Diplomats Rally for ECAC South Atlantic Title

Diplomats Rally for ECAC South Atlantic Title

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Down two scores to start the fourth quarter, Franklin & Marshall rallied with three unanswered touchdowns to beat Wilkes 29-24 in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl Saturday at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.

John Harrison (29-of-38 passing, 231 yards) hit Ryan Murray at the front left pylon for a two-yard scoring strike, and the go-ahead score, with eight seconds left in the game.

The final F&M drive was highlighted when Jarrell Diggs connected with George Eager (10 catches, 126 yards) on a 44-yard pass to the Wilkes 26.

The score capped off a 19-point fourth quarter for the Diplomats (9-2) as they trailed 24-10 heading into the final quarter.

Harrison made it 24-17 when he hooked up with John Kaschak on a 9-yard scoring strike with 14:04 left in the fourth.

The drive was sustained when Murray converted a third-and-six with a nine-yard rush where he broke two tackles, braced himself from falling down with his hand, and dove to the F&M 40.
Kaschak hit pay dirt with a five-yard run with 7:04 left.  Murray’s two-point run failed to keep Colonels (6-5) a head 24-23.

Kaschak was named the MVP of the game. The sophomore finished with 22 carries for 137 yards, his second consecutive game hitting the century mark, and 54 receiving yards on seven catches.
Chris Horn put Wilkes on the board first with a 37-yard field goal before the Diplomats answered when Harrison found Michael Deutch in the end zone for a 16-yard score.

F&M wouldn’t see the lead again until the fourth quarter.

A 26-yard scoring toss from Rob Johnson (14-of-22, 243 yards) to Shawn Gregson gave the Colonels a 10-7 lead.

Mike Shin knotted the game at 10-10 with a 20-yard field goal.

Wilkes answered just before the break with a Zach Tivald seven-yard rushing score and added to that early in the third when Johnson hooked up with Gennaro Zangardi for an 81-yard touchdown and a 24-10 lead.

NOTES: Eager became the first Diplomat to produce over 4,000 all-purpose yards. He has 4,133 yards in three years. … Eager (2,572 career receiving yards) also became the third receiver in F&M history to amass over 2,500 yards. …Harrison continued his assault on both the F&M and Centennial Conference record books by becoming the first quarterback to have more than 250 completions, 30 TDs and 3,000 yards. He finished the season with 287 completions for 3,096 yards and 32 TDs.

Wilkes vs Franklin & Marshall (Nov 21, 2009 at Lancaster, Pa.)

Score by Quarters    1    2    3    4    Score
Wilkes    3    14    7    0    24    Record: (6-5)
Franklin & Marshall    7    3    0    19    29    Record: (9-2)


Scoring Summary:
1st    10:08    WILKES    Chris Horn 37 yd field goal, 9-50 4:52, WILKES 3 - F&M 0
    01:21    F&M    Michael Deutch 16 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 6-66 3:22, WILKES 3 - F&M 7
2nd    14:49    WILKES    Shawn Gregson 26 yd pass from Rob Johnson (Chris Horn kick), 5-64 1:27, WILKES 10 - F&M 7
    07:04    F&M    Mike Shin 20 yd field goal, 14-77 7:43, WILKES 10 - F&M 10
    01:11    WILKES    Zach Tivald 7 yd run (Chris Horn kick), 12-61 5:48, WILKES 17 - F&M 10
3rd    12:28    WILKES    Gennaro Zangardi 81 yd pass from Rob Johnson (Chris Horn kick), 2-81 0:49, WILKES 24 - F&M 10
4th    14:04    F&M    John Kaschak 9 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 15-69 7:30, WILKES 24 - F&M 17
    07:04    F&M    John Kaschak 5 yd run (Ryan Murray rush failed), 8-86 4:12, WILKES 24 - F&M 23
    00:08    F&M    Ryan Murray 2 yd pass from John Harrison (John Harrison pass failed), 9-79 4:26, WILKES 24 - F&M 29


    WILKES    F&M
FIRST DOWNS    14    22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)    26-80    28-124
PASSING YDS (NET)    243    275
Passes Att-Comp-Int    22-14-0    39-30-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS    48-323    67-399
Fumble Returns-Yards    0-0    0-0
Punt Returns-Yards    1-2    2-5
Kickoff Returns-Yards    6-71    5-49
Interception Returns-Yards    2-0    0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)    4-36.2    1-37.0
Fumbles-Lost    0-0    0-0
Penalties-Yards    6-60    3-27
Possession Time    24:44    35:16
Third-Down Conversions    4 of 11    7 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions    2 of 2    2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances    1-1    5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards    3-28    1-4


RUSHING:
Wilkes-Zach Tivald 14-41; Harry Reese 8-21; Jonathon Kocher 2-19; Rob Johnson 2-minus 1. Franklin & Marshall-John Kaschak 22-137; Ryan Murray 1-9; Jarrell Diggs 2-6; John Harrison 3-minus 28.

PASSING: Wilkes-Rob Johnson 14-22-0-243. Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 29-38-2-231; Jarrell Diggs 1-1-0-44.

RECEIVING: Wilkes-Jordan D'Emilio 6-73; Gennaro Zangardi 4-126; Zach Tivald 2-10; Shawn Gregson 1-26; Jonathon Kocher 1-8. Franklin & Marshall-George Eager 10-126; John Kaschak 7-54; Ryan Murray 5-11; Jarrell Diggs 3-38; Michael Deutch 3-19; Jay Ridinger 2-27.

INTERCEPTIONS: Wilkes-Kevin Gerhart 2-0. Franklin & Marshall-None.

FUMBLES: Wilkes-None. Franklin & Marshall-None.

SACKS (UA-A): Wilkes-Tim Lombreglia 2-0; James Moore 1-0. Franklin & Marshall-C.T. Marsh 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Wilkes-Ryan Clifford 6-4; Andrew Yacina 5-4; Tim Lombreglia 7-1; Kevin Gerhart 6-1; Sean Madden 4-1; Greg Nielsen 3-2; Sean O'Neill 1-3; Corey Gilroy 3-0; Darnell Corbin 2-1; Rob Pietrucha 2-0; James Moore 2-0; Joseph Chrismer 2-0; Kevin Drakes 1-1; Shane Heberling 1-0; Chris Swinarski 1-0; Jose Clemente 1-0. Franklin & Marshall-Drew Hutcheon 6-3; C.T. Marsh 5-2; Shane Gray 1-5; Jeffrey Liberatore 4-1; Ty Savastio 3-1; Kenny Provost 2-2; Barry Lovett 2-1; Nick Barbieri 2-1; Kyle Wengerter 2-0; Mark Surma 1-1; Frank DiMattia 0-2;
Lewie Briggs 0-1.