F&M Falls in Season Finale; Zackery Sets CC Mark

F&M Falls in Season Finale; Zackery Sets CC Mark

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg defeated Franklin & Marshall 26-14 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams. The Bullets claimed The Lincoln Football Trophy with the win, breaking the all-time series deadlock, which stood at 46-46-7, prior to Saturday's game. 

Seniors Vincent Acosta, Jordan Blair, Aaron Fant, Jack Gallagher, Lamont Jackson, Scott LaValva, Drew Martinez, Paul McGann, Nicholas Porcelli, Frank Seitz, Brian Velasco, Ryan Young and Jordan Zackery played their last regular season game for F&M.

The Bullets (5-5, 5-4 CC) struck on their opening series when Sam McDermott took Gettysburg into the red zone on a 15-yard jaunt before hooking up with Alex Pacelli for a 15-yard score. The extra point was blocked, for a 6-0 Gettysburg lead.

F&M (5-5, 4-5 CC) took the lead later in the quarter when Matt Magarity and Zackery hooked up for four consecutive passes, with the last crossing the plane with 3:39 left in the first quarter for a 7-6 F&M edge.

Gettysburg answered as Paul Lowry carried the hosts into the red zone with a 13-yard run and McDermott polished off the drive with back-to-back runs totaling 17 yards for the go-ahead score with one minute left in the opening stanza.

Chris Miller picked off Magarity early in the second and raced 55-yards down the sideline to put the Bullets up 20-7 early in the second quarter. 

Zackery returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards and Magarity took it from there six plays later with a 42-yard run to bring the Diplomats within six, 20-14 with 11:58 left in the second.

The Diplomats threatened multiple times in the second half, but the Bullets defense answered the call every time. Early in the fourth, F&M had a first-and-goal on the two, but Gettysburg forced a turnover on downs.

Magarity finished 17-of-28 for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also added 68 yards on the ground, while LaValva was held to 46 yards on 22 carries. McGann hauled in seven passes for 78 yards. Zackery also posted seven receptions and 45 yards.

Zackery finished his career with 262 receptions and reset the CC career reception mark that was held by JHU's Dan Wodicka.

Luke Foukas paced the defense with six stops (4s) while Max Havlusch had six stops, including a sack. Brian Velasco also had six tackles (5s) and A.J. Koikoi had a sack and six solo stops.