Koester throws for 289 in conference-opening win

Will Koester (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Will Koester (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – McDaniel racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and shut out Moravian for the final three quarters in a 35-14 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory on Saturday.

Will Koester (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) threw for 289 yards, completing 20 of 28 passes with two touchdowns to lead the Green Terror (2-0, 1-0 CC), who won in Bethlehem for the first time since 1978, snapping a streak of seven straight losses.

Eli Redmond led the Greyhounds (0-2, 0-1 CC) with 65 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving.

After holding Moravian on its first possessions, McDaniel marched 75 yards in 14 plays behind an even mix of run and pass plays. Koester found Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 6:51 to play in the first quarter.

Three plays later, Doug Erney broke a 54-yard run around the left side to even the score 1:20 later.

A 50-yard Koester-to-Breon Herbert (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) connection on a play-action pass set up Perry Stefanelli (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) to cover the final 18 yards on three carries, culminating with a nine-yard touchdown scamper for a 14-7 lead with 3:12 to play.

A 35-yard pass play to Aaron Hudson on the first play of the ensuing possession set up a Erney-to-Eli Redmond 14-yard touchdown on third down five plays later, tying the game once again with 19 ticks remaining.

After a 28 combined first-quarter points, Moravian ensured the second quarter would go scoreless. After a 19-play drive that consumed nearly nine minutes, the Greyhounds got a stop on fourth and 1 from the three to keep it tied at halftime.

However, on the other side of halftime, Koester hit Stefanelli on a shovel pass two plays into the possession for a 26-yard gain. On the next play, Koester found a wide-open Patrick Bartlett (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) for a 30-yard score and 21-15 lead with 13:49 to play in the third quarter.

Another 13-play drive methodically covered 86 yards over 6 minutes, 11 seconds before Koester called his own number and dove in from a yard out for his career rushing touchdown with 35 seconds remaining for a 28-14 lead.

After the defense stopped Moravian on a drive that had moved inside the five, the offense marched 12 plays and took another 6:21 off the clock. Matt Cathey (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) paid off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run for a 35-14 lead with 6:21 to play.

Cathey finished with 100 yards rushing for the second straight game, carrying the ball 28 times for 136 yards. Herbert finished with five catches for a career-high 116 yards.

Drew Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) led the defense with seven tackles.

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

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