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Palermiti throws for 244 in victory

Tyler Palermiti (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Tyler Palermiti (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (3-1, 2-1 CC) 32, Gettysburg (0-4, 0-3 CC) 22
What:
Centennial Conference (CC) football game
When:
Saturday, Sept. 28
Where: Westminster, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel scored 16 straight points in the second half to take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and defeat Gettysburg, 32-22.

THE LEADERS
Tyler Palermiti (Hudson, Fla./Dunedin) led the Green Terror with 244 yards on 17 of 26 passing.
Nah'shon Godfrey (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) led the defense with 10 tackles.
Jarius Ransom (Williamstown, Md./Williamstown) added eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks, to go with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and breakup.

FOR THE FOES
• Linwood Nicolas, Jr. led the Bullets with three catches for 103 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown grab.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After the teams traded three-and-outs to start the game, McDaniel used a mix of pass of run to march 80 yards on 10 plays before Kevin Sheckells (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) powered into the end zone from inside the one-yard line on fourth down. The PAT was blocked to keep it a 6-0 game with 6:02 on the clock.
• A Peyton Denlinger (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) 27-yard field goal capped another seven-play drive to stretch the lead to 9-0 with 1:31 to play in the opening quarter.
• Taking over at its own 40 with 2:37 to play in the opening half, Matt Harris ripped off a 15-yard run to spark a six-play, 60-yard drive. Harris capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run to make it a 9-7 at the half.
• The Bullets then took their first possession of the second half 75 yards in eight plays. Matty Mulchy keyed the drive with a 26-yard run before ending the march with a nine-yard sprint for a 15-9 lead with 11:52 to play.
• The Green Terror responded with an eight-play drive of its own. Palmeriti hit three passes of 17 or more yards on the series before Perry StefanellI (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) bounced off the left side for the final 16 yards to draw the game even at 15-all with 8:26 showing.
• McDaniel took its next drive to the 11 before it stalled and the hosts had to settle for a 28-yard Denlinger field goal and 18-15 lead with 2:36 remaining.
• Mason Grim (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) scooped up a fumble and set up the offense with a short field. Daqwan Hill (Germantown, Md./The Avalon School) capped the six-play drive with a touchdown just 2:02 into the fourth quarter for a 25-15 lead.
• On a second-and-20, Logan Edmond hit Linwood Nicolas for a 51-yard touchdown, closing the deficit to three with 5:22 remaining.
• McDaniel salted away 4:30 on its next drive before Stefanelli found paydirt for the second time and set the final score with 52 ticks left.

THE INSIDE STORY
• The McDaniel defense had five forced fumbles on the day, recovering two of those. The Green Terror is now plus-13 on the year in turnover margin.
• Brendan Bandy (Abington, Md./Patterson Mill) had career highs of eight catches and 83 yards.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at home against Juniata on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.