Quick start carries Franklin & Marshall to 20-0 win

LANCASTER, Pa. – George Eager caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown to lead Frankln & Marshall to a 20-0 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.

The Diplomats (4-4, 3-3 CC) outgained the Green Terror (2-6, 1-5 CC) by a 335-201 margin, including holding the visitors to 23 net yards rushing, to earn its fifth straight victory in the series. For McDaniel, it was the fewest yards rushing since Johns Hopkins held the Green Terror to negative yards on the ground to close the 2006 season.

Freshman Thomas Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) completed 14 of 33 passes for 144 yards in his first significant action of the season – the first 100-yard passing game by a McDaniel quarterback since Joe Lapkowicz (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Twp.) threw for 199 in the season opener at St. Vincent. The 144 yards through the air was 12 more yards than the Green Terror had thrown for in the last two weeks combined.

Matt Cahill (Havertown, Pa./Haverford Twp.) caught four passes for 82 yards while Raymond O’Hara (Yardley, Pa./Conwell-Egan Catholic) rushed for a career-best 40 yards and caught another three passes for 39 yards, giving him 79 all-purpose yards.

After a missed field goal on its first possession, Franklin & Marshall held McDaniel to 35 yards on four plays to force a punt. Taking over at his own 14-yard line, John Harrison used a pair of 28-yard pass plays to guide the Diplomats 86 yards on 12 plays to the end zone. Matt Jenschke caught a three-yard pass on third-and-goal to stake the hosts to a 7-0 lead with 4:30 remaining in the opening quarter.

On Franklin & Marshall’s next offensive play, wide receiver Jarrell Diggs found Eager for a 65-yard strike, pushing the lead to 13-0 with 20 seconds on the first-quarter clock.

After a 10-play Diplomat drive stalled at the McDaniel 27 late in the second quarter, the Green Terror took over with 2:30 to play.

On the first play, Massucci overthrew his receiver and Jeff Kellar nabbed the interception, returning it 51 yards for a 20-0 lead with 2:20 showing.

A Franklin & Marshall interception and two McDaniel drives that ended inside the Diplomat 30 were the only second-half threats. None of the other eight drives extended past midfield.

Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) reached double-figure tackles for the fifth consecutive game with 14 while Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) got to double digits for the fourth straight game with 11 stops. Mike Ford (Drexel Hill, Pa./Haverford Twp.) had two sacks – the Green Terror’s first in five games.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

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