Western Maryland tops F&M, improves to 7-0 Green Terror scores 4 TDs in 2nd quarter of 28-12 win


October 26, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Western Maryland remained undefeated by scoring four touchdowns in a span of six minutes and 24 seconds of the second quarter on the way to defeating Franklin & Marshall, 28-12, yesterday in a Centennial Conference game.

The flurry began with a 46-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ron Sermarini to Donte Abron with 7: 04 left in the first half and ended with Mike Wood returning a blocked punt 1-yard for a touchdown and a Western Maryland lead of 28-0 with 42 seconds left in the second quarter.

In between, junior running back Gavin DeFreitas scored from 1 yard out, as the Green Terror (7-0, 5-0) converted off a fumble recovery, and Sermarini ran in a quarterback draw from 13 yards.

Franklin & Marshall's first score also came in the second-quarter, as David McKenzie caught a 32-yard pass from quarterback Mike Higgins on the final play of the half. Higgins, who had 206 yards on 17-of-32 passing, also threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Eric Jeanes with 3: 46 remaining in the game.

The Diplomats (2-5, 2-2) managed just 30 rushing yards.

Sermarini, a sophomore, completed 13 of 25 passes for 174 yards and no interceptions.

Western Maryland, the fifth-ranked team in the NCAA Division III South Region, is unbeaten after seven games for the first time since 1951. The Green Terror also snapped the Diplomats' six-game winning streak at Western Maryland, dating back to 1985.

Frostburg State 14, Waynesburg 7: Brandon Walker ran for a game-winning 3-yard touchdown with a little over three minutes to play as the host Bobcats beat Waynesburg.

After trailing 7-0 at the half, Frostburg State (5-2) came back in the third quarter with an 84-yard pass from Jason Henry to Greg Cooper. Henry threw for 135 yards on 8-of-15 passing to lead Frostburg State to the homecoming victory.

Cooper finished with five catches for 111 yards.

Waynesburg (4-3) was held to just 22 rushing yards, but Darren Elvey threw for 337 yards and completed 29 of 52 passes to lead the Yellow Jackets offense.

But the Bobcats hampered his performance by intercepting Elvey three times and sacking him seven times.

Waynesburg led Frostburg, 359-239, in total yards.

Fayetteville State 14, Bowie State 7: Charles Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 70-yard run early in the fourth quarter as the Broncos (4-5) rallied to beat the host Bulldogs (4-4).

Bowie State was at the Fayetteville 6-yard line with 11 seconds to play and a chance to tie, but quarterback Greg Lee's fourth-down pass was incomplete.

Scott Strother's 5-yard touchdown run, set up by Ray Cannon's interception return of 63 yards, gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead before the Broncos tied the game on Shawn Harrison's 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Both teams combined for just 291 total yards.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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