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GSC Tops Falcons, 41-21

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – Glenville State scored 34 first half points which proved to be more than enough in a 41-21 win over Fairmont State on Thursday night at Morris Stadium.

The win evened GSC’s record to 1-1 on the year and 1-0 in the WVIAC. Fairmont State dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.

The Pioneers racked up over 500 yards of total offense with 273 yards passing and another 254 on the ground. Darold Hughes completed 13-of-20 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Robert Jiles hauled in five passes for 142 yards, including touchdown receptions of 59 and 41 yards.

Glenville State’s defense recorded four sacks and seven tackles for a loss in limiting Fairmont State to 196 yards of total offense. Shad Alexander led the way on the ground with 10 carries for 53 yards. Bobby Vega was 13-of-27 for 87 yards and two touchdown passes. Matt Wilmer provided a spark for the Falcons with a 100-yard kickoff return at the end of the first quarter for FSU. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown in his career.

Freshman linebacker Trevor Malnick led the Falcons defensively with six total tackles, including two for a loss.

The Pioneers raced out to a quick 17-0 lead in the first quarter lead before the Falcons got on the board with Wilmer’s 100-yard kick return for a touchdown as the quarter expired. Wilmer took the kick two yards deep in the end zone and went to his left and darted through traffic for the score.

The Falcons could not capitalize on the momentum, though, as the Pioneers responded with a five-yard TD run from Quin Thornton. GSC added a field goal and a touchdown late in the quarter to give the Pioneers the big 34-7 cushion at the break. Glenville State got its only points of the second half on a 59-yard touchdown reception by Jiles from Hughes. On the play, the pass was deflected by two FSU defenders before finally being hauled in by Jiles to extend GSC’s lead to 41-7.

Vega found Sampson in the back of the end zone on a short five-yard pass to start the fourth quarter to make it 41-14, and Vega later found Chris St. Hilaire for a seven-yard TD reception for the final points of the game and the 41-21 final.

Fairmont State remains on the road next week at Bowie State on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 1 p.m. kickoff.