|Franklin & Marshall 13, Catholic 6||Sept. 14, 2002|
LANCASTER, Pa. - A key fourth-quarter fumble allowed Franklin & Marshall to hang on to defeat Catholic 13-6. With the less than five minutes left in the game and ball on the 1-yard line, senior James Vollono (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had the ball pop out of his hands as he was leaping into the end zone. The Diplomats recovered to end the scoring threat and end the CUA momentum.
Senior quarterback Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) was 13-for-26 for 163 yards with two interceptions and a score. Vollono finished the day with 61 yards on 19 carries.
Franklin & Marshall got on the board first as Paul Fix ran in for a 4-yard score at the 9:14 mark. The run capped a 12-play, 72-yard drive. Fix ran for 92 yards on 33 carries on the day.
On the first play of the second quarter, quarterback Doug Hiltner hit Justin Salton on a 28-yard reception for a score. He ran around the right corner juggling the ball as he ran into the end zone. The extra point was no good, hitting the left upright, to make it 13-0.
Catholic finally ventured deep in to Diplomat territory but a key sack on third down set the Cardinals at a fourth and long. Sutton's pass was incomplete, giving F&M the ball back just before the half.
Catholic got a huge break early in the fourth quarter when junior linebacker John Blattner (Lutherville, Md./Loyola) forced a fumble on Hiltner. Junior defensive end Jeff McMahon (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) recovered at the F&M 21-yard line. On the very next play Sutton lofted a beautiful toss to the left corner of the end zone to senior Dan Evans (South Riding, Va./Paul VI) for his first touchdown of the season. The point after was blocked by F&M's Jay Tressler, making it 13-6.
Evans finished with two catches for 21 yards, extending his reception streak to 24 games.
Sutton would lead the Cardinals in scoring territory once again after big stops from the CUA defense. Starting at their own 38-yard line, the senior quarterback hooked up with sophomore Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) for a 25-yard gain. Bublavi led the CUA receiving corps with five grabs for 76 yards. Completions to Jim Jankiewicz (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's) and Chris Teddy (Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) moved the CUA offense to the F&M 22 yard line. Vollono would get three consecutive rushes, putting the ball on the 1-yard line.
Senior defensive end Pat Gallagher (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) totaled 10 stops, two for losses and a sack. Junior Justin Kelly (Milton, Mass./Boston College) recorded his first interception to go along with his 10 tackles and three pass breakups.
The win snaps the Cardinal's five-game win streak over the Diplomats. It also marks the first 0-2 start for Catholic since 1993.
Catholic has a bye next week but returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 28, as they travel to Ashland, Va. to take on Randolph-Macon in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.