LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall quarterback, John Harrison (Flourtown, Pa. / La Salle College High School) was named the Centennial Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his role in F&M's 42-21 win over Catholic University on Saturday.
Harrison tied Franklin & Marshall's record for touchdown passes and touchdowns responsible for in a game with five completions ending in the endzone. His passing record matches the effort of Wally Witmer, who tossed five touchdowns passes in F&M's 1952 meeting with Johns Hopkins. Witmer and Harrison are joined only by Ryan Murray in the TD's responsible for list. Murray rushed for five touchdowns against Gettysburg in 2007.
A sophomore signal caller, Harrison completed 24-of-32 for a career high of 369 yards - the second best game in terms of yards in 121 years and two games worth of football at F&M. Harrison finished 23 yards short of the single-game record owned by Beau Eckert who rolled up 392 yards against Dickinson on October 7, 1995. The 300-yard effort is F&M's first since Kyle Turner threw for 312 yards against Moravian on October 13, 2007. It was also the first game in which an F&M QB passed for more than 350 yards since Turner gained 361 yards against Catholic on September 29, 2007.
12 games into his career as a starter, Harrison is already placing himself in the company of elite quarterbacks in Franklin & Marshall's rich football tradition. He already ranks 13th in career completions (192) and 16th in career pass attempts (307). During the Catholic win, Harrison became the 11th passer to throw 20 or more touchdowns in his career and the 15th to hit the 2,000 yard mark (2,021). He now sits tenth overall in career touchdown passes with 22.
Harrison is the second Diplomat to earn player of the week honors this season. Inside linebacker, Sam Massaro, was named the Defensive Player of the Week following last Saturday's win at Washington & Lee. Barry Lovett (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Poly Prep) was named to this week's Defensive Honor Roll after recording five solo tackles, his second interception of the season, and two pass breakups.
The Diplomats are 2-0 for the first time since the 8-3 2004 season. F&M will open Centennial play at home next Saturday when the Dickinson Red Devils come to town for the annual battle for the Conestoga Wagon Trophy. The Red Devils (2-0) come to Lancaster on the heels of a 26-3 drubbing of No. 17 Hobart, and are the only team besides F&M in the Centennial with an unblemished record. Kickoff at Sponaugle-Williamson Field is set for 1:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge.