Gavin DeFreitas scored on a 10-yard screen pass on fourth-and-goal with 12 seconds left in the game to pull Western Maryland into a 13-13 tie with Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference game yesterday.
DeFreitas took a pass from Brian Van Deusen (Atholton) at the Mules' 12, avoided a tackle and scrambled into the end zone to make the score 13-12. Zippy Mackie made the extra-point kick.
Western Maryland (3-1-1, 2-0-1 league) trailed 13-0 after touchdown runs of 53 and 3 yards by senior Steve Peters, the 3-yarder coming with 12:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Mark Mogavero missed the point-after attempt after the second score for the Mules (0-3-1, 0-2-1), leaving the door open for Western Maryland's comeback.
The Green Terror narrowed the deficit on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Van Deusen to freshman Tom Lapato (South Carroll) with 3:13 left, completing an eight-play, 83-yard drive that took just 1:57. Western Maryland's defense then held the Mules to three plays, giving the visitors possession again.
Van Deusen then marched the Green Terror to a first-and-goal at the Muhlenberg 5 on the strength of six completions. Incompletions on the first three downs, combined with a delay of game penalty, set the stage for the pass to DeFreitas.
A senior, Van Deusen completed 34 of 64 passes for 353 yards, becoming the Centennial's career leader in total offense with 4,721 yards. He has thrown for 1,422 yards with 126 completions in 247 attempts this season.
* Frostburg State 20, Chowan 9: Frostburg State (3-1) used 11 players to combine for 224 yards rushing to defeat Chowan (2-3) before 2,003 at Bobcat Stadium. E. J. Fuller led the Bobcats with 75 yards.
Frostburg State, which jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, held Chowan to 196 yards of total offense.
* Bowie St. 23, Virginia Union 12: Topper Ellis rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries in Bowie State's win in Richmond, Va.
Bowie State (2-3, 1-2 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) controlled the ball on the ground, grinding out 312 yards on 53 rushes. The Panthers (0-2-2, 0-1-1) gained 209 yards on 14-of-28 passing by Donald Ruffin.
The Bulldogs got touchdowns on runs by Ryan Pigford of 17 yards, Darrell Foote of 5 yards and Andrew Smith of 17 yards. Bowie also scored on a safety and field goal.
M. C. Johnson had a 2-yard run for the Panthers, and Ruffin connected with David Parson for a 33-yard scoring pass.