Geneva-Waynesburg: Clash of torrent offenses

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Guarantees are few and far between in any sport, but the football teams at Waynesburg and Geneva have been almost totally reliable in one aspect of the game this season -- scoring points.

When the two teams meet at 1:30 p.m. today in a game that will decide which team will remain in contention for a PAC championship, an eye-catching final score seems like the closest thing to a certainty.

The visiting Golden Tornadoes (4-2, 3-1) are averaging 36.8 points per game, the second-best mark in the PAC, and besides a 61-0 loss Oct. 5 to Thomas More, they have scored no fewer than 34 points in a game this season. Geneva also leads the conference in total offense, averaging 467.7 yards per game.

Led by junior quarterback Carter Hill, the Yellow Jackets (5-2, 3-2) are averaging 32 points per game and have not been held below 20 points in a game. Hill is expected to start after being injured at the end of Waynesburg's loss to Bethany last week.

The yards and scores don't even tell the full story of two teams that often play at a furious pace. The teams have run a combined 1,023 plays this season, with both the Golden Tornadoes and Yellow Jackets averaging over 70 plays per game.

Other games

Duquesne (4-2, 2-0) at Bryant (3-4, 1-1), 1 p.m., Bulldog Stadium -- The Dukes are alone atop the Northeast Conference standings, the only team that has yet to lose a conference game. After a 1-2 start, they have won their past three games and have also won their past three games in their series with the Bulldogs.

Robert Morris (2-4, 0-1) at Wagner (2-5, 1-2), noon, Wagner College Stadium -- The Colonials enter their NEC game against the Seahawks having lost three of their past four games, allowing at least 21 points in each of those contests. If there has been a bright side on defense, it has been senior linebacker Mike Cook, who has a team-high 72 tackles, 13 of which came in a loss last week to Duquesne.

Slippery Rock (6-1, 3-1) at Edinboro (4-3, 2-2), noon, Sox Harrison Stadium -- Winners of three of their past four games, the Fighting Scots got their biggest victory of the season with a 36-30 defeat of IUP last week. However, they have allowed 42.5 points per game in their past two games, something that could be a problem in the PSAC matchup against The Rock, which is averaging 46.9 points per game.

Gannon (4-3, 3-1) at California (5-2, 3-1), noon, Adamson Stadium -- The Golden Knights have lost two of their past three games and their recent history with the Vulcans doesn't suggest an end to those recent woes. Since 2008, the year it joined the PSAC, Gannon has lost five consecutive games to California by a combined 202-47 margin, including last season's 41-0 defeat.

IUP (5-2, 2-2) at Mercyhurst (4-3, 2-2), noon, Tullio Field -- A matchup of the two teams that received first-place votes in the PSAC Western Division preseason poll, it also pits two squads heading in opposite directions. The Lakers have won three in a row; the Crimson Hawks, once the No. 7 team in Division II, have lost their past two.

Craig Meyer: cmeyer@post-gazette.com and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG


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