BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Moravian defeated Franklin & Marshall 34-19 Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) football action at Rocco Calvo Field. The Greyhounds improved to 6-1, 5-1 CC while the Diplomats dropped to 5-2, 4-2 CC.
F&M took the early lead after Max Havlusch recovered a Mike Hayes fumble giving the Diplomats the ball on the Moravian 26. Seven plays later, Billy Zwicharowski connected on a 22-yard field goal to give F&M a 3-0 edge.
Moravian countered with 17 unanswered points and took the lead for good late in the first quarter. The Diplomats answered on the second play of the next series when Tanner Erisman hooked up with Bobby Keyes on a 74-yard touchdown to bring the Diplomats within seven, 17-10, at the end of the first quarter.
The Greyhounds went up 24-10 early in the second quarter and tacked on seven more with 5:10 left until the break for a 31-10 advantage as the Diplomats struggled to move the ball. Moravian looked poised for another score at the end of the second, but the defense stepped up and forced a fumble and Jonathan Cox recovered for the Diplomats to send the game into the break with Moravian leading 31-10.
Both teams traded possessions in the early minutes of the third and after the Diplomats failed on a fourth-and-goal from the eight, the Greyhounds took over on their own two. On the first play of the next series, Nathan English stopped Chris Negron in the end zone for a safety to make it 31-12.
F&M's defense made another major play at the start of the fourth quarter when the Greyhounds set up on the F&M one-yard line on first-and-goal. Mike Hayes took the ball on the next play and fumbled and Dylan Jones recovered for the Diplomats.
The Diplomats went 54-yards on the next series but were unable to come away with points and the Greyhounds tacked on three more two series later for a 34-12 lead. F&M's final points game on the ensuing possession as the Diplomats put together a 68-yard drive in the final five minutes of action that was capped off by a Zachary Bradley one-yard score.
Erisman completed 6-for-14 passed from 106 yards and a score while Bradley went 14-for-20 for 118 yards.
Bobby Keyes had a game-high 99 yards on four grabs and a score and Andrew DeStefano hauled in six passes for 45 yards.
Brendan Daly led the defense with 13 tackles (11s) and 2.5 tackles for a loss (TFL). English had 3.5 TFLs and eight total stops while Jones ended with seven tackles for the Diplomats.
F&M returns to action next Saturday when the Diplomats welcome Susquehanna to Sponaugle-Williamson Field for a 1:00 p.m. contest.