Week 7 Notes - Diplomats Travel to Moravian

Week 7 Notes - Diplomats Travel to Moravian

Saturday's Game: Franklin & Marshall (5-1, 4-1 CC) at Moravian (5-1, 4-1 CC)

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Series History: Saturday's game marks the 28th meeting in a series that began in Lancaster in 1932 with a 21-7 F&M win. It marks the ninth meeting between these schools under the auspices of the Centennial Conference. 

F&M holds a 20-7 series edge in the previously on-again, off-again relationship. The first eight games were spread out over 42 seasons. The teams met for 11-consecutive seasons (1972-1982) competing in the MAC, with F&M holding a 15-1 lead at the end of that streak. The series has been competitive since Moravian joined the CC, with the series tied at 4-4. 

F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall escaped Westminster with a 30-28 victory over McDaniel last Saturday afternoon.

F&M outgained McDaniel 389-357 on offense, and held a 37:54-22:06 edge in time of possession.

Andrew DeStefano hauled in eight passes for a team-high 130 yards and Bobby Keyes finished with two grabs for 41 yards and one score.

David Shellhammer picked up 72 yards on the ground on 14 attempts and Matt Magarity added 63 yards on six rushes.

Tanner Erisman completed seven passes for 142 yards and a score while Magarity picked up 57 yards before leaving the game with an injury.

A.J. Koikoi and Brendan Daly paced the defense with seven stops each while Luke Foukas and Jon Naji both had six tackles for the Diplomats. Ryan Feulner and Nathan English also added five stops.

Moravian Last Week: Junior quarterback Mike Hayes ran for a fourth quarter touchdown and threw for another score as the Moravian College football team remained undefeated on the road with 21-14 Centennial Conference victory at Susquehanna University Saturday afternoon.

Mike Hayes completed 12-of-17 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for 28 yards and a score on 13 carries as Moravian's offense racked up 348 yards on 64 plays. Junior running back Chris Negron picked up his third straight and 11th career 100-yard game with 101 yards on 29 carries while sophomore running back Eli Redmond had 46 yards and a touchdown as he moved within 12 yards of 1,000 for his career. 

Junior defensive back Noah Miller and senior linebacker Brendan Downey each had eight tackles for the Hounds. McCarthy added seven tackles with one pass break-up while freshman defensive back Nick Zambelli added five tackles. Senior defensive lineman Tim McCabe contributed four tackles with two for loss and one sack while Onukwugha made both of his tackles behind the line of scrimmage including his forced fumble on his sack. 

Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall dominated all three phases of the game in a 42-12 victory over Moravian on Oct. 25, 2014.

Jordan Zackery hauled in 13 catches for 162 yards and two scores and set the all-time school record in receptions. Justin Salton '04 held the record with 241 grabs and Zackery passed him with 242.

The Diplomats piled up 525 yards, with 303 on the ground, while the defense limited Moravian to just 72 rushing yards, 251 total yards and forced the Greyhounds to three three-and-outs. F&M's kicking game was also at its peak as the Diplomats connected on all six PATs and recovered an onside kick. 

Ryan Young paced the defense with 11 tackles (7s) while Aaron Fant and A.J. Koikoi finished with five stops each. Brian Velasco added four solo stops for the Diplomats.  

Ryan Ignatovig, Vincent Acosta, Mark OpaliskiLou Moeller and Frank Seitz did not allow a sack all afternoon and helped paved the way for 303 rushing yards.  

Scott LaValva finished with 213 on 32 carries and a score and his production marked the first time since 2007 that a F&M back totaled more than 200 yards since Ryan Murray '08 gained 240 yards in 2007. 

Matt Magarity completed 19-of-27 passes for 162 yards and two scores and added another 74 yards on the ground and two more scores. 

Last Meeting in Bethlehem: Moravian turned five turnovers into 31 points in the first half and held off a late rally to defeat Franklin & Marshall 52-42 on Oct. 26, 2013.

E.J. Schneider completed 31-of-49 passes for 369 yards with three scores and three interceptions. He added another 50 on 10 rushes.  

Brendan Daly picked up 43 yards on nine carries and Scott LaValva had 40 yards and a score.  

Paul McGann hauled in 10 passes for a game-high 164 yards and Zackery finished with 129 yards on nine catches. Muller caught four passes for 14 yards and two touchdowns.  

Brendan Wengerter had a game-high 14 tackles (10s) and Ryan Young finished with 13 (8s). Fant had six stops, two pass break ups and an interception for the Diplomats.  

Billy Zwicharowski was a perfect 6-for-6 in PATs.