Dickinson (1-3, 1-2 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (4-0, 3-0 CC)
Series History: Today marks the 107th meeting between these two teams and is the longest rivalry in the Centennial Conference. The series started in Carlisle on Oct. 30, 1889, with a 10-0 Dickinson win and the teams gathered again on Nov. 28th of that year, with F&M posting a 22-0 shutout. The Diplomats lead the series 62-41-3, but Dickinson has won 21 of the last 26 meetings.
Hot Start: F&M is off to its best start since 1989 at 4-0. The '89 squad finished the year at 10-1 with its only loss coming in week five against Dickinson. The last time F&M started out 5-0 was in 1985.
The Wagon: Since 1963, the Diplomats and Red Devils have played for a model of the wagon that transported both teams to play each other in the two 1889 meetings. A gift of F&M Athletic Director J. Shober Barr and Dickinson A.D. Dave Eavenson, the trophy is meant to symbolize the friendly gridiron rivalry between the two institutions. F&M holds a 28-24 advantage since the inception of the trophy game, including an 18-year victory streak from 1970 until 1987.
The Last Meeting: Dickinson scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Franklin & Marshall 27-14 last season on Oct. 4.
Dickinson held a 488-355 advantage in total offense, while the Diplomats had a slight edge in time of possession, 30:40-29:20.
Zach Bradley finished with 231 yards on 24-for-38 passing, two touchdowns and one interception. Paul McGann led all receivers with 108 yards on nine catches and a score and Jordan Zackery added another 107 yards on nine catches.
Zackery added another 99 yards in return yards to finish the game with 206 all-purpose yards.
Scott LaValva rushed for 57 yards on seven carries and Taalib Gerald finished the day with 40 yards on 15 touches.
Ryan Young paced the defense with 10 tackles (6s), including a sack, while Luke Foukas and Brian Velasco finished with eight and seven stops respectively. Brendan Daly picked up six tackles and A.J. Koikoi finished with one sack and two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
The Last Meeting in Lancaster: F&M jumped out to an early 14-point lead and never trailed en route to a 35-14 win over Dickinson on Oct. 5, 2013.
E.J. Schneider completed 25-of-36 passes for 276 yards and two scores and racked up another 56 on the ground.
A.J. Kolen had 34 rushing yards on six touches and Scott LaValva totaled 28 yards on 11 rushes.
Tim Muller had a game-high 109 yards with seven catches and a score while Paul McGann finished with 80 yards on eight grabs. Jordan Zackery hauled in six passes for 58 yards and a score and added 163 yards (84 kr, 79 pr) on returns.
Brendan Wengerter went over the double-digit mark in tackles for the fourth time this season with a game-high 17 tackles (9s). The senior finished with half a sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Ryan Young had 11 stops (7s), one went for a loss and John Stark also reached double-digits with 10 stops.
Troy Harrison had 1.5 sacks and finished with nine tackles while Chris DeStefano and Tre Henderson each finished with an interception.
Last Week for F&M: F&M continued its winning streak with a 24-7 victory over Juniata in Centennial Conference (CC) football action last Saturday afternoon.
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F&M outgained Juniata 366 yards to 319 and held a 36:08-23:53 advantage in time of possession.
David Shellhammer had a game-high 80 yards on 25 rushes and one score while Stephon Smith finished with 70 yards on 12 touches and a touchdown.
Ben Okun paced the defense with nine stops (7s) while Vincent Moffett finished with seven solo stops and a forced fumble.
Luke Foukas had six tackles (4s) with 1.5 TFLs and Brendan Daly had two pass break ups and four stops. Jon Naji got in on one sack, Nate English recovered a fumble and Tre Henderson ended with two pass break ups for the Diplomats.
Last Week for Dickinson: Chris Negron finished with 221 yards rushing and a school-record tying six touchdowns to lead Moravian to a 55-38 victory over Dickinson Saturday afternoon.
Cedric Madden rushed for 165 yards while Anders Overhaug covered 87 and Chris Soulas added 73 on the day. Billy Burger tallied 48 yards rushing as Dickinson finished with 391 yards on the ground.
Senior linebacker Jake Myers was all over the field on defense, recording a game-high 18 tackles, including a 10-yard sack. Teddy Airoldi finished with nine tackles while Kevin Sherry and Ned Emala each added eight.