Keating closes on 100 career wins
By Chris Ferrick-Manley
The Green Terror Football squad started 0-4 for the first time since 1996 before rebounding to win 14-10 vs. Juniata. The win was the 500th in the program’s history.
It has been a difficult year for the team on many levels. Fifth year quarterback Brad Baer injured his ankle in practice before the September 22 loss to Dickinson. Senior Tom Wenrich has taken over the duties at QB since. The placekicking game has been a weak spot for the team as well. Junior kicker Jay Leonard has made only two of his seven field goal tries according to the McDaniel College athletics web page.
A glaring weakness has been the inability of the team to score inside the red zone. They are scoring touchdowns only 48 percent of the time when moving the ball into the red zone and scoring points 57 percent. The Terror have been outscored in every quarter but the fourth; but many of those scores came when the other team had put the game out of reach.
There are positives however. The team leads the conference in total kickoff return yardage, according to the Centennial Conference’s website. Freshman Juris Eyler leads the conference in kickoff return average; however, like Baer, he suffered an injury. Perhaps more importantly, is the emergence of sophomore running back Eric Zwilsky. After scoring only one touchdown last year, he has already scored nine this year and there is still half of a season to play.
Terror head coach Tim Keating could not be reached for comment. Keating needs four more wins to reach 100 career wins at McDaniel.
After their bye, the Terror travel to Muhlenberg during fall break before coming home to play Ursinus and Franklin & Marshall. The Terror currently have an 11 game winning streak vs. Muhlenberg. However, Muhlenberg is 4-0 and tied for the top spot in the conference this year.
Stats found on McDaniel and Centennial Conference websites.