Muhlenberg (3-1, 2-1 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (4-0, 3-0 CC)
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. | Final Game at Sponaugle-Williamson Field
Series Record: F&M 54-45-1
In Lancaster: F&M 27-18-1
In Allentown: MC 27-27
In Centennial Play: F&M 18-15
First Meeting: 10/4/1902 (F&M 69-0)
Last Meeting: 9/10/2016 (MC 35-19)
Last F&M Win: (16-15) 9/12/2015
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 101st meeting in a series that began in Lancaster 112 years ago with a 69-0 F&M victory. The shutout was the first of nine-consecutive whitewashes spread out over 22 years. F&M took the first four, while Muhlenberg captured the next five. Shutouts are a staple of the series with 26 contests ending with at least one team posting a goose egg. In 1930, the teams held each other scoreless. The Diplomats hosts the Mules for the 47th time, ruling at home with a record of 27-18-1 and leading the all-time series 54-45-1.
Good Work Tyler: Junior Tyler Schubert was named to the 2017 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®. As one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
Schubert is one of just five Division III players from across the country to be nominated to the team. You can vote to make Schubert the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works" or clicking here.
Records Watch: Taalib Gerald sits in the top-10 in multiple statistical categories entering the week. He is second with 23 rushing touchdowns with Keith Wert '78 owning the record at 28. His 27 touchdowns scored rank fifth, while his 162 points are fifth. Dale Amos '90 holds both records with 35 touchdowns and 210 points, respectively. Gerald enters the week with 1,785 rushing yards which place him seventh, while Andy Surtz '97 sits on top at 2,913.
The Final Game: Just one more game -- Sept. 30th -- will be played 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 369-197-23 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 move across the street to the newly-minted, state-of-the-art, Shadek Stadium to close out the year. The inaugural game occurs 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.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall escaped with a 27-24 victory over Susquehanna in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon.
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Tanner Erisman completed 10-of-17 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and added another 79 yards on 11 rushes with one touchdown. Taalib Gerald picked up 66 yards on 21 rushes while Dillon Alderfer had 78 receiving yards and one score and Fortunato Perri finished with 46 yards and a touchdown.
K.J. Boston led the defense with 10 stops (5 solo) and Ben Okun, along with Bobby McDevitt, each recorded eight stops. McDevitt also recorded one sack, and a fumble recovery for the Diplomats. Vincent Speranza had seven tackles with 1.5 sacks and Joe Granahan ended the game with three tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and one interception.
Muhlenberg Last Week: Michael Hnatkowsky accounted for five touchdowns in his first career start and senior Nick Savant rushed for 162 yards in his return to full duty as the Muhlenberg football team improved to 3-1 with a 56-40 win at Juniata.
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Hnatkowsky completed 20 of 30 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns – two to sophomore Max Kirin – while also rushing for a score. The five total offense touchdowns tied a school record for freshmen.
Savant, who missed almost all of the last two games with an injury, ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for one. The 162 yards moved him into fourth place on the Mules' all-time list with 2,747 career yards.
The Last Meeting: A slow offensive start for the Diplomats last season gave the Mules the edge in a 35-19 victory on Sept. 10.
Muhlenberg scored 28 unanswered points in the first half to extend a lead, and F&M was unable to catch up in the second half.
Tanner Erisman finished with 119 yards (14-for-28) with two touchdowns while Andrew DeStefano led the receivers with 47 yards on seven grabs.
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