BETHLEHEM, Pa. – K.J. Pretty scored three touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 36-14 victory over Moravian in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 7-1, 6-1 CC while the Greyhounds fell to 1-7, 1-6 CC.
After a scoreless first quarter, F&M went ahead 7-0 when Tanner Erisman called his own number from five yards out to complete a 4-play, 47-yard drive just 1:13 into the second quarter. F&M's defense forced a three-and-out on the Greyhounds next series and the Diplomats capitalized with a 9-play, 68-yard drive that was capped off by a 21-yard pitch-and-catch from Erisman to K.J. Pretty to make it 14-0 midway through the second.
Moravian put points on the board at 6:07 in the second to come within seven, 14-7, but F&M answered on its next series when Drew Tomlinson drilled a 30-yard field goal to make it 17-7 at the break.
The Diplomats took the opening kickoff of the third and put together an 8-play, 65-yard scoring drive. On 4th-and-4, Erisman found Pretty for 23 yards and the pair connected again on the next play for a nine-yard score and a 24-7 F&M advantage.
F&M tacked on two more with a safety after a muffed punt at 10:08 in the third. The Diplomats made it 33-7 three minutes later when Erisman found Pretty at 7:24 and Tomlinson put the final points on the board for F&M with a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth. The Greyhounds struck with eight ticks on the clock for the final score of the game.
F&M outgained Moravian 404-191 on offense and held a 35:34-24:26 in time of possession.
Tanner Erisman completed 26-of-36 passes for 291 yards and three scores. K.J. Pretty hauled in in nine passes for 139 yards, his sixth 100-yard plus performance of the year, and three touchdowns while Dillion Alderfer had 58 yards on six grabs and Fortunato Perri ended with 46 receiving yards for F&M.
Taalib Gerald racked up 81 yards on 20 rushes and became just the fourth Diplomats to amass 2,000 or more career rushing yards.
Drew Tomlinson connected on two field goals (30 yd. & 26 yd.) and averaged 50.3 yards on seven kickoffs, including one touchback.
Ben Okun paced the defense with seven stops (5s), Joe Granahan ended with six tackles, including one for a loss. Vincent Speranza tallied five stops, forced a fumble and had three tackles for a loss, including one sack.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Ursinus for a 1:00 p.m. game.