Beaver Falls, PA – The difference between winning and losing football games can at times come down to very small details. On one hand, Waynesburg University has found a way to win its close games in 2012 while Geneva has seen several close ones fall short. On Saturday, the script did not change as 26th ranked Waynesburg snuck out of Beaver Falls with a 21-20 victory to remain unbeaten while Geneva fell to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in PAC action.
Bryan Visingardi had an opportunity to win the game in the final second but his 45 yard field goal attempt fell short as did Geneva’s chances to pull off its second straight home upset win after upending Thomas More at the end of September.
Waynesburg scored on a 12 play, 60 yard drive in the first quarter to open the scoring before Geneva quickly responded with a four play, 90 yard drive that was capped by a Rocco Colavecchia six yard reception from Zack Hayward. The touchdown was set up by a 78 yard hook-up from Hayward to Corey O’Patchen. Colavecchia gave Geneva its first lead with a one yard plunge midway through the second quarter, but the extra point was blocked and Geneva led by only six on a play that would ultimately come back to haunt the Golden Tornadoes.
Waynesburg’s Dominic Moore scored from two yards out giving the Yellow Jackets a 14-13 lead following the extra point. Corey O’Patchen made a circus catch in the back of the end zone on Geneva’s next drive to give the Golden Tornadoes a 21-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After holding Geneva on a fourth and one from its own 40 yard line with ten minutes left in regulation, Waynesburg marched 41 yards on four plays to take a 21-20 lead with 5:30 remaining in the game. Geneva’s defense held Waynesburg inside its own five yard line with two minutes left to play and Geneva drove the ball inside the 30 yard line. Visingardi’s kick with ten seconds left came up short and Geneva dropped to 2-5 on the season.
Colavecchia rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries to lead the ground game while Hayward threw for 231 yards on 23-40 passing and two touchdowns. Hayward also ran for 68 yards on eight touchdowns. O’Patchen was Geneva’s favorite receiving target with 118 yards on seven catches.
Dillon Goodell was incredible for Geneva on defense with a team best 18 tackles to go along with a pair of interceptions. Scott Erb contributed eight tackles for the Golden Tornadoes.
Geneva will hit the road for its final road game of the season next week at Grove City at 7 pm. The Golden Tornadoes return for its final two home games beginning with Washington & Jefferson on November 3 at 7 pm.
“That may have been one of the most physical games that we have played in a long time,” said head coach Geno DeMarco. “Waynesburg has found a way to win these games all year and we have to find a way to win these games. I was proud of the effort but in the end we got to find a way to get the win.”
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