Franklin & Marshall airs out big win

C.J. Billera © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
C.J. Billera © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Harrison throws for program-record 404 yards in Diplomats' 41-20 win at McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. - John Harrison threw for a program-record 404 yards on 26 of 35 passing with five touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 41-20 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.

The Diplomats (7-1, 5-1 CC) became the fifth team this season to roll up more than 400 yards of total offense on the Green Terror (4-4, 2-4 CC), putting up 437 yards, including 406 through the air.

C.J. Billera (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) caught seven passes for a career-high 110 yards, including a touchdown, in the loss for McDaniel.

Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) had his fourth 200-yard passing day of the year, completing 16 of 33 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. He now has 1,613 yards for the season, becoming the fifth different Green Terror signal caller to throw for 1,500 yards in a season. He is the first to do it since Brad Baer threw for 1,513 in 2006.

After a sluggish start in which the two teams combined for 56 yards over the game's first 7:51, Franklin & Marshall took over at its own 14.

On a second-and-3 from the 21, Harrison hit Jarrell Diggs for a 77-yard catch-and-run to put the Diplomats on the McDaniel 2.

Three plays later, Michael Deutch caught his first of two touchdown catches from a yard out.

A missed PAT kept it a 6-0 game with 4:09 on the clock.

George Eager capped a 10-play, 75-yard with a one-yard touchdown catch - his first of two on the day - with 12:17 remaining in the second quarter. Eager finished with 13 catches for 175 yards.

A 16-yard Massucci-to-T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) pass play cut the deficit to 13-7 with 3:37 remaining until the intermission.

On the ensuing Franklin & Marshall possession, Eager caught a 50-yard strike from Harrison to stretch the lead to 20-7 with 1:05 to play in the half.

A Barry Lovett 62-yard interception return made it 27-7 with 9:35 to play in the third quarter before Harrison hit John Kaschak for an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to make it a 34-7 game.

Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) broke off a 29-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter for his first touchdown of the season. A missed PAT kept it a 34-13 game.

Harrison hit Deutch from seven yards out to make it 41-13 with 9:16 to play before Zach Swope (Jessup, Md./Hammond) threw his first touchdown of the season, hitting Billera from 12 yards out with 2:22 on the clock.

Diggs added three catches for 127 yards for the Diplomats.

Zwilsky finished with 51 yards on the ground for McDaniel. Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) and Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) led the defense with eight tackles apiece.

The Green Terror returns to action at Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.