Diplomats Host Bears in Regular Season Home Finale - Week 9 Game Notes

Diplomats Host Bears in Regular Season Home Finale - Week 9 Game Notes

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Game 9
Franklin & Marshall (6-2, 5-2 CC) vs. Ursinus (5-3, 4-3 CC)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. | Shadek Stadium

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Series Record: F&M 66-29-4
In Lancaster: F&M 36-13-2
In Collegeville: F&M 29-15-1
In Norristown: Tied 1-1-1
In Centennial Play: F&M 23-12
First Meeting: Oct. 13, 1894 (F&M 76-0)
Last F&M Win: (42-28), Nov. 4, 2017
Last UC Win: (31-24 (OT)), Sept. 20, 2014

Series History: Saturday's game marks the 100th renewal of a series that dates back to 1894. The Diplomats have taken six of the last 10 meetings. Franklin & Marshall holds a 66-29-4 lead in the series and a 23-12 lead since Centennial play began in 1983. The Diplomats won the first contest by a score of 76-0, and the Bears picked up their first win over F&M in the sixth meeting, a 16-0 victory in Collegeville in 1902. 

Seniors: 17 seniors are set to play their final regular season game at Shadek Stadium. The football class of 2018 includes: Connor Bannon, Justin Brown, Vincent Ciavardelli, Tanner Erisman, Stevie Gerovasilis, Joe Granahan, Thomas Hourican, Dylan Jones, Brendan Kilkenny, John Limato, Brandon Lowe, Bobby McDevitt, K.J. Pretty, Tyler Schubert, Stephon Smith, Vincent Speranza, Harrison Wirth.

Diaper Drive: The Franklin & Marshall Football Team donated 12,000 diapers to the Water Street Ministries Shelter that will provide children with diapers for the next three months at the shelter. Since its inception in 2012, The Little Dips Diaper Drive has collected more than 70,000 diapers for the children living at Water Street. Full release.

Statistical Rankings: F&M is first in the Conference and ranks third nationwide with 13 fumble recoveries this season, while also ranking eighth in the country with the fewest penalties. Kevin Lammers leads the CC in punt returns, and Joe Granahan is third with 7.5 sacks.

Granahan's Chase: Joe Granahan enters the game with 33 career sacks. He is now one sack away from breaking the school and Centennial Conference sack record held by C.T. Marsh '12 of 32.5.

Last Time We Met: Franklin & Marshall defeated Ursinus 42-28 last year on Nov. 4. Recap

Tanner Erisman completed 18-of-27 passes for 233 yards and two scores. Dillon Alderfer was the top target with seven grabs for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin Lammers had four grabs for 49 yards and K.J. Pretty ended with two catches for 28 yards. Taalib Gerald had 153 yards on 35 rushes with two touchdowns and added 40 more on three receptions.

Ben Okun led the defense with seven solo tackles, including two for a loss and one assist. He also recorded a sack, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and had one interception that he returned 55 yards for a touchdown. Vincent Moffett had eight tackles (6s), and Mekhi Holley along with Joe Granahan both ended with seven stops each. Granahan had a sack and forced a fumble while Holley was in on a sack with Sebastian Silva-Muniz. Vincent Speranza added a pick and returned it for an 89-yard score and Jeff Leone finished the game with an interception for F&M.

F&M Last Week: Keshon Farmer scored four touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 40-6 victory over Moravian last Saturday. Recap.

Joe Hartley-Vittoria led all rushers with 130 yards on 21 carries and a score. Keshon Farmer racked up 94 yards on 18 carries with four touchdowns. Tanner Erisman completed 9-of-15 passes for 192 yards and a score and K.J. Pretty hauled in three catches for 71 yards and one touchdown.

Sebastian Silva-Muniz led the defense with six stops, Shawn Levondosky, and Bobby McDevitt had five tackles each and Vincent Speranza ended with four tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Thomas Downs had four stops with two pass breakups, while Joe Granahan finished with three tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and a sack. Sebastian Silva-Muniz led the defense with nine tackles and a forced fumble, Bobby McDevitt ended with eight tackles and an interception, while Stephon Smith, Marlen Fenstermacher and Thomas Downs had five stops.

Ursinus Last Week: Thomas Garlick set one all-time program record and closed in on another as the Ursinus College football team rolled to a 30-14 Centennial Conference victory at wet and windy McDaniel. Recap.

Garlick finished 14-of-29 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses to Samuel Ragland, who had over 100 yards rushing and receiving and scored three times for the second week in a row. Garlick became the all-time leader in completions with 442. Ragland produced 113 yards and a touchdown on 27 rushes and added 104 yards and two scores.

Defensively, junior Jacob McCain led the way with 11 tackles. Sophomore Darren Sipf had his first career sack and two tackles for loss, freshman Aaron Diamond broke up two passes.