Bullets Shoot Down Diplomats
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- After watching Ryan Murray run all over its defense in last year's meeting, the Gettysburg Bullets returned the favor, running to a 54-21 win over Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) football on Saturday. The Bullets (5-5, 5-3 CC) rolled up 299 yards of rushing on 25 carries in the first half and 434 yards in the game. Three of the first half touches ended in the Diplomats' (4-6, 3-5 CC) end zone, giving the Bullets an insurmountable 33-7 lead at the half.
Jamel Mutunga and Nick McConnell each rushed for well over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Mutunga rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores in the first half. He broke off a 34-yard run down to the Diplomats' one-yard line and plunged in on the next play. His next touch came on first down of the Bullets' next possession. He split the Diplomats' defense to go 86-yards for the score that broke F&M's back.
Nick McConnell had rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries in the first half before finally finding the end zone with 28 ticks in the second quarter. He finished the game with 181 yards on 17 rushes. Charles Curcio rushed for an additional 68 yards from the win, scoring one touchdown and setting up another. His score came on a 30-yard run.
Gettysburg outgained F&M 517-396, and went five-for-five in the red zone.
The Bullets marched 66 yards on five plays to score on their opening possession. F&M answered on its second possession, a five-play, 37-yard drive finished by Mark Mellinger's second rushing touchdown of the season making it 7-7. It was all Gettysburg from there.
Ryan Murray led F&M's offense with 74 yards on 10 carries. George Eager caught five passes for 64 yards and a second half touchdown. It was the second of Jeff Hogan's two touchdown passes in the second half. He had hit Alan Williams for the first touchdown on both ends of the equation from 19-yards out late in the third quarter.
The Diplomats close the 2007 season at 4-6, with a 3-5 mark in league play.