Saturday's Game: Franklin & Marshall (2-1, 1-1 CC) at Juniata (3-0, 2-0 CC)
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 13th time F&M and Juniata have convened on the gridiron and the ninth time since Juniata attained associate membership status in the Centennial Conference. F&M has won all nine meetings since the Eagles have landed in the league. F&M's 28-12 win in Huntingdon in 2007, rekindled the rivalry after a 21-year hiatus. 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.
POTW: Franklin & Marshall senior linebacker Luke Foukas was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Week announced Sunday. The honor is the first for both Foukas and for a member for the F&M football team this season.
Foukas had a career-high three sacks among his seven tackles in the Diplomats' 34-12 victory against Ursinus. F&M held the Bears to just 89 rushing and 291 total yards.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall scored 24 unanswered points to erase an early 9-0 deficit and cruised to a 34-12 victory over Ursinus last Saturday.
Tanner Erisman ended the contest with a game-high 74 yards on 15 rushes with two touchdowns. He added another 108 through the air with 10 completions. Taalib Gerald rushed for 51 yards on 18 touches and Dave Shellhammer racked up 47 yards on 11 carries. Andrew DeStefano led the receivers with six catches for 75 yards.
The defense was relentless all afternoon led by Luke Foukas with seven tackles ( 6s), including three sacks. Joe Granahan finished with eight stops (5s) and recorded two tackles for a loss (tfl) and one sack. Brendan Daly had five solo stops with one assist and Moffett ended the day with five stops, one pick, and one tfl. Steve Elf and Jon Naji both recorded half a sack.
Juniata Last Week: Sophomore running back David Vidovic ran for a career-high 172 yards and three touchdowns as Juniata football held off Gettysburg 41-35 on Saturday afternoon at Shirk Field.
The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense. Juniata picked up 459 yards with Gettysburg tallying 536 yards. The Eagles outgained the Bullets in net passing yards 252-201 with GC having the advantage in rushing yards 335-177. Juniata led 35:09-24:51 in time of possession. The 41 points scored by the Eagles is the most ever in the series with Gettysburg.
Hank Coyne completed 21-of-29 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception and was not sacked.
Kirby Breault finished with his third straight 100-yard receiving game. He grabbed 10 passes for 126 yards and scored once. Aaron O'Brien caught six balls for 122 yards.
On the defensive side, the Eagles had four sacks, six tackles totaling losses of 28 yards, two interceptions, and four pass breakups. Joel Reighard led in total tackles with 10 and had an interception for the third straight game. Shober added eight total tackles, two pass breakups, and one interception.
The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall continued its four-game winning streak with a 24-7 victory over Juniata last year on Sept. 26.
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 received a fumble and Tre Henderson ended with two pass break ups for the Diplomats.