WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel built a 20-6 lead but then needed an overtime touchdown to defeat Gettysburg 27-20 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Andre Henry Jr. (Frederick, Md./Urbana) hauled in four catches for 50 yards but none were bigger for the Green Terror (3-1, 2-1 CC) than his final – a 25-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone in overtime.
Kevin Benavente led the Bullets (0-4, 0-3 CC) with three catches for 58 yards.
In overtime, Gettysburg won the toss and elected to play defense first. After an incomplete pass on first down, Will Koester (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) found Henry in the back of the end zone and the Spencer Wiersberg (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) extra point made it a 27-20 lead.
A Reggie JeanCharles three-yard run on first down for Gettysburg moved the ball to the 22 but the defense held for three incomplete passes, including a Chris Inge (Deltran, N.J./Williamstown) breakup in the end zone on fourth down for the Green Terror's first overtime win since a triple-OT win over Gettysburg in 2010.
After a first half that featured just four field goals and a third quarter with no points, the teams exploded for 28 fourth-quarter points. Wiersberg bookended two Justin Geisel field goals with field goals from 38 and 37 yards. Geisel's kicks were from 18 yards and 38 yards.
Gettysburg took over at its own 13 early in the fourth quarter. On first down, the snap sailed over Justin Davidov's head and Garvin Brooms (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) scooped it up in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game with 14:39 to play in regulation.
Behind a 20-yard Issac Murray (Columbia, Md./Atholton), the Green Terror moved to the Gettysburg 32 yards in seven plays to the Gettysburg 14. Murray then broke a couple of tackles and found the end zone for his first score of the season and a 20-6 lead with 9:11 showing.
Davidov marched his team down the field in eight plays that included three completions to Benavente of 17 yards, 32 yards and nine yards. Davidov then used his legs for the final 16 yards of the drive, coming around the left end to cut the deficit to 20-13 with 6:46 to play.
The Bullets' next possession went 78 yards in 1:22 and finished with another Davidov run – this time from seven yards out and the Geisel PAT evened the game.
Murray ran the ball 19 times for 88 yards. Koester finished 17-for-38 for 183 yards. Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) caught five passes for 68 yards.
Dan FinellI (Brick, N.J./Brick Twp.) led the defense with a career-best nine tackles, including a pair of sacks. Ray Doh (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) added seven stops and 1.5 sacks.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Juniata on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.