F&M Looks to Continue Streak against Moravian - Week 7 Game Notes

F&M Looks to Continue Streak against Moravian - Week 7 Game Notes

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Saturday's Game: Moravian (4-2, 3-2 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (5-1, 4-1 CC) 

Series History: Saturday's game marks the 29th meeting in a series that began in Lancaster in 1932 with a 21-7 F&M win. It marks the 10th meeting between these schools under the auspices of the Centennial Conference.  

F&M holds a 20-8 edge in a series in the previously on-again, off-again relationship. The first eight games were spread out over 42 seasons. The teams met for 11-consecutive seasons (1972-1982) competing in the MAC with F&M holding a 9-1 lead at the end of that streak. The series has been competitive since Moravian joined the CC, with Greyhounds holding a slight 5-4 edge.  

D-Fence: F&M's defense has been a force all season long and leads the conference in multiple statistical categories. The Diplomats allowed the fewest points per game at 15.3, while their 275.2 yards allowed per game also leads the conference. F&M gives up just 173.2 yards through the air, which is the best in the CC and its 102 rushing yards allowed are second best.   

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

Last Time We Met: Moravian defeated Franklin & Marshall 34-19 last year on Oct. 24. 

Tanner Erisman completed 6-for-14 passed for 106 yards and a score while Zach Bradley went 14-for-20 for 118 yards. Logan Lewis led F&M with 46 yards on eight carries, Dave Shellhammer had 41 yards on seven touches while Taalib Gerald rushed 13 times for 28 yards. 

Bobby Keyes had a game-high 99 yards on four grabs and a score and Andrew DeStefano hauled in six passes for 45 yards.

Brendan Daly led the defense with 13 tackles (11s) and 2.5 tackles for a loss (TFL). English had 3.5 TFLs and eight total stops while Dylan Jones ended with seven tackles for the Diplomats. 

F&M's Last Game: Taalib Gerald totaled 192 all-purpose yards with two scores to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 25-7 victory over McDaniel on Saturday. 

Gerald rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries, added another 41 yards on three catches with two scores and picked up 32 yards on a kickoff return. Dave Shellhammer had 63 yards on 17 touches.

Bobby Keyes hauled in six catches for 54 yards and one score. Zach Bradley completed 13-of-27 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. 

Jeff Leone and Brendan Daly paced the defense with five tackles each while Steve Elf, Luke Foukas, Michael Sullivan and Jon Naji all had three stops for the Diplomats.   

F&M outgained McDaniel 306-177 yards on offense and held a 35:44-24:16 edge in time of possession. 

Moravian's Last Game: Moravian College senior quarterback Mike Hayes threw for a career-high 384 yards with a pair of 60-plus yard touchdowns but the Greyhounds gave up a last minute touchdown and two-point conversion and fell to visiting Susquehanna University, 35-34, in Centennial Conference action in Moravian's annual Homecoming game at Rocco Calvo Field Saturday. 

The Hounds had their seven-game home winning streak snapped as they fell to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial Conference. The one-point loss is the first for the Blue and Grey since a 24-23 defeat to Dickinson College on September 29, 2007. 

Davidov made it a 38-23 game, running to the left side from one yard out with 2:46 to play. Keegan Romanoff led the McDaniel defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble. 

Hayes completed 28-of-37 passes for 384 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Hayes increased his school record total for completions to 489 while raising his totals to 819 attempts, 5,712 yards and 41 touchdowns, all third in school history.

Negron picked up his fifth 100-yard game of the season and the 19th of his career with 107 yards on 29 carries to go along with three touchdowns. Negron, the school record holder in rushing and scoring, became the first Greyhound to reach 4,000 rushing yards in his career with 4,004 yards on 779 attempts, and he now was 38 career rushing touchdowns, 42 overall touchdowns and 252 points. Freshman running back Roberto Diez added 11 yards on three carries. 

Senior linebacker Edward Delia led the Moravian defense with 16 tackles including one for loss. Freshman defensive backAlkiohn Dunkins, senior defensive back Noah Miller and sophomore defensive Nick Zambelli each had nine tackles with Dunkins breaking up a pass and Miller making a tackle for loss.