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Godfey keys strong defense in victory

Nah'shon Godfrey (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Nah'shon Godfrey (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (2-0, 1-0 CC) 13, Moravian (0-2, 0-1 CC) 10
What:
Centennial Conference (CC) football game
When:
Saturday, Sept. 14
Where: Bethlehem, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel's defense forced seven turnovers and the offense scored the final 10 points, including a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone with 12 seconds remaining for a 13-10 win over Moravian in the Centennial Conference opener.

THE LEADERS
Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) led the defense with nine tackles, including a sack, two interceptions and a pass breakup.
Nick Alberto (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) capped an eight-catch day with a nine-year touchdown in the back corner of the end zone for the game-winning score with 12 seconds left.

FOR THE FOES
• Nick Petros caught eight balls for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead the Greyhounds.
• Noah Breidenger led the defense with 10 tackles and two breakups.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After a 49-yard kickoff return, Moravian took the opening drive 43 yards in 13 plays but had to settle for a Jack Coary 21-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 10:18 to play in the first quarter.
• Neither offense could muster much for the rest of the first half with the Green Terror defense forcing four turnovers but the visitors missed a pair of a field goals and trailed 3-0 at halftime.
• Taking over at the Moravian 28 after a fumble recovery but mustered just nine more yards before Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) hit a 36-yard field goal with 8:52 showing for a tie game.
• A 26-yard Nick Petros touchdown grab on fourth-and-11 put the hosts back in front 10-3 with 13:15 to play in the fourth quarter.
• Denlinger connected on a 42-yard field goal with 5:10 remaining, drawing McDaniel within 10-6.
• Taking over at its own 45 after a Habeeb Baba (Bristol, Pa./Truman) fumble recovery, the offense moved 55 yards on 10 plays that Nick Alberto capped with a touchdown grab in the back-right corner of the end zone.

THE INSIDE STORY
Kofi Siga (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) made 10 tackles with a pass breakup.
Kai Leibfried (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) had an interception and fumble recovery.
• Kiree Moore (Arlington, Va./Westlake) had a 56-yard interception return to go with two pass breakups.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.