Grove City nips Sharon – Advances to 7th straight District X Final
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Shane Lux | November 12, 2022
Farrell – Grove City did it the hard way, but the Eagles are heading back to the District X title game.
“I can’t say how proud I am of the kids for responding to adversity tonight,” said Grove City head coach Sam Mowrey. “When it looked like the game was over, they kept fighting and made some unbelievable plays.”
Grove City rallied from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit to advance to the District X championship for the seventh consecutive season.
The Eagles also enacted some playoff revenge on the Tigers, who ended their season in the 2018 and 2019 District finals.
On this wet and rainy evening, Grove City scored two touchdowns in just over four minutes to stun the Tigers.
Following a 45-yard pass from Hunter Hohman to Nathan Greer, the Eagles pulled to within 21-14 when Anthony Nemec scored from 13 yards out with 8:28 to play.
Following a fumble recovery on defense, Grove City was forced to turn to backup quarterback Alex Hackwelder following an injury to Hohman.
Though his snap resulted in a 20-yard sack, the sophomore showed outstanding poise and led the Eagles on a game-winning touchdown drive.
Hackwelder was 2-for-2 on two fourth downs, connecting with Clay Martin on a 5-yard pass. Then, on fourth and long, he threw a 36-yard completion to Greer, who made another impressive grab to the Tiger’s 12-yard line.
“That says a lot about Alex and the team,” Mowrey said. “For him to come off the bench, step in there and execute during the most intense time was incredible. This is a memory we’ll have forever.”
Nathan Greer finished the game with six catches for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Grove City pulled within a point of Sharon when Hackwelder recovered a fumbled snap and ran it in for a 1-yard touchdown.
Alex Hackwelder 1 yd run, Grove City 22 Sharon 21, 4:05 4th, @BobGreenburg @GC_EaglesFB pic.twitter.com/8lYWLjmTcF
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The Eagles decided to go for two and lead, and Hackwelder rolled out and found Gavin Lutz for the two-point conversion giving the Eagles a 22-21 lead with 4:05 to play.
Grove City opened the scoring when Greer caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Hohman in the first quarter.
“These kids executed plays that were called despite the weather not being ideal, Mowrey said. “For Alex to do off-script and pick up that ball to score the touchdown, then Gavin making an incredible catch was the kids coming together when they needed to tonight.”
Hunter Hohman completed 8-of-19 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 101 yards on 19 carries.
Sharon took over at their 20-yard line and got one first down before throwing an incomplete pass on a fourth-and-21 with a minute to play.
“I’m frustrated about how things went tonight,” said Sharon head coach Jason McElhaney. “That breaks my heart for our guys. I thought we got off the field a couple of times on those final drives.”
Tigers quarterback Mikey Rodriques scored all three touchdowns for Sharon.
He recovered his fumble in the end zone for a touchdown that tied the game at seven late in the first quarter.
Before scoring on a 43-yard run 57 seconds into the second quarter, that would give Sharon a 14-7 halftime lead.
Mikey Rodriques 43 yd run, Sharon 14 Grove City 7, 11:03 2nd, @JasonMac37 @BobGreenburg pic.twitter.com/bM0o2f2hcJ
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The Tigers then opened up the second half with a 13-play drive that ate up 6:13 off the clock, capped with Rodriques’ 1-yard run.
Sharon had two opportunities to extend their lead up 21-7 as they recovered a fumble and got an interception by Lamont Austin.
Both drives came up empty for Sharon.
“Our defense played outstanding tonight,” McElhaney said. “I wish we could have finished a couple of those drives to get up three scores. I’m proud of these guys; they deserved to win this game. We just came up a little short.”
Mikey Rodriques rushed for 80 yards on 22 carries but failed to complete a pass going 0-for-6 with two interceptions.
Jayveerh White led the Tigers with 128 yards on 19 carries.
“Our seniors are a small but mighty group,” McElhaney concluded. “They have big hearts and are great leaders. They’ll go on to be successful at whatever they do.”
Sharon closes their season at 6-5.
Grove City 22 Sharon 21
Score by Quarters
Sharon – 7 7 7 0 – 21
Grove City – 7 0 0 15 – 22
GC – Nathan Greer 27 yd TD from Hunter Hohman, (Jacob Stuccio pat), 6:51
S – Mikey Rodriques 1 yd fumble recovery, (Nick Schimp pat), 0:30
S – Rodriques 43 yd run, (Schimp pat), 11:03
S – Rodriques 1 yd run, (Schimp pat), 5:47
GC – Anthony Nemec 13 yd run, (Stuccio pat), 8:28
GC – Alex Hackwelder 1 yd run (Clay Martin from Hackwelder), 4:05
Rushing: S – Jayveerh White 19-128, Rodriques 22-80, Ike Friday 5-23, Cortez Nixon 8-75, Team 1-(-10). Totals: 55-296. GC – Hohman 19-101, Nemec 11-42, Hackwelder 4-(-33), Team 2-0. Totals: 36-110.
Receiving: S – None. GC – Greer 6-126, Martin 1-5, Gavin Lutz 3-78, Trey Reznor 1-31.
Passing: S – Rodriques 0-for-6, 2 INT. GC – Hackwelder 3-for-4, 45 yards, Hohman 8-for-19, 195 yards, 2 INT.
Interceptions: GC – Hohman (2). Sharon – Nixon, Lamont Austin.
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