Sunday, October 12, 2003
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more from the weekend
For the second straight week, a Mule football player has been recognized
as the Centennial Conference offensive player of the week. This weeks
honor goes to quarterback Tom Kelleher. The sophomore completed 14
of his 21 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns in his first career
start, a 50-6 win over Dickinson.
Kelleher was very nervous early on, but said the other quarterbacks told him to throw it up to senior receiver Kodi Shay if he gets in trouble.
He might have taken their advice too literally. Shay said Kelleher was so nervous that he threw up his lunch on the sideline. The cleansing must have helped because Kelleher passed for the second-highest yardage total of any CC quarterback this season.
Mike Mrkobrad started at running back and carried the load for the Mule offense until Kelleher got comfortable. He carried for 77 yards, 40 of them coming on Muhlenbergs opening drive. He also caught three passes and ran for a touchdown.
Sophomore Kyle Douglass caught three passes for 86 yards, including a 41-yard reception that set up a Kelleher touchdown pass to senior tight end Rob Sherman
Junior kicker Brian Hendershot had a perfect afternoon, making six extra points and two field goals, including a 44-yarder.
The Mules blocked two kicks: a punt and an extra point attempt, and have knocked down at least one kick in each of their four games.
Muhlenberg heads to Collegeville, Pa. Saturday to take on Ursinus.
The Mules 4-1 Homecoming win over Swarthmore last night came on the heels of a 1-0 loss at Elizabethtown on Wednesday. The Mules have followed up each of their three losses with wins.
The best thing about us is we can bounce back from a loss like that, said sophomore James Henshaw, who had a goal and an assist against Swarthmore.
The Elizabethtown loss was frustrating because Muhlenberg felt it had the better of the play, but could not find the net. The Mules did not have that problem Saturday.
We were all ready to come out here and show that we can put the ball in the net, senior captain Justin Henning said.
Henning scored one of the Muhlenberg goals on the same day his father, Jonathan, a four-year letterwinner with the Mules from 1974 to 1977, played in the Muhlenberg mens soccer alumni game as part of the Homeoming festivities.
Hennings goal came in the 82nd minute, when freshman Andrew Krebs dropped the ball bak to him and Henning ripped a low shot into the left side of the net from nearly 30 yards out.
Its nice, Henning said. I dont score a lot here. I thought I used them all up in high school.
The Mules great CC start has them confident, but aware of the work still remaining.
It doesnt mean a lot if we dont go out and take the rest of them, said Henning.
Muhlenberg hosts a non-conference game against Drew Wednesday, then puts its spotless CC record on the line Saturday at Dickinson.
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Last updated October 12, 2003