By The Daily Item
GETTYSBURG -- Merle Moscarello made quite an impression in his first collegiate start.
The former Lewisburg running back rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, surpassing 100 yards in the first half. However, Gettysburg had enough firepower to beat the Crusaders, winning 42-28.
As is typical of Susquehanna-Gettysburg football matchups, offense was the highlight of the day for both squads with the Crusaders (0-4) finishing with 544 yards of offense. Over the past four meetings, these teams have now combined for 351 points.
Moscarello's touchdown in the third quarter cut the Bullets' lead to 35-21.
Sophomore quarterback Cam Olson, making his first career start, went 22-for-39 for 308 yards, two touchdowns and two picks, the first turnovers of the season for SU.
Adrian Bernard had a dominant day on defense, racking up 20 tackles, including five for a loss, with two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The Crusaders turned the ball over on downs on their first possession and Gettysburg (1-3, 1-2) took full advantage. A five-play, 68-yard drive gave the Bullets an early 7-0 lead.
SU responded on its ensuing possession, however. Facing a third-and-12, Olson fired a rocket that found Colin Buckley in the endzone for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Following a Spencer Hotaling kick, it was tied 7-7 with 5:30 to go in the opening quarter.
It remained a 7-7 game heading into the second quarter but it took Gettysburg just over a minute to change that when Eddie Hutchins found the endzone on a one-yard rush — aided by a SU offside penalty — for a 14-7 Bullets lead.
On the following drive, Susquehanna converted on a fourth-and-five in Gettysburg territory and Pat Murtha came up with a diving catch in the Bullets endzone to cap off a nine-play, 68-yard drive to tie the game at 14.
A 53-yard touchdown for Gettysburg's Kyle Wigley gave the Bullets a 21-14 lead, which they carried into the locker room.
The Bullets opened the second half with two straight scores to extend their lead to 21.