By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After smothering Endicott College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship Tournament, the Rowan Profs will be in Texas this weekend for a second round match-up with The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The Profs 24-0 win over Endicott this past weekend was a near perfect execution of the Rowan playbook for success here in 2013: a superior defensive performance complimented by a punishing running game.
That defense held Endicott to six first downs, 113 yards of total offense and just one third down conversion in 12 opportunities. They also intercepted Gulls quarterback Drew Frenette three times, including one that sophomore linebacker Darren Dungee returned 46 yards for a touchdown.
“The defense kind of set the tone,” Rowan head coach Jay Accorsi tells KYW Newsradio. “They played outstanding. To hold a quarterback that was throwing for so many yards and touchdowns, and a running back that had rushed for over a thousand (yards), and an offense that was scoring over thirty-something points a game – to do what we did was truly an outstanding effort by our defensive coaches and defensive players.”
As for the punishing running game, it was led by sophomore Withler Marcelin. He carried a career-high 43 times for a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown.
“When we were interviewed after the game, he was kind of wowed at how many (carries), and I was too, because you don’t realize it,” Accorsi says. “We mix Khalil Pierce and Matt Dortch in a little bit. He’s just been really durable and he’s been able to carry the load.”