McDaniel (1-1, 0-1 CC) vs. No. 24 Franklin & Marshall (2-0, 1-0 CC) | Westminister, Md.
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 33-16-2
In Lancaster: F&M 18-8-2
In Westminster: F&M 15-8
Streak: F&M +14
In Centennial Play: F&M 25-11
First Meeting: Oct. 1, 1904 (MC 12-0)
Last McDaniel Win: (21-7) Nov. 1, 2003
Last F&M Win: (43-41) Sept. 16, 2017
Series History: Franklin & Marshall battles McDaniel for the 52nd time in a series that dates back to 1904. F&M dominated the past decade, winning 14 contests since 2003 and holds a 33-16-2 record. The 14 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.
Rankings: F&M jumped back into the D3football.com Poll, coming in at 24th after just missing the top-25 last week. The Diplomats are the only CC team ranked in this poll.
Around the Conference: F&M is ranked first in the CC in rushing offense at 204.5 yards per game and second in scoring offense with 42 points per game. K.J. Pretty is tied for first with three receiving touchdowns and sits second at 116 yards per game.
The Diplomats rank second in rushing defense, allowing just 78.5 per game, and Joe Granahan is tied for first with three sacks this season.
Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall scored 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat McDaniel 43-41 last season. Full Recap.
The game went back and forth all afternoon with 143 combined plays between the two teams, accounting for 896 total offensive yards.
Tanner Erisman completed 18-of-31 passes for 285 yards and five scores. Taalib Gerald racked up 125 yards on 25 carries with a score and K.J. Pretty finished with 131 receiving yards on six grabs with two touchdowns. Dillon Alderfer added another 65 yards with two scores and Kevin Lammers contributed another receiving touchdown for the Diplomats.
Ben Okun led the defense with eight stops while Vincent Moffett ended with six. Jeff Leone recorded three pass break-ups with four tackles and Joe Granahan, along with Bobby McDevitt, each finished with four tackles while McDevitt and Frank McGlinchey had one interception each.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall scored 33 unanswered points in the second half to erase a 17-7 halftime deficit and defeated Juniata 40-17 last week. Full recap.
F&M outgained Juniata 360 - 314 including a 227-69 advantage on the ground. The Diplomats also led in time of possession, 36:26-23:34, and had 20 first downs in the game.
Tanner Erisman completed 17-of-28 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown. He added another 35 yards on the ground on 10 carries with one touchdown. Keshon Farmer racked up 73 yards on 11 rushes with two scores while Joe Hartley-Vittoria picked up 70 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown, and Kevin Lammers scored on a 17-yard run.
Vincent Speranza paced the defense with nine tackles, including 1.5 sacks with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Joe Granahan had nine tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble and Bobby McDevitt, along with Mekhi Holley, finished with four tackles each. McDevitt added an interception return for 34 yards with two pass break-ups and Holley added a forced fumble. Stephan Smith, along with Sebastian Silva-Muniz, Thomas Hourican, and Frank McGlinchey, all ended with three tackles each, while McGlinchey and Matt Hamby added a forced fumble for F&M.
McDaniel Last Week: McDaniel fell 14-9 to Moravian last week in the Centennial Conference opener. Moravian scored a first-quarter defensive touchdown and added a nine-yard running score in the third quarter for the 14-9 victory.
Joey Cornwell punted the ball a career-high 11 times, averaging 39.9 yards per boot that included a career-long 59-yarder. Jarius Ransom led the defense with 12 tackles, including three for a loss, while Nah'shon Godfrey added a career-best 10 tackles. John Chamberlin led the offense with 63 rushing yards on 16 carries that included ripping off a 52-yarder in the first quarter.