Ursinus flashes brilliance, rains over McDaniel
Bears post 34 in first half en route to 48-13 win
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Teddy Conrad and Travis Evans each ran for 133 yards as part of a 276-yard rushing attack in Ursinus' 48-13 win over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
The Bears (4-3, 4-1 CC) finished with 482 yards of total offense and limited the Green Terror (4-3, 2-3 CC) to a season-low 25 yards rushing and 263 yards of total offense in front of a rain-soaked Homecoming crowd.
Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.) led the McDaniel offense, catching a career-high nine balls for a career-best 140 yards and both Green Terror scores.
Ursinus took the opening kickoff a put together a methodical 10-play drive that consumed 5:43 before Conrad capped the march with the first of his three touchdown runs. A bad snap on the PAT kept it a 6-0 lead.
The Bears started their next drive at its own 48. Three plays layer, Justin Decristofaro found Al Desiderio, who caught five passes for 154 yards, with a 49-yard touchdown strike for a 13-0 lead with 5:43 to play in the first period.
After an Albert Leech (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) sack on fourth down gave the Green Terror the ball at its own 41 with 51 seconds left in the quarter, T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) rushed for seven yards but a late hit gave McDaniel a first down at the Ursinus 37.
Three plays after a 28-yard catch-and-run, Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) found Cahill on a comeback route and the senior receiver scampered to the end zone as the first quarter clock expired.
Desiderio, however, ran back the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to answer the score and push the lead to 20-7.
A 44-yard Decristofaro-to-Desiderio pass play keyed a 79-yard drive that stretched the lead to 37-7 with 9:34 to play in the first half.
Conrad capped that drive with an 11-yard run and the next Ursinus march with a four-yard run for a 34-7 halftime lead.
Coming back to the first to rain that intensified as the day went on, the Green Terror went three-and-out on its first drive before Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) forced a fumble on the Bears' next possession to give his offense the ball back at the Ursinus 38.
Pass plays of 21 yards and 17 yards to Cahill trimmed the deficit to 34-13 but the extra-point attempt was blocked.
Evans and Conrad accounted for all 51 yards on the ensuing nine-play Bear drive, pushing the lead to 41-13 with 7:33 to play in the third quarter.
A 12-yard reception by Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) gave the Green Terror the ball at midfield on the third play of the fourth quarter but a lightning strike forced the teams from the field.
After a 41-minute delay, McDaniel moved the ball to the Bear 27 but could not convert on fourth-and-16 to turn it over on downs.
Ursinus drove the 73 yards in a 11 plays and consumed 6:49 off the clock for the final score - an Evans three-yard run to set the final margin.
Tommy Prazenica (Frederick, Md./Frederick) led the defense with a career-high 12 tackles.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.