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.
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)|
|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|
|PASSING YDS (NET)||319||215|
|TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS||57-415||74-450|
|Third-Down Conversions||5 of 10||7 of 15|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 3||1 of 3|
|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.
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.