WESTMINSTER, Md. – Muhlenberg jumped out to a 12-3 lead after the first quarter en route to a 40-13 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) led the Green Terror (3-4, 2-4 CC) with nine catches for 96 yards.
James Diggs recorded 168 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Mules (5-2, 4-2 CC), who outgained their hosts 469-272 on the day.
After the teams traded punts on their opening possessions, Muhlenberg needed just one play to cash in after a fumble. Mike Hnatkowsky hit Max Kirin from nine yards out but the two-point conversion failed to keep it a 6-0 game with 11:02 to play in the first quarter.
The Green Terror responded with a 10-play drive that covered 63 yards but stalled out inside the 15 and the hosts had to settle for a Spencer Wiersberg (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit in half with 5:37 showing.
On the heels of back-to-back big pass plays, the Mules marched 81 yards in seven plays to take a 12-3 lead just over two-and-a-half minutes later.
A Wiersberg 32-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter made it a 12-6 game but the Mules once again turned a turnover into points on a four-yard Ryan Curtiss touchdown grab. The only made conversion of the game for Muhlenberg made it a 19-6 game with 8:50 to play in the first half.
A Kirin 11-yard touchdown grab with 1:15 showing but blocked PAT by Jack Farquharson (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) kept it a 25-6 game at the break.
After Curtiss caught a 33-yard touchdown with 4:18 showing, Ben Stapleton (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) made it two blocked PATs for the first time in seven years.
Will Koester (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) found Andre Henry Jr. (Frederick, Md./Urbana) from 16 yards out on the right sideline for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 31-13 with 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Diggs tore off a 55-yard run with 13:16 on the fourth-quarter clock but this time it was Michael Wright (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) who blocked the PAT.
Brian Goodwin connected on a 17-yard field goal for the game's final points with 6:11 to play.
In addition to Bailor's nine grabs, eight other Green Terror receivers caught a pass.
McDaniel returns to action at Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.