WESTMINSTER, Md. – Franklin & Marshall scored a touchdown in each quarter to defeat McDaniel 28-9 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Aqil Tweedy (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge) led the Green Terror (1-5, 1-4 CC) on offense with 61 yards receiving on six catches and a touchdown.
E.J. Schneider led the Diplomats (4-2, 4-1 CC) with 151 yards rushing and another 172 yards passing. He accounted for all four touchdowns, running for two and throwing for two.
On its first offensive possession, McDaniel put together a sustained 12-play drive before the march stalled at the F&M 30. The Brett Haas (Laurel, Md./Atholton) punt pinned the Diplomats at the one-yard line.
One play later, Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) met Scott LaVava in the backfield, resulting in the Green Terror's first safety since Nov. 12, 2005 against Johns Hopkins and a 2-0 lead with 7:19 on the first-quarter clock.
After the teams exchanged three straight short series, Franklin & Marshall took advantage of a short field.
Two runs by LaValva and two by Schneider accounted for a 31-yard drive that gave the Diplomats a 7-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Schneider then found Jordan Zackery for a 12-yard touchdown with 6:11 to play in the second quarter, capping a 10-play 80-yard drive that stretched the lead to 14-2.
The Green Terror responded with the fourth of six combined 10-plus play drives.
Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) found five different receivers and Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) carried the ball three times to move the ball to the Franklin & Marshall 10.
With 32 seconds left, Bill Castor (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan Catholic) converted a 27-yard field goal but the Diplomats were called for running into the kicker. Head coach Mike Hoyt elected to take the points off the board and the five yards, giving his offense a first-and-goal from the five-yard line.
One play later, it paid off. Yamada hit Tweedy for the sophomore's first collegiate touchdown, drawing the hosts within 14-9 with 28 ticks left.
Franklin & Marshall moved the ball into field goal range but could not convert a 41-yard field goal at the first-half gun.
The Diplomats, however, needed just three plays after halftime, including a Schneider 54-yard scamper, to stretch the lead to 21-9.
Schneider added a 24-yard touchdown run with 10:18 to play in the fourth quarter to set the final margin.
Rollins finished with his fifth 100-yard rushing day of the season, carrying the ball 25 times for 118 yards. He also had 16 receiving yards and 33 yards in the return game for 167 all-purpose yards.
Yamada completed 22 of 44 passes for 184 yards. In addition to Tweedy's six-catch day, Mike Oliveto (Robsonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser) added seven catches for 40 yards.
Cousar and Taylor Rush (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) led the defense with nine tackles each.
Thre Green Terror returns to action at Dickinson on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.