Morgan State falls to Florida A&M, 31-17

Philip Sylvester rushed 19 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Florida A&M beat Morgan State, 31-17.

Sylvester scored for the Rattlers (5-3, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) on a 14-yard run with 5:09 left in the first half, putting them ahead 17-3. Morgan State (4-4, 3-2) tied the game at 17 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jephte Cherenfant in the third quarter and a 19-yard touchdown pass from Delonte Williams to Chuka Okakpu early in the fourth.

But Williams was intercepted by Jerral Stewart with 7:17 left, and the sophomore defensive back returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, giving the Rattlers the lead for good. Sylvester's second touchdown, an 88-yard run, sealed it, again giving the Rattlers a two-touchdown advantage.

Wesley 17, Salisbury 14: The Sea Gulls (6-2, 1-1 Atlantic Central Football Conference) were nine minutes from pulling an upset over the visiting No. 3 Wolverines, leading throughout much of the game.

But a 74-yard drive by Wesley (8-0, 3-0) midway through the fourth quarter, capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass, enabled it to beat Salisbury and remain undefeated. The win clinches the final ACFC championship for the Wolverines.

The Sea Gulls held the Wolverines' 10th-ranked offense, which averaged 485 yards per game, to just 316 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.

Wesley scored on its opening drive, marching 47 yards in four plays to score on Chris Cummings' 1-yard quarterback sneak 1:38 into the game. The 7-0 lead would not last long as the Sea Gulls countered with a scoring drive of their own.

Salisbury's 10-play, 84-yard drive, finished off when sophomore Brandon Norwood scored on a 3-yard run, was the longest drive all day.

Salisbury took advantage of an interception by Paul Moore when Bryan Woolson broke a 29-yard run for a touchdown on the following possession. Salisbury would hold the lead until late in the game as Wesley added a field goal with 4:21 remaining in the first half, and there would be no more scoring until the game-winning drive by the Wolverines.

Norwood led the Sea Gulls' rushing attack with 60 yards on four carries. Sophomore defensive back Chris Everett led the defensive effort with eight tackles (five solo). Junior Ricky Cassidy had Salisbury's other interception.

The teams combined to commit seven turnovers and 25 penalties in the contest.

St. John Fisher 38, Frostburg State 6: The Cardinals (8-1) scored in every quarter and totaled 483 yards of offense against the Bobcats (1-7).

The Bobcats had the ball inside St. John Fisher territory five times during the opening half but failed to score.

Junior defensive back Marcus Wilson forced a fumble, and Drew Rudisill recovered at the Fisher 45 to set up a Bobcats touchdown in the third quarter. Senior Lyndon Harris completed a 4-yard scoring pass to junior fullback Derek Sheely as Frostburg State trailed, 31-6.

Wilson led the Bobcats' defense with eight tackles, 2.5 for loss, and a forced fumble. Rudisill totaled five stops with an interception and a recovered fumble.

The Bobcats host ACFC opponent Apprentice on Saturday during homecoming for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Johns Hopkins 48, Juniata 0: The host Blue Jays (5-3, 5-2 Centennial Conference) scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game against the Eagles (0-8, 0-8) and got record-breaking performances from several players.

Johns Hopkins led 31-0 at the half, and Juniata never got inside its 20-yard line.

The Blue Jays will play the 1,000th game in school history next week when they travel to Franklin & Marshall.

Johns Hopkins outgained Juniata, 582-179, on the day. The 582 yards are the third-highest single-game total in school history and come on the heels of a 515-yard effort the previous week at Susquehanna. This is the first time in school history that Johns Hopkins has accumulated 500 or more yards in back-to-back games.

Franklin & Marshall 31, McDaniel 28: The host Diplomats (6-2, 5-2 Centennial Conference) set up the game-winning field goal with seven seconds left against the Green Terror (4-4, 3-4).

McDaniel led 28-19 in the fourth quarter after Tom Massucci connected with C.J. Billera for a 56-yard touchdown, but allowed 12 unanswered points to Franklin & Marshall to end the game.

Chris DeStefano's game-winning kick came 3:50 after his 37-yard field goal knotted the game at 28.

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