F&M Welcomes McDaniel for Homecoming - Week 6 Game Notes

F&M Welcomes McDaniel for Homecoming - Week 6 Game Notes

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Saturday's Game: 

McDaniel (1-4, 1-3 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (4-1, 3-1 CC)  

Series History: Franklin & Marshall will battle McDaniel for the 49th time in a series that dates back to 1904. F&M has dominated the past decade, winning 12 contests since 2003 and hold a 31-16-2 record. The 12 consecutive wins is the longest Diplomats' winning streak in the series. F&M reeled off six-straight from 1984 to 1989 while McDaniel took the seven-straight meetings between 1997 and 2003.  

D-Fence: F&M's defense has been relentless all season long and leads the conference in multiple statistical categories. The Diplomats allowed the fewest points per game at 17, while their 294.8 yards allowed per game also leads the conference. F&M gives up just 187.4 yards through the air, which is the best in the CC and its 107.4 rushing yards allowed are second best.  

Joe Granahan leads the conference with seven sacks, Jon Naji is third at 4.5 and Luke Foukas ranks fifth with three sacks this season.  

Last Time We Met: F&M escaped Westminster with a 30-28 victory over McDaniel last year on Oct. 17. 

F&M outgained McDaniel 389-357 on offense, and held a 37:54-22:06 edge in time of possession. 

Andrew DeStefano hauled in eight passes for a team-high 130 yards and Bobby Keyes finished with two grabs for 41 yards and one score. 

David Shellhammer picked up 72 yards on the ground on 14 attempts and Matt Magarity added 63 yards on six rushes. Tanner Erisman completed seven passes for 142 yards and a score while Magarity picked up 57 yards before leaving the game with an injury. 

A.J. Koikoi and Brendan Daly paced the defense with seven stops each while Luke Foukas and Jon Naji both had six tackles for the Diplomats and Ryan Feulner along with Nathan English each had five stops. 

F&M's Last Game: F&M defeated Dickinson 20-10 two weeks ago to regain possession of the coveted Conestoga Wagon Trophy for the first time since 2013. One of the longest rivalries in Division III, the trophy is a model of the wagon that transported both teams to play each other in both meetings in 1889.  

Zach Bradley completed 12-of-21 passes for 81 yards with one score and two interceptions. Dillion Alderfer caught three passes for 29 yards and a score and Joshua Young had four grabs for 30 yards. Bobby Keyes finished the day with 23 yards on four catches. 

Shellhammer led the ground attack with 65 yards on 17 carries and Gerald racked up 31 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown. With field position at a premium, Cody Hubbs did his part with a 46.7 average on seven punts with three placed inside the 10. 

Vincent Moffett and Jon Naji led the defense with eight tackles each. Moffett had five solo stops, two pass break-ups, and one interception while Naji finished with 1.5 sacks. Steve Elf recorded seven stops with a sack; Jeff Leone had seven tackles and two pass break-ups and Luke Foukas ended the day with six stops. Joe Granahan was a disruptive force with 2.5 sacks on the day. 

McDaniel's Last Game: Gettysburg scored the first 21 points of the game before hanging on for a 38-23 victory over McDaniel on Oct. 1. 

Will Koester led the Green Terror with 251 yards passing, completing 27 of 49 passes with three touchdowns. Danny Thompson paced the Bullets with 117 yards rushing and 95 yards passing.  

Keegan Romanoff led the McDaniel defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble.