Western Maryland clinches tie, 56-0 Green Terror routs Swarthmore for share of Centennial crown


November 09, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senior Donte Abron scored three touchdowns as Western Maryland clinched a share of the Centennial Conference championship with a 56-0 rout of host Swarthmore yesterday.

Abron caught two touchdown passes in the first half, including an 83-yarder from quarterback Ron Sermarini on Western Maryland's first play from scrimmage. The wide receiver then returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

Sermarini threw three touchdowns passes in the game and ran 9 yards for another score in the first quarter, as the Green Terror led 21-0. He completed 11 of 20 passes for 179 yards.

Junior Gavin DeFreitas ran for two touchdowns, and led all rushers with 64 yards on 15 carries. His 7-yard run in the third quarter pushed the Green Terror lead to 49-0.

Abron finished with three receptions for 106 yards.

Western Maryland (9-0, 6-0), ranked fourth in NCAA Division III in total defense (180 ppg.), limited Swarthmore (0-9, 0-7) to 146 yards. The shutout was Western Maryland's second straight, and lowered the Green Terror's points-allowed average to 7.8.

Johns Hopkins 35, Franklin & Marshall 21: Don Zajick and Cecil McPherson each scored fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Blue Jays came from behind to win a Centennial Conference game at Homewood Field.

The victory improves Hopkins to 7-1 overall, 5-1 in the conference, and sets up a showdown with Western Maryland on Saturday with the conference title at stake. The Blue Jays also ran their home winning streak to 10 games and tied a school record for most wins in a season.

Johns Hopkins led 20-7 after a Todd Bencivenni 26-yard field goal in the third quarter, but Franklin & Marshall (3-6, 3-3) briefly took the lead in the fourth quarter with Mike Higgins' 26-yard touchdown pass to Rob Romano.

The Blue Jays went ahead for good less than two minutes later with Zajicks's 26-yard touchdown run with 11: 41 remaining.

Harrison Bernstein had two of the Blue Jays' four interceptions, returning one 34 yards for a touchdown.

Bencivenni's two field goals gave him 28 for his career, good for second place on the all-time list of Centennial Conference kickers.

Frostburg State 31, Ferrum 0: Tailback Brandon Walker rushed for 142 yards and scored two touchdowns as the host Bobcats ran away to victory.

Jason Henry completed 11 of 28 passes for 126 yards for Frostburg (6-2). Henry completed touchdown passes to wideout Rodney Miller in the first quarter and halfback Mike Schneider in the third quarter.

Defensive tackle Galen Glotfely added to the scoring for the Bobcats with two safeties in the first half. He finished the game with nine sacks.

Wesley 28, Salisbury State 7: Duane Martin set school records for career receiving yards and career touchdown receptions to lead host Wesley (7-2) to a win over the Sea Gulls (2-6).

Martin had four receptions for 50 yards, setting school record for receiving yards (2,211) and career touchdowns (25).

Salisbury State scored late in the fourth quarter on a 62-yard pass from Matt Main to Rob Evans to avoid the shutout.

Wesley scored on their first drive of the game as Nate Casella caught a 14-yard pass on fourth-and-five from Paul Findeisen.

Winston-Salem State 21, Bowie State 0: Tyrone Murphy scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the visiting Rams to victory.

Murphy scored on runs of 28 and 24 yards in the final three minutes as Winston-Salem broke from a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs (5-5) managed only 147 yards of offense and fumbled eight times on the muddy field, losing five of them. Bowie State had just seven first downs.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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