Diplomats Travel to Albright in Centennial-MAC Bowl Action - Week 11 Game Notes

Diplomats Travel to Albright in Centennial-MAC Bowl Action - Week 11 Game Notes

Live Video | Live Stats | Complete Game Notes (PDF)

Saturday's Game: Franklin & Marshall (7-3) at Albright (7-3) 

Series History: Saturday's game marks the 38th meeting between the two schools that began with a 13-7 F&M win in 1912. The Diplomats hold a 24-11-2 series advantage, including five of the last six contests. Albright defeated F&M 38-34 in the ECAC Southeast Bowl at the end of the 2012 season with F&M's last victory occurring on Oct. 9, 1982 (10-7) when the schools played in the MAC conference. The Diplomats joined the Centennial Conference in 1983. 

Centennial-MAC Bowl: The Centennial Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) announced on Nov. 5, 2015 their partnership to hold two postseason football games between member institutions. The Centennial-MAC Bowl Series involves the top two teams from each conference that are not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship.  

The top team from each conference that is not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship hosts the second best team from the opposing conference not moving on to NCAAs in one game of the series. This season, 2016, the bowl games are scheduled for Saturday, November 19.  

All-Conference: Twelve members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned spots on the All-Centennial Football Team announced Tuesday. 

All four first-team nods came from the defensive unit that leads the conference with 31 sacks as Joe Granahan, Steve Elf, Vincent Moffett and Brendan Daly were named to the All-CC First Team. 

Mark Opaliski joined Michael Sullivan and Luke Foukas on the second team and Taalib Gerald, Matthew Hlavinka along with Jon Naji, Billy Zwicharowski and Cody Hubbs received honorable mention. 

Last Time We Met: Albright scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 14-point deficit and defeat Franklin & Marshall 38-34 in the ECAC Southeast Bowl on Nov. 17, 2012. 

F&M dominated the first 44:06 of the game and held a 28-14 lead at the start of the fourth when things took a turn for the worse. A kickoff return for a score, and two turnovers converted into 14 points, led to 21 unanswered points for Albright.  

Schneider completed 17-of-30 passes for 259 yards and five touchdowns and added another 100 rushing yards on 12 carries.  

Paul McGann had a game-high 137 yards on five catches and two scores while Jordan Zackery finished with 39. Zackery added another 115 return yards for 154 all-purpose yards.  

Sam Massaro tallied a game-high 11 tackles (10 solo), including one for a loss. Brian Velasco had nine tackles (6 solo) and Aaron Fant finished with eight. Mike Shin and C.T. Marsh both had six stops while John Gandolfo, Kenny Provost and Marsh all finished with a sack.  

F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall scored 14 unanswered in the fourth quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 28-21 victory over Gettysburg last week. 

Zachary Bradley completed 10-of-17 passes for 101 yards and Erisman tossed for 62 yards on eight completions. Tanner Erisman added another 96 yards on 21 rushes with one score and Shellhammer racked up 56 yards on 15 touches. Taalib Gerald finished the day with 12 runs for 32 yards and a score. 

Dillon Alderfer led the receivers with 57 yards on four catches and Bobby Keyes hauled in five passes for 45 yards. Billy Zwicharowski converted all four extra points attempts and Cody Hubbs averaged 30 yards on five punts with one inside the 20. 

Brendan Daly and Steve Elf both picked up seven tackles to pace the defense. Elf was in on a sack with Luke Foukas while Naji recorded six stops, including a sack and a forced fumble. Jeff Leone also had six tackles and added three pass breakups for the Diplomats. Marlen Fenstermacher ended with five tackles and Ben Okun picked up four stops. 

Albright Last Week: Albright overcame a 21-7 deficit in the first half to take a lead into the fourth quarter, but Lebanon Valley scored with 1:02 to play and blocked a potential game-tying field goal as time expired to defeat the Lions, 28-25, last Saturday. 

Alec Vignola went 20-for-32 for 213 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 30 yards. Roemello Monroe carried 15 times for 61 yards. Malik Jackson and Vinny Williams each had six catches to lead Albright receivers. 

On the defensive side, Danny Brown had 12 solo tackles to pace the Albright defense. Nico Williams had three sacks and six total tackles. Donte Thomas had an interception.