Saturday, November 11, 2006
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Its often said that if you beat your rival in your last game, it doesnt matter what you do the rest of the season.
That certainly wasnt true of the Moravian-Muhlenberg football game
The Mules made sure their lasting memories of the 2006 campaign would be good ones with a 24-10 win over their Lehigh Valley rivals.
Its an amazing feeling to go out with a win, said senior tight end Derek DiMattina, who had an eventful day around the goal line. All the seniors really got emotional for this game.
Sophomore Eric Santagato threw for 171 yards and rushed for two second-half touchdowns that broke a 10-all tie, earning the Bianco Award as Muhlenbergs MVP for the second year in a row.
The Mules had a 184-70 advantage in total yards and allowed only two first downs in the first half, but went into the locker room tied 3-3 after
The defense finally gave the Mules their first touchdown when sophomore Brandon Doyle picked off a pass in the flat and raced 51 yards untouched into the end zone on the first drive of the third quarter. It was the second touchdown of the season for Doyle, who also scored on a kickoff return in the season opener.
Moravian tied the score on a long pass play midway through the third quarter. The go-ahead touchdown was set up when DiMattina both hands firmly around the ball took a third-down pass 28 yards to the Greyhound 1-yard line. Santagato sneaked in on the next play.
A 50-yard run by sophomore John DeLuca set up the clinching touchdown, scored by Santagato on a 4-yard run with 37 ticks left. The two touchdowns gave Santagato nine for the season, breaking the school record for quarterbacks. He also became the third Mule sophomore to pass for 1,500 yards in a season.
Although the day belonged to the seniors, several other young players made their marks, pointing to a bright future. Sophomore Matt Rathbun tied a school record with his fourth fumble recovery of the season, sophomore Nick Colson blocked a punt, and freshman Cameron Ahouse picked off two passes (one to end a Moravian fourth-quarter drive near the end zone) for the second time this season. He finished the year with five picks, tying the school record for freshmen set in 1967.
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Last updated November 11, 2006