Green Terror puts up 453 yards in victory over Juniata
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Freshman C.J. Billera (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) caught seven passes for a career-high 92 yards as part of McDaniel's 453 yards of total offense in a 30-3 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory over Juniata on Saturday.
The Green Terror (3-2, 1-2 CC) notched its first conference victory and will enter the bye week with a winning record for the first time in four seasons and on its largest offensive outing since a 556-yard day against Gettysburg on Oct. 9, 2004.
In addition to the big day by Billera - who entered the game with 11 receiving yards in his first four collegiate games, Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.) caught four passes for 68 yards while freshman Ryan Procaccini (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Friends School) grabbed four balls for 66 yards. All three receivers had a touchdown. In all, Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) completed 18 of 25 passes for a career-best 257 yards and the three scores.
T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) did the lion's share of the work on the ground, recording his second 100-yard rushing day of the season with 107 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. As a team, McDaniel rushed for 196.
Alex Snyder went 16-for-25 for 149 yards to lead the Eagles (0-5, 0-3 CC), who have scored just 23 points in the first five games of 2009.
After a sloppy start by both teams that saw a combined 56 yards in penalties against just 37 yards of combined offense over the game's first 8:48, the Green Terror took over at its own seven-yard line.
Massucci found Billera for a 14-yard gain on the first play. Five plays later, Billera caught another 22-yard pass before an eight-yard Develin rush moved the ball to the Eagle 34.
Massucci found Cahill, who spun free of a would-be tackler and took care of the final 34 yards for a 7-0 lead with 2:09 to play in the first quarter.
A Nick DeLuca (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) 30-yard field goal stretched the lead to 10-0 midway through the second quarter.
A 54-yard Owen Phillips punt bounced out of bounds inside the two-yard line on the ensuring Juniata possession, but Massucci engineered a 98-yard drive in six plays and 3 minutes, 34 seconds for a 17-0 lead with 2:00 showing in the second quarter.
A six-yard catch by Procaccini capped the march that was keyed by long passes to Procaccini (38) and Billera (20) on back-to-back plays. Develin also had a 17-yard run.
A Billera 21-yard touchdown catch stretched the lead to 24-0 with 11:25 to play in the third.
With the Eagles inside the 10-yard line, Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) intercepted a pass that Mike Ford (Drexel Hill, Pa./Haverford Twp.) tipped at the line and returned it 61 yards to set up the offense at the Juniata 33. A 14-yard pass to Procaccini and Develin 19-yard run made it 30-0 with 5:40 remaining in the period.
Scott Andrews' 33-yard field goal with 1:15 left in the third quarter broke up the shutout.
Wenrich finished with a team-high nine tackles while Sam Cox (Towson, Md,/Towson) added eight, including 2.5 sacks and a tipped pass at the line for a defense that held an opponent to three points or fewer for the first time since a 20-0 win over Dickinson on Oct. 16, 2004.
McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Oct. 17. Game time is 2 p.m.