Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rock drops 42-38 decision to C. W. Post in season finale

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa – C.W. Post University had one more bullet in its proverbial gun than hosting Slippery Rock University and used it to win a 42-38 shootout in the season finale for both Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football teams.

The Pioneers scored the game-winning points with 1:32 left to play when quarterback Erik Anderwkavich connected with Joe Botti for a 63-yard touchdown just over 30 seconds after SRU had taken its first lead of the game, 38-35, on a 37-yard field goal by senior C.J. Bahr (Boalsburg/State College HS).

The Rock, who ended their season with a 6-5 record, and C.W. Post (7-4) combined for 992 yards in offense with the visitors holding a 509-483 advantage in that area. The game also included 55 first downs and only three punts.

Anderwkavich led the Pioneers' attack with 314 yards passing on an 18-of-25 effort that included four TD tosses. He also rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries. Anthony Brunetti rushed for a team-high 90 yards and two TDs for the guests, Botti had three pass receptions for 109 yards and the game-winning TD and Grayson Laurino caught five passes for 128 yards and two TDs.

The Rock attack was paced by redshirt sophomore Akeem Satterfield (Erie/Cathedral Prep HS), who had a career-high 271 rushing yards on 46 carries. He also rushed for four of The Rock's five TDs.

Satterfield's effort Saturday gave him a season total of 20 TDs and 1,352 yards in 10 games played. Those are the second and fifth highest single-season totals ever compiled by a Rock player. Lamonte Coleman had school-record totals of 21 TDs and 1,601 yards in 1994.

In addition to his rushing yards, Satterfield had a team-high 33 yards on six pass receptions to finish the game with 304 all purpose yards. Redshirt freshman Mike Bongivengo (New Castle/New Castle HS) had three catches for 27 yards, junior tight end Josh Gardner (Greensburg/Hempfield HS) two catches for 43 yards and redshirt sophomore Bobby Joyce (Erie/Strong Vincent HS) two catches for 41 yards.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Sabo (Mnhall/Steel Valley HS) completed 17 of 29 passes for 168 yards but had two attempts picked off, the second one coming with 0:48 left play to thwart The Rock's final comeback effort.

The Rock erased one-touchdown deficits on four occasions before they finally took their first and only lead on Bahr's field goal with 2:08 remaining in the game.

C.W. Post marched 77 yards in only three plays on the game's opening drive to take a 7-0 lead, but The Rock came right back with a five-play, 55-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7 with 11:58 left in the first period. Satterfield capped the drive with a 30-yard sprint into the end zone and Bahr added the first of his three extra-point kicks.

The guests responded with a 10-play, 69-yard scoring drive on their second possession of the game, but again The Rock answered right back. Satterfield powered 34 yards for the TD to cap a six-play, 67-yard drive with 5:59 still remaining in the opening stanza.

Undaunted, C.W. Post came back with its third scoring drive, a 12-play, 64-yard march, to take a 21-14 lead with 0:48 left in the first period.

SRU's third possession, a six-play, 33-yard drive, ended when Sabo was picked off in the end zone. The Rock defense rose to the occasion, though, and forced C.W. Post to punt on the ensuing drive.

Aided by two roughing the passer penalties and one personal foul infraction against the Pioneers, The Rock offense then went 52 yards in 13 plays to tie the score at 21-21 with 5:31 left before halftime. Sabo scored from a yard out on a quarterback sneak to cap the drive.

C.W. Post then scored back-to-back touchdowns to take a 35-21 lead with 6:56 left in the third period. A nine-play, 68-yard drive gave the Pioneers the 28-21 lead they took into the intermission before an 11-play, 88-yard drive gave the guests a two-touchdown cushion.

The Rock erased that deficit with two unanswered scoring drive of their own. Satterfield burst into the end zone from five yards out to cap a 13-play, 70-yard march with 1:06 left in the third period and reached paydirt from seven yards out with 7:29 left in the game to end an 11-play, 80-yard march.

Bahr's PAT kick after the first of those TDs was blocked and left SRU with a 35-27 deficit, but Sabo hit Gardner for a two-point conversion following the next score to make up the difference.

The Rock defense forced C.W. Post to punt for the second and final time in the game on the possession following Satterfield's seven-yard TD run and ultimately set the stage for a 10-play, 64 yard march that set up Bahr's field goal.

Down for the first time in the game, C.W. Post quickly erased the 38-35 deficit as Anderwkavich was 3-for-3 passing on the next drive, culminated by the game-winning toss to Botti.

 Notes:

The lone field goal of the game was the 35th of Bahr's four-year Rock career and moved him into a tie with Morgan Anderson for the top spot on SRU's career FG chart ... Thanks to the six points he scored Saturday, Bahr finished his collegiate career with 242 points, which tied him with Rick Magulick (1995-98) for fifth place on SRU's all-time scoring chart ... Bahr, the son of former Penn State and NFL kicker Chris Bahr and his wife, Eve, was one of 12 Rock seniors honored before their final collegiate game Saturday ... Satterfield leaped eight spots on the all-time scoring list and now ranks 16th with 144 points after two seasons ... Junior H-Back Devin Goda (Monongahela/Elizabeth Forward HS), who had two catches for six yards Saturday, finished the season with 54 pass receptions, the fifth highest single-season total in Rock history ... Linebackers Aaron Moul (Manheim/Hempfield HS) and Zach Sheridan (Pittsburgh/Seton-LaSalle HS) each recorded 11 tackles to lead The Rock defensive effort Saturday ... The Rock's point total Saturday was its highest in a losing effort since 1994 when SRU dropped a 59-39 decision at Edinboro ... The 42 points scored by C.W. Post are the most allowed by The Rock since East Stroudsburg had 54 in the 2009 season finale ... Saturday's win was the 100th career victory for 13th-year C.W. Post head coach Bryan Collins.

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