Football Release #12
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Ted Delia, Gettysburg
Junior, Tailback, Lebanon, NJ / North Hunterdon
Bryan Ellis, Ursinus
Sophomore, Running Back, Owings Mills, MD / McDonogh School
Delia rushed 23 times for 157 yards and a touchdown in the Bullets' 28-14 win at Franklin & Marshall. Ellis carried 31 times for 155 yards and also found paydirt once in the Bears' 34-16 win at Dickinson.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kenneth Cobb, Muhlenberg
Senior, Defensive End, Bridgeport, CT / Central
Cobb totaled six tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and forced two fumbles as the Mules held Moravian to just 139 total yards in a 28-0 win against the Greyhounds.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Scott Andrews, Juniata
Junior, Place-Kicker, Hollidaysburg, PA / Altoona
Andrews booted a game-winning 18-yard field goal with :02 remaining to give Juniata a 17-16 win over Susquehanna, breaking the Eagles' 21-game losing streak. He also successful executed a momentum-shifting onside kick after Juniata's second touchdown.
FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW …
- Johns Hopkins will host St. John Fisher (8-2), runner-up in the Empire 8, in the first round of the NCAA championship on Saturday at noon. This is the Blue Jays' third appearance in the NCAAs (2005, 2009) and Hopkins reached the national quarterfinals in their last trip in 2009.
- Johns Hopkins' 15-game win streak is the third-longest active streak in the country, trailing only two-time NCAA Division III defending champ Wisconsin-Whitewater (40).
- Johns Hopkins QB Hewitt Tomlin surpassed the 10,000-yard mark in career passing yards (10,257) and total offense (12,253). He trails only Monmouth's (Ill.) Alex Tanney (11,008) among active career DIII passers.
- Juniata snapped a 21-game losing streak with a 17-16 victory against Susquehanna.
- Gettysburg RB Ted Delia became the 18th back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, closing with 1,021. The Bullets have doubled the next-closest school – Muhlenberg (9) – in all-time 1,000-yard rushers.
Around the Conference
For the first time since 1985-86, Dickinson finished with its second straight season below .500 after a 34-16 loss to Ursinus. Senior WR WR Cam Di Fede (Miami, FL / Palmer Trinity) snared a 44-yard scoring pass from freshman QB Cole Ahnell (Rockville, MD / Walter Johnson) while sophomore LB Michael Miller (Hainesport, NJ / Bishop Eustace Prep) returned a fumble 71 yards for the Dickinson touchdowns. Senior PK David London (Chevy Chase, MD / Maret School) booted a 33-yard field goal for the other Devil points. It was his ninth three-pointer of the season. The Red Devils averaged 293.0 yards of total offense - the fewest since 2003 - while the 372.5 yards allowed was the most since the start of the Centennial in 1983.
Franklin & Marshall closed the year at 3-7 following a 28-14 loss to Gettysburg. Senior RB John Kaschak (Lake Hopatcong, NJ / Jefferson Twp.) finished his career second all-time among Diplomat RBs with 2,384 yards. Senior QB John Harrison (Flourtown, PA / La Salle College HS) closed his stellar career with F&M marks for attempts (1,298), completions (856), yards (8,886), touchdowns (87) and completion percentage (65.9). Senior DE C.T. Marsh (Phoenix, MD / Loyola-Blakefield) became the school's all-time sack leader (26).
Gettysburg registered its first back-to-back winning seasons since 1994-95 with a 28-14 win at Franklin & Marshall. The Bullets have now won 11 of their last 16 games. Gettysburg rushed for a season-high 385 yards, including 157 by junior TB Ted Delia (Lebanon, NJ / North Hunterdon). He finished the season with 1,072 yards, making him the 18th Bullet back to reach 1,000 in a season. Senior WB John Pesce (Massapequa, NY / Massapequa) scored a pair of touchdowns for the second straight game on receptions of 5 and 11 yards. Gettysburg has now averaged 30 or more points in four straight seasons and 400 or more yards in five consecutive campaigns.
Johns Hopkins capped its first-ever undefeated regular season with a 28-24 win at McDaniel. The Blue Jays extended their winning streak to 15 - the second-longest active streak in college football. The 15-game run is also the longest ever by a Centennial team. Senior QB Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN / Trinity Christian) threw for 484 yards and a pair of TDs vs. the Terror, becoming the first JHU or Centennial player to surpass 10,000 career passing (10,257) and total offensive (10,453) yards). It was his 30th career 200-yard passing game, 12th career 300-yard effort and third career 400-yard performance. Sophomore WR Dan Wodicka (West Lafayette, IN / West Lafayette) and senior WR Sam Wernick (Dallas, TX / Dallas Jesuit) are the first tandem in school history to top the 70-reception mark in the same season with 75 and 71 catches, respectively. The 146 catches equals the Conference record for a duo.
Juniata ended a 21-game losing streak with a thrilling 17-16 win over Susquehanna to capture the Goal Post trophy. Junior PK Scott Andrews (Hollidaysburg, PA / Altoona) booted an 18-yard field goal with 2.9 seconds left to cap the comeback. The Eagles battled from a 13-0 halftime deficit to take a 14-13 lead on a 1-yard scoring run by Zach McCaulley (Bellwood, PA / Bellwood-Antis) and a 9-yard scoring strike from freshman QB Ward Udinski (Doylestown, PA / Central Bucks West) to junior WR Julian Valdiserri (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon). Juniata marched 51 yards in nine plays after an SU field goal with 2:05 left for the winning points. The Eagle defense held the Crusaders to just 50 rushing yards. Senior P Owen Phillips (West Chester, PA / Doylestown) surpassed the NCAA Division III record for career punts and closed with 270.
McDaniel gave undefeated Johns Hopkins all it could handle for 60 minutes before falling to the 10th ranked Blue Jays, 28-24. The Green Terror defense forced six JHU turnovers, including four by fumble, giving McDaniel 14 takeaways by a loose ball - the most in the Conference. Sophomore RB Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, MD / Surrattsville) ran for 136 yards and a touchdown to close the season as the Centennial's top rusher with 1,401 yards. He is just the third Terror and 17th CC runner to reach 1,400 yards in a season. It is the second-highest single-season total by a soph in Conference history, trailing just Gettysburg's Dwayne Marcus '95 who ran for 1,476 in 1992. Senior DL Sam Cox (Towson, MD / Towson) had eight tackles, including a sack, and forced two fumbles.
Moravian finished 2-8 in coach Jeff Pukszyn's first season after a 28-0 loss at Muhlenberg. Junior DB Travis King (Wilmington, DE / Concord) was named the 'Hounds MVP in the contest after picking off a pair of passes. Senior DL Allen Petros (Bethlehem, PA / Liberty) closed his career with a school-record 63.5 tackles for loss and second in Moravian annals with 28 sacks. Senior TE Mike Zanoni (Bethlehem, PA / Freedom) caught 13 balls in the last two games to close the year as the team's leader with 22 receptions. Moravian's 112.5 passing yards per game were the fewest since 1995, while the 10.0 points per game were the fewest since 1986.
Muhlenberg closed out a 7-3 campaign with a convincing 28-0 whitewashing of Moravian. The Mules' three losses came against team with a combined record of 26-4. Junior RB Terrence Dandridge (Baltimore, MD / Archbishop Curley) ran 22 times for 126 yards to earn the Bianco Award as the team's MVP of the game. It was his 11th career 100-yard game. Senior LB Pat McDonough (Wyomissing, PA / Wyomissing) finished his career third in all-time tackles at the school with 333 stops. Senior DB Chris Hartzell (Sinking Spring, PA / Wilson) picked off a pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown - his second career score vs. Moravian. Muhlenberg ended the year allowing 298.5 yards and 12.8 points per game - its 11th straight year under 300 and 20 in those categories.
Susquehanna surrendered the Goal Post trophy to Juniata for the first time since 2006, losing to the Eagles, 17-16. Senior QB Rich Palazzi (Newfoundland, PA / Wallenpaupack) threw a 4-yard scoring pass to sophomore WR Alex Patchin (Camp Hill, PA / Camp Hill) and freshman PK Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, PA / Selinsgrove) booted three field goals for the Crusaders' points. Palazzi closed his career with 5,664 passing yards with 47 touchdowns - both second on the school's all-time lists. Senior RB Greg Tellish (Mount Airy, MD / South Carroll) ended fourth on SU's career list with 2,203 rushing yards. The 16 wins over the last three seasons is the most by Susquehanna since capturing 16 from 2000-02.
Ursinus registered its third straight winning season with a 34-16 victory at Dickinson. The last time the Bears turned the trick was from 1999-2001. Junior DB Chris Rountree (Lawnside, NJ / ) picked off the 18th pass of his career and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring. Sophomore RB Bryan Ellis (Owings Mills, MD / McDonogh School) ran for 155 yards and a touchdown to close the year with 936 yards. Sophomore QB Chris Curran (Oceanview, NJ / Ocean City) threw for 184 yards and two scores, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark in his first season as a starter. He is just the fifth UC passer to reach 2,000 yards in a season. Senior WR Al Desiderio (Philadelphia, PA / Roman Catholic) caught one of Curran's TD passes from 24 yards away. He closed his career 15th on the all-time Centennial receiving yards list with 2,384 and second in yards per catch (20.1).