LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall quickly built a 17-0 lead and never looked back in a 35-7 win over Washington & Lee in the season opener for both teams. The Generals (0-1) turned the ball over four times.
The turnovers included a pair of interceptions in the Diplomats (1-0) end zone, and saw Shane Gray scoop a Sam Massaro induced fumble to score from 25-yards out just 43 seconds after F&M had gone ahead 7-0 on its opening possession.
Despite a pair of penalties, F&M marched 79 yards on seven plays to open the game. Running back John Kaschak went into the endzone from five yards out on his sixth touch of the drive to finish it off. He accounted for 30 of the yards on the opening salvo, but the play that set the tone for the day came on third and 11 on the F&M 20. John Harrison found tight end Michael Deucth for the first down and then some on a 53-yard catch and run that set up the score.
The Diplomats converted all eight third downs faced in the first quarter, finishing the day 13-of-17. F&M piled up 312 yards of total offense in the first half compared to Washington & Lee's four. The Diplomats owned the ball for 23:27 of the first 30 minutes.
Harrison had thrown for 246 of his 305 yards on the day by halftime. He completed 24 of his 31 attempts, on the afternoon including three touchdown strikes. Two of the touchdowns came late in the first half, giving the hosts a 29-0 lead at the break. He tossed one more in the third quarter before taking in the rest of the game from the sideline.
His first touchdown of the day was a nine-yard pass to Deutch for his second and final catch of the day with 3:52 left in the first half. The second touchdown pass came with nine seconds left in the second quarter when he found Jay Ridinger from 18-yards out on third and 10.
Ridinger had eight receptions for 82 yards on the afternoon. All told, eight different receivers caught at least one pass, seven from Harrsion. Freshman Tim Muller was amongst them. He got beyond the Generals' secondary and walked under a 38-yard pass from Harrison in the third quarter. It was the first catch of his career, and only reception in the game.
The Generals threatened on the opening drive of the third quarter, but on second and goal from the seven, Nick Barbieri stepped in front of a W&L receiver to pick off Charlie Westfal to end the drive. W&L finally broke through in the fourth quarter when Harrison Hudson plunged in from four-yards out to cap a 63-yard drive, their longest of the day by far.
The Generals threatened again late in the fourth quarter, but Chris DeStefano intercepted Russell Stewart in the endzone to put the already decided game on ice.
The Diplomats return to action next weekend against Ursinus in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.
Washington & Lee vs Franklin & Marshall (Sep 4, 2010 at Lancaster, Pa.)
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Score|
|Washington & Lee||0||0||0||7||7||Record: (0-1)|
|Franklin & Marshall||17||12||6||0||35||Record: (1-0)|
|1st||10:44||F&M||John Kaschak 5 yd run (Chris Bennett kick), 7-79 4:16, W&L 0 - F&M 7|
|10:01||F&M||Shane Gray 25 yd fumble recovery (Chris Bennett kick), , W&L 0 - F&M 14|
|0:45||F&M||Chris Bennett 28 yd field goal, 16-80 7:53, W&L 0 - F&M 17|
|2nd||3:52||F&M||Michael Deutch 9 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris Bennett kick failed), 18-85 10:00, W&L 0 - F&M 23|
|0:09||F&M||Jay Ridinger 18 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris Bennett kick failed), 8-51 1:28, W&L 0 - F&M 29|
|3rd||5:39||F&M||Tim Muller 38 yd pass from John Harrison (Colton Weaver pass failed), 8-80 5:17, W&L 0 - F&M 35|
|4th||10:29||W&L||Harrison Hudson 4 yd run (Martin Prichard kick), 8-63 3:40, W&L 7 - F&M 35|
|PASSING YDS (NET)||93||317|
|TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS||57-207||72-406|
|Third-Down Conversions||5 of 12||13 of 17|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 3||0 of 0|
|Sacks By: Number-Yards||1-11||1-9|
RUSHING: Washington & Lee-Harrison Hudson 7-31; Russell Stewart 6-25; Charlie Westfal 9-23; Brett Murray 6-20; Luke Heinsohn 6-8; Jason Zelesnik 3-7; Nick Lombardo 2-1; Sasha Vandalov 1-minus 1. Franklin & Marshall-John Kaschak 16-60; Alan Williams 5-24; Jacob Kelly 7-11; Jarrell Diggs 2-8; TEAM 2-minus 4; John Harrison 2-minus 10.
PASSING: Washington & Lee-Charlie Westfal 3-10-1-58; Russell Stewart 3-7-1-35. Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 24-31-0-305; E.J. Schneider 2-7-1-12.
RECEIVING: Washington & Lee-Patrick Conley 2-31; Alex Evans 2-24; Harrison Hudson 1-27; Tate Davis 1-11. Franklin & Marshall-Jay Ridinger 8-82; Jarrell Diggs 5-48; John Kaschak 3-37; Brian Kelly 3-25; Michael Deutch 2-62; Alan Williams 2-13; Kevin O'Shea 2-12; Tim Muller 1-38.
INTERCEPTIONS: Washington & Lee-John Kavanagh 1-0. Franklin & Marshall-Nick Barbieri 1-0; Chris DeStefano 1-0.
FUMBLES: Washington & Lee-Russell Stewart 1-1; Charlie Westfal 1-1. Franklin & Marshall-Jacob Kelly 1-1.
SACKS (UA-A): Washington & Lee-William Patton 1-0. Franklin & Marshall-Donald Wiezik 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Washington & Lee-Jesse Jenkins 2-7; Jake Pelton 6-2; Doug Fraser 3-5; Mike Hartford 4-2; D. Sternlicht 3-3; Taylor Malone 3-1; Hal Hundley 3-1; Pete Watson 3-1; Colin Campbell 2-2; Sam Zimmer 2-1; John Kavanagh 2-1; Greg Barton 2-1; William Patton 1-1; Stephen Peck 0-2; Sasha Vandalov 1-0; Michael Unholz 0-1; Beau Briggs 0-1. Franklin & Marshall-Drew Hutcheon 1-7; James Freeman 5-1; Phil Barbieri 4-2; Donald Wiezik 2-3; Sam Massaro 3-1; Nick Barbieri 2-2; Dylan Jagiello 2-2; Chris DeStefano 2-2; C.T. Marsh 2-2; Jonathan Struss 3-0; Ty Savastio 3-0; Jay Ridinger 1-2; Kyle Wengerter 1-2; Mark Surma 2-0; Brian Low 2-0; Kurt Rogers 1-1; Shane Gray 1-1.