but it was too little, too late as the Jackets celebrated a homecoming victory. As previously mentioned, Graham stole the show by throwing for a personal, game and season-high 311 yards and six touchdowns on 19-of-29 passing. Graham's half-dozen scores came just two scores shy of John Huntey's record of eight, which was set in 1968.

 

Jackson was his favorite target on the day, pulling in a collegiate-best and team-high eight balls for 157 yards and a touchdown. Young pulled in three catches, all for touchdowns. It is the second time in the past two seasons that Graham has hooked up with Young for three touchdowns in a game. The duo accomplished the feat in 2010 against Grove City. The senior wide receiver Washington, D.C. was also crowned homecoming king at halftime.

 

Though the Waynesburg running game took a back seat to its aerial attack, the Yellow Jackets still out-ran their opponents by a 119-to-84 margin. The Jackets were led on the ground by senior Justin Falcon, who totaled 40 yards on 12 carries.

 

Senior Sam Byrne had a huge day in pacing the Waynesburg defensive effort. The Berkeley Spring, W.Va. native recorded game highs in total tackles (9), solo tackles (9) and tackles in the backfield (3.0). Senior defensive tackle Darryl Moore, Jr. notched two of Waynesburg's six sacks as part of a four-tackle day. Sophomore defensive end Brandon Fedorka added 1.5 sacks in the win.

 

Geneva's offense was led by quarterback Rocco Collavecchia who went six-of-eight as a passer for 160 yards and two touchdowns, led all ball carriers with 53 yards and two touchdown on 11 carries and hauled in three catches for 41 yards.

 

After playing back-to-back home games, Waynesburg hits the road on Saturday, Oct. 15, for a PAC showdown with conference rival Westminster. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Framingham State
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Juniata
Live stats
12:00 PM
Becker at Dean
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Salisbury at TCNJ
Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
MIT at Catholic
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Maine Maritime
Video Preview
12:00 PM
Endicott at Hobart
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Nichols at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Delaware Valley
Live stats
1:00 PM
Widener at Albright
Audio
1:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Montclair State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Middlebury at Bowdoin
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Williams at Colby
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Amherst at Hamilton
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Ursinus at Moravian
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Bates
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Brevard at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Geneva at Thiel
Live stats
1:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Plymouth State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Southern Virginia
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Lycoming at King's
Video Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Husson at Western New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Wooster at DePauw
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Allegheny at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Misericordia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Rochester at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at William Paterson
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at N.C. Wesleyan
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Ferrum
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Gettysburg at McDaniel
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Buffalo State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Susquehanna
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Denison
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Northwestern (Minn.)
1:00 PM
Crown at Eureka
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Northern
Audio Preview Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Defiance at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Marietta
1:30 PM
Franklin at Bluffton
Live stats
1:30 PM
Anderson at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Manchester
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Worcester State at Westfield State
2:00 PM
Coast Guard at Norwich
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State
Live stats
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Kenyon
Video Preview Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Greenville at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Chapman at Trinity (Texas)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Loras
Video Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Washington U. at Wartburg
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Hamline at Gustavus Adolphus
Live stats
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Carleton
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Central
Audio
2:00 PM
Simpson at Coe
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Ripon at Knox
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Macalester
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
WPI at Springfield
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Beloit at Cornell
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Hartwick
Audio
4:00 PM
Carroll at UW-La Crosse
4:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at St. Scholastica
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
5:00 PM
Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Tufts at Wesleyan
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Methodist at Averett
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Centre at Berry
Video Live stats Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
Lake Forest at Lawrence
Video Video
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
St. Vincent at Grove City
Box Score Live stats
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Carthage at Augustana
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Chicago at Illinois College
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
McMurry at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:30 PM
Capital at Wilmington
Video Live stats
8:00 PM
Belhaven at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Arizona Christian at Whittier
Video Live stats
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Delaware Valley
Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at William Paterson
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Rochester at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Rowan
Video Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio Audio
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Kenyon
Video Preview Live stats Preview
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Video Live stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio