Juniata (1-2, 0-2 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (3-0, 2-0 CC)
Series History: Today's game marks the 12th time these schools have convened on the gridiron and the eighth time since Juniata attained associate membership status in the Centennial Conference. F&M has won all eight meetings since the Eagles have landed in the league. F&M's 27-12 win in Huntingdon in 2007, rekindled the rivalry after 21 years. The first two contests were played in Lancaster - 61 years apart. The Diplomats won the first game played back on Oct. 18, 1924, by a 27-0 margin.
Close Call: All of F&M's victories this season have come by five points or less. The Diplomats opened the season with five-point win over LVC (42-37), took down Muhlenberg by a point (16-15) and defeated Ursinus by four points (17-13) last week.
Fast Start: F&M is off to its best since 2004 with a 3-0 mark. The '04 squad finished the year at 8-3, while the 2009 and 2012 teams also jumped out to impressive starts. The 2009 Diplomats started the year 7-1, before finishing at 9-2 and the 2012 team had a 6-1 start and ended the year at 7-4.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall downed Ursinus in a thrilling 17-13 victory last Saturday.
Matt Magarity completed 15-of-21 passes for 148 yards and one score and added another 48 on the ground for the Diplomats. Taalib Gerald racked up 122 yards on 28 carries with a score, and Dave Shellhammer added another 85 on 12 rushes.
Steve Elf led the way on defense with six tackles (5s) while Vincent Moffett and Brendan Daly each totaled five tackles and forced a fumble in the game. Luke Foukas had a sack and four tackles, Jon Naji recorded four tackles, while A.J. Koikoi and Ben Okun each ended with four tackles each.
Juniata Last Week: Gettysburg scored a touchdown with 19 seconds left to play to defeat Juniata 30-25 on Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback Hank Coyne and wide receiver Kirby Breault both had career days for JC. Coyne was 26-of-45 for 404 yards and threw three TD passes. Breault caught 13 of those passes for 246 yards and scored three times.
Juniata totaled 510 yards on offense with Gettysburg piling up 533. Time of possession went in the Eagles favor 32:48 to 23:57. JC scored on all three of its three red zone chances. Both sides were penalized nine times.
On the ground, Alston ran 19 times for 58 yards. Matt Lehr added 39 yards on nine attempts and David Vidovic ran three times for 31 yards.
10 different receivers caught passes for Juniata. After Breault, Hunter Phillips grabbed three balls for 22 yards. Aaron O'Brien caught two passes for 35 yards. Jake Notestine snagged two catches for 31 yards.
Jake Diviney led the defense with eight stops. Donovan Cobb totaled seven tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Jonah Plymire picked up six tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall held off a late rally by Juniata and defeated the Eagles 35-33 last season on Sept. 27.
Zach Bradley completed 19-of-26 passes for 193 yards and four scores in his collegiate debut. Paul McGann finished with 105 yards on nine catches with two scores and Jordan Zackery hauled in six passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Taalib Gerald went over the 100-yard plateau for the second week in a row with 102 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. Scott LaValva added another 48 yards on 13 touches.
Defensively, the Diplomats were led by Nicolaas Drapanas and Brendan Daly with 10 stops apiece. Brian Velasco finished with seven tackles while Luke Foukas, Steve Elf and A.J. Koikoi all had six tackles. Koikoi finished with two sacks and three tackles for a loss.