Week 3 Game Notes: Diplomats Take on Ursinus Saturday at Noon

Week 3 Game Notes: Diplomats Take on Ursinus Saturday at Noon

Saturday's Game: Franklin & Marshall (1-1, 1-0 CC) at Ursinus (2-0, 1-0 CC)  

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Series Record: F&M  63-27-4
First Meeting: Oct. 13, 1894
Last Meeting: Sept. 15, 2012
In Lancaster: F&M 35-13-2
In Collegeville: F&M 27-14-1
In CC Play: F&M 20-10
Last F&M Win: Sept. 15,2012 (40-28)
Last UC Win: Sept. 17, 2011 (21-9)
Current Series Streak: F&M +1 

Series History:  Saturday's game marks the 95th renewal of a series that dates back to 1894. The Diplomats have taken seven of the last 11 meetings, with the Bears coming out on top in two of the last three years. Franklin & Marshall holds a 63-27-4 lead in the series and a 20-10 lead since Centennial play began in 1983. The Diplomats won the initial contest by a score of 76-0. The Bears picked up their first win over F&M in the sixth meeting, a 16-0 victory in Collegeville in 1902. 

The Last Meeting: Jordan Zackery caught a pair of touchdown passes in the final five minutes of the second quarter to put F&M up for good en route to a 40-28 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) football action. 

E.J. Schneider finished the day with 229 yards on 19-for-28 passing and three touchdowns as the Diplomats had a balanced attack with 185 yards on the ground and 229 through the air. 

Lamont Jackson led the rushing attack with 89 yards on 14 carries with two scores while Scott LaValva ended the day with 54 yards and one touchdown. Frank Strumolo chipped in 29 yards on five carries. 

Tim Muller hauled in a team-high five catches and Zackery finished with four catches and two scores. 

The offensive line led by Sam Wojciechowski, Chad Tothero, Sami Caygoz, Sam Dickinson and Ryan Ignatovig kept the Ursinus pass rush at bay, allowing zero sacks on the afternoon. 

Sam Massaro led the defense with seven tackles (5s, 2a) and Aaron Fant finished with five solo stops. Brian Velasco, Ryan Young, John Gandolfo and Kenny Provost each finished with four tackles. 

F&M Last Week: Lamont Jackson rushed for 86 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 28-21 victory over Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon.  The victory snaps Muhlenberg's two game win-streak as the Diplomats improved to 1-1, 1-0 CC.   

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F&M outgained Muhlenberg 456 to 239 yards on offense and held a 38:48 to 21:12 advantage in time of possession. 

Schneider completed 30-of-42 passes for 301 yards and added 45 more on the ground.  

Jordan Zackery led all receivers with 127 yards on nine catches while Tim Muller hauled in 10 balls for 64 yards. Paul Koehler had 48 yards and Paul McGann finished with 46.   

Connor Ryan went 2-for-2 on PAT attempts and kicked two field goals for the Diplomats.  

Brendan Wengerter reached double-digit tackles for the second straight week with a team-high 10 stops, two went for a loss and one resulted in a sack. A.J. Koikoi had a sack and finished with five tackles, while Chris DeStefano had two pass breakups and four tackles. 

Get ready for Saturday's action with this week's game notes.