Diplomats Look to Bounce Back Against Hopkins - Week 6 Game Notes

Diplomats Look to Bounce Back Against Hopkins - Week 6 Game Notes

Game 6
Franklin & Marshall (4-1, 3-1 CC) vs. Johns Hopkins (4-1, 3-1 CC)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. | Shadek Stadium

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Series Record: F&M 35-32-2
In Lancaster: F&M 17-16
In Baltimore: F&M 18-16-2
In Centennial Play: JHU 22-13
First Meeting: OCt. 18, 1922 (F&M 10-3)
Last F&M Win: 14-12, Nov. 3, 2012
Last JHU Win: 45-7, Oct. 7, 2017

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall meet for the 70th time in a series that began in Baltimore with a 10-3 F&M win in 1912. The Diplomats hold a 35-32-2 lead in the series and a 17-16 mark in Lancaster. Since Centennial Conference (CC) play began in 1983, Johns Hopkins owns a 22-13 edge. F&M has the longest streak between the two teams, taking 17 matchups between 1971 and 1988.

Statistical Rankings: Stevie Gerovasillis is ranked fourth in the country and first in the Conference with two blocked kicks while Joe Granahan sits at 12th in the nation and first in the CC with three forced fumbles and is second with 5.5 sacks.

Brendan Dearing (21.2) and Mack Focht (20.6) are ranked second and third in kickoff return average, and Kevin Lammers leads the CC with a 10.4 punt return average.

Tanner Erisman is third in both passing touchdowns (9) and points responsible for (66), while K.J. Pretty is second with five receiving touchdowns and joins Timothy Walter who both rank second with 5.2 receptions per game.

The Diplomats are first in the country with 10 fumble recoveries and fourth nationwide with the fewest penalties per game.

Last Time We Met: No. 23 Johns Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall 45-7 in last season's matchup. Read the full recap here

Tanner Erisman tossed for 148 yards with a touchdown, completing 15-of-29 passes, while K.J. Pretty led the wideouts with 64 yards on four grabs with a score.

Vincent Moffett paced the defense with nine stops (4s), Marlen Fenstermacher had eight tackles, and Jeff Leone ended with six tackles and two pass break-ups for F&M.

F&M Last Week: Muhlenberg defeated No. 23 Franklin & Marshall 42-21 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon. Click here for the full recap.

Tanner Erisman completed 17-of-24 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns and threw four interceptions on the afternoon. Joe Hartley-Vittoria had 37 yards on 11 rushes, and Eric Harris picked up 35 yards on five carries. Timothy Walter led all receivers with 76 yards on five catches, K.J. Pretty had four receptions for 68 yards with a touchdown, and Kevin Lammers ended with 54 yards on three grabs and a score.

Marlen Fenstermacher, Sebastian Silva-Muniz and Joe Granahan all ended with six tackles. Bobby McDevitt and Dom Bertone each had five tackles and Frank McGlinchey finished with four stops, including one for a loss.

Hopkins Last Week: Host Johns Hopkins sprinted out to a 21-6 first-quarter lead in its Centennial showdown with previously unbeaten Ursinus and never looked back in what eventually become a 52-6 Blue Jay victory at Homewood Field last Saturday afternoon. To read the complete recap, click here.

Hopkins had eight scoring drives of 60 yards or longer and rolled up 665 yards of total offense against a Ursinus defense that entered the game allowing just 12 points and 226.5 yards per game.

David Tammaro was 20-of-33 for 360 yards and three touchdowns to lead the 665-yard effort by the Blue Jays. Zac Fernandez was his favorite target with five receptions for 44 yards and the one score. Tyler Messinger added three receptions for 99 yards and the one touchdown and added eight rushes for 61 yards and the one score to account for a career-high 160 all-purpose yards.

The Blue Jay, which held Ursinus to 27 points and 213 yards under its season averages, was led by freshman Robert Fletcher's eight tackles. Sophomore cornerback Macauley Kilbane was strong in the secondary with two tackles, two pass breakups, and one interception, while senior Michael Curry added the other Blue Jay interception, which he returned 44 yards.