A Little History
The John Troxell era enters season number 10 as the Diplomats prepare to embark on the 128th campaign since F&M first hit the grid circuit in October of 1887. The Diplomats have posted a winning record in 71 seasons and a losing record in 48 seasons. Eight seasons have seen the Diplomats finish at .500. F&M has gone undefeated and untied in four seasons (1950, 1964, 1972, 1974), and was undefeated with one tie in 1945. The Diplomats have suffered through five seasons without a win: 1887, 1904, 1926, 1962, and 2000. The 1926 season saw F&M post one tie.
First Game Facts
Franklin & Marshall is 70-54-3 in its season openers. The first opening-day win came in the second season that F&M hit the field (1889) with a 60-0 win over cross-town rival, Millersville. F&M lost its first opening-day game at the York Y.M.C.A, 9-0 on October 10, 1887. Those were the first pair of the 51 opening-day games that have been shutouts.
F&M is 22-28-1 in season openers that have seen a side shutout, including 2008's 24-0 blanking of Washington & Lee, avenging the 20-0 shutout at the hands of the Generals the season prior. The lone tie was a 0-0 barnburner between F&M and Delaware, at Delaware, on October 4, 1919.
F&M's largest margin of victory and highest point total on opening day came in a 69-0 shutout of the crew of the U.S.S. Connecticut on September 27, 1913. The largest margin of defeat and most points scored against F&M in a season opener came in a 66-0 loss at Fordham on October 2, 1937.
The Diplomats are 6-3 in season openers under John Troxell.
F&M and LVC have met 35 times, beginning in 1899 and taking a break in 1982. The series was intermittent before a 15-year stretch from 1968 to 1982 when the schools met each season as members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The two stopped playing when the Diplomats left for the Centennial Conference in 1983 with F&M holding a 25-8-1 series advantage.
The Last Meeting
Franklin & Marshall defeated Lebanon Valley 28-21 in non-conference football action last season on Sept. 6.
LaValva paced the F&M rushing attack with 57 yards on 15 touches and a score. Lamont Jackson finished with 56 yards and a touchdown while Matt Magarity scored twice on 12 rushes and finished with 38 yards.
Magarity went 18-for-24 for 147 passing yards and one pick and Murphy completed 16-of-34 passes for 198 yards and three scores.
Andrew DeStefano had a team-high 57 yards on four grabs while Jordan Zackery picked up 47 yards on nine catches. George led all receivers with 117 yards on seven catches and three scores.
Ryan Young paced the F&M defense that held LVC to under 300 total yards with nine stops with 2.5 going for a loss. Tre Henderson picked up five solo tackles and two pass break ups while Brian Velasco and Brendan Daly finished with five and four tackles respectively.
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