Lebanon Valley College vs. Franklin & Marshall
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.
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Series Record: F&M 28-8-1
Streak: F&M + 4
First Meeting: Oct. 7, 1899 (F&M 28-0)
Last F&M Victory: 30-6, Sept. 1, 2016 – Lancaster, Pa.
Last LVC Victory: 30-20, Nov. 14, 1981 – Annville, Pa.
A Little History: The John Troxell era enters season number 12 as the Diplomats prepare to embark on the 130th campaign since F&M first hit the grid circuit in October of 1887. The Diplomats posted a winning record in 73 seasons and a losing record in 48 seasons. Eight seasons saw the Diplomats finish at .500. F&M went undefeated and untied in four seasons (1950, 1964, 1972, 1974), and was undefeated with one tie in 1945. The Diplomats suffered through five seasons without a win: 1887, 1904, 1926, 1962, and 2000. The 1926 season saw F&M post one tie.
First Game Facts: Franklin & Marshall is 72-54-3 in its season openers. The first opening-day win came in the second season that F&M hit the field (1889) with a 60-0 win over cross-town rival, Millersville. F&M lost its first opening-day game at the York Y.M.C.A, 9-0 on October 10, 1887. Those were the first pair of the 51 opening-day games that have been shutouts.
F&M is 22-28-1 in season openers that have seen a side shutout, including 2008's 24-0 blanking of Washington & Lee, avenging the 20-0 shutout at the hands of the Generals the season prior. The lone tie was a 0-0 barn burner between F&M and Delaware, at Delaware, on October 4, 1919.
F&M's largest margin of victory and highest point total on opening day came in a 69-0 shutout of the crew of the U.S.S. Connecticut on September 27, 1913. The largest margin of defeat and most points scored against F&M in a season opener came in a 66-0 loss at Fordham on October 2, 1937.
The Diplomats are 8-3 in season openers under John Troxell.
Series History: From 1899 to 1982 F&M and LVC competed in 35 contests. The series was intermittent before a 15-year stretch from 1968 to 1982 when the schools met each season as members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. In 1983, the Diplomats left to join the newly minted Centennial Conference, leaving with a winning record between the teams of 25-8-1. Since the series revival in 2014, F&M won all three contests, increasing the series record to 28-8-1.
Records Watch: Taalib Gerald sits in the top-10 in multiple statistical categories entering the season. He is fourth with 19 rushing touchdowns with Keith Wert '78 owning the record at 28. His 23 touchdowns scored rank seventh while his 138 points are eighth. Dale Amos '90 holds both records with 35 touchdowns and 210 points, respectively. Gerald enters the season with 1,510 rushing yards which places hit ninth, while Andy Surtz '97 sits on top at 2,913.
The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall opened the 2016 football season with a decisive 30-6 victory over Lebanon Valley.
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Gerald finished the day with 135 yards on 19 carries and two scores. He averaged 7.1 yards a touch and scored twice with a long rush of 40. Shellhammer added 36 on nine runs, and Taylor Collison finished with 35.
Tanner Erisman tossed for 129 yards on 15 completions and one score while Keyes paced the receivers with 66 yards on five grabs with a touchdown.
Brendan Daly led the defense with seven stops while Joe Granahan was dominating on the line with six tackles and two sacks for the Diplomats. Michael Sullivan and Vincent Moffett along with Steve Elf all finished with five tackles, including 2.5 for a loss from Elf. Luke Foukas picked off a pass for the Diplomats to go along with two stops.
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