Schleifer records 77 yards receiving, touchdown

Matt Schleifer (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Matt Schleifer (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna scored the final 20 straight points to defeat McDaniel 33-10 in Centennial Conference (CC) football victory on Saturday.

Matt Schleifer (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) led the Green Terror (3-6, 2-6 CC) with six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also added 87 return yards to finish with 164 all-purpose yards on the day.

Cameron Ott led the River Hawks (6-3, 5-3 CC) with 19 carries for 138 yards and three scores. He also caught three passes out of the backfield for 48 yards.

Susquehanna needed just four plays to reach the end zone on an Ott 31-yard touchdown run with 13:22 to play in the opening quarter. The extra point was off the upright to keep it a 6-0 lead.

After an Eric Pinkett (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) sack fumble was recovered by Tucker Evans (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Twp.) to give McDaniel possession at the Susquehanna 48, a Breon Herbert (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) third-down catch for 11 yards and an Isaac Murray (Columbia, Md./Atholton) 11-yard run helped moved the ball into the red zone. A Spencer Wiersberg (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) 37-yard field goal closed the deficit to 6-3 with 12:42 showing in the second quarter.

After a pooch punt pinned the Green Terror inside the five, the defense forced a three-and-out and got the ball back at the McDaniel 29. Two Luke Robertson runs later, Nick Crusco hit Anthony McCoy for a 15-yard touchdown and the PAT made it a 13-6 game with 3:30 to play in the opening half.

Starting at its own 39-yard line, McDaniel needed just five plays after the intermission to draw within 13-10 with 13:23 remaining. Will Koester (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) pulled down a nine-yard run to the right before finding Matt Cathey (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) for a 14-yard pass and then Schleifer for a 21-yard touchdown.

Susquehanna responded with a five-play drive that covered 69 yards in 2:03 to go back in front by 10. Ott broke multiple tackles for a 33-yard run to key the drive before Crusco paid off the score with a  three-yard touchdown with 11:16 showing.

A 43-yard Terrell Brown punt return set the River Hawks up inside the 10-yard line. Two Ott runs later and the hosts stretched the lead to 26-10 just four seconds into the fourth quarter.

Ott capped a six-play, 65-yard drive with a one-yard drive to push the lead to 33-10 with 10:27 to play.

Drew Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) led the defense with 11 tackles and a forced fumble while Brenden Clinton (Laurel, Md./Laurel) added a career-best 10 stops.

The Green Terror concludes the season at home against No. 23 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m.

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