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Two teams that usually meet with the Centennial Conference championship on the line met near the ends of disappointing seasons, but the result was the same, as the McDaniel football team defeated Muhlenberg, 13-6.

The Green Terror (5-4, 2-3), which snapped a four-game losing streak, has
John DeLuca
DeLuca, who leads the Mules with 423 rushing yards, gained 23 of his 108 yards on the scoring drive that led to the first field goal.
beaten the Mules 10 straight times and, including a 1995 tie, is undefeated in the last 12 series meetings.

Muhlenberg (3-6, 2-4) held big advantages in first downs (18-11) and time of possession (34:29-25:31), but could not find the end zone. Since scoring on a fake punt late in the Ursinus game, the Mules have only one touchdown in their last 12 quarters.

The lone scoring for ’Berg came on two field goals by sophomore Jordon Grube, one a career-best 45-yarder. With McDaniel hanging on to a 7-6 lead late in the third quarter, Grube lined up to attempt a 38-yard field goal, but the snap bounced to him and he had to run with the ball, ending up short of the first down.

The Green Terror turned the miscue into points just four plays later, throwing a 70-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

The Mules’ best chance at tying the game came on their final possession, when they drove to the McDaniel 45 with a third-and-1. The next two passes were incomplete, and the Green Terror ran off the final 2:14.

Freshman John DeLuca recorded his first career 100-yard game, gaining 108 yards on 26 carries. Two freshmen alternated at quarterback, with David Mazzola – the first Mule freshmen to start at QB since 1995 – and Eric Santagato combining to throw for 121 yards.

Muhlenberg’s defense held the McDaniel running backs to 2 yards on 15 carries. Senior Will Corbin made a team-high seven tackles.

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