WESTMINSTER, Md. - John Harrison completed 26 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 41-20 win at McDaniel on Saturday. The sophomore signal caller reset the school season records for completions, passing yards and touchdowns in the Centennial Conference (CC) win. He also broke the single-game record for passing yards with the first 400-yard day in F&M history. Franklin & Marshall moved to 7-1 (5-1 CC), while McDaniel fell to 4-4 (2-4 CC).
Harrison's first touchdown of the day, a one-yard pass to a wide open Mike Deutch in the back of the end zone reset the single season record for touchdown passes. His 22nd touchdown pass of the season topped Geno Pagnozzi's mark of 21 set back in the 1989 season. Harrison's assault on the record book was just getting started.
Tied with Kyle Turner at 2,203 yards, Harrison hit Eager in stride, wide open on the McDaniel 30-yardline late in the second quarter. He jogged in for a 50-yard score, helping Harrison reestablish the single season yardage record in emphatic fashion. Harrison's 26th and final completion of the game gave him the school's single season record at 197.
Eager and Deutch each caught a pair of touchdowns in the win. Eager's first touchdown looked much like Deutch's. The senior camped out in the back of the end zone and collected a high pass, keeping his heels in play on a one-yard score. Deutch's second score of the day was the only touchdown where a McDaniel player made physical contact with the Diplomats' scorer. Facing third and goal from the seven-yardline, Deutch caught the ball on the five and pushed two McDaniel defenders into the endzone for a fourth quarter touchdown.
Eager recorded 13 receptions on the afternoon for 175 yards. Deutch and John Kaschak each caught four passes for 47 and 38 yards, respectively. Kaschak scored an 18-yard touchdown on another case of McDaniel failing to account for an F&M player. He was standing wide open right down the middle of the field for an easy score. Jarrell Diggs caught three passes for 127 yards, including a 77-yard catch and run for F&M's longest play from scrimmage to set up the game's first touchdown.
Cornerback, Barry Lovett, scored for the second straight week. Last week it was a fumble recovery that led to a 69-yard touchdown. This week, he intercepted a Thomas Massuci pass that was deflected by Jeff Kellar and rolled 62 yards down his sideline for a score. His touchdown is the second in as many years against McDaniel on an interception return. Kellar, who had the touchdown return last year, also recorded a pick this afternoon.
McDaniel's Massucci completed 16 of 33 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. With his team down 13-0, he dumped a screen to T.J. Develin who took it from the right hash to the left sideline for a 16-yard score, making it 13-7 late in the second quarter. F&M responded immediately with the 50-yard bomb to Eager. Lovett's score on the other side of the half signaled that the rout was on.
The Diplomats return to Maryland next Saturday for a Centennial contest at Johns Hopkins. F&M then returns home to face Gettysburg.
Franklin & Marshall vs McDaniel (Oct 31, 2009 at Westminster, Md.)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Franklin & Marshall 6 14 14 7 41 Record: (7-1,5-1)
McDaniel 0 7 0 13 20 Record: (4-4,2-4)
1st 4:09 F&M Michael Deutch 1 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick failed), 5-86 3:00, F&M 6 - MCD 0
2nd 12:17 F&M George Eager 1 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 10-75 5:12, F&M 13 - MCD 0
3:37 MCD TJ Develin 16 yd pass from Thomas Massucci (Nick DeLuca kick), 11-97 5:52, F&M 13 - MCD 7
1:05 F&M George Eager 50 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 7-76 2:27, F&M 20 - MCD 7
3rd 9:35 F&M Barry Lovett 62 yd interception return (Mike Shin kick), , F&M 27 - MCD 7
2:50 F&M John Kaschak 18 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 6-72 3:04, F&M 34 - MCD 7
4th 14:51 MCD Eric Zwilsky 29 yd run (Nick DeLuca kick failed), 10-79 2:53, F&M 34 - MCD 13
9:16 F&M Michael Deutch 7 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 10-80 5:35, F&M 41 - MCD 13
2:22 MCD CJ Billera 12 yd pass from Zach Swope (Nick DeLuca kick), 8-48 3:06, F&M 41 - MCD 20
RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-John Kaschak 13-34; Jarrell Diggs 2-14; Colton Weaver 1-8; Jacob Kelly 3-0; John Harrison 3-minus 25. McDaniel-Eric Zwilsky 6-51; TJ Develin 12-28; Raymond O'Hara 7-23; Sean Urbany 1-3; Zach Swope 3-1; Thomas Massucci 2-minus 17.
PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 26-35-2-404; Colton Weaver 1-2-0-2. McDaniel-Thomas Massucci 16-33-2-211; Zach Swope 8-14-0-69; TEAM 0-3-0-0.
RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-George Eager 13-175; Michael Deutch 4-47; John Kaschak 4-38; Jarrell Diggs 3-127; Ryan Murray 1-10; Jay Ridinger 1-7; Sean Kenny 1-2. McDaniel-CJ Billera 7-110; Matt Cahill 3-33; TJ Develin 2-31; Woody Butler 2-25; Ryan Procaccini 2-22; Shane Edmond 2-18; Raymond O'Hara 1-12; Sean Urbany 1-10; Joe Timpanaro 1-6; Nick Bender 1-5; Tom Orrok 1-4; Ryan Hyde 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-Barry Lovett 1-62; Jeff Kellar 1-1. McDaniel-Chris Kolb 1-28; Ryan Blaser 1-3.
FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-None. McDaniel-None.
SACKS (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Shane Gray 1-1; C.T. Marsh 0-1; Brian Low 1-0. McDaniel-Paul Smith 1-1; Mike Ford 0-1; Sam Cox 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Sam Massaro 5-2; Shane Gray 3-4; Michael Deutch 3-1; C.T. Marsh 2-2; Ty Savastio 2-2; Mark Surma 1-3; Kyle Wengerter 1-3; Donald Wiezik 3-0; Jeff Kellar 3-0; Barry Lovett 3-0; James Freeman 1-2; Michael Landberg 1-2; Jeffrey Liberatore 1-2; Kenny Provost 1-2; Brian Low 2-0; Nick Barbieri 1-1; Frank DiMattia 1-1; Chris Ambrogi 1-1; Lewie Briggs 1-1; Scott Williams 0-2; Nicholas Hubner 0-2; Jay Ridinger 1-0; Kurt Rogers 1-0; Dylan Jagiello 1-0; Nick Tucciarone 1-0; T.J. Tynan 0-1; Devin Hunter 0-1; Michael Marcinek 0-1; Drew Hutcheon 0-1; Brian Kelly 0-1. McDaniel-Travis Wenrich 6-2; Mike Weick 2-6; Paul Smith 3-4; Ryan Blaser 4-2; Tommy Prazenica 3-2; Sam Cox 3-0; Bradley Akers 3-0; James Selfinger 1-1; Albert Leech 1-1; Patrick Desmond 0-2; Diego Weiner 0-2; Kenny Dockal 0-2; Bill Gerdes 0-2; Chris Kolb 0-2; Larry Thomas 1-0; Sujan Baniya 1-0; Mike Ford 0-1; Jackson Drury 0-1.