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Joe Rollins  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Joe Rollins 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Rollins ties program record in McDaniel's 35-14 win over Moravian

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) matched a 41-year-old program record with 311 rushing yards to lead McDaniel to a 35-14 win over Moravian in the Centennial Conference (CC) football opener for both teams on Saturday.

The sophomore tailback was a large part of an offense that put up 436 total yards. Rollins added 20 yards on a kickoff return for the Green Terror (1-1, 1-0 CC) to give him 331 all-purpose yards. Through two games this season, he is now averaging 311.5 all-purpose yards per game.

Matt Johnson led the Greyhounds (0-2, 0-1 CC) with 220 yards passing and another 58 yards rushing.

In addition to Rollins' big day, which included three touchdown runs, Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) added two receptions for 102 yards to account for the majority of freshman Nick Valori's (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) 135 yards passing. The rookie completed 7 of 9 attempts in his first collegiate start.

Included in O'Melia's day was a 68-yard catch-and-run down the right sideline to get the scoring started midway through the first quarter.

Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) blocked a 23-yard field goal attempt after Moravian marched to the seven-yard line on its opening drive.

The two teams exchanged three-and-outs before Valori found O'Melia on a third-and-6 play and a 7-0 lead with 6:39 to play in the first quarter.

Taking over at the Greyhound 36 after the first of two Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Hackettstown) interceptions, Rollins wrapped runs of 12 and 14 yards around a 19-yard Valori-to-Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser) connection for a 14-0 lead.

CJ Billera cut the deficit in half with a one-yard run on Moravian's next possession but Rollins wasn't done.

He took the ensuing kickoff back 20 yards before a 15-yard personal foul penalty moved the ball to the McDaniel 48.

Rollins took the first play from scrimmage 41 yards for the first of his three runs of 40-plus yards and then knocked off the final 11 yards on the next play for a 21-7 lead.

On the first play of the second half Rollins again took off, sprinting a career-long 63 yards before being brought down at the Moravian 7.

Valori rushes of three and four yards gave the rookie signal caller his first touchdown and pushed the lead to 28-7 with 13:36 to play in the period.

Taking over at its own 25 exactly 10 minutes later, Rollins had moderate gains of five and eight before a holding penalty pushed the ball back to the 28.

The shifty back broke through the line and was off to the races, scampering 72 yards for the score and a new career long and his third touchdown of the day.

It was the Green Terror's longest run from scrimmage since Boo Harris broke an 89-yard for a touchdown against Swarthmore on Nov. 4, 2000.

A Johnson 16-yard run as the third quarter expired set the final margin.

Getting the ball back with 6:15 on the clock, Rollins took the first play from the Green Terror 34 and ripped off a 21-yard run to become just the second player in program history to go over 300 yards rushing.

Two plays later, a four-yard gain matched Joe Brockmeyer, who had 311 yards on 30 carries n Nov. 21, 1970 against Johns Hopkins.

Rollins got the ball on a third-and-4 play but was stopped for no gain and had to settle for a tie of the record.

Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) led the McDaniel defense with 10 tackles while Sam Cox (Towson, Md./Towson) and McLister had nine apiece.

Cox had six tackles for loss to match the program record in that category, five of which were sacks to break Brett Rough's record of 4.5 at Ursinus on Oct. 2, 2004.

Cox also forced two fumbles on two of those sacks.

McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.


Sam Cox talks about the defense's play in the win.
Sep 10, 2011