September 21, 2013

Rollins accumulates 222 all-purpose yards

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg scored on its second offensive play en route to a 58-0 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.

Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror (1-2, 1-1 CC) with his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, running for 123 yards on 21 carries. He also caught three passes for eight yards and returned three kickoffs for 91 yards to amass 222 all-purpose yards.

The Mules (2-1, 1-1 CC) rolled up 505 yards of total yards on offense, including 264 yards passing by Nick Palladino, completing 23 of 29 attempts. He also ran for 70 yards while Thomas DiCarlo added 86 rushing yards.

Muhlenberg's John Feaster picked off a pass on McDaniel's first play from scrimmage and the offense capitalized two plays later on a Mike Harris 10-yard run around the right side, staking the hosts to a 7-0 lead just 46 seconds into the game.

On the Mules' second possession, Palladino engineered a 9-play, 54-yard drive that Kevin Van Laar capped with a two-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 14-0 with 7:48 on the clock.

McDaniel, on the power of a 46-yard Rollins run, moved to the Muhlenberg 10 on its next possession before the drive stalled.

On the 27-yard field goal attempt that followed, the Mules blocked the kick and Kory Crichton picked up the ball the 28, returning it to the McDaniel 40 before laterally backwards to Michael Long, who took it the remaining 40 yards for a 21-0 lead with :32 on the clock.

Two Connor Winter field goals and a Van Laar 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter stretched the lead to 34-0 at halftime.

Winter added a third field, hitting from 31 yards with 10:35 to go in the third quarter before Long capped a 76-yard drive, catching a six-yard pass from Palladino to stretch the lead to 44-0 with 4:04 showing in the period.

Touchdowns from Thomas DiCarlo and Kamal Kendrick in the fourth quarter set the final margin.

Rollins finished with a pair of big plays on the day, breaking off a 46-yard rush and 47-yard kick return.

Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) led the defense with eight tackles and picked off his second pass in as many weeks. Nick Chuong (Alexandria, Va./Annandale) and Ralph Bernardo (Rockville, Md./Thomas S. Wootten) added seven stops apiece.

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

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