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McDaniel: Terror offense 'has to carry the day' against Gettysburg

If McDaniel College wants to snap a two-game losing streak today at home against Gettysburg, the Green Terror will likely need to bottle up what they did in the second half last week.
The Bullets come to Kenneth R. Gill Stadium fresh off their first Centennial Conference victory of the season, a 42-28 win over Susquehanna in which the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense.
McDaniel coach Mike Hoyt liked what he saw at the end of last week's game at Ursinus. Despite a 40-21 loss to the Bears, Hoyt said there were several standout performances. And that came after Hoyt called a few players out in last Friday's practice.
Wide receiver Nick O'Melia, a Francis Scott Key graduate, responded with seven catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Linebacker Ralph Bernardo collected 14 tackles (12 solo) in his second career start. Defensive back Marty Windisch, a Manchester Valley graduate, returned a blocked punt for his first career touchdown.
It's going to take more of that, Hoyt said, to keep pace with a high-powered Gettysburg offense.
"Offense has to carry the day," Hoyt said. "Yeah, our defense has to play well, but we've got to control the ball on offense. We can't go three-and-out and put the defense right back on the field.
"The best defense is to keep their rear ends on the bench over there."
To do that, McDaniel likely needs more production out of its passing game. Gettysburg's defense ranks last in the conference in yards per game at 521.2, but the Terror's offense is second-worst at 14.5 points per game.
McDaniel senior running back Joe Rollins is the focal point for every opponent's defense, so the Terror get tougher when O'Melia & Co. find their rhythm with quarterback Ryan Yamada.
The sophomore threw for 195 yards on 12 of 23 passing against Ursinus, but McDaniel failed to match the Bears when it mattered. The rest of the Green Terror's wideouts combined for five receptions and 52 yards.
"Our defense was on the field between 45-50 plays in the first half," Hoyt said. "You can't do that."
Zach Miller leads Gettysburg's offense under center, with the junior quarterback ranked second in the Centennial at 249.2 yards per game. Miller threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns and was efficient last week (18 for 24) against Susquehanna.
Rollins failed to reach 100 rushing yards in last week's game, thus ending a streak of eight games in a row for the all-conference back. But he ran for 138 yards in last year's matchup against Gettysburg, a close game at halftime that turned into a 35-3 loss for the Terror.
Losses are still mounting for McDaniel, but Hoyt said he walked away from last week's game feeling encouraged. He said he told his players there were plenty of things to build on from the Ursinus game, and he hopes they carry over today against Gettysburg.
"A lot of young guys played really well," Hoyt said. "Did some things that I was pleased with. As coaches we want to be further along than where we are, but you've got to take a realistic look at it. We've got to continue to keep it simple, continue to focus on the fundamentals. Because that's going to serve us down the road."

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