F&M Hosts Widener in CC-MAC Bowl -- Week 11 Game Notes

F&M Hosts Widener in CC-MAC Bowl -- Week 11 Game Notes

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Game 11
Franklin & Marshall vs. Widener | 12:00 p.m.
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Series Record: WC 16-13-1
First Meeting: 11/22/1905 (WC 12-11)
Last Meeting: 10/30/1982 (WC 16-7)
Last F&M Win: (26-22), 10/26/1974
Last WC Win: (16-7), 10/30/1982

Series History: Franklin & Marshall and Widener have met 30 times as members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The last meeting was in 1982, a 16-7 victory for the Blue and Gold, before F&M left the MAC and joined the Centennial Conference the following season. The Pride holds a 16-13-1 all-time series record against F&M. 

About the Centennial-MAC Bowl: The Centennial Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) announced on Nov. 5, 2015 their partnership to hold two postseason football games between member institutions. The Centennial-MAC Bowl Series involves the top two teams from each conference that are not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship.

The top team from each conference that is not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship host the second-best team from the opposing conference not moving on to NCAAs in one game of the series. 

The MAC has won all four bowl series games to date. Delaware Valley has picked up two of the victories over Moravian (2015) and Muhlenberg (2016), while Stevenson defeated Muhlenberg in 2015 and Albright defeated Franklin & Marshall in 2016.

Centennial Champions: F&M's win over Gettysburg last Saturday gave the Diplomats a share of the Centennial Conference Championship for the first time since 2004. The 2004 squad finished in a five-way tie for first with an 8-3 record. F&M has won 14 conference championships in the history of the program, including seven CC Crowns (1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2004, 2017).  

Victories: F&M has a chance to accomplish a feat only one other team has managed in program history. With a win on Saturday, the Diplomats would join only the 1989 squad as the only two teams to win 10 games in a season.

Records Watch: Taalib Gerald became the fourth player in program history to reach 2,000 yards and sits third with 2,359 yards heading into the week, while Andy Surtz '97 sits on top at 2,913. Gerald reset the F&M rushing touchdown record last week and enters the game with 30 rushing touchdowns. His 35 total touchdowns scored are tied for first, while his 192 points are tied for first. Dale Amos '90  also scored 35 touchdowns and 210 points, respectively in his career. 

POTW: Taalib Gerald was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Offensive Player of the Week announced on Sunday. The honor was the first for Gerald this season and the sixth for a member of the F&M team. 

Gerald carried 32 times for 139 yards and scored three touchdowns as Franklin & Marshall won the Centennial title for the first time since 2004 with a 51-21 win against Gettysburg. He set the school career rushing TD record with 30. The record was previously held by Keith Wert '78 with 28.

All-Centennial: Fifteen members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned spots on the All-Centennial Football Team, while John Troxell was named Coach of the Year and Joe Granahan garnered Defensive Player of the Year. Eight earned a spot on the first team, five landed on the second team and two received honorable mention. 

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The 15 selections are the most in school history and in the conference this year. The honors mark the second consecutive year 10 or members have earned All-CC recognition. F&M's total is up to 134 first team all-time selections, which is third among CC schools.

John Troxell picked up his second Coach of the Year award, also earning the honor in 2009. Troxell led F&M to a 9-1, 8-1 CC regular season record as F&M won its first CC Championship since 2004 and a postseason berth for the sixth time in the last nine seasons. 

Four first-team selections came on offense with Tanner ErismanTaalib GeraldK.J. Pretty and Brian Denoncour earning spots. Four more came from the defensive unit as Joe GranahanMichael SullivanVincent Speranza and Vincent Moffett all made their way to the first team. A.J. Gasser represented the offense on the second team with Brendan KilkennyBobby McDevittBen Okun and Jeff Leone all earning second-team honors on defense. Dillon Alderfer and Kevin Lammers received honorable mention - Alderfer as a wideout and Lammers as a return specialist. 

F&M's Last Game: Franklin & Marshall defeated Gettysburg 51-21 to win a share of the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship for the first time since 2004. The Championship is the 14th in program history as the Diplomats became one of just eight teams to finish with nine wins or more in school history. 

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Taalib Gerald finished with 139 yards on 32 carries and three scores and Tanner Erisman completed 19-of-34 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. K.J. Pretty was the leading receiver with 162 yards on 10 grabs and two touchdowns and Dillon Alderfer hauled in six balls for 100 yards and a score.

Joe Granahan and Vincent Moffett paced the defense with six tackles each. Granahan had a sack and forced a fumble while Moffett added a tackle for a loss and a pass break up. Jeff Leone had five stops and four pass breakups and Ben Okun along with Dillon Alderfer each had four solo stops. 

A Word on Widener: The Pride finished the regular season 7-3 and placed third in the MAC with a 7-2 conference record.  Widener is making their way to a Bowl for their first postseason since 2014.

All-MAC: The Widener University football team has placed nine players on MAC All-Conference teams and garnered one major award as announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon. Jordan Powell was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Powell, Vince Char, Montrell Hicks-Taylor, Casey Kerschner, and Andrew Thomas were all voted to the First Team. Rob Ennis, Jr. and Michael Raczak were selected as Second Team performers. Joe Fox and Tyree Nobles, Jr. received Honorable Mention accolades.

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Widener's Last Game: A hot start that saw the Widener University football team put the No. 5/7 Delaware Valley Aggies behind for the first time this season fizzled as the Pride fell in the Keystone Cup 47-13 on Saturday afternoon.

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Sean McGaughey threw for a career-high 340 yards in the game. It was the highest total that the Aggies had allowed all season. The eight catches for Pat Downey tied Montrell Hicks-Taylor for the most by a Widener player this season. Vince Char recorded a sack in the contest, giving him 13.5 for the season, the most since 2015 when Stacey Sunnerville had the same total.