F&M-Moravian ECAC Football Game Notes II - November 20, 2004

HOUNDING THE MAC: Eight members of the Moravian College football team were selected to the 2004 All-Middle Atlantic Conference Team. The Greyhounds have five first team selections including running back Chris Jacoubs, offensive lineman Salvatore DeWalt, return specialist Jed Warsager, defensive back Tyler Chomik and punter John McLain, while defensive linemen Richie Cline and Kevin McLaughlin and linebacker Cliff Garr were named to the second team. Moravian has posted a 7-3 record so far this season with a 7-2 record in the MAC, which was good enough for second place after the Greyhounds were selected seventh in the MAC preseason poll. In just his second season, Jacoubs has rewritten the Moravian record books. He has set school records this season with 1,619 yards on 317 carries with 15 rushing touchdowns. He also has set school marks with 18 total touchdowns and 108 points. Jacoubs, who became the eighth player in school history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a career and the only player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons against FDU-Florham, has 2,670 yards in just 20 career games with 11 100-plus yard games in 16 starts, including four games over 200 yards with three this season. Jacoubs, who was the MAC Rookie of the Year last season, is second all-time and needs just 81 yards in Saturday's game at Franklin & Marshall to tie Jim Joseph's career record. DeWalt, Moravian's starting center, helped anchor the Greyhounds' offensive line, which returned all of its starters this year. DeWalt has helped the Moravian offense average 404.6 yards per game, including 239.8 yards per contest on the ground, which currently ranks 27th in the nation. DeWalt and the rest of the offense line have allowed just 12 sacks this season. Warsager, who is also a wide receiver for the Greyhounds, leads the MAC and is fifth in the country in kickoff returns with an average of 30.7 yards per return this fall. Warsager, who has two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season, has set the school record with 645 kickoff return yards this season. Warsager has 1,201 career kickoff return yards and three touchdowns on 44 returns in just two seasons at Moravian, and he needs just 30 yards to set the school career record for kickoff return yardage. Warsager has also caught 16 passes this season for 204 yards nd two touchdowns. Chomik leads the Greyhounds and i tied for the lead in the MAC with six interceptions this season. He has added a total of 14 passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery while leading the Moravian defensive backs with 54 tackles. Chomik has also returned kicks for the Greyhounds with a punt return average of 6.7 yards on 19 returns and a kickoff return average of 19.7 yards on ten returns. McLain, who was on the All-MAC Second Team as a punter in 2002, leads the Greyhounds and the conference with an average of 38.7 yards per punt. McLain has been called on just 37 times this season and has placed 13 punts inside the 20-yard line with one fair caught and just four touchbacks. McLain, who has had just one punt blocked this season, is third all-time at Moravian with 5,566 yards on 147 punts (fourth all-time) for a school record average of 37.9 yards per punt. Cline, who moved from linebacker to starting defensive end this season, has made 26 tackles this season with three and a half tackles for loss, one and a half sacks, one pass defended and one fumble recovery. Cline, who has 127 career tackles in three seasons, has helped the Moravian defense allow just 138.6 yards per game rushing by its opponents. McLaughlin, who was also on the All-MAC Second Team a year ago, has made 20 tackles with half a sack and one pass defended this season. McLaughlin has made 66 tackles in his career including 59 in the last two seasons as a starter for the Greyhounds. Garr currently leads the Moravian defense with 82 tackles this season. He has contributed eight and a half tackles for loss, a team high three and a half sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries this season.

LAST WEEK'S GAME - MUHLENBERG 28, MORAVIAN 14: The Muhlenberg College defense, ranked number one in the nation, limited the Moravian College offense to just 194 yards on 60 plays while the Mules used trick plays and ball control on offense to earn a 28-14 victory over the Greyhounds in the regular season finale between the two rivals at Steel Field in Bethlehem. After the game, the media and sports information staffs voted Muhlenberg linebacker Ryan Peer and Moravian linebacker Cliff Garr the Players of the Game. Peer had seven tackles and blocked an extra-point for the Mules defense while Garr led the Greyhound defense with 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Moravian received the opening kickoff and was forced to punt after three plays. However, Greyhound senior punter John McLain pinned the Mules on the four yard line with a 53-yard punt. After an incomplete pass and a one-yard rush by running back Jerome Beverly, quarterback Nick Rosetti completed a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Giannini. However, the Mules were called for holding in the end zone which gave Moravian a safety and a 2-0 lead with 12:05 remaining in the first quarter. The Greyhounds took the ensuing free kick down to the Muhlenberg 27-yard line after four plays, but the Mules defense stiffened and forced Moravian to turn the ball over on downs. Muhlenberg took 11 plays to drive 67 yards with Rosetti connecting with tight end Stephen Montalto on a 28-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-four play, one of four fourth down conversions in the game for the Mules. Kicker Jordan Grube's extra-point was blocked by defensive lineman Nick Feo to set the score at 6-2 Muhlenberg with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter. Kicker Brian Hendershot recovered his own onsides kick at the Muhlenberg 46-yard line to set up the Mules next scoring drive. Running back Matt Johnson capped off an 11-play, 54-yard scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-goal play. Grube added the extra-point for a 13-2 lead with 12:52 remaining in the second quarter. Combined, the two drives combined took 10:48 off the clock. On the drive, Rosetti walked away from the line of scrimmage and the ball was snapped directly to Johnson, a converted quarterback, who completed a 17-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Karchner on the final play of the first quarter. Moravian ran 11 plays on its next drive and moved to the Muhlenberg 33-yard line before turning the ball over on downs again. After forcing the Mules to punt, McLain had a punt blocked with Muhlenberg taking over on the Moravian 20-yard line. Six plays later, Rosetti connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to Giannini. Grube added the extra-point for a 20-2 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Rosetti completed eight of 17 passes for 46 yards and two scores while being intercepted once and adding 11 yards on five carries. Moravian scored the first points of the second half on the first play of the fourth quarter when running back Chris Jacoubs took an option pitch from quarterback Jerry Venturino in from nine-yards out. The play finished off a five-play, 27-yard drive that started when wide receiver Shawn Martell recovered a fumbled punt return by the Mules Phil Gasker. On the extra-point attempt by Ken Macaulay, Muhlenberg linebacker Dan Walker blocked the kick, and the ball eventually ended up in the hands of defensive back Ryan Merrill, who returned it for a two-point defensive conversion, giving the Mules a 22-8 lead with 14:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jacoubs finished the game with 94 yards on 26 carries, only the second time this season he was held under 100-yards. On the ensuing kickoff, the Mules ran a reverse with defensive back Mike McCurley handing the ball off to Gasker, who raced 85 yards for the touchdown. The Mules lined up for a Grube extra-point attempt, but holder Tom Kelleher pulled the ball away and attempted a pass that fell incomplete, setting the score at 28-8 with 14:41 remaining in the contest. With just under five minutes remaining in the game, Gasker intercepted a Venturino pass at the three-yard line to give the Mules possession. After Johnson was stopped for a two-yard loss on the first play, Johnson fumbled in the end zone and Garr recovered for Moravian's final points. Moravian attempted a two-point conversion with Jacoubs, but he was stopped short of the end zone, setting the final score at 28-14 with 3:54 left in the game. Venturino completed nine of 31 passes in the game for 100 yards; however, he was intercepted three times and sacked once. Wide receiver Ben Hawkins caught five passes for the Greyhounds for 65 yards to give him 1,022 career receiving yards, as he became the 13th player in Moravian history to reach the 1,000-yard receiving yardage milestone. Defensive back Justin Adair and Peer led the Muhlenberg defense with seven tackles each. Adair added a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, an interception and two pass break-ups. Linebacker Dustin Martin contributed six tackles with one sack and a blocked punt while Gasker had five tackles with one for loss. In addition to Garr's 13 tackles for the Moravian defense, Gerald Weiss and Chad DiFelice each had ten tackles. Weiss had one and a half tackles for loss while DiFelice added two tackles for loss and a sack. Linebacker Bill Carasia added seven tackles. The win was Muhlenberg's third straight football over the Greyhounds and sixth in the last seven games after Moravian had won ten straight games in the series.

LAST WEEK'S GAME - F&M 38, GETTYSBURG 20: Quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead Franklin & Marshall College past Gettysburg College 38-20 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action. Harner connected with Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) and Robert Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) through the air and also found the end zone on a 14-yard keeper to help the Diplomats (7-3, 4-2 CC) earn a share of the 2004 CC championship. No fewer than five teams (Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson and Johns Hopkins) in the seven-team league tied for the championship with identical conference records of 4-2. Tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) added 162 rushing yards and a 24-yard touchdown run in the win, the Diplomats' third straight over the Bullets (1-9, 1-5 CC). Donofrio finished with a team-best four receptions for 92 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown catch to give the Diplomats a 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter. For Gettysburg, Joe Fricchione, Mike Schwalband Joe Gossweiler contributed rushing touchdowns as Gettysburg matched a single-season program record with nine losses. The Diplomats, who never trailed in the game, broke the game open in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns after Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) hit a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter for a 10-7 lead at halftime. F&M took the ball on the second half kickoff and marched down the field on the legs of Stephen who carried seven times for 61 yards, including a 24 yard scamper on second-and-eight into the Bullets' end zone to cap an eight play 63 yard drive for a 17-7 lead with 11:14 left in the quarter. The Gettysburg offense could not must much against the Diplomats starting at their own 34 yard line as Franklin & Marshall held the Bullets to five yards on three plays before om Pettit punted 24 yards to the F&M 37 where the ick was downed. F&M took advantage of the field position as Stephen carried for gains of two and four yards before Harner hit fullback Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) for an eight-yard gain and a first down at the Bullets' 49-yard line. On the next snap, Harner went to Donofrio for a 49 yard TD for a 27-7 lead with 8:08 left in the quarter to cap a four play, 63-yard drive. The touchdown marked the eighth 49+-yard touchdown of the year by Harner and the Diplomats, and third to Donofrio, as F&M previously connected for long TDs against Oberlin (59, 98, 52), Johns Hopkins (79, 55), Hobart (49) and Dickinson (80). Gettsyburg attempted to rally as Bullets' quarterback Joe Gossweiler led the team 35 yards on 13 plays down to the F&M 35 yard line. However, F&M's defense held as Gossweiler's pass attempt to Bill Corarulo on fourth-and-12 fell incomplete to give the Diplomats the ball on their own 35-yard line with 1:58 left in the quarter. Stephen closed out the half picking up gains of seven, 14, and eight yards before Dunlap broke through the lien for a four-yard gain to the Gettysburg 32. On first-and-10 with seconds left on the clock, Harner hit Donofrio for an 18-yard gain down to the Gettysburg 14 as the clock expired in the quarter. Harner completed the eight play, 65 yard drive on the first snap of the fourth quarter as he sliced through the Bullets' defense for a 14-yard touchdown run and a 31-7 lead with 14:53 left in the game, The teams exchanged drives as Gettysburg went three and out before punting to the F&M 11 yard line, and the Diplomats engineered a six play, 13 yard drive before Eggertsson punted to the Gettysburg 39 yard line with 9:24 left on the clock. The Bullets used the field position as Gossweiler completed three passes for 25 yards and rushed for four yards, while Olufemi Adetiba scampered for two yards to set Gettysburg up at the F&M 16. Following back-to-back incomplete passes, Gossweiler rushed 16 yards on a keeper for a touchdown to cut the Diplomats lead to 31-13 with 7:27 remaining. Needing points to cut into F&M's lead and have a chance at victory, Gettysburg attempted a two-point conversion that was ruled incomplete as the Bullets were called for illegal touching. Gettysburg next attempted an onside kick which F&M recovered at the Bullets' 49 to set the Diplomats up in good field position. Behind third-string quarterback Kyle Turner (Fr., Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield), the Diplomats moved 40 yards on 10 plays before Jake Gomolinski (Fr., Middletown, NY/Pine Bush Central) was stopped for a loss of one yard back to the Gettysburg nine yard line to hand the Bullets back the ball with 3:05 left on the game clock. Gossweiler rallied his team passing for 91 yards before Schwalb broke the plain of the goal on first and goal from the one yard line to pull to within 31-20 following the extra point with 1:21 left on the clock. The Bullets again attempted an onside kick, which they recovered at their own 46-yard line, but Gettysburg was called for kick interference negating the play. On the following kickoff from the 20-yard line, the Diplomats fell on the ball at the Gettysburg 34 with 1:16 showing on the clock. However, Adam Fulmer picked off Turner on the first play from scrimmage at the Gettysburg six yard line as the Bullet returned the pick out to the 12 yard line, before a personal foul brought the ball back to the six. Gettysburg attempted to move the ball against the Diplomats, but three straight passes fell incomplete before Gossweiler connected for a 15 yard completion our to the Bullets' 21 for a first down. On first-and-10, Gossweiler was sacked by John Warnick (So., Rockville, MD/Good Counsel) at the 16 yard line as the Gettysburg quarterback fumbled back to the Bullets' nine where Tim Barry (Jr., Madison, NJ/Madison) recovered the loose ball with 30 seconds left in the game. F&M added to their lead on the first play from scrimmage as running back John Weber (Fr., Harrison, NY/Rye Country Day) went through the middle of the defensive line and into the end zone for a touchdown and the 38-20 final score. The Diplomats began to put the game away in the first half as linebacker Joe LoCastro (Jr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) picked off a pass by Gossweiler at the Gettysburg 30 and returned it down to the 24-yard line to set up F&M's offense with 9:22 left in the opening quarter. Dunlap rushed for a pickup of six yards, and Stephen leaned forward for a yard, before Harner hit Boyce for a 17-yard touchdown to cap a three play, 24-yard drive with 8:08 left in the quarter. Following a stop of the Diplomats on fourth-and-one at the F&M 43, the Bullets cashed in on their field position using three plays for 43 yards and a touchdown as Fricchione rushed 31 yards for a TD with 3:56 left in the quarter. Neither team could crack the scoring column until Eggertsson drilled a 26-yard field goal with 12:16 left in the second quarter drive following a fumble by the Bullets at the Gettysburg 32 to close out an eight play, 23 yard for a 10-7 lead at halftime. Harner completed 11-of-20 attempts for 141 yards, while Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) connected on one-of-three attempts and Turner completed one-of-two as the Diplomats' quarterbacks combined to complete 13-of-25 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. In receiving, Donofrio pulled in four balls for 92 yards, tight end Matt Mondonedo (So., Silver Spring, MD/James Hubert Blake) caught three passes for 16 yards, Boyce pulled in two passes for 10 yards and Dunlap caught two passes for 14 yards while John Mervin (Sr., Yardley, PA/Hun School) and Stephen caught passes for five and three yards, respectively. On the ground, F&M racked up 264 rushing yards, including 37 on four carries by tailback Curtis Varner (So., State College, PA/State College), as the Diplomats totaled 413 yards of total offense. Defensively, linebacker George Farrell (Fr., Hatfield, PA/North Penn) had seven solo stops, a tackle-for-loss of four yards, one fumble forced and a sack for loss of four yards to lead the effort as the Diplomats held the Bullets to 129 rushing yards and 161 passing yards for 290 yards of total offense.

GETTING OFF TO A FAST START: If you want F&M to win, hope the team does not score on its first drive of the game as the Diplomats are 1-2 this year when scoring quickly. Against Johns Hopkins in a 20-14 loss, quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) hit wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) for a 79-yard touchdown connection on the first play from scrimmage in the game to put F&M in front 7-0 18 seconds into the game. It marked the second time this year F&M scored on its first drive as Harner hit Rob Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) for a 20 yard TD to cap a six play, 55 yard drive against Carnegie Mellon in a 31-14 loss. Against Ursinus in a 28-21 win on November 6 the Diplomats broke the curse as starting quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) hit wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) for a 19 yard gain on first down before tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) picked up two yards down to the Ursinus 23 yard line. Following back-to-back incomplete passes, Hiltner connected with wide receiver Bobby Freiler (So., Orwigsburg, PA/Blue Mountain) for a 12 yard gain down to the Ursinus 11. Following a four yard rush by fullback Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) down to the Ursinus 7, Stephen broke through the line for a touchdown with 12:48 left in the first quarter. Eggertsson tacked on the extra point as the Diplomats jumped out to a 7-0 lead.