En­gi­neers travel to Grove City for ECAC’s James Ly­nah Bowl

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Sports Staff [email protected] @TroyRecord­S­port on Twit­ter

TROY, NY » Rens­se­laer Foot­ball will con­clude its 2019 sea­son with a bowl game against Grove City on Satur­day in hopes they can re­bound from last week’s 33-0 loss to Union.

Grove City and RPI have never played against each other, which is ironic, be­cause RPI will face Union a week af­ter their 117th matchup with Union, the team they have played the most in school his­tory.

Satur­day is the 19th time in the past 28 years the En­gi­neers will play in the post-sea­son and its 13th ECAC ap­pear­ance. RPI last played in an ECAC game in 2016 when it de­feated Mar­itime 38-6 in the Scotty Whitelaw Bowl. The En­gi­neers are 10-2 all-time in ECAC con­tests. This will be the sixth straight year that RPI will con­tinue into some sort of post sea­son com­pe­ti­tion, with NCAA

play­off games in 2017 and 2018 and ECAC Bowl games in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Not only have RPI and Grove City never met, they share no com­mon op­po­nents and the En­gi­neers have only faced one of the Wolver­ines’ 2019 op­po­nents once in its his­tory − RPI de­feated Carnegie Mel­lon 11-0 on Novem­ber 25, 1911 in Pitts­burgh.

This game will be a crap­shoot.

The En­gi­neers were 3-1 in non-league games in 2019, hav­ing de­feated Al­legheny (52-14 on Sept. 7), Utica (35-33 on Sept. 21) and Anna Maria (38-0 on Sept. 28) but los­ing at WPI (6-3 on Sept. 14). RPI found all of its suc­cess at home this sea­son, go­ing 0-4 on the road and 6-0 at home. The En­gi­neers

are 15-1 in their last 16 games in Troy over the past three years.

RPI will need to bounce back from last week’s de­mor­al­iz­ing loss to Union. In the loss, RPI to­taled just 212 yards on 66 plays and turned the ball over twice, once on a fum­ble and once on a pick. Quar­ter­back Ge­orge Marinopou­los threw for 131 yards and De­lano Munoz Whatts led the ground game with 37 yards.

Eleven mem­bers of the En­gi­neers were named Al­lLib­erty League, in­clud­ing ju­nior de­fen­sive end Amaechi Konkow on the First Team. RPI’s Se­cond Team se­lec­tions in­clude of­fen­sive line­men Luke Kosciol and Thomas Olausen, line­backer John Sadak, de­fen­sive back Joey Gu­towski and ath­lete Peter Lom­bardi. RPI play­ers tabbed for Hon­or­able Men­tions were of­fen­sive line­man Rick Den­boske,

re­ceivers Marc Meis­lahn and Vin­nie McDon­ald, kicker San­jay Kr­ish­nan and punter Zac Mon­trief.

Grove City fin­ished their sea­son with an 8-2 record, 7-2 against Pres­i­dents Ath­letic Con­fer­ence op­po­nents. The Wolver­ines fin­ished third in PAC stand­ings this year, two sports be­hind Case Western Re­serve (9-1, 8-1) and one be­hind Carnegie Mel­lon (82, 7-2). Grove City has two con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships in its school his­tory which were back to back in 1997, 1998. Head Coach Andrew DiDonato is com­ing off of a 2018 cam­paign where he re­ceived the PAC Coach of the Year award. Grove City beat Mor­risville State Col­lege 56-48 in least years James Ly­nah Bowl game in Grove City, Penn­syl­va­nia. That was the first post­sea­son vic­tory in Grove City Col­lege foot­ball his­tory.

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