Piranha Football - A Winning Tradition: Central Penn Piranha: 23 - Maryland Marauders: 0

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  Central Penn Piranha vs 23      
  Maryland Marauders 0      
Game Played 7/22/2006 7:00PM  

Records & Milestone Highlight Piranha Win
This game was billed as the “Battle of Champions,” and both teams lived up to the hype.

Despite losing in the turnover and sack categories, the Piranha defense was able to force eight Marauder punts and yield zero points. The Central Penn offense carried the load as they out gained Maryland in net yards 369-63. The end result was a 23-0 win for Central Penn.

QB Mark Jarmon led the way for the Piranha. He accounted for 233 yards of total offense (196 passing, 37 rushing), and 2 TD’s (1 pass, 1 rush). It also marks the 3rd game this season in which Jarmon has notched a passer rating over 100.0 (149.3, 158.3, 107.6).

The Piranha took control of the momentum on their opening drive of the game. They drove 68 yards and consumed 7:28 off of the game clock. RB Ali Johnson did most of the damage (6-58 yards), but it was Mark Jarmon who took it across the goal line for the score. In Michael Vick-like fashion the Piranha QB dropped back to pass, ran to his right, then cut back to his left, and then found a seam up the middle and darted up-field, diving into the end zone. He was able to turn a 6-yard TD run into a highlight reel. Mike Berry’s PAT made it 7-0 Piranha.

On the Piranha’s next possession, the “Fish Tank” was treated to some excitement in the form of WR Sean Scales.

The rookie sensation ran a beautiful deep post pattern, and got behind the Maryland secondary. Jarmon unleashed a 40-yard pass on a rope, and Scales raced the final 20 yards untouched for another Piranha score. The 60-yard TD reception is the second longest this season (62) for the Virginia Tech product. In fact, Scales is averaging a blistering 35.4 yards / catch.

The Piranha were able to add another score before halftime. Following a 41-yard drive that stalled at the Marauders’ 32-yard line, the Piranha set-up for a 49-yard field goal attempt with 0:02 left in the first half. Mike Berry calmly booted the football through the uprights with plenty of room to spare. That put the Piranha up by three scores (17-0), and virtually eliminated the Marauders’ hopes of pulling off the upset.

While the Marauders were busy punting the football, WR Steve Johnson was busy working on the Piranha record book. His first order of business was in the punt return department. On Johnson’s 4th return of the game he surpassed former Piranha great, RB Desi Washington (1165), as the all-time leader in punt return yards (1179).

Next up on the list for “Silky Smooth” was a receiving milestone. Johnson caught his 100th career pass as a member of the Piranha. He now has 101 total receptions, which is # 2 all-time for the Piranha. WR Walter Bland is # 1 with 257 career receptions.

Maryland’s best chance to score came during the 3rd quarter when RB Keynard Edouard fumbled near the Marauders’ 40-yard line. MLB Mike Balogun (9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FUM) picked-up the fumble, and he was off to the races. He had clear sailing and a convoy of blockers. That’s when Piranha QB Mark Jarmon made the biggest defensive play of the game. He sprinted down the field, and because of the angle he was able to get between Balogun and the end zone. Jarmon then made a Ben Roethlisberger like play (Pitt. @ Ind. – NFL playoffs), and turned Balogun back toward the middle of the field. In doing so, the linebacker fumbled the football while switching hands. The Marauders recovered the football in the pile at the Piranha 25-yard line.

The Piranha defense held, and were aided by another high snap over QB James Battles’ head in shotgun formation. Maryland had 7 fumbles (lost 1) during the game, while Central Penn had 3 (lost 2).

The final score of the game was turned in by the Piranha’s top rusher, Ali Johnson. He scored on a 2-yard run midway through the 4th quarter to make the final score 23-0

The Piranha extended their consecutive quarters scoreless streak to 19, and they also set a team record. It’s the first time in the teams’ 12-year history that they have started the season by posting 4 consecutive shutouts.

Game Notes:
•        WR Steve Johnson set all-time Piranha punt return yards record – 1179 (1165, Desi Washington)
• WR Steve Johnson – 100th career reception (101)
• Piranha defense extended their consecutive quarters streak of yielding zero touchdowns to 22
• Piranha – 68th shutout in franchise history (45 different teams)