SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna scored the final 16 points of the game to defeat McDaniel 29-14 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) completed 19 of 30 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown to lead the Green Terror (2-7, 2-6 CC), who got five catches apiece from Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) and Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser). Butler's five catches were worth 74 yards while Oliveto had 69 yards receiving. Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) caught four balls for 33 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown.
Greg Tellish rushed 25 times to lead the Crusaders (6-3, 5-3 CC), accumulating 172 yards. He also caught three passes for a team-high 73 yards. Quarterback Rich Palazzi was 15-for-20 for 230 yards.
Facing fourth-and-15 from the Crusader 36, Jake Nichols' (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) sixth punt of the day bounced at five-yard line but took a Susquehanna bounce and Jalen Scott picked up the bounding ball at the 23 and sprinted down the field.
Joe Timpanaro (Stewart Manor, N.Y./Sewanhaka) chased Scott down a yard shy of the end zone but three Palazzi sneaks later, the quarterback finally crossed the line for a 19-14 lead.
The Crusaders' two-point pass attempt sailed incomplete to keep it a five-point game with 8:42 showing.
A Jesse Eggertson interception gave the hosts the ball back at the McDaniel 39 before the drive stalled at the 17.
Spencer Hotaling's 34-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right but a penalty gave Hotaling a second try from 29 yards, which he converted to make it a 22-14 game with 4:26 on the clock.
The Green Terror elected to punt on fourth-and-1 from its own 37 with fewer than three minutes on the clock. Nichols got off a 54-yard boot to pin Susquehanna inside the 10. However one play later, Tellish broke a program record-long 91-yard run for the final margin with 2:20 on the clock.
After a scoreless first quarter, Alex Patchin capped a 9-play, 63-yard drive, catching an 18-yard touchdown on a second-and-goal play. The PAT sailed wide right to keep it a 6-0 with 9:18 on the clock.
Valori hit O'Melia in stride, streaking to the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown on the sixth play of a 59-yard drive that consume 3 minutes, 4 seconds. Nichols' point after made it a 7-6 game with 6:06 showing.
Susquehanna fired right back when Palazzi hit Tellish for 28 yards down the left sideline and a wide-open Ryan Lopes two plays later for a 40-yard score to make it a 13-7 game with 3:46 remaining in the first half.
An eight-play drive covered 57 yards in 3:46 on McDaniel's second possession of the third quarter – five of which were rushing plays. Valori ended the march with a bootleg run for the last four yards to put the Green Terror back on top 14-13 with 5:39 showing.
Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun) led the McDaniel defense with eight tackles.
The Green Terror concludes the season at home against No. 14 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m.