District football roundup: Robert Morris coach Walton loses final game

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Robert Morris coach Joe Walton saw two of his players set school records but couldn't find one final victory as the Colonials fell to Saint Francis, 23-3, in the final game of Walton's career.

Linebacker Mike Cook had an interception and made six tackles in his final collegiate game to bring his season total to 117 tackles, breaking the record held by graduate assistant coach Alex DiMichele.

Junior wide receiver Duane Mitchell had six catches for 99 yards to set Robert Morris' single-season record for receptions at 52. His 867 receiving yards were 32 short of the single-season record.

Saint Francis of Loretto, Pa., scored 17 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Both teams finished at 5-6 and Robert Morris was 3-3 in the Northeast Conference.

Walton, a 77-year-old Beaver Falls native, is the only football coach Robert Morris has known. He was named head coach July 27, 1993, and had the football stadium named after him in 2005.

Walton finished with a 114-92-1 record (.553) and led the Colonials to six NEC championships.

Other games

■ Duquesne 33, Monmouth 23: Dillon Buechel threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns and Austin Crimmins had a school-record four field goals to lead a victory in Duquesne's season finale.

The Dukes scored 10 points in five seconds at the end of the first half, thanks to a mishandled kickoff and a quick strike from Buechel to Dave Thomas, to take a 23-7 lead into the locker room.

Monmouth came back to tie the score at 23-23 early in the fourth quarter, but Duquesne answered shortly after and added a late field goal for insurance.

Duquesne finished 7-4, 4-2 in NEC. Sacred Heart was also 4-2 but won the head-to-head matchup and will represent the NEC in the I-AA playoffs.

■ Winston-Salem State 27, Slippery Rock 20: Slippery Rock couldn't find its offensive rhythm and was eliminated from the NCAA Division II playoffs by Winston-Salem State.

Slippery Rock managed only 210 yards of total offense against Division II's ninth-ranked team, which was more than 350 yards below its season average (566.6). Slippery Rock opened the scoring but then fell behind 20-6 and couldn't recover.

■ Mount Union 34, Washington & Jefferson 20: Wide receiver Alex Baroffio caught 12 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns to become Washington & Jefferson's all-time receiving yards leader (3,204), but the Presidents were eliminated from the NCAA Division III playoffs. Baroffio's 269 receptions and 30 touchdowns also are school records.

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