HUNTINGDON, Pa. – McDaniel scored a touchdown early and a touchdown late to defeat Juniata 20-13 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Andre Henry, Jr. (Frederick, Md./Urbana) led the Green Terror (3-5, 3-4 CC) with 138 yards on eight catches for the first 100-yard game by a receiver this season. For McDaniel, the win snapped a 13-game road losing streak and gave the squad back-to-back wins for the first time since 2010.
Kirby Breault led the Eagles (4-4, 3-4 CC) with his seventh 100-yard receiving day, grabbing seven passes that included the hosts' lone touchdown. His 108 yards were a season low, however.
Tied at 13-all, Cole Branche (Hampton, N.J./Voorhees) picked off a pass to set up the offense in Juniata territory.
Nine plays later, an intentional grounding penalty forced a 38-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide left and kept it a tie game.
The Green Terror defense for punts on the next three Eagle possessions but the Juniata defense forced failed field-goal attempts.
Taking over at its own 45 with 4:57 to play, Will Koester (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) found Henry for a 45-yard gain before Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) caught a 10-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score.
On the ensuing Eagles possession, McDaniel had an interception called back on a pass interference penalty before Juniata was able to march into Green Terror territory.
A completion near the first-down marker on fourth-and-15 resulted in a fumble that gave the visitors the ball back with 2:04 on the clock.
McDaniel got the necessary first down and was able to take two knees for the victory.
After forcing a three-and-out on Juniata's first possession, McDaniel moved 51 yards on seven plays to take a 7-0 lead with 10:27 on the first-quarter clock.
Henry caught a 13-yard pass and then Bailor hauled in a 25-yard touchdown to give the Green Terror the lead.
A Breault 33-yard touchdown grab from Hank Coyne evened the game with 5:42 to play.
Spencer Wiersberg (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) converted a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter for a 10-7 advantage.
The Eagles drove to the three-yard line midway through the second quarter before having to settle for a Kevin Bonalle 20-yard field goal to tie the game at halftime.
A 64-yard Perry Stefanelli (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) kickoff return to start the second half set up the offense at the Juniata 18 but they would have to settle for another Wiersberg 30-yard field goal.
Bonalle answered with a 24-yard field goal of his own on the next Juniata possession.
Koester finished the day with 296 yards passing, completing 24 of 38 passes with two touchdowns. Bailor finished with 96 yards on nine receptions.
Drew Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) led the defense with eight tackles, including 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Susquehanna on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.