Diplomats Travel for Showdown with the River Hawks - Game 8 Notes

Diplomats Travel for Showdown with the River Hawks - Game 8 Notes

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Saturday's Game: 

Franklin & Marshall (6-1, 5-1 CC) at Susquehanna (3-4, 3-3 CC) 

Series History: Saturday's game marks the 17th meeting between Franklin & Marshall and Susquehanna with F&M leading the series 12-2-2. The first clash between the two teams came in 1898 in Selinsgrove. F&M won 6-0 on October 25 that year, before both teams met again in Lancaster the following year and played to a 6-6 tie, the first of two ties in the series. F&M has won three straight and holds a 4-2 edge in Centennial Conference action. 

Name Change: After a six-month selection process that included thousands of votes, Susquehanna University has a new mascot. The Selinsgrove school chose River Hawks to be the new name splashed across team jerseys and college sweatshirts in early April. 

The university announced last October it wanted to do away with its old mascot – the Crusader. 

While the former moniker was first used in the 1920s by a Philadelphia sports writer, who described the school's crusade to bring integrity to intercollegiate athletics, critics said there were negative connotations associated with medieval Crusaders who used violence in the name of religion. 

F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall escaped with a 24-17 victory over Moravian in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon. 

F&M outgained Moravian 360-268 yards and held a 36:10-23:58 advantage in time of possession. 

Dave Shellhammer racked up 77 yards on 23 carries and one score and Taalib Gerald ended the day with 74 yards on 17 touches and one touchdown. Zach Bradley completed 16-of-26 passes for 212 yards and threw for one score.  

Bobby Keyes hauled in seven catches for 92 yards to pace the receivers and Alderfer recorded 75 yards on four catches with one touchdown. 

Jon Naji led the defense with nine stops (8s) with one tackle for a loss (TFL). Ben Okun, Brendan Daly, Luke Foukas and Michael Sullivan all finished with six tackles apiece. Okun added an interception while Daly had two pass break ups. Foukas netted 1.5 sacks and Joe Granahan was in for half a sack with four stops. 

The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall scored 13 unanswered points to start the second half and the defense picked up three interceptions as the Diplomats defeated Susquehanna 16-7 last year on Oct. 31. 

Tanner Erisman completed 9-of-16 passes for 137 yards and a score and added another 71 yards on eight rushes. 

Logan Lewis picked up 86 yards on 14 rushes and Dave Shellhammer chipped in another 48 yards for the Diplomats.  

Bobby Keyes hauled in five catches for 33 yards and Andrew DeStefano had 46 yards on two grabs and one score.  

Benjamin Okun had seven solo stops for the defense while Henderson finished six and a pick. English had six solo stops, including one for a loss and an interception while Joe Granahan ended with two sacks, three TFLs, and six solo tackles.  

Brendan Daly had four stops, two TFLs, and a sack and Michael Sullivan finished with a sack and two TFLS.  

Susquehanna Last Week: Twenty-one second-half points were not enough to lead the Susquehanna football team to a come-from-behind win at Ursinus as the River Hawks fell 31-24. 

Nick Crusco threw for 309 yards and one touchdown while rushing for two more scores. Chris Beals finished with 77 yards and the one score while Tommy Bluj caught six passes for 83 yards. Luke Robertson ran for 42 yards. 

The River Hawks threw for 309 yards to Ursinus' 186. The Bears, however, had 204 yards on the ground while holding SU to just 55 and edged Susquehanna in total yardage 390 to 364. 

Susquehanna also had 24 first downs to the Bears' 22 and held Ursinus to 31 percent on third down. 

Despite the final outcome, the Susquehanna defense played lights out in the second half. Marc LeDrappier finished the game with seven tackles while Juwan Rodriguez added six, including a sack.