W. Maryland storms past Gettysburg, 55-7 DeFreitas runs for 152 to lead 3-0 Green Terror

Frostburg falls

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September 21, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gavin DeFreitas rushed for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns yesterday as Western Maryland defeated Gettysburg, 55-7, in a Centennial Conference game.

Ron Sermarini threw three touchdown passes for the Green Terror (3-0, 1-0) and completed 17 of 27 passes for 214 yards. The only touchdown for Gettysburg (1-1, 0-1) was on Matt Helwig's 5-yard run in the second quarter, after Western Maryland had built a 20-0 lead.

Western Maryland posted its biggest win over the Bullets in a rivalry that goes back to 1891. The Green Terror rolled up 458 yards of total offense, 254 on the ground, and held Gettysburg to 146 total yards.

The Green Terror is off to its best start since 1992, when it won its first four games.

DeFreitas ran 32 times and scored on runs of 5 yards and 1 yard in the second quarter to push the Green Terror's lead to 20-0.

All of Sermarini's touchdowns came in the second half. His third-quarter scoring passes of 10 and 14 yards to Jay Tharpe and Trey Rash, respectively, extended Western Maryland's lead to 35-7. Sermarini's final scoring pass was a 16-yarder to Donte Abron early in the fourth quarter.

Gettysburg committed seven turnovers -- three interceptions and four lost fumbles, resulting in 31 Western Maryland points.

Central Connecticut State 37, Frostburg State 17: The Blue Devils (2-1) broke open the game with a 20-point second quarter on the way to victory over the visiting Bobcats (1-1). Running back Stan House, Central Connecticut State's all-time leading rusher, scored his 34th and 35th career touchdowns on runs of 5 yards and 1 yard.

House finished with 104 yards on 20 carries.

Frostburg scored first on a 29-yard field goal from Tony McComas with four seconds left in the first quarter but trailed 34-3 before Brian Ball's 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

The Blue Devils' Garfield White returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.

Bowie State 27, Cheyney 6: Senior tailback Scott Strother rushed for 149 yards on 21 carries as the host Bulldogs (1-2) posted their first victory of the season. Cheyney's losing streak, dating back to 1993, was extended to 36 games.

Strother's 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter pushed Bowie's lead to 14-0 before Cheyney (0-3) capped a 94-yard drive with a touchdown pass from Apollo Wright to Bobby McRae to pull within 14-6.

Bowie struck again on the ensuing kickoff, which Ray Hawkins returned 81 yards for a touchdown and a 20-6 Bulldogs lead.

Bowie out-gained the Wolves 366-40 on the ground and held Cheyney to 187 yards of total offense.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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