F&M again falls behind early and comes up short;

Oct. 14, 2006

For the second week in a row, Franklin & Marshall got behind early. And for the second week in a row, their comeback bid came one touchdown short.

After dropping a 14-7 decision to Johns Hopkins last Saturday after being down 14-0, this time the Diplomats spotted host Union College 28 points.

John Troxell's squad answered with three second half touchdowns, only to fall short 28-21. Their record dropped to 2-4, while Union upped its mark to 5-1.

Tom Arcidiacono, one of the top running backs in the nation in Division III, gained 158 yards and scored two touchdowns for Union, while senior linebacker Kevin Flike made a season-high 16 tackles to lead the winners.

For F&M, Coach John Troxell used three different quarterbacks in starter Kyle Turner's absence, but none could offset the huge 28-0 halftime deficit.

Curtis Varner was big on the ground, however, as he went over the 100-yard plateau for the third time this season. Varner gained 111 yards on 26 carries and scored two of the three Dip touchdowns.

The Dutchmen scored one touchdown in the first quarter when Arcidiacono broke through the Dip defense and raced 72 yards for the score. Zach Tillo ran in from 10 yards out to up it 14-0 early in the second period; quarterback Anthony Marotti found Todd Marsh for the third score.

It was 28-0 when Arcidiacono ran in another one before half.

But the Dips fought back. Varner ran in from a yard out with 7:17 left in the third to break the ice; then scored again from two yards out to cut it to 28-14 after three periods.

Quarterback Matt Jenschke found Matthew Mondonedo late in the game to cut the lead to only a touchdown. An onside kick attempt, however, failed and Union was able to run out the clock.

Defensively, J.C. Capote, Mickey Rehring and Zach Romash had four tackles each to lead F&M.

Troxell's squad will be in action again Saturday, Oct. 21st when they travel to Dickinson for a Centennial Conference contest.