LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall quarterback, John Harrison (Flourtown, Pa./La Salle College H.S.), and cornerback, Barry Lovett (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Poly Prep), were named Centennial Conference (CC) Players of the Week. Harrison was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Lovett was the conference's Defensive Player of the Week.
Harrison had a monster day in the Diplomats' 41-20 win at McDaniel. The sophomore completed 26 of 35 passes for a school record 404 yards. He also tied the school record of five touchdown passes. It was his second five touchdown effort this season and the first 400-yard passing game in F&M history. Harrison also reset school season records for completions, yards and touchdown passes.
Harrison shared the honor with Johns Hopkins' Andrew Kase. Kase carried 14 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns - all in the first half - as the Jays defeated Juniata, 58-7. He also kicked an extra point. Franklin & Marshall will face Johns Hopkins in Baltimore this Saturday.
Lovett was named the Player of the Week after scoring on defense for the second consecutive week. He intercepted a pass and rolled 62 yards down his own sideline for a touchdown. Lovett also broke up a pass and recorded three solo tackles, including a tackle for loss.
The Diplomats become the sixth and seventh F&M players to earn a Player of the Week honor this season. Harrison earned the honor in week two when F&M pasted a 42-21 loss on Catholic's schedule. Lovett, who was named to the Weekly Honor Roll after last week's 20-7 win over Muhlenberg, was named to the Weekly Honor Roll after the Catholic game as well. This is his first Player of the Week award this season.
Franklin & Marshall is off to a 7-1 start, the best since the 9-2, 1996 season. The Diplomats are 5-1 in league play, tied with Johns Hopkins and Dickinson for first place. Dickinson edged F&M with a last second field goal, while Johns Hopkins knocked off Dickinson.
F&M's game in Baltimore this coming Saturday will help sort out the chase for the Centennial boot and accompanying automatic qualifier. F&M needs to win out with a Dickinson loss to either Juniata or Ursinus. A Hopkins win would leave the Jays in charge of their own fate heading into the season's final game at McDaniel.