CARLISE, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall scored 22 points in the second quarter, to erase a 14-point deficit, and defeat Dickinson 36-28 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday. The Diplomats (4-1, 3-1 CC) left Carlisle with the Conestoga Wagon Trophy for second time since 2003.
Dickinson (2-3, 2-2 CC) struck first with a 95-yard, 5:08 drive in the first quarter to take an early 7-0 lead. The Red Devils made the best of a few F&M mistakes, and quickly went up 14 points, when E.J. Schneider fumbled the ball on F&M's next possession. Connor Thompson recovered it for Dickinson and raced 41 yards for the score with 9:04 left in the second quarter.
F&M countered with 14 unanswered points to tie game at 14-14 with 8:36 left to play before the break.
The Diplomats put together a 77-yard, 12-play drive for their first score of the game. The drive featured a heavy dose of running, took 6:15 off the clock, and ended when Schneider called his own number from five yards out. F&M faked the PAT kick and converted the two-point conversion to make it 14-8.
Both teams went three and out on their next possessions, but the Red Devils muffed the punt, giving the ball back to the Diplomats on the Dickinson 22 yard line. Three plays and 58 seconds later, Schneider hooked up with Jordan Zackery on a 29-yard score to make it 14-14.
Aaron Fant jumped a slant route on the Red Devils next possession to give F&M the ball back.
Frank Strumolo picked up a key first down on fourth and one but three plays later, Schneider tried to force a pass over the middle, only to find Dickinson's Michael Miller who raced 55 yards to the end zone to put the Red Devils up 21-14 with 5:02 left to the break.
Schneider put the play behind him and took the Diplomats 63 yards on F&M's next possession for the go-ahead score. The drive took 4:42 off the clock, spanned over 16 plays, and ended when Schneider dove in from two yards out. The Diplomats were successful on their two-point attempt and went into the break with a 22-21 edge.
The teams traded possessions to open the second half and F&M went up 29-21 on its second series of the third quarter. The drive featured Lamont Jackson who racked up 43 yards on four carries and ended when Schneider found Tim Muller on a 10-yard strike
F&M's defense forced a three and out on the Red Devils next series and the Diplomats took over on their own 48. Schneider found Muller on a 37-yard pass on the first play, and Frank Strumolo took it from there with three carries for 15 yards, the third resulting in a four-yard touchdown run that gave F&M a 15-point, 36-21, with four second left in the third quarter.
Dickinson managed a score on its first series of the fourth quarter before F&M took five minutes off the clock on the ensuing possession, to give Dickinson the ball with 5:44 left in the game. The Red Devils seemed to move the ball with ease, but the F&M defense tighten up after Dickinson crossed the 50 and forced the Red Devils to a fourth and 29, which Dickinson failed to convert.
F&M took as much off the clock as possible and punted the ball away to give Dickinson one last shot. The chance was short lived, as Muller, playing defensive back in the prevent, picked off the ball to seal the win.
Schneider finished with 260 yards on 23-for-36 passing and two scored through air. The junior also picked up a two scores on the ground.
Jackson had 95 yards on 16 carries and Strumolo finished with 44 on 16 touches.
Tim Muller led the receiving corps with 109 yards on seven receptions and a score. He added a two-point conversions and an interception. Zackery had 70 yard and a touchdown and Paul McGann finished with 47 yards.
Devin Hunter had four key punts that averaged almost 48 yards for the Diplomats. Two went inside the twenty, with one around the 10 yard line and the other on the five. Another one of his punts soared in the air with enough hang time to allow the punt unit to be in position when Dickinson muffed the punt.
Sam Massaro led the defense with nine tackles (6s, 3a) including one for a loss. Ryan Young and Brendan Wengerter both finished with seven stops, with Wengerter picking up 1.5 sacks and three tackles for a loss.
C.T. Marsh had five tackles, 2.5 for a loss and one sack, which puts him three away from becoming the all-time sack leader in the CC.
F&M has a bye next week and returns to action on Oct. 13 when the Diplomats host McDaniel at 1:00 p.m.
|Box Score (Final)|
|Franklin & Marshall vs Dickinson (Sep 29, 2012 at Carlisle, Pa.)|
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Score|
|Franklin & Marshall||0||22||14||0||36||Record: (4-1,3-1)|
|1st||05:48||DC||Matt Wood 7 yd pass from Cole Ahnell (Adam Kaminski kick), 12-95 5:08, F&M 0 - DC 7|
|04:28||DC||Connor Thompson 41 yd fumble recovery (Adam Kaminski kick), , F&M 0 - DC 14|
|2nd||13:13||F&M||E.J. Schneider 5 yd run (Paul McGann rush), 12-77 6:15, F&M 8 - DC 14|
|08:36||F&M||Jordan Zackery 29 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick blockd), 3-22 0:58, F&M 14 - DC 14|
|05:02||DC||Micheal Miller 55 yd interception return (Adam Kaminski kick), , F&M 14 - DC 21|
|00:20||F&M||E.J. Schneider 2 yd run (Chris DeStefano pass from E.J. Schneider), 16-63 4:42, F&M 22 - DC 21|
|3rd||03:09||F&M||Tim Muller 10 yd pass from E.J. Schneider (Chris DeStefano kick), 6-58 3:04, F&M 29 - DC 21|
|00:04||F&M||Frank Strumolo 4 yd run (Chris DeStefano kick), 4-52 1:32, F&M 36 - DC 21|
|4th||11:03||DC||Matt Wood 20 yd pass from Cole Ahnell (Adam Kaminski kick), 11-68 4:01, F&M 36 - DC 28|
|PASSING YDS (NET)||260||254|
|TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS||81-418||60-277|
|Third-Down Conversions||10 of 19||6 of 14|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||3 of 4||2 of 4|
|Sacks By: Number-Yards||4-22||1-7|
RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-Lamont Jackson 16-95; Frank Strumolo 16-44; Scott LaValva 3-13; Jordan Zackery 1-3; E.J. Schneider 9-3. Dickinson-Shawn Wilson 6-26; Bligh Cassidy 5-7; Mike Capone 3-4; Team 1-minus 2; Cole Ahnell 11-minus 6; Shea Licata 4-minus 6.
PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-E.J. Schneider 23-36-1-260. Dickinson-Cole Ahnell 19-28-1-254; Team 0-1-0-0; Tyler Gelband 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-Tim Muller 7-109; Jordan Zackery 7-70; Paul McGann 4-47; Lamont Jackson 3-9; Devin Hunter 1-15; Paul Koehler 1-10. Dickinson-Matt Wood 10-190; Mathias Bedolfe 3-40; Eric Ondo 3-12; Colin Rodgers 2-10; Bligh Cassidy 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-Aaron Fant 1-0; Tim Muller 1-0. Dickinson-Micheal Miller 1-55.
FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-E.J. Schneider 1-1; Paul McGann 1-0. Dickinson-Colin Rodgers 1-1; Cole Ahnell 1-0. SACKS (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-C.T. Marsh 1-1; Brendan Wengerter 1-1; A.J. Koikoi 1-0. Dickinson-Walker Moriarty 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Sam Massaro 6-3; Ryan Young 5-2; Brendan Wengerter 2-5; Aaron Fant 5-0; Chris DeStefano 5-0; C.T. Marsh 4-1; Brian Velasco 2-2; Mike Shin 3-0; Jordan Blair 2-1; Kenny Provost 1-2; John Gandolfo 0-3; Jordan Studevan 2-0; A.J. Koikoi 2-0; Ryan Feulner 0-2; Leo Chubinishvili 0-1; Troy Harrison 0-1; E.J. Schneider 0-1. Dickinson-Mike Byrnes 8-2; Connor Thompson 5-5; S. Simpson 5-4; Jack Margavitch 4-3; Walker Moriarty 4-2; Micheal Miller 3-3; Nate Detwiler 3-3; Shane Mitchell 2-4; Pat McBreen 4-0; Marek Laco 4-0; M. Helmandollar 2-1; Ethan Rayner 1-2; Mike Lopresti 2-0; Robert Spriggs 2-0; Teddy Airoldi 2-0; Lin Worthington 1-1; Jake Meluskey 1-0.