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ON PAGE 2 ... VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER and FIELD HOCKEY
DEFENSE LEADS FOOTBALL TO WIN
Senior Mike Mrkobrad threw for one touchdown pass and rushed for the other as the Muhlenberg football team opened its 2004 season with a 17-13 win against Kings Point.

The Mules dominated statistically, outgaining the Mariners 361-156 and
Ryan Peer
Senior linebacker Ryan Peer had two of the Mules’ six sacks among his six tackles.
rolling up an 18-7 advantage in first downs, but committed five turnovers and needed to dig deep into the playbook to score the win.

Mrkobrad’s touchdown pass, the second of his career, opened the scoring with 1:44 left in the first half. On third-and-goal from the 2, he received a handoff from senior Nick Rosetti, took one step toward the line, and threw a two-handed chest pass to sophomore tight end Derek DiMattina in the end zone. Mrkobrad’s first TD throw came on a similar play last year at Ursinus.

That wasn’t even Mrkobrad’s most incredible play of the first half. Muhlenberg was backed up to its own 7-yard line and faced a fourth-and-19 late in the first quarter when Mrkobrad took the snap on a fake punt and raced 45 yards for a first down. Although that drive ultimately ended with a punt, it gave the Mules an advantage in field position that they maintained for the rest of the half.

Kings Point tied the game with 10:28 left in the third on an interception
Kyle Douglass, Chris Giannini
Douglass (81) and Giannini (2) are the first pair of Muhlenberg receivers to log 100 yards in the same game since Joshua Carter and Kenyamo McFarlane in 1999.
return for a touchdown, but Muhlenberg drove back down the field on its next drive to take the lead for good. A 34-yard hookup between Rosetti and sophomore Chris Giannini put the ball at the 1, from where Mrkobrad ran it in for a conventional touchdown. Mrkobrad rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 28 carries.

On the next play, Muhlenberg tried a successful onside kick, with senior Brian Hendershot recovering his own kick, but an illegal block penalty nullified the play.

Yet another trick play by the Mules, a 38-yard pass from sophomore wide receiver Ryan Sassaman to Giannini, set up Hendershot’s 29-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Mariners scored their lone offensive touchdown with 3:09 left after Muhlenberg fumbled a punt, but could not get past the Mule 10-yard line on their final possession.

Junior defensive end Dan McCall led the defensive effort with seven tackles, 2½ sacks and a blocked extra point. Junior linebacker Mark Bennett forced a fourth-quarter fumble with a vicious hit, and junior cornerback Justin Adair made a career-high eight tackles.

Rosetti finished 16-of-27 for 203 yards. Giannini (5-for-107) and senior Kyle Douglass (5-for-105) each recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game.

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Last updated September 4, 2004