Sports

Tartans victorious twice at home

Junior fullback Justin Pratt carries the ball during Saturday's football game versus Grove City. (credit: Tommy Hofman) Junior fullback Justin Pratt carries the ball during Saturday's football game versus Grove City. (credit: Tommy Hofman) Senior quarterback Phil Pantalone prepares to throw the ball in Saturday's game versus Grove City. (credit: Jess Sochol) Senior quarterback Phil Pantalone prepares to throw the ball in Saturday's game versus Grove City. (credit: Jess Sochol)

The Carnegie Mellon football team kicked off their season with two wins at home in Gesling Stadium, overcoming Ohio Wesleyan College 19–7 and outlasting Grove City College 45–40 a week later. The Tartans, who were ranked third in a University Athletic Association preseason poll, moved their record to 2–0.

Tartans sophomore running back Chris Garcia opened the first quarter with a touchdown just 7:22 into the game against Ohio Wesleyan. During the second quarter, the Tartans’ defense faltered, letting a touchdown by the Bishops go through to bring the score 6–7 with Ohio leading by a point.

Garcia repeated his feat in the fourth quarter, scoring a second touchdown 13:22 into the period to give the Tartans the lead again at 12–7. With only 50 seconds left on the clock, senior Devin Murray ran 25 yards to score a touchdown, securing the Tartans' victory. Junior place-kicker Elliot Carnevale scored the extra point to end the game with final score 19–7.

Against Grove City, the Tartans encountered more resistance but were able to pull out a win 45–40.

Garcia took the initiative in the first quarter and scored Carnegie's first touchdown with 12:41 on the clock. Just eight minutes later, however, the Wolverines tied the score 7–7. The second quarter saw more action for both sides, with runs scored by Garcia, junior running back Justin Pratt, and a field goal by Carnevale to bring the score to 24–7 by the end of the first half.

Pratt started the scoring again in the second half on a touchdown with 12:30 left in the quarter. The Wolverines responded by scoring two touchdowns, with 10 and three minutes left in the game, to narrow the gap to 31–14. Senior Brendan Howe started off the fourth quarter with a touchdown to give the Tartans a 38–21 lead. The Wolverines struck back with a touchdown two minutes later. Eight minutes later, Pratt scored his third touchdown of the game and brought the score to 45–27. The Tartans let in two more touchdowns before the clock hit zero to give them their second win of the season with final score 45–40.

Pratt led the team in total yards rushed with 157 yards out of 317 total for the team, followed by Garcia with 107 yards.

The Tartans will travel to Geneva, N.Y. to play Hobart College at the season's first away game, set to kick off Saturday, Sept. 19.