There won’t be a winning season for McDaniel College’s football team this fall, but that doesn’t mean the Green Terror have stopped caring about their objectives.

First and foremost is to win, something the Terror haven’t done since September. Susquehanna came to Kenneth R. Gill Stadium on Saturday and crafted a 20-3 victory, ensuring the home team of a winless record in its own stadium this season.


The Green Terror (3-6, 2-6 Centennial Conference) have dropped eight consecutive games at Gill Stadium, with their last win coming Sept. 23, 2017, against Gettysburg.

Still, McDaniel prepares and focuses each week. The losses amount to frustration on both sides of the ball, however.

Case in point Saturday — the Green Terror’s offense finished with 207 yards, but 156 of it came on the ground. Quarterbacks Ben Igo and Tyler Palermiti threw for a combined 51 yards — Igo had 11 yards on 6 of 17 passing before Palermiti, a fellow sophomore, relieved him late in the game.

Susquehanna (6-3, 5-3) did enough to win, and the River Hawks bolstered their chances with a fake punt play — a 22-yard run on fourth down that helped set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nick Brotzman to Frank Depaola with 4:01 remaining in the first half.

The Hawks led 14-3 at halftime.

Green Terror coach Mike Dailey said his players were disheartened with another loss, but some of them are getting a chance to show their coaches they’re making progress despite the disappointment.

Habeeb Baba made the most of his first college start — the freshman defensive back collected eight tackles, tied for second most on the team, and added a pass breakup and an interception.

“You’re looking for something to look for the hope for the future,” Dailey said. “The future is next week, and we’ve got a big one with [Johns] Hopkins.”

Dailey knows the Blue Jays (8-1, 7-1) won’t be an easy opponent to take down, but Susquehanna defeated Hopkins earlier this year and McDaniel kept things close against the River Hawks on Saturday.

“He’s a freshman, I think he has got a lot of promise,” Dailey said about Baba. “I think there’s some other guys that have a lot of promise. ... They’re competing hard.”

Sophomore wide receiver Nick Alberto had a 32-yard catch. Brendan Bandy, another sophomore wideout, had two receptions.

Freshman kicker Peyton Delinger gave McDaniel its only points of the afternoon when he drilled a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Sophomore defensive back Brandon Thomas had eight tackles. Vernon Miller, Jr., another second-year defensive back, added five tackles.

But playing time and positive strides don’t exactly bring forth satisfaction when your football team has lost four games in a row.


“That’s a motto from Day One — second string has got to be ready to step up,” said senior defensive back Angelo Payne. “It’s like Tom Brady back in the day, you never know when your number will get called. You come out and you do the best you can, and I feel like that’s basically the situation Habeeb was in.”

Susquehanna got seven catches and 105 receiving yards from Mitch Carsley, and Brotzman threw for 180 yards. The River Hawks finished with 305 yards on offense and picked up two interceptions on defense.

They host Juniata on Nov. 10 in their regular-season finale, while the Green Terror travel to Baltimore for their annual matchup with Johns Hopkins.

Payne said the players gets tested by the coaches — led by defensive coordinator DeMarcus White — in the days leading up to kickoff so that everyone is up to speed. That goes for the starters, reserves, injured players, and those who don’t even suit up on the sideline.

“You’ve got to be ready,” Payne said. “That’s how we try to groom the underclassmen, because that’s building the program.”