Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Moravian football falls 13-10

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Moravian College football team held a lead through most of the first half and the majority of the fourth quarter until visiting McDaniel College scored its only touchdown of the game with 12 seconds remaining to earn a 13-10 victory over the host Greyhounds at Rocco Calvo Field Saturday in the Centennial Conference opener for each school.

The Hounds dropped their first home game of the season as the squad turned the ball over seven times and had a punt blocked while still having the lead late into the fourth. Moravian picked up 283 yards on 73 plays while holding onto the ball for 31:35, and the Blue and Grey defense limited the Green Terror to 215 yards.

Area players who stood out were:

Junior wide receiver Nick Petros (Liberty HS) caught eight passes for 100 yards to go with a touchdown to move into 15th in school history with 1,345 receiving yards on 82 receptions.

Senior running back Roberto Diez (Freedom HS) ran for 72 yards on 22 yards for Moravian while freshman running back Carrington Smith (Easton, Pa.) added 14 yards on six attempts. Walters had one carry for three yards while Mills picked up two yards on five attempts while being sacked three times.

Sophomore linebacker Noah Breidinger (Emmaus HS) led the Hounds’ defense with 10 tackles and two pass breakups while junior linebacker Austin Heisler (Pen Argyl HS) had six stops with one and a half sacks and two tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Tanner Barr (Pen Argyl HS) and junior defensive back Jackson Buskirk (Whitehall HS) both had five tackles with Barr adding one and a half for loss and Buskirk breaking up two passes to go with one tackle for loss. Junior defensive lineman PJ Weierbach (Bethlehem Catholic HS) had four tackles including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Matt Nimas (Emmaus HS) had a 22-yard reception.

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The Moravian College men’s golf team began its 2019-20 season by hosting and also winning the Moravian Weyhill Classic on the Weyhill Course of Saucon Valley Country Club Monday afternoon.

The Greyhounds fired a four-man team score of 301, finishing six strokes ahead of both Gettysburg College and Penn State-Berks. The Hounds had five of their six players in the tournament shoot sub 80 rounds and finish in the top 20 of the 46 golfers. Justin Panner from DeSales University scored a hole in one on the second hole during the round.

Freshman Andrew Hozza (Northampton) made a strong collegiate debut for the Blue and Grey as he carded a one-over par round of 73 on the par 72 Weyhill Course. Hozza’s round, which included two birdies and 14 pars, was tied for the low round of the day but finished second overall on a comparison of the back-nine scores with Nicholas Campanelli from The University of Scranton shooting a 34 over the final nine holes while Hozza had a 36.

Thomas Lakata (Bethlehem) each had round of 77 and tied for seventh. Kuhn carded three birdies and eight pars while Lakata had one birdie and 12 pars. Junior Victor Tavares (Nazareth HS) played as an individual and tied for 19th with a round of 79 that included two birdies and seven pars while junior Kody Kolnik (Palmerton HS) had a 90 with four pars.

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The Moravian College men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the Cardinal Classic hosted by The Catholic University of America at Colmar Manor Community Park Saturday on the course that will be used for the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships in November.

The Greyhound men finished fourth of seven squads with a team score of 75 points, just 24 points behind winner the University of Mary Washington. Senior Justin Beasley-Turner (Pottstown HS) paced the Hounds with a time of 28:08.1 to finish seventh of 78 runners on the 8,000-meter course.

Senior Gregory Jainl (Emmaus HS) was one spot back in eighth with a time of 28:08.4 while freshman Darlyn Fermin (Liberty HS) took 15th in 28:51.3 in his first 8K race. Rounding out Moravian’s scoring five were senior Gavin Kemery (Northern Lehigh HS) in 22nd place with a time of 29:11.6 while sophomore Shane Houghton (Wilson HS) was one spot back in 29:11.9.

The Moravian women’s squad was third of five teams with 77 points as Mary Washington also won the race with 33 points. Senior Carly Danoski (Clark Summit, Pa./Abington Heights HS) had the Hounds top finish as she took eighth of 62 runners with a time of 25:43.3 seconds. Sophomore Rachael McCoach (Macungie) took 25th in 27:15.5.