F&M Welcomes Muhlenberg to Kickoff CC Action

F&M Welcomes Muhlenberg to Kickoff CC Action

Game 2 | No. 23 Muhlenberg (1-0, 0-0 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (1-0, 0-0 CC) | Sept. 12, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. 

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Series History:  Saturday's game marks the 99th meeting in a series that began in Lancaster 110 years ago with a 69-0 F&M victory. The shutout was the first of nine-consecutive whitewashes spread out over 22 years. F&M took the first four, while Muhlenberg captured the next five. Shutouts are a staple of the series with 26 contests ending with at least one team posting a goose egg.  

In 1930, the teams held each other scoreless. Saturday's game marks the 46th meeting in Lancaster, with F&M leading 27-17-1 and holding the all-time series lead at 53-44-1. 

Coaching Milestones: Both head coaches could hit a coaching milestone with a victory in Saturday's contest. John Troxell is looking for career win 50, while Muhlenberg's head coach Mike Donnelly will be going for career-win 125.  

In the rankings: The Muhlenberg football team is ranked 23rd in the first D3football.com poll of the 2015 regular season, released earlier this week. The Mules were ranked 25th in the preseason poll a week ago and moved up after their 35-7 win against Wilkes on Friday night. 

The Last Meeting: Muhlenberg handed Franklin & Marshall a 42-7 defeat in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on a rain-soaked day at Scotty Wood Stadium last season on Sept. 13.  

Matt Magarity completed 10-of-19 passes for 73 yards while Scott LaValva picked up 28 yards on 17 rushes. Jordan Zackery hauled in four passes for 33 yards and Paul McGann finished with five catches and 28 yards.  

Brendan Daly led the defense with nine stops (5 solo) and Ryan Young finished with eight tackles (4 solo). Jonathan Cox had six solo tackles, including two for a loss and one sack for the Diplomats.  

F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall escaped with thrilling a 42-37 victory over Lebanon Valley in a back-and-forth affair Thursday evening to open the 2015 football season. 

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Lebanon Valley took over on its own 11-yardline trailing by five with a little under four minutes remaining in the contest. The Dutchmen marched down the field, picking up six first downs along the way and faced a first-and-goal on the F&M six. With 48 seconds left, Brendan Irving raced along the right side and marched into the end zone, but the play was called back because of a holding call. Three plays later on and fourth-and-goal, LVC attempted a pass to the back corner, but Brendan Daly came over the top and broke up the throw to secure the win. 

F&M racked up 501 yards on offense and went 3-for-3 in fourth-down conversions. Matt Magarity led the way through the air with 212 yards on 16-for-24 passing and four touchdowns. Taalib Gerald racked up 152 yards on 28 touches and a score while Logan Lewis added another 57 on the ground. 

Andrew DeStefano hauled in five passes for 125 yards and a score and Bobby Keyes finished with 58 yards on five catches. 

Luke Foukas paced the defense with nine stops (7s) and Daly picked up seven solo stops and an interception. Tre Henderson had three stops, forced a fumble, picked off a ball and recorded a pass breakup for the Diplomats. Benjamin Okun recorded six stops while Dylan Jones, Vincent Moffett and Steve Elf all had four stops. 

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