GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gettysburg came away with points on each of its first 10 possessions en route to a 57-35 win over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Working his first career start, the Bullets' Kody Smith passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns on a 19-of-28 afternoon for the victory. Gettysburg piled up 506 yards on the afternoon.
Smith used six receivers, none more frequently than Charles Curcio, who had nine catches for 84 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. Brian Betley recorded a game-high 103 receiving yards on four catches. Half of his receptions ended in the endzone. Jamel Mutunga rushed 25 times for 94 yards and a touchdown, while Anthony DeSalva piled up 85 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
The game belonged to F&M in the early going. Behind the running of John Kaschak, the Diplomats (6-4, 5-4 CC) picked their way through the Gettysburg (6-4, 5-4 CC) defense on a seven-play, 69 yard drive capped by back-to-back passes from John Harrison to Michael Deutch. The first, a 17-yard hookup, set up the second, a two-yard toss into the front right corner of the endzone to make it 7-0.
After holding Gettysburg to a field goal, the Diplomats again cut through the Gettysburg defense, marching 89 yards on 12 plays. Again the drive ended on a pair of receptions by the same receiver. Jay Ridinger finished a 20-yard flag route with a catch on the Bullets' three. Ridinger caught a pass in the same real estate previously occupied by Deutch for the 20th touchdown of his career. His day ended shortly thereafter, suffering an injury on a kick return.
After moving the ball at will on the first two series, Franklin & Marshall's offense went into a stall. Meanwhile, Gettysburg responded to the Diplomats 14-3 lead with 41 unanswered points. After the F&M touchdown, the Bullets had a 46-yard yard field and moved with ease down to the F&M 10. Jamel Mutunga carried it home from there, slipping through the left side of the defense and tight-roping along the sideline into the end zone to make it 14-10.
The game changed on the ensuing possession. Facing third and 10, Harrison, under pressure, found an outlet to Jarrell Diggs. Diggs slipped to the turf leaving Rob Panella with an easy interception and run down the sideline for the Bullets' first lead of the day. Gettysburg kept rolling from there, taking a 34-14 lead into the half.
F&M finally broke the drought in the third quarter. A holding call on Gettysburg on an F&M punt gave the Diplomats new life around midfield. Harrison cashed in on the opportunity, hitting Deutch in the endzone for the second time. Deutch finished his day with eight catches for 102 yards to go with his three scores. Kaschak, who had 70 yards in the first quarter, finished the game with 101 yards and a touchdown.
Harrison finished the day with 211 yards passing with 4 touchdowns on 21 completions.
Gettysburg went the game without punting, choosing to go for it on a fourth and two deep in its own territory late in the game. Gettysburg's first string offense was finally pushed off of the field with a stop on that play. That set up Franklin & Marshall's late touchdown, a Harrison to Deutch strike that gave F&M's junior signal caller the Centennial Conference record for career touchdown passes with 69, and the F&M career record for touchdowns responsible for at 70.
The loss ends Franklin & Marshall's season at 6-4. It marks the second time in as many years F&M has posted a winning record. That last occurred in 1995 and 1996.
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Score|
|Franklin & Marshall||14||0||7||14||35||Record: (6-4,5-4)|
|1st||11:47||F&M||Michael Deutch 2 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 7-69 3:08, F&M 7 - GC 0|
|8:13||GC||Mike Barrett 29 yd field goal, 10-48 3:27, F&M 7 - GC 3|
|2:18||F&M||Jay Ridinger 3 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 12-89 5:52, F&M 14 - GC 3|
|0:02||GC||Jamel Mutunga 10 yd run (Mike Barrett kick), 7-54 2:08, F&M 14 - GC 10|
|2nd||14:08||GC||Rob Pennella 37 yd interception return (Mike Barrett kick), , F&M 14 - GC 17|
|10:36||GC||Charles Curcio 11 yd pass from Kody Smith (Mike Barrett kick), 5-48 1:20, F&M 14 - GC 24|
|6:37||GC||Brian Betley 34 yd pass from Kody Smith (Mike Barrett kick), 10-73 2:25, F&M 14 - GC 31|
|0:28||GC||Mike Barrett 19 yd field goal, 13-55 3:36, F&M 14 - GC 34|
|3rd||9:25||GC||Mike Barrett 31 yd field goal, 17-57 5:29, F&M 14 - GC 37|
|4:33||GC||Brian Betley 54 yd pass from Kody Smith (Mike Barrett kick), 6-68 2:07, F&M 14 - GC 44|
|1:24||F&M||Michael Deutch 5 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 8-74 3:03, F&M 21 - GC 44|
|4th||10:52||GC||Anthony DeSalva 22 yd run (Mike Barrett kick failed), 11-83 5:31, F&M 21 - GC 50|
|9:01||GC||Tyler Fasanella 55 yd interception return (Mike Barrett kick), , F&M 21 - GC 57|
|5:36||F&M||John Kaschak 1 yd run (Chris DeStefano kick), 11-76 3:19, F&M 28 - GC 57|
|0:23||F&M||Michael Deutch 5 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 8-34 2:35, F&M 35 - GC 57|
RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-John Kaschak 23-101; E.J. Schneider 2-16; Jacob Kelly 1-4; John Harrison 1-minus 8. Gettysburg-Jamel Mutunga 25-94; Anthony DeSalva 13-85; Kody Smith 11-37; Greg Namrow 1-6; Charles Curcio 2-3; Team 1-minus 2.
PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 21-32-2-211; E.J. Schneider 8-15-0-103. Gettysburg-Kody Smith 19-28-0-281.
RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-Michael Deutch 8-102; John Kaschak 5-62; Jarrell Diggs 5-46; Jake Schlanger 4-32; Brian Kelly 3-31; Jay Ridinger 2-23; Peter Gumas 1-11; Kevin O'Shea 1-7. Gettysburg-Charles Curcio 9-84; Brian Betley 4-103; Kyle Davis 2-37; Jamel Mutunga 2-26; Mack Krush 1-27; Matt Brophy 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-None. Gettysburg-Tyler Fasanella 1-55; Rob Pennella 1-37.
FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-None. Gettysburg-None.
TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Nick Barbieri 6-6; Donald Wiezik 7-2; Sam Massaro 4-5; Kurt Rogers 5-2; Ty Savastio 6-0; Phil Barbieri 4-2; C.T. Marsh 3-3; Drew Hutcheon 5-0; Mark Surma 2-3; John Gandolfo 3-1; Shane Gray 2-2; Kenny Provost 0-4; Chris DeStefano 2-1; Jonathan Struss 1-1; John Stark 1-0; John Kaschak 1-0; Brian Low 1-0; T.J. Tynan 1-0; Jordan Studevan 0-1; Troy Harrison 0-1. Gettysburg-Wes Taylor 6-7; Mark Covington 6-2; Larry DelViscio 3-5; Peter Hak 5-0; Joe Delaney 4-0; Rob Pennella 4-0; Anthony DeSalva 3-0; Chris Douthett 1-2; Tairi Mobley 2-0; Chad Bucur 2-0; Dylan Anderson 1-1; Tyler Fasanella 1-1; Mark Wojcik 0-2; Fred Dietz 0-2; Marc Graziano 1-0; Mike Barrett 1-0; George Schmidt 1-0; Matt Coffey 0-1; Chris Burton 0-1.