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Football: Schleifer leads all-Centennial bunch from McDaniel

Football: Schleifer leads all-Centennial bunch from McDaniel
McDaniel's Matt Schleifer in the Green Terror's season opener against Catholic in Westminster. (Bill Ryan / For the Carroll County Times)

Seven members of the McDaniel football team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference team for 2017.

Matt Schleifer was named to the first team while Bamasa Bailor, Jared Staub, Drew Scott, and Joey Cornwell were named to the second team. Chris Inge and Spencer Wiersberg were tabbed honorable mention.

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All seven players are making their first all-conference team appearance.

Schleifer, a sophomore return specialist, racked up 1,296 all-purpose yards this season — 1,025 of which came in the return game. He averaged a conference-best 16.0 yards per return on 23 punt returns, including a 92-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter against Johns Hopkins. He also averaged 21.2 yards per return on 31 kick returns.

Bailor, a senior wide receiver, totaled 763 receiving yards on 60 catches. His 76.3 receiving yards per game ranked fourth in the conference while his 60 grabs was tied for tops in the league. He also had a team-best five touchdown snags.

Staub, a junior offensive lineman, anchored the offensive line from the left tackle position. The Francis Scott Key graduate was key to a line that helped the Green Terror rush for an average of 155.9 yards per game. The line also allowed a conference-low 11 sacks.

Scott, a senior linebacker, led the McDaniel defense with 72 tackles, including 45 solo stops. He had six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a pass breakup.

Cornwell, a junior punter, averaged 36.7 yards per punt to rank second in the conference. He booted the ball 50 times, dropping nine inside the 20 without a touchback. He forced 10 fair catches and did not have a punt blocked. He had a pair of 50-plus yard punts.

Inge, a senior defensive back, contributed 29 tackles as the defense's top cover corner. He nabbed two interceptions and broke up another six passes. He added two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Wiersberg, a senior kicker, ranked second in the conference with 13 made field goals. He went 13-for-16 in the kicking game that included a career-long 46-yarder to force overtime against Juniata. He made all 30 of his extra-point attempts.

The Green Terror finished the season at 3-7, 2-7 in the Centennial Conference.

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