Moving on : Grove City’s Patterson has record breaking day.
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Grove City builds lead, then holds off Fort LeBoeuf for a thrilling 27-23 victory Saturday afternoon in Meadville.
Kameron Patterson threw for 236 yards and collected 264 total yards of offense to lead the Eagles into the District 10 Title for the first time since 2011. Grove City will await the winner of tonights game between Conneaut and Meadville.
“He’s done a great job all year, I’m very proud of him,” said Grove City head coach Sam Mowrey of Patterson. “He did a great job today and we get another game with him at least.”
The Bison opened with the football and moved 41 yards in 10 plays resulting in Corey Badaracoo’s 39-yard field goal putting the first points on the scoreboard.
Answering right back, the Eagles marched 80 yards in 9 plays with Trey Adams 1-yard touchdown putting them in front 7-3 after a quarter.
Grove City then went 61 yards in 10 plays as Patterson threw his first touchdown of the game to A.j Turner giving the Eagles a 14-3 lead. Patterson’s 13-yard pass from Nick Davies on a 4th-and-7 kept the drive alive.
Turner hauled in 7 passes for 118 yards and the score.
“He had a big catch there for a touchdown,” Mowrey said of Turner. “That’s what makes our team dangerous, we can run football and move down the field then take our shots.”
Jared Kula then capped Fort LeBoeuf’s first touchdown drive of the night with a 1-yard plunge at the 5:44 mark of the second quarter cutting their deficit to 14-10. Corey Shield’s 41-yard pass to Issac Crowell set up the score.
Grove City would take the 4-point lead into halftime.
Patterson and Turner then connected for a 45-yard touchdown pass with 7:31 remaining in the 3rd quarter capping a 5-play 80-yard drive. On the touchdown, Patterson became the all-time passing touchdowns leader in Mercer County history.
Defense took over for the rest game as Fort LeBoeuf’s Kula and Grove City’s Cordell Sanders exchanged interception returns or touchdowns from 20 & 59 yards respectively.
“We able to stop their running game and put them into passing situations and that’s not what they do best,” said Mowrey. “I thought the defense up front played great – the linebackers, defensive line all played great.”
A 12-play 73-yard drive finished off with Kula’s 1-yard touchdown brought Fort LeBoeuf to within four at 27-23. Kula rushed for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Bison, while also adding an interception return for the Fort LeBoeuf.
Holding Grove City on downs the Bison were faced with a 3rd-and-3 from their own 32-yard line. William Briggs came up with a huge interception for the Eagles that just about wrapped things up.
Grove City would pick up one first down before turing it over on downs.
Starting at thier own 8-yard line with :54 remaining the Bison threw four straight incompletions ending the game.
“This is what you work for, this means everything,” said Mowrey of a rematch against either Conneaut or Meadville. “All the time you spend in the summer, this is what it’s all about.”
Grove City 27 Fort LeBoeuf 23
Score by Quarters
Grove City 7 7 7 6 – 27
Fort LeBoeuf 3 7 7 6 – 23
F – Corey Badaracco 39 yd field goal, 7:09
G – Trey Adams 1 yd (Wyatt Grimm pat), 3:44
G – A.j Turner 20 yd pass from Kameron Patterson (Grimm pat), 9:11
F – Jared Kula 1 yd run (Badaracco pat), 5:44
G – Turner 45 yd pass from Patterson (Grimm pat), 7:31
F – Kula 20 yd interception return (Badaracco pat), 2:29
G – Cordell Sanders 59 yd interception return (kick failed), 11:46
F – Kuka 1 yd run (kick blocked), 8:00
Rushing : Grove City, Sanders 6-36, Adams 22-81, Patterson 9-28, Qadir Muhammad 1-16, Team 1-0. Fort LeBoeuf, Kula 30-123, Tyler Scott 5-23, James Lewis 1-1, Corey Shields 2-1.
Passing : Grove City, Patterson 17-for-29 236 yards, 2 touchowns, 1 interception. Fort LeBoeuf, Shields 6-for-18 88 yards, 1 interception, Ryan Rapp 0-for-1.
Receiving : Grove City, Nick Davies 4-56, Turner 7-118, Muhammad 3-22, Adams 2-31, Brayden Martin 1-9. Fort LeBoeuf, Rapp 3-25, Issac Crowell 1-41, Kula 2-22.
Interceptions : Grove City, William Briggs, Sanders. Fort LeBoeuf, Kula.
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