November 15, 2013
Crusaders lose by one pointThe Susquehanna football team held a seven point edge late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against McDaniel, but they surrendered a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion with just 17 seconds left, falling 43-42. Head Coach Steve Briggs described the loss as "heartbreaking" for his team.
Junior quarterback Mark Rosenbaum threw for 236 yards, 90 of which went to sophomore wide receiver Will Howell. On the ground, the Crusaders were paced by sophomore running back Tim Wade, who racked up 166 yards on 29 touches on the ground for Susquehanna.
The game started as a defensive struggle; the only score of the first quarter came when Susquehanna junior wide-out Denzell Walker reeled in a 26-yard touchdown pass to put the Crusaders up 7-0.
Starting in the second quarter, however, both offenses woke up, combining for 78 points in the last three quarters of the game.
Wade started scoring, going in the second with a two-yard touchdown run, but a blocked extra point resulted in the Crusaders leading 13-0.
After a McDaniel touchdown cut it to a one-possession game, Wade found the end zone once again to push the Susquehanna lead back to 13. However, the Green Terror struck twice as the half drew to a close and took a 21-20 lead into the locker rooms.
The Crusaders got the scoring started in the second half, as sophomore running back Merle Moscarello rushed into the end zone from 14 yards out to give Susquehanna a 27-21 lead. Back-to-back scores by McDaniel put them ahead 35-27, setting up an exciting fourth quarter.
The quarter started with another Wade touchdown. A successful two-point conversion tied the game at 35. The tie was not broken until the 3:47 mark when Rosenbaum found fullback Pat Murtha for a 12-yard touchdown to put the Crusaders up by seven.
The McDaniel offense responded once again, capping a three-minute and 30-second drive with yet another touchdown. Rather than sending the game into overtime, McDaniel elected to attempt a two-point conversion for the win.
McDaniel freshman wide receiver Britton Hastings found the end zone, putting the Green Terror up 43-42 with just 17 seconds on the clock.
On the two-point conversion, Adrian Bernard tipped the pass from McDaniel junior quarterback Steh McFall but the ball flew backwards into the waiting hands of Hastings for the winning points. A Susquehanna fumble seconds later sealed the victory for the Green Terror.
Following the game, Briggs was disappointed with the result describing it as a tough loss. He said: "To lose like that, especially balls tipped, everybody expects it to drop and it falls right into their hands. That's kind of how the season's been going."
Briggs did however praise his team's effort, particularly Wade's play.
He said: "Tim's been incredible. Unfortunately for him, he's missed three games with a separated shoulder. He's rushed for 700 yards in the other six, and he's done that in a darn good league."
The Crusaders will close out the season at Juniata on Saturday, Nov. 16. in the annual Goal Post Trophy Game. Briggs said: "My experience with the Juniata game has always been throw the records out. Now we're on this side of it, we haven't had a lot of experience being the underdog against them but now we are. We have the trophy right now, we don't plan on giving it up."
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