McDaniel (2-0, 1-0 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (2-0, 1-0 CC) | Sponaugle-Williamson Field
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 31-16-2
In Lancaster: F&M 16-8-2
In Westminster: F&M 15-8
In Centennial Play: F&M 24-10
First Meeting: 10/01/1904 (MC 12-0)
Last Meeting: 10/15/2016 (F&M 25-7)
Last F&M Win: (25-7) 10/15/2016
Series History: Franklin & Marshall battles McDaniel for the 50th time in a series that dates back to 1904. F&M dominated the past decade, winning 12 contests since 2003 and holds a 31-16-2 record. The 12 consecutive wins are the longest for any team in the series. F&M reeled off six straight from 1984 to 1989 while McDaniel took seven-straight meetings between 1997 and 2003.
Records Watch: Taalib Gerald sits in the top-10 in multiple statistical categories entering the week. He is second with 22 rushing touchdowns with Keith Wert '78 owning the record at 28. His 26 touchdowns scored rank fifth, while his 156 points are fifth. Dale Amos '90 holds both records with 35 touchdowns and 210 points, respectively. Gerald enters the week with 1,604 rushing yards which place him seventh, while Andy Surtz '97 sits on top at 2,913.
The Final Quarters: Just two more contests remain at Sponaugle-Williamson Field. The 122-year-old field, has been home to F&M football for all but eight years of the program's existence. The Diplomats are 368-197-23 on Sponaugle-Williamson, including 26 seasons in which F&M was unbeaten at home.
The field was originally constructed in 1894, named Williamson Field in 1899 and renamed Sponaugle-Williamson Field in 1995. The Diplomats will move across the street to the newly-minted, state-of-the-art, Shadek Stadium to close out the year. The inaugural game will occur Homecoming weekend when the Diplomats face Dickinson on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Stay tuned to GoDiplomats.com for more information about that game.
POTW: Joe Granahan was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Week, announced on Sunday. The honor is first for both Granahan and a member of the F&M football team this season.
Granahan led a Diplomat defense that held Juniata to just 90 yards in the first half and 203 overall in a 52-7 victory against the Eagles. Juniata entered the game averaging 42 points per contest. Granahan had two sacks, forced a fumble and broke up a pass.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall cruised to a 52-7 victory over Juniata in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday afternoon at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.
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Tanner Erisman completed 21-of-25 passes for 312 yards and two scores and added another 48 yards on 10 rushes with another pair of touchdowns. K.J. Pretty led the wide outs with 208 yards on eight grabs with one touchdown. The 208 yards was the fifth-best receiving performance in program history.
Ben Okun led the way on defense with six solo stops while Marlen Fenstermacher and Frank McGlinchey finished with four stops each. Stevie Gerovasilis had three stops with one interception, Bobby McDevitt recorded three tackles, two for a loss, while Dylan Jones, Joe Granahan, and Jackson Hale all finished with two sacks. Vincent Speranza had a sack and a fumble recovery for the Diplomats.
McDaniel Last Week: McDaniel racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and shut out Moravian for the final three quarters in a 35-14 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory last Saturday.
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Will Koester threw for 289 yards, completing 20 of 28 passes with two touchdowns to lead the Green Terror (2-0, 1-0 CC), who won in Bethlehem for the first time since 1978, snapping a streak of seven straight losses.
Eli Redmond led the Greyhounds (0-2, 0-1 CC) with 65 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving.
Cathey finished with 100 yards rushing for the second straight game, carrying the ball 28 times for 136 yards. Herbert finished with five catches for a career-high 116 yards.
Drew Scott led the defense with seven tackles.
The Last Meeting: The Diplomats' defense led the way to a 25-7 victory over McDaniel in the last meeting on Oct. 12.
F&M outgained McDaniel 306-177 yards on offense and held a 35:44-24:16 edge in time of possession.
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