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Saturday, September 25, 2004
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Senior linebacker Dan Walker led a tough defensive effort with three sacks and senior running back Jason Spencer rushed for a career-high 153 yards as the Muhlenberg football team defeated Grove City, 27-3.

With the win, the Mules improved to 3-0 for the fourth time in six years,
Keith Shalvoy
Shalvoy rushed for 73 yards on only 12 carries and had the longest play of the game, a 23-yard fourth-quarter run to set up the Mules’ final touchdown.
one week before opening Centennial Conference play with a Homecoming game against Franklin & Marshall.

Since he spent much of the day directing a ground attack that netted 249 yards, senior Nick Rosetti completed only eight passes, but three of them were for touchdowns. Sophomore fullback Keith Shalvoy scored the first two touchdowns of his career.

The Muhlenberg defense held Grove City, which came in averaging 191.0 yards on the ground, to 27 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Through three games, the Mules have allowed only 119 yards on 100 runs. The Wolverines managed only 109 total yards and eight first downs, and their only points came after a fumbled punt.

Muhlenberg struck first in a sloppy first quarter, putting together a
Phil Gasker
Gasker’s interception was the first of his career. The Mule secondary picked off three passes after not recording an interception the first two games of the season.
13-play, 74-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard plunge by Shalvoy with just 21 ticks on the clock. Spencer, starting his first game as the Mules’ featured back, rushed for 40 of his yards on the drive.

Muhlenberg was driving for a touchdown late in the half when Rosetti was picked off at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, however, junior rover Phil Gasker intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards to the Wolverine 20. That set up Muhlenberg’s second touchdown, scored when Spencer took Rosetti’s screen pass 10 yards into the end zone.

Muhlenberg held Grove City to three plays on each of its first four second-half possessions, adding on two touchdowns to pull away. The first came on a 22-yard pass from Rosetti to junior Chris Poehls, who made his first career catch on the play, and the second on a 7-yard toss to Shalvoy.

Walker finished with 11 total tackles, including five for loss, and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but the play was nullified by an offsides penalty.

Junior linebacker Mark Bennett added 10 tackles and a half-sack, while junior James Crowley and freshman Ryan Merrill each recorded his first career interception. Junior defensive end Tom Wargacki recovered a fumble for the third game in a row.

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Last updated September 25, 2004