Lebanon Valley (0-0) at Franklin & Marshall | 1:00 p.m.
Lebanon Valley (0-0) at Franklin & Marshall (0-0)
A Little History: The John Troxell era enters season number 11 as the Diplomats prepare to embark on the 129th campaign since F&M first hit the grid circuit in October of 1887. The Diplomats have posted a winning record in 72 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 71-54-3 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 7-3 in season openers under John Troxell.
Series History: F&M and LVC have met 35 times, beginning in 1899 and ending 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. F&M has won both contests since the revival in 2014, and holds a 27-8-1 series advantage.
The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall escaped with a thrilling 42-37 victory over Lebanon Valley in a back-and-forth affair 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. Magarity led the way through the air with 212 yards on 16-for-24 passing and four touchdowns. Taalib Gerald picked up 152 yards on 28 touches and a score while Logan Lewis added another 57 on the ground.
Luke Foukas paced the defense with nine stops (7s) and Brendan Daly picked up seven solo stops and an interception. Tre Henderson had three stops, forced a fumble, picked off a ball and had two pass breaks for the Diplomats. Benjamin Okun recorded six stops while Dylan Jones, Vincent Moffett and Steve Elf all had four stops.