LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall freshman John Kaschak rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries as the Diplomats (1-0) blanked Washington & Lee 24-0 on Saturday.
F&M cashed in on two Generals' (0-1) miscues for 10 points in the second quarter. Battling the height of tropical storm Hanna, W&L's Tom Pacicco lost the handle on the eight yardline. F&M's Zach Romash fell on the ball on the 11. The Diplomats trudged four yards before settling for the decisive 21-yard field goal from Paul Sousa late in the second quarter.
On its next possession, Washington & Lee went three-and-out, but a short snap on fourth down was picked up by the punter with his knee on the 34 yardline.
F&M's freshman quarterback, John Harrison found classmate Jarrell Diggs for 11 yards and then George Eager for five more to set up a pair of runs by Kaschak. He pounded the ball into the endzone from a yard out to make it 10-0 late in the first half.
Kaschak's run was the first of F&M's three touchdowns that factored in a freshman.
Harrison tossed his first collegiate touchdown capping F&M's longest scoring drive of the game. F&M went four plays on 33 yards with Harrison finding Matt Jenschke from 18 yards out to make it 17-0.
Diggs found the end zone on his own returning a punt 49 yards to paydirt in the fourth quarter.
The teams combined for 240 yards of total offense with F&M accounting for 180. Aside from Kaschak's 112 rushing yards, freshman, Alan Williams rushed for 29 yards before heading to the sidelines with an injury. Harrison completed 5-of-10 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Five different players recorded receptions for F&M.
F&M picked up its first shutout since September 24, 2005. James Gregory recorded eight tackles -seven solo - and broke up a pass. Lewie Briggs forced two fumbles. Shane Gray and Romash each recovered a fumble. Ty Savastio recorded an interception and broke up a pass. The Generals were left scoreless for the first time since being shut out by Wilkes in the first round of the 2006 NCAA playoffs.
The Diplomats return to action next week at Catholic.
Notes: Diggs 49-yard punt return touchdown was F&M’s first punt return since September 21, 2002 when Jay Tressler rumbled 61 yards for a score against Ursinus… The shutout of W&L was F&M’s first blanking of an opponent since Carnegie Mellon in 2005 – the first in the John Troxell era… Ryan Murray missed the game with an injury… Freshman tailback, Alan Williams left injured in the first half. He had 29 rushing yards… Harrsion completed 5-of-10 passes in a driving tropical storm. He picked up 55 yards hitting five different targets. Harrison can kick too: Harrison punted the ball 38 yards to the W&L 8-yardline on a second quarter, third down quick kick… Jeff Hogan boomed seven punts 299 yards for an average of 42.7 yards per kick. His long was 62 and he hit another 50 yarder. Three of his punts wre downed inside of the 20-yardline… Ty Savastio broke up a pass and intercepted a pass on back-to-back throws in the fourth quarter… The Diplomats 33-yard touchdown drive capped by Jenschke's catch was the longest drive posted by either team in the course of the game…
|Freshman quarterback celebrates his first touchdown pass with senior tight end, Matt Jenschke.|
|Freshman Jarrell Diggs outruns a Washington & Lee defender on his way to a 49-yard touchdown on a fourth quarter punt return.|