WESTMINSTER, Md. – Catholic jumped out to a 27-0 lead en route to a 48-16 win over McDaniel in non-conference football action on Saturday.
Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) led the Green Terror (0-1) on defense with a career-best 12 tackles while Erik Klugh (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor) chipped in 11 tackles – all solo stops. Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton) added 10 tackles and also caught an 18-yard pass off a fake punt in the fourth quarter.
Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the offense with 118 yards on 22 carries, leaving him 20 yards shy of second place on the program's all-time list. He also had both touchdowns. Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) went 17-for-41 for 218 yards.
Michael Pitzenberger led the Cardinals (1-0) with 179 rushing yards on 28 carries. Evan Calvo also reach the 100-yard mark on 20 carries.
After the teams exchanged punts to open the game, TJ Tutone capped an 11-play, 90-yard drive with a 13-yard scamper into the end zone. A botched snap on the extra point kept it a 6-0 game with 7:32 to play in the first quarter.
E.J. Montgomery pushed the lead to 13-0 later in the quarter, capping a 77-yard march that took 11 plays and 3:36 with a 13-yard run of his own.
Nick Cortese punched the ball in on fourth-and-goal from inside the one-yard line to make it a 20-0 game with 11:41 to play in the second quarter.
A 39-yard connection from Montgomery to John Serdakowski made it a 27-0 game midway through the period.
The Green Terror moved inside the 10-yard line on its next possession but the drive stalled and the hosts had to settle for a Bill Castor (Morrsiville, Pa./Conwell-Egan Catholic) 27-yards field to get on the board with 3:24 showing.
Tutone found Andrew Oullette on a seven-yard touchdown to make it a 34-3 game 1:34 before the intermission.
A methodical 12-play, 46-yard drive resulted in a Montgomery-to-Tucker Hubbell three-yard touchdown to make it a 41-3 game with 5:05 showing in the third quarter.
The Cardinals tacked on seven more on its next possession to make it a 48-3 game going to the fourth quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rollins ripped off a 30-yard run for the first touchdown of the season, cutting the deficit to 48-10 just 11 seconds into the period.
A direct snap to Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser) on fourth-and-8 from the Catholic 37 resulted in an 18-yard completion to Cousar to move the chains.
Five plays later, Rollins found the end zone again for the 48-16 final.
Oliveto also caught four passes for 58 yards. Rollins had five catches out of the backfield for 36 yards.
McDaniel opens the Centennial Conference schedule at home against Moravian on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.