LANCASTER, Pa. – Taalib Gerald totaled 192 all-purpose yards with two scores to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 25-7 victory over McDaniel on Saturday in Centennial Conference (CC) football action. The Homecoming victory improved F&M's record to a 5-1, 4-1 CC while the Green Terror dropped to 1-5, 1-4 CC.
F&M led the entire contest and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after Billy Zwicharowski connected on a 32-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. A little over a minute into the second quarter Vincent Moffett picked off a pass by Will Koester and three plays later Zachary Bradley found Gerald for a 10-yard touchdown. Fortunato Perri raced around the right side for the two-point conversation to make it 11-0.
The defense forced a three-and-out on McDaniel's next series and the offense capitalized with a 7-play, 63-yard drive. Gerald did the bulk of the damage with 44 yards on the ground before Bradley connected with Bobby Keyes on a four-yard strike to put the Diplomats up 18-0.
On its second series in the third quarter, F&M marched 37 yards down the field and scored on a 25-yard pitch-and-catch from Bradley to Gerald for a 25-0 lead. The teams exchanged field position the remainder of the third quarter, before the Green Terror finally got on the scoreboard early in the fourth for the 25-7 final.
Gerald rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries, added another 41 yards on three catches with two scores and picked up 32 yards on a kickoff return. Dave Shellhammer had 63 yards on 17 touches and Keyes hauled in six catches for 54 yards and one score.
Bradley completed 13-of-27 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon.
F&M outgained McDaniel 306-177 yards on offense and held a 35:44-24:16 edge in time of possession.
The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when F&M hosts Moravian at 1:00 p.m.