Football Runs Past Juniata, 38-13

Football Runs Past Juniata, 38-13

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – After its bye week, the Franklin & Marshall football team churned out a season-high 444 yards of total offense on its way to a 38-13 win at Juniata. The score also marked a season high in points for the Diplomats (3-3, 2-3 CC).

F&M had over 36 minutes of possession time as it racked up 311 of those yards on the ground for the seventh-highest single-game total in school history. The Diplomats averaged 6.1 yards per carry, running the ball 51 times throughout the controlling victory. Aaron Rascoe led those rushing efforts with 112 yards on the ground in addition to two touchdowns. Mitch Wagner, Dante Wilson, and quarterback Ty Tremba all finished the game with over 50 yards on the ground. Tremba and Wilson both ran for touchdowns, while Tremba additionally threw for 133 yards and another score.

First Quarter (F&M 14, Juniata 6)

The game started with each team picking off a pass as Justin Gerhart's Division III-leading sixth interception of the season set up the Diplomats' first scoring drive. Taking over near midfield, the Diplomats went to the air just once on their eight play, 51-yard drive that was capped by Rascoe's three-yard touchdown run. The Eagles scored their only touchdown of the opening half on the ensuing drive as 65 of their 233 yards of total offense came on that one long touchdown reception. Nevertheless, F&M countered with a big pass of its own as Gary Lewis returned to the lineup and caught a 39-yard pass before Wilson finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge for his first career rushing touchdown.

Second Quarter (F&M 28, Juniata 6)

Franklin & Marshall made it four consecutive drives that ended in a touchdown during the second quarter. Going on its longest drive of the afternoon, F&M went 91 yards over 11 plays to make the score 21-6 as Tremba's seven-yard keeper accounted for the score after he had another 20-yard run earlier in the drive. Following another three-and-out from the defense, Tremba went to the air and found Rascoe for what would be one of three touchdowns on the afternoon.

Third Quarter (F&M 35, Juniata 6)

Up three scores after the first half, F&M got a stop from its defense to start the second half and subsequently scored on its first offensive drive of the third quarter. This drive needed to go just 39 yards as Matt Scully returned the punt into Juniata territory. Rascoe accounted for the final 21 yards of that drive on three consecutive runs. He started that stretch of pounding the ball with a 20-yard dash before crossing the goal line from the one for his final score.

Fourth Quarter (F&M 38, Juniata 13)

The Eagles got their only touchdown of the second half during their opening drive of the fourth quarter. Once again, it was big play as a 32-yard reception on fourth down did the damage. F&M answered with a 24-yard field goal from Laurence Miller after he previously converted each of his five earlier PATs and finished the afternoon with eight points. F&M stopped Juniata's final drive as Joe Grasso picked off the Eagles' quarterback for the team's nation-leading 16th interception of the season.

Key Contributors

Seven Diplomats had a chance to run the ball on the afternoon. When F&M did go to the air, Lewis was the favorite target as his return to the lineup saw him set season highs in receptions (6) and yards (77). Nine different players for F&M caught a pass from Tremba.

The Eagles gained just 86 yards offensively during the second half, with all but 21 of those coming on the scoring drive. Fourteen players recorded a tackle for the F&M defense, led by Kevonte Beard's nine stops. Beard had F&M's sack and additionally made three tackles for loss. With two more interceptions, the Diplomats continue to lead all of Division III in total interceptions. F&M entered the day tied with Aurora for the nationwide lead. Gerhart now moves back into a tie for the Division III lead with his sixth pick of the season.

Up Next

Football will return home next weekend for The Wagon Game against rival Dickinson. Kickoff for that Centennial Conference game is set for 1 p.m. inside Shadek Stadium. That matchup will take place during the College's True Blue Weekend which will see numerous teams at home in addition to the 40th Hall of Fame Class being inducted on Friday evening.