Deep ball does in McDaniel; Catholic rolls to 31-7 victory

Deep ball does in McDaniel; Catholic rolls to 31-7 victory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Keith Ricca went 21 of 30 for 321 yards with two touchdowns to lead Catholic to a 31-7 victory over McDaniel in non-conference football action on Saturday.

Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) and T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) combined for 134 of the 285 yards of total offense for the Green Terror (1-2) – all part of the 185-yard rushing attack.

The Cardinals (3-0) amassed 411 yards of total offense, including 353 passing yards – more than twice the yards allowed through the air in the first two games.

After Andrew Buis returned to opening kickoff 57 yards to set Catholic up at the McDaniel 26, the Cardinals needed just five plays and 1 minute, 29 seconds to open up a 7-0 lead.

A 14-yard Greg Brown rush followed up by a three-yard dash gave the hosts an early lead that was never challenged.

The McDaniel defense held Catholic to a three-and-out on its next possession, but then Ricca put the aerial attack on display, needing just three plays and 1:08 to cover 86 yards, capped by a 76-yard bomb over the middle to Miles Sabrick. Sadbrick caught the ball over the Green Terror defender and waltzed the final 25 yards untouched for the score.

Aided by a pass interference penalty and a 34-yard pass play down the right sideline at the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals stretched the lead to 17-0 on a 37-yard field goal by Brendan Deluca with 13:21 to play in the second quarter.

Taking over at the 20 after a Bill Gross interception in the end zone, Ricca needed just six plays to guide Catholic 80 yards on its first possession of the second half.

Ricca capped the march with a 60-yard pass play on a post pattern over the defense to push the lead to 23. After a procedure call on the extra-point attempt, Deluca easily converted from 25 yards out to make it a 24-0 game.

Two plays after 39-yard pass play set up the Cardinals inside the one-yard line, Brown punched the ball in to stretch the lead to 31-0.

McDaniel took over with 7:02 to play at its own 13, Develin carried the ball on 10 of the 16 plays on the drive, accounting for 62 yards before Woody Butler (Smithburg, Md./Middletown) caught a five-yard pass from Zach Swope (Jessup, Md./Hammond) for his first collegiate score with 28.6 on the game clock to break up the shutout.

Paul Smith (Woodlawn, Md./Western Tech) led the defense with nine tackles while Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) made seven stops and had a pass breakup. Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) made his second interception of the season to go with eight punts for an average of 36.4 yards per boot.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Dickinson on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.