ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg defeated Franklin & Marshall 21-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon at Scotty Wood Stadium. F&M fell to 1-1, 0-1 CC while the Mules improved to 2-0, 1-0 CC and head coach Mike Donnelly picked up his 100th career victory.
Muhlenberg took an early 7-0 lead three minutes into the game when Dan Deighan found Isaiah Vaughn for a 43-yard strike to complete a four play, 80-yard drive. The teams traded possessions going into the second quarter when F&M put together its longest drive of the contest.
The Diplomats started on their own 33-yardline with 10:07 remaining in the half and took the ball 51 yards in 13 plays down to Muhlenberg 16. On fourth and nine, Chris DeStefano attempted at 33-yard field goal that just missed to the left.
Both defenses stepped up as neither team was able to sustain a long drive and the Mules went into the break holding onto their 7-0 edge.
Muhlenberg came out of the break strong and scored on its opening drive of the third quarter. Deighan bobbled the snap on the third play of the second half, evaded a few defenders, and raced 47 yards down the field to give Muhlenberg a 14-0 lead at 14:01 in the third quarter.
Anthony Carlucci stepped in for the injured E.J. Schneider in the second half and managed the F&M offense well in his first collegiate game. Carlucci finished 10-for-12 for 74 yards while Schneider went 12-for-19 and 92 yards in his half of action.
With 8:37 remaining the in the game, Muhlenberg started on its own 27 before Terrence Dandridge capped off a nine play, 73-yard drive with an eight yard jaunt to seal the victory.
Dandridge had a game-high 99 yards on the ground and Deighan finished with 95.
John Gandolfo led the F&M defense with eight tackles (4s, 4a) and Aaron Fant finished with six solo stops. Brendan Wengerter ended with an interception and six stops, one for a loss, while Kenny Provost had two of his six tackles go for a loss.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host Ursinus at 1:00 p.m.
Franklin & Marshall vs Muhlenberg (09/08/12 at Allentown, Pa.)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Franklin & Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 Record: (1-1,0-1)
Muhlenberg 7 0 7 7 21 Record: (2-0,1-0)
1st 10:25 MUHL Isaiah Vaughn 43 yd pass from Dan Deighan (Connor Winter kick), 4-80 1:36, F&M 0 - MUHL 7
3rd 14:01 MUHL Dan Deighan 47 yd run (Connor Winter kick), 3-64 0:52, F&M 0 - MUHL 14
4th 04:28 MUHL T. Dandridge 8 yd run (Connor Winter kick), 9-73 4:09, F&M 0 - MUHL 21
RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-Lamont Jackson 17-70; Frank Strumolo 3-6; Anthony Carlucci 8-minus 1; E.J. Schneider 2-minus 4; TEAM 1-minus 6. Muhlenberg-T. Dandridge 24-99; Dan Deighan 12-91; Joe Carlucci 7-37; Isaiah Vaughn 1-11; Kevin Van Laar 2-minus 2; team 2-minus 6.
PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-E.J. Schneider 12-19-2-92; Anthony Carlucci 10-12-0-74. Muhlenberg-Dan Deighan 7-11-1-107; Joe Carlucci 3-8-0-13.
RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-Jordan Zackery 11-75; Tim Muller 6-57; Paul McGann 2-17; Paul Koehler 1-11; Peter Gumas 1-3; Devin Hunter 1-3. Muhlenberg-Michael Long 3-25; Isaiah Vaughn 2-47; T. Dandridge 2-10; Marcus Toomey 1-18; John Merklinger 1-14; Tyler George 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-Brendan Wengerter 1-6. Muhlenberg-Matt Johnson 1-17; Jeremey Thomas 1-0.
FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-Lamont Jackson 1-1; TEAM 1-0. Muhlenberg-None.
SACKS (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-None. Muhlenberg-Greg DeLade 1-0; Kyle Ruiz 1-0; Ian Gimbar 1-0; Kory Crichton 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-John Gandolfo 4-4; Aaron Fant 6-0; Kenny Provost 5-1; Brendan Wengerter 3-3; C.T. Marsh 3-2; Brian Velasco 4-0; Troy Harrison 3-1; Mike Shin 3-1; Ryan Young 3-1; Chris DeStefano 3-0; John Stark 2-1; Jonathan Struss 2-0; Jordan Studevan 1-1; Sam Massaro 0-2; Lamont Jackson 1-0; Nick Barbieri 0-1; Scott Williams 0-1; Tyler Pollick 0-1; Leo Chubinishvili 0-1; Ryan Feulner 0-1. Muhlenberg-Kory Crichton 7-5; Matt Johnson 3-5; Shane O'Connor 5-2; Khiry Hughes 4-3; Andrew Onimus 3-3; Tim Vogel 3-2; Ian Gimbar 1-4; Kevin Cellary 3-1; Greg DeLade 3-1; Darnell Davis 2-1; Jeremey Thomas 1-1; Andrew Tullo 0-2; T. Dandridge 1-0; Michael Daniel 1-0; Kyle Ruiz 1-0; Aaron Bossard 1-0.