GROVE CITY – Both teams came into the game with a 6-0 record and they knew who ever won this game most likely would win the Region 5 crown Friday night.
Grove City’s Wes Phipps scored four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-17 win. Both teams were ranked at the top of the WesternPAFootball District 10 power rankings.
Phipps said, “I think just all around we played a really solid football game.”
The Oilers received the opening kickoff and went down the field. The drive took nearly seven minutes off the clock. Mark Hutchinson’s one-yard score gave them the lead.
Minutes later Grove City’s Phipps had an 11-yard touchdown run that would tie the game up at 7.
Oil City’s Luke Klena would connect on a 21-yard field goal to give them the lead, 10-7. But Phipps answered their drive again with another score to give Grove City a 14-10 lead.
The Oilers scored late in the first half to take a lead right before half. Quarterback Mark Kulinski hit all-state tight end candidate Ben Koyack for the 19-yard touchdown. The Oilers went into halftime with a slim 17-14 lead.
After giving up over 200 total yards of offense in the first half the Grove City Eagles’ defense would make adjustments and shut down the Oilers in the second half.
After a scoreless third quarter the Eagles would score. Phipps scored on back-to-back touchdowns to give them a 28-17 lead.
Grove City would finish the scoring off late in the fourth quarter when Harold Price took a reverse and went 58-yards for the score.
Price would finish with 103 yards running and Phipps added 85 yards. Kulinski finished the night passing for 157 yards.
Grove City travels to Slippery Rock. Oil City will try to rebound at home against Meadville.