Diplomats Win Shootout with Eagles

Diplomats Win Shootout with Eagles

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- E.J. Schneider and Frank Strumolo had career days as Franklin & Marshall escaped with a 45-38 over Juniata in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday afternoon. Schneider tossed five touchdowns and finished with 319 yards on 26-for-30 passing while Strumolo added 127 yards on the ground with two rushing scores and one receiving touchdown. 

Juniata (1-3, 0-3 CC) struck first when Deonte Alston crossed the goal line with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter before F&M (3-1, 2-1 CC) quickly responded with back-to-back scores to take the lead for good at 9:40 in the second. Schneider found Paul McGann to complete an eight-play, 57-yard drive for F&M's first score at 13:49 and Strumolo dove in from a yard out to make 13-7.

The Eagles settled for a field goal two possessions later to make it 13-10 at 1:13 and looked to go into the break only trailing three. F&M had other plans as Schneider led the Diplomats on a seven-play, 58-yard drive in 45 seconds that ended with a 14-yard Jordan Zackery touchdown catch. F&M threw on every play in the series with Schneider going 5-for-6 for 58 yards. 

F&M went three and out to start the second half and Juniata punched one in on its next drive to come within three, 20-17, with 8:53 left in the third quarter.  The Diplomats countered with three straight scores to take a 38-17 edge at 1:25 in the third.

Strumolo broke off a 59-yard run for his second touchdown of the game, which put F&M up 26-17. Schneider found McGann again, this time for a 47-yard touchdown on the first play of F&M's next possession as the Diplomats took a 15-point, 32-17, edge with 3:54 left in the third. 

F&M's defense picked up two sacks and forced Juniata to a three and out, and a short punt later the Diplomats started its next series with the ball on the Eagles 42. Three plays later, Schneider hooked up with Tim Muller for a 27 yard score to give F&M its largest lead of the day, 38-17, with 1:25 left in the third quarter. 

Juniata responded with two unanswered scores to come within seven, 38-31, at 11:21. Ward Udinskli found Quadir Christian on a 47-yard bomb for the first score and took it in from one yard out for the second touchdown, which was setup by a fumble on the kickoff.

The Diplomats slowed the game down on its next series and took nearly five and a half minutes off the clock. The drive was kept alive with a critical fourth down conversion on the Juniata 25-yard line. On fourth and four, Schneider found Paul Koehler on a 23-yard pass to put F&M on the Juniata two.  Three plays later, Schneider connected with Strumolo for a 10-yard score and Chris DeStefano's extra point kick put F&M up 45-31 with 5:26 left in the game. 

Both teams turned the ball overs on downs on their next possessions and the Eagles took control of the ball on their own 48 with 2:18 remaining in the game. Juniata wasted little time, marching the ball 41 yards, on six plays, in 1:12 that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Udinski to Zach McCaulley and a 45-38 score. 

Juniata kicked an onside on the ensuing kickoff and Sam Massaro fell on the ball to seal the victory. 

Muller finished with a game-high 121 receiving yards on seven catches and McGann added 78 yards on five catches. 

Devin Hunter averaged 44.7 yards on three punts; with a long of 58 while Aaron Fant picked up 110 yards on four kickoff returns. 

Brian Velasco led the F&M defense with 12 (5a, 7a) tackles and Massaro finished with 11 (5s, 6a) stops. Kenny Provost had eight tackles, two went for losses, and joined in on a sack. 

C.T. Marsh had seven stops, two for a loss and finished with a sack, which puts him four away from becoming the all-time leader in sacks in the CC. Brendan Wengerter, Mike Shin, Ryan Young and DeStefano all finished with six stops apiece. 

F&M returns to action next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Dickinson for the Battle for the Wagon. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

 

Box Score (Final)                        
Franklin & Marshall vs Juniata College (Sep 22, 2012 at Huntingdon, Pa.)                
                         
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score              
Franklin & Marshall 0 20 18 7 45 Record: (3-1,2-1)          
Juniata College 7 3 14 14 38 Record: (1-3,0-3)          
                         
                         
                         
Scoring Summary:                        
1st 02:13 JUN Deonte Alston 4 yd run (Scott Andrews kick), 10-75 4:48, F&M 0 - JUN 7      
2nd 13:49 F&M Paul McGann 4 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick failed), 8-57 3:14, F&M 6 - JUN 7
  09:40 F&M Frank Strumolo 1 yd run (Chris DeStefano kick), 6-57 2:26, F&M 13 - JUN 7    
  01:13 JUN Scott Andrews 19 yd field goal, 10-54 3:36, F&M 13 - JUN 10        
  00:20 F&M Jordan Zackery 14 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick), 7-58 0:45, F&M 20 - JUN 10
3rd 08:53 JUN Zach McCaulley 3 yd run (Scott Andrews kick), 6-77 3:07, F&M 20 - JUN 17      
  07:18 F&M Frank Strumolo 59 yd run (Chris DeStefano kick blockd), 3-68 1:25, F&M 26 - JUN 17    
  03:54 F&M Paul McGann 47 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick failed), 1-47 0:08, F&M 32 - JUN 17
  01:25 F&M Tim Muller 27 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick failed), 3-42 0:53, F&M 38 - JUN 17
  13:26 JUN Q. Christian 47 yd pass from Ward Udinski (Scott Andrews kick), 6-73 3:03, F&M 38 - JUN 24  
4th 11:21 JUN Ward Udinski 1 yd run (Scott Andrews kick), 5-66 1:54, F&M 38 - JUN 31      
  05:26 F&M Frank Strumolo 10 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick), 11-69 5:48, F&M 45 - JUN 31
  01:02 JUN Zach McCaulley 13 yd pass from Ward Udinski (Scott Andrews kick), 6-41 1:12, F&M 45 - JUN 38
                         
                         
                         
  F&M JUN                    
FIRST DOWNS 18 23                    
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 27-96 42-235                    
PASSING YDS (NET) 319 215                    
Passes Att-Comp-Int 30-26-0 32-18-0                    
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 57-415 74-450                    
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0                    
Punt Returns-Yards 2-12 1--1                    
Kickoff Returns-Yards 7-168 6-80                    
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0                    
Punts (Number-Avg) 3-44.7 2-30.0                    
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0                    
Penalties-Yards 4-77 5-101                    
Possession Time 28:38 31:22                    
Third-Down Conversions 5 of 10 7 of 15                    
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 1 of 3                    
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-4 5-5                    
Sacks By: Number-Yards 4-17 2-11                    

 

RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-Frank Strumolo 17-127; Scott LaValva 1-2; Jordan Zackery 1-1; Lamont Jackson 2-minus 6; TEAM 2-minus 6; E.J. Schneider 4-minus 22. Juniata College-Deonte Alston 17-182; Ward Udinski 16-29; Zach McCaulley 6-24; Zane Bussard 1-3; TEAM 1-minus 1; Zach Trayer 1-minus 2.

PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-E.J. Schneider 26-30-0-319. Juniata College-Ward Udinski 18-32-0-215.

RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-Jordan Zackery 9-62; Tim Muller 7-121; Paul McGann 5-78; Frank Strumolo 3-25; Paul Koehler 1-23; Devin Hunter 1-10. Juniata College-Q. Christian 3-55; J. Valdiserri 3-37; Zach McCaulley 2-31; Dominic Bornman 2-18; C. Jones 2-13; Colton Myers 1-23; Isaiah Slutter 1-22; Kyle Shuck 1-14; Michael John 1-4; Deonte Alston 1-minus 1; De'Sean Popley 1-minus 1.

INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-None. Juniata College-None.

FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-E.J. Schneider 1-0; Aaron Fant 1 1. Juniata College-None.

SACKS (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Ryan Young 1-1; C.T. Marsh 0-2; Kenny Provost 0-1; John Gandolfo 0-1; Leo Chubinishvili 0-1. Juniata College-Brandon Felus 0-1; Ethan Wilt 1-0; Jared Shope 0-1.

TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Brian Velasco 5-7; Sam Massaro 5-6; Kenny Provost 2-6; C.T. Marsh 2-5; Chris DeStefano 3-3; Brendan Wengerter 3-3; Ryan Young 2-4; Mike Shin 2-4; Troy Harrison 4-1; John Gandolfo 1-4; Jordan Blair 0-2; Leo Chubinishvili 0-2; Aaron Fant 1-0; Jonathan Struss 1-0; Tyler Pollick 1-0; A.J. Koikoi 1-0; Dominch Hezekiah 1-0; Ryan Feulner 0-1; Frank Strumolo 0-1; E.J. Schneider 0-1.

Juniata College-Ethan Wilt 3-4; David Weiss 3-4;Demetrius Floyd 4-2; Kevin Gorman 3-3; Noah Walstrom 3-3; Greg Nixon 3-2; Keith Stewart 3-0; Brandon Felus 1-2; Matt Kolp 1-2; Brendan Cohn 1-2; Michael John 1-2; Jonah Plymire 0-3; Ben Fowler 2-0; Zach Boyd 2-0; Chris Beall 1-1; Ken Kysor 1-0; Luke Navin 0-1; Colin Shaeffer 0-1; Jared Shope 0-1; G. Pettyjohn 0-1.