WESTMINSTER, Md. – Susquehanna took a 24-0 lead into halftime en route to a 37-20 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Perry Stefanelli (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) led the Green Terror (3-6, 3-5 CC) with 143 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown.
Luke Robertson paced the River Hawks (5-4, 5-3 CC) with 202 yards on the ground, running the ball 32 times and two touchdowns.
On Susquehanna's second possession, Robertson ripped off a 49-yard run to cap a six-play, 85-yard drive and stake the visitors to a 7-0 lead with 6:25 to play in the opening quarter.
A Ryan Ganard interception set the River Hawks up at the McDaniel 25 with 11:19 on the second-quarter clock. Susquehanna could muster only 11 yards on seven plays before Evan Argirou converted a 31-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Aided by a late hit on the punt return, the next River Hawk possession started at the McDaniel 37. Six plays later, Robertson cashed in from five yards out to make it a 17-0 game with 5:26 to play in the first half.
A Nick Crusco-to-Robert Marks touchdown pushed the lead to 24-0 with just a minute left in the first half.
Stefanelli accounted for all but three plays and 21 yards of an 11-play, 67-yard drive that was the only scoring drive of the third quarter. A two-yard touchdown run with 6:27 on the clock capped a 5-minute, 45-second march to make it a 24-6 game after the PAT was blocked.
Susquehanna marched to the seven-yard line on its ensuing possession before Argiriou kicked a 23-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.
McDaniel responded with another 11-play drive, covering 69 yards in 4:11. Will Koester (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) found Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) wide open on the left side of the end zone for a 10-yard score with 10:39 to play.
An Argiriou 35-yard field goal and an Aaron Speight nine-yard run pushed the lead to 37-13 with 1:54 to play.
Bailor caught six passes for 76 yards to lead the receiving corps.
Cole Branche (Hampton, N.J./Voorhees) recorded a career-best 11 tackles to lead the defense. Matt Quattrone (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) matched him with 11 stops while Drew Scott (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) added 10.
McDaniel concludes the season at No. 9 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m.