Maybank and Hartman run McDaniel to 3-1 mark


October 06, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Finesse is out for the McDaniel College football team.

The Westminster school that once rode the passing and scrambling skills of quarterbacks Ron Sermarini and Boo Harris to five consecutive NCAA playoff berths is now relying on a physical rushing game. It's a move that might land the Green Terror back in the NCAAs after a two-year absence.

Ursinus certainly became a believer Saturday during a 50-10 loss to McDaniel (3-1) and its running backs, Broderick Maybank and Jason Hartman.

"We're back," said Maybank, who runs a 4.42-second 40 dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.3.

"The toughest part of our schedule is behind us," said Hartman.

Maybank ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, giving him three straight 100-yard-plus games and three touchdowns this season along with 887 yards in his career. Hartman had 49 yards and one touchdown, following a school-record-tying four-touchdown, 94-yard performance against Catholic two weeks ago. He has six touchdowns this season and 1,120 yards in his career.

Finesse is definitely out for Hartman, a fifth-year senior fullback. The 5-foot-10, 240-pound fullback just lines up and tries to run over anybody in his way.

"I've decided to be myself," said Hartman, who teams with Maybank in an all-Eastern Tech-produced backfield. "I think about trying to run around people, but that's not really me."

It's easy for Hartman to be tempted to throw some moves on defenders because Maybank looks so electrifying every Saturday.

"Broderick is the fastest guy we've ever had around here," said Hartman. "He's a threat to go 80 yards every time he touches the ball. He's a dazzling runner."

"We're going to give the ball to Jason and Broderick, and if they try to take it away from us, we're going to give them the ball again," said McDaniel coach Tim Keating, now in his 12th season. "Our quarterback, Brad Baer, augments our running game."

Maybank, a junior, rushed for 164 yards two weeks ago against Catholic in a mud bowl.

He came to the football team with a big-time track reputation, which he enhanced last spring by winning the NCAA Division III national long jump (24 feet, 5 inches). Maybank has finished first in the Centennial Conference outdoor 100-meter dash, long jump and triple jump.

"He was a guy who ran track who also played football," said Keating. "Now he's a football player who also runs track."

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