WASHINGTON, Pa. – Quarterbacks ruled the day in the ECAC Southwest Bowl, combining for 799 yards and 10 touchdowns. Washington & Jefferons's Gino Rometo passed for 377 yards and five touchdowns on 24 completions to lead the Presidents (9-2) to a 54-41 win over Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats' (6-5) John Harrison threw for 422 yards and five touchdowns in the loss.
Rometo had 255 yards and four touchdowns by the half. Two of the four touchdown tosses were to Jordan Roycroft. He had six catches for 132 yards in the first half. Roycroft finished the day with 207 yards on 12 receptions. He added a third touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the Presidents out of reach.
The Presidents' quick strike offense piled up precisely 500 yards on the afternoon. Tim McNerney rushed 24 times for 147 yards and three scores. F&M gained 438 yards.
Harrison wrapped up his junior season by becoming the Centennial Conference's (CC) all-time leading passer with 7,325 yards to his credit. He also reset the CC record for career 400-yard passing games with the third of his career. He is now tied for the CC career record of 300-yard passing days having hit that plateau for the eighth time in his career
Harrison hit Jarrell Diggs 11 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also found Jay Ridinger 10 times for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Michael Deucth had nine receptions for 86 yards and a pair of scores, while running back, John Kaschak, caught 10 passes for 86 yards. Kashcak rushed for 40 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown
Ridinger finished his career ranked fourth all-time at F&M in receiving yards with 2,212 yards, receptions with 194, and touchdowns receptions with 22.
Deutch ends his career with 88 catches, tied for 15th in F&M history along with Bob Kaithern. The tight end recorded 1,155 career yards finishing exactly 100 yards behind F&M's top tight end in the category, Mike Sernatinger. His 18 touchdowns, rank sixth in F&M history and is tops among F&M and CC tight ends.
The scoring started early in a first quarter that saw both teams take advantage of each other's mistakes.
F&M's Jonathan Struss mishandled the opening kick and W&J's Joe Combine recovered the loose ball. The Diplomats' defense appeared to come up with a huge fourth down stop, but Shane Gray was flagged for pass interference. Back-to-back carries from McNerney took it the last 12 yards to paydirt and a 7-0 lead.
Rometo passed the Presidents' down the field on their next possession to make it 14-0. Rometo hit Jordan Roycroft for a 59-yard strike up the sideline to setup a 25-yard touchdown pass to Max Creighan.
The Diplomats got on the board with an eight-play 78-yard drive ended by a 33-yard catch and run from Harrison to Diggs. On the ensuing kickoff, Craig Sedunov returned the early favor, coughing up the ball on the W&J 29. Troy Harrison fell on it at the 30 to give F&M the short field. Five plays later, Kaschak carried in from eight yards out to knot it at 14-14.
McNerney broke off a 69-yard run off of the left side to reclaim the lead for W&J, 21-14. The run was McNerney's career long and the longest allowed by F&M this year.
The Presidents made it a 14-point difference again on their next possession. A 38-yard Rometo to Adam Dominick pass setup a 19 yard pass to Roycroft in the back of the end zone to make it 28-14.
F&M frosh, Phil Barbieri, put the Diplomats back in business with his fourth interception of the season. He snagged a Rometo pass on F&M's 35 and managed 32 yards on the return to set F&M up on the Presidents' side of the field. Harrison hit Deutch on consecutive pass plays to end the drive and make it 28-21 with slightly less than four minutes in the first half.
W&J quickly responded with a solid kickoff return that allowed Rometo to hit Roycroft for the second touchdown between the pair, extending the President's lead to 34-21. The Presidents weren't finished with their first half fireworks. W&J had one more possession in the half that ended with a 35-yard Rometo to Alex Baroffio strike making it 40-21 at the break. They extended it to 47-21 on the first series of the second half.
F&M rallied for a pair of Harrison to Ridinger touchdowns in the final five minutes of the third quarter to make it a two-score contest, 47-34. Trailing 54-41 late in the game, W&J sealed the victory when Sedunov intercepted Harrison.
C.T. Marsh recorded a pair of sacks, running his streak with at least a half sack to 10 games. He wrapped up the season with a total of 11, tying him with Mike Quartey for the eighth best season of sacks on record at F&M. Marsh also blocked a PAT attempt.
Gray led the Diplomats with 11 tackles and a pass breakup. Sam Massaro recorded 10 stops.
F&M moves to 4-4 in ECAC Bowl games and 1-2 on the road in ECAC action. The Diplomats wrap up their season with a record of 6-5.
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Score|
|Franklin & Marshall||14||7||13||7||41||Record: (6-5)|
|Wash. & Jeff.||14||26||7||7||54||Record: (9-2)|
|1st||13:23||W&J||Tim McNerney 1 yd run (C. Kracinovsky kick), 5-26 1:32, F&M 0 - W&J 7|
|9:16||W&J||Max Creighan 25 yd pass from Gino Rometo (C. Kracinovsky kick), 5-83 1:49, F&M 0 - W&J 14|
|5:51||F&M||Jarrell Diggs 33 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 8-78 3:32, F&M 7 - W&J 14|
|4:08||F&M||John Kaschak 2 yd run (Chris DeStefano kick), 5-30 1:32, F&M 14 - W&J 14|
|2nd||13:59||W&J||Tim McNerney 69 yd run (C. Kracinovsky kick), 1-69 0:11, F&M 14 - W&J 21|
|10:23||W&J||Jordan Roycroft 12 yd pass from Gino Rometo (C. Kracinovsky kick), 3-41 1:04, F&M 14 - W&J 28|
|3:42||F&M||Michael Deutch 3 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 8-33 4:04, F&M 21 - W&J 28|
|1:09||W&J||Jordan Roycroft 21 yd pass from Gino Rometo (C. Kracinovsky kick blockd), 6-59 2:25, F&M 21 - W&J 34|
|0:13||W&J||Alex Baroffio 35 yd pass from Gino Rometo (Gino Rometo pass failed), 2-42 0:15, F&M 21 - W&J 40|
|3rd||11:49||W&J||Tim McNerney 13 yd run (C. Kracinovsky kick), 7-74 3:05, F&M 21 - W&J 47|
|4:45||F&M||Jay Ridinger 4 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 14-74 6:58, F&M 28 - W&J 47|
|0:00||F&M||Jay Ridinger 17 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick blockd), 7-81 2:39, F&M 34 - W&J 47|
|4th||6:56||W&J||Jordan Roycroft 16 yd pass from Gino Rometo (C. Kracinovsky kick), 13-82 2:57, F&M 34 - W&J 54|
|5:41||F&M||Michael Deutch 14 yd pass from John Harrison (Chris DeStefano kick), 3-48 1:08, F&M 41 - W&J 54|
|PASSING YDS (NET)||422||377|
|TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS||77-438||59-500|
|Third-Down Conversions||6 of 12||6 of 10|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||1 of 2||0 of 0|
|Sacks By: Number-Yards||3-24||3-24|
RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-John Kaschak 15-40; TEAM 1-0; John Harrison 3-minus 24. Wash. & Jeff.-Tim McNerney 24-147; TEAM 2-0; Gino Rometo 3-minus 24.
PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 44-57-1-422; Jarrell Diggs 0-1-0-0. Wash. & Jeff.-Gino Rometo 24-30-1-377.
RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-Jarrell Diggs 11-116; Jay Ridinger 10-105; John Kaschak 10-86; Michael Deutch 9-86; Brian Kelly 2-14; Kevin O'Shea 1-11; Peter Gumas 1-4. Wash. & Jeff.-Jordan Roycroft 12-207; Adam Dominick 5-64; Alex Baroffio 3-64; Max Creighan 2-23; Tim McNerney 1-12; Brett Axner 1-7.
INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-Phil Barbieri 1-32. Wash. & Jeff.-Craig Sedunov 1-0.
FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-Frank Strumolo 1-1. Wash. & Jeff.-Craig Sedunov 1-1.
SACKS (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-C.T. Marsh 2-0; Donald Wiezik 1-0. Wash. & Jeff.-Neil Sorice 1-1; Frank Gigler 0-1; Gavin Donathan 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Shane Gray 8-3; Sam Massaro 4-6; Kurt Rogers 3-2; Donald Wiezik 3-2; Brian Low 3-2; C.T. Marsh 3-1; Phil Barbieri 2-2; Kenny Provost 2-1; Ty Savastio 1-2; Scott Williams 2-0; Nick Barbieri 0-2; T.J. Tynan 1-0; Troy Harrison 1-0; Mark Surma 0-1; Chris DeStefano 0-1; John Kaschak 0-1. Wash. & Jeff.-Craig Sedunov 8-3; Mike Trunzo 8-1; Zach Pugliese 5-4; Nick Resnik 4-4; Jimmy Thompson 6-1; Gavin Donathan 4-2; Neil Sorice 3-2; Erik Espe 2-2; Frank Gigler 1-2; Mitch Rose 2-0; Alex Patterson 2-0; Chris Heim 1-1; Nathan Melhorn 1-0; Evan Zampatti 1-0; Adam Dominick 1-0; Joe Combine 1-0.